Ms. Hard is ecstatic to embark on this new adventure with our Fairfax Academy for Communications and the Arts Team as it blends her primary passions: education/students, languages, the arts, and community. She is a proud FCPS graduate, and mother of both an FCPS graduate, and current second-grader.
As a former French, Dance, and Theatre major at George Mason University, she looks forward to what’s ahead after her 23 year career as the Middle School Theatre Director and Department Chair at Robinson Secondary School. As an educator, she has enjoyed her roles dedicated to building relationships, supporting students, and bringing community together. She has served as Robinson’s Graduation Coordinator, SGA Advisor, FCPS Great Beginnings Coach and Mentor to Novice Teachers, International Guest Director at the American School of Sofia, Bulgaria, VDOE and FCPS Theatre Curriculum Writer/Developer, and recipient of the 2019 FCPS Team Excellence Award for the premiere theatre-based Global Classroom Project with partners in China. Additionally, she has led international and NYC performing arts focused student tours, including directing student performances at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland.
As a theatre maker and dancer/choreographer, Ms. Hard has taught, choreographed, and directed in the area for decades- serving as Cappies Assistant Director, Choreographer for Cappies International, Advisor for Arena Stage’s prestigious Voices of Now Festival, and performing/directing/teaching regionally at theatres such as Studio Theatre, Keegan Theatre, Classika Theatre, Tsunami, Port City Playhouse, Little Theatre of Alexandria, Silver Spring Stage, and Washington Improv Theatre among others.
Ms. Hard is committed to providing authentic opportunities that assure every student has the skills and resources to thrive and succeed, both in our classrooms and beyond, through engaging and relevant curriculum, dynamic instruction, and meaningful programming.