Meet Kathleen Halayko, Your 2016 Grand Marshal!
Congratulations to Kathleen Halayko on being named the Grand Marshal for the 2016 City of Falls Church Memorial Day Parade on May 30. The Recreation and Parks Advisory Board chose Ms. Halayko for her 28 years of service to Mt. Daniel Elementary School, the City’s public school for kindergarten and first grade students. She started at the school as a speech and language pathologist and was later promoted to principal. Ms. Halayko recently announced that after 18 years in the leadership role, she would be retiring at the end of this school year.
"I am absolutely overwhelmed by the outpouring of appreciation," said Ms. Halayko. "When I saw who was selected as Grand Marshal in previous years, I was so thankful to be grouped with such important people in the City of Falls Church! I am extremely flattered by this!"
Ms. Halayko has received numerous awards and grants and has served on a variety of educational committees. She was honored with the Washington Post Distinguished Educational Leadership Award for the 2003-2004 school year. "She has cultivated a community of caring learners, a highly dedicated staff and parents who are very much involved in their children's learning," said four staff members in their nominating letter for that award.
Teachers, staff and parents say they are impressed by Halayko's dedication to and involvement with the students, such as greeting the children by name at the school entrance every morning and evening, and having group lunch every Thursday and Friday.