Veteran Fairfax County administrator Deirdre Lavery has been named principal of Springfield’s Lee High School.

Lavery succeeds Abe Jeffers, who left Lee in May to serve as a top administrator in Richmond city schools. Lavery had most recently served as the director of the old Cluster 3.

Lavery began her career in Fairfax in 1987 as a special education teacher at Frost Middle School. She later served as chair of the special education department at Frost before serving in succeeding leadership roles at Groveton Elementary and Twain Middle. She became principal of Glasgow Middle in 2004 and was the 2009 principal of the year in Fairfax. She simultaneously earned the Washington Post Distinguished Educational Leadership Award.

Lavery received a bachelor’s degree in special education from Marymount University and a master’s in education from George Mason University. Her term at Lee, with a student enrollment of 1,700, began Monday.