About

Administration

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  • Virginia Colwell, Head of School

    Mrs. Colwell has served at Paul VI Catholic High School for nearly 25 years. Before she was named Head of School in 2016, she previously served the school community as an English teacher, school administrator, Assistant Principal and Academic Dean, and Principal.
     
    As Head of School, she is charged with meeting the goals of the school’s long-term strategic plan. As part of that, she manages PVI’s fundraising, marketing and public relations efforts; facilities; financial planning and management; recruitment; and alumni relations. She also oversees Athletics and Campus Ministry.
     
    A product of Catholic education growing up, Mrs. Colwell attended Loretto Heights College (BA in English); Trinity University (MA in English) and Marymount University (MEd in Catholic School Leadership).
     
    Read Mrs. Colwell’s thoughts on being both an educator and parent at PVI.
  • Tom Opfer, ’96, Principal and Dean of Academics

    Dr. Opfer first walked through the doors of PVI as a student. He’s now spent 14 years at the school as an educator, with the last 10 years as an administrator. In his current role, he serves as PVI’s chief academic officer and manages the day-to-day operations. He oversees the school’s curriculum and faculty, as well as Student Life and Counseling.
     
    After earning a bachelor’s degree in computer science from James Madison University, Dr. Opfer worked briefly as a computer consultant before he found his passion for teaching while tutoring students in math. He has since earned master’s degrees in education from George Mason University and school leadership from Marymount University. He received a doctorate degree from George Mason in May 2017.
Paul VI Catholic High School is a private college preparatory school for girls and boys in grades 9-12 in Fairfax, Virginia, seeking to help our students Grow in Grace and Wisdom. Our Washington area prep school is part of the Diocese of Arlington and offers rigorous academics, an inclusive community focused on spiritual and leadership formation, and a proud athletic tradition featuring competitive Division I high school athletics in the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference.