Nathaniel R. Provencio
Minnieville Elementary School
Prince William County Public Schools
Nathaniel Provencio has served Prince William County Public Schools since 2001. From 2010 to 2019, Provencio served as the principal of Minnieville Elementary School. One supervisor describes Provencio as “an amazing instructional leader” who has “established a culture that features an unparalleled level of collaboration and shared ownership for student success.” As a result, Minnieville consistently received recognition for growth throughout Provencio’s tenure; the school increased in state rankings from the 23rd percentile in 2010-2011 to the 83rd percentile in 2017-2018, was named a Distinguished Title I School, and is a four-time Prince William County School of Excellence. Provencio credits these impressive achievements to his implementation of frameworks that have led to highly collaborative and effective PLCs, which have also earned the school praise; Minnieville is an international model PLC and won the 2019 DeFour National PLC School of the Year Award. Provencio and his literacy team implemented a collaborative literacy framework called PRESS IN that has influenced literacy instruction throughout the country. Provencio has led an ambitious effort to increase family and community engagement, with a special focus on empowering economically disadvantaged and English learner families. Provencio was the 2016 Prince William County and The Washington Post Principal of the Year. He holds a B.S. in Education from the University of North Alabama and an M.Ed. in Education Leadership from George Mason University, where he was also named a Top 50 All Time Alumnus.