Fairfax County school administrator Shawn DeRose was named the state’s outstanding assistant principal for 2014 by the Virginia Association of Secondary School Principals.

An assistant principal at the Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology is now a finalist for the national assistant principal of the year honors.

DeRose is known for his collaborative work with administrators at Jefferson, a magnet school near Alexandria.

“Shawn extends beyond his comfort zone as a result of building teams of students, teachers, and parents to enable collaboration,” principal Evan Glazer said. “He knows how to express care and appreciation for the community so they feel motivated and get involved.”

DeRose previously served as the school’s director of student activities, where he worked closely with the Parent, Teacher, Student Association, and helped create new outreach initiatives by opening the school’s first Facebook and Twitter accounts.

From 2003 to 2010, he was an assistant principal at J.E.B. Stuart High School. An Ohio University graduate, he received a master’s degree in educational administration from Ohio State University.

DeRose will receive his award from at a conference in Williamsburg, Va., in June. He will also attend a Capitol Hill event with members of Congress in the fall.