Stafford County schools Superintendent Scott Kizner calls Virginia Secretary of Education Atif Qarni “one of the hardest-working, most-compassionate leaders to come out of Richmond” that he has known in 20 years.

“I like to think I get around, but he is everywhere, looking to make a difference,” Kizner said in introducing Qarni before an informal discussion between the state’s top education official and Stafford school division administrators at Stafford Elementary on Tuesday morning.

Qarni’s visit included a stop at Brooke Point High School’s Inspire Virginia voter registration rally and a tour of Stafford Elementary, in addition to the roundtable discussion.

Qarni is a former Marine Corps sergeant who worked as an eighth-grade civics teacher in Prince William County

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