Apple FCU Education Foundation Continues FCPS Great Beginnings Commitment

Mike Engley, Executive Director, Apple FCU Education Foundation





FAIRFAX; Va.; August 17, 2010—Preparing for a new school year is not something solely experienced by students and parents. Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) understands the importance of providing its educators with the comprehensive groundwork necessary for a successful Great Beginning.

For the second year, the Apple Federal Credit Union Education Foundation is making this preparatory head start possible for FCPS, by providing generous financial support for the System’s week-long introductory institute, Great Beginnings: The Next Generation. The Great Beginnings program is a comprehensive session series designed to provide new FCPS teachers with important information about their first days and weeks of instruction, as well as introduce them to colleagues for future support.

Sessions will include: how to support student learning; create positive classroom management; build relationships with students, parents, and colleagues; implement best practices for teaching and learning; approach the job professionally; and even how to manage personal finances.

“It’s no secret that good teachers are crucial for effective learning,” says Mike Engley, executive director for Apple FCU Education Foundation. “Everyone has a story of an educator whose dedication to learning had a profound impact on their life. Great Beginnings is a natural extension for Apple FCU and the Foundation because it allows us to provide for the next generation of teachers set to similarly inspire students. We are honored and feel beyond privileged to participate in such a program.”

Participants initially will meet at Hayfield Secondary School (7630 Telegraph Road) August 23-25 for meet and greets with FCPS Deputy Superintendent Richard Moniuszko, Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources Kevin North, Apple FCU Education Foundation Executive Director Engley and Rick Smith, author of “Conscious Classroom Management.” Break-out sessions will be provided by Apple’s Education Foundation, with additional resources and information from FCPS.  For the final two days of the program (August 26-27), teachers will report to their schools to meet with their personal coaches and begin on-site orientation.

For more information on the FCPS Great Beginnings: The Next Generation program, contact the FCPS Department of Communications and Community Outreach at 571-423-1200. To learn more about the Apple Federal Credit Union Education Foundation, visit For more on Apple FCU and its products and services, call 703-788-4800 or visit


Apple Federal Credit Union’s Mission:

Through a lifelong partnership with anyone touched by education, Apple FCU helps members achieve their dreams by offering competitive financial solutions, with dedicated personal service. Apple exists, not for profit, but for the benefit of its members.

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