Dr. Mitch Sutterfield is serving his fourth term on the City of Fairfax School Board. Dr. Sutterfield has been a resident of Fairfax City since 1964, moving through Fairfax Elementary, Sidney Lanier Middle, and Fairfax High School (1972). After a B.A. and M.A. in English at the College of William and Mary, he received a Ph.D. in English from The George Washington University in 1992.
In 1977, Sutterfield began a 32-year career as a teacher (English) and a coach (football and wrestling) at Fairfax High School, retiring in 2009. He has been inducted into the Fairfax High School Sports Hall of Fame and the Virginia Chapter of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame.
In 2004, he was selected by Rotary International as its Teacher of the Year (among the four schools of Fairfax City). In 2003, he was the Virginia Wrestling Coach of the Year, awarded by the Virginia High School League Coaches’ Association.
Currently, he serves on the Board of the Mosby Woods Community Association. Before joining the School Board, he was its representative to the Fairfax County Superintendent's Business and Community Advisory Council. This season will be his 39th as a freshman football coach and 40th as a wrestling coach (24 years as head coach).
Since his retirement from the classroom in 2009, he has been a substitute teacher for Fairfax County Public Schools.