Metz Principal

Phone: 571-377-6800


Degrees and Certifications:

Mr. Derek Smith

Coming soon!

Phone: 571-677-6810


Degrees and Certifications:

Bachelor of Education, George Mason University Masters of Administration and Supervision, George Mason Univeristy

Mr. Jeff Abt

Mr. Jeff Abt is serving as the Interim Assistant Principal for Ms. Milhoan until October 1.  He retired from Manassas City Public Schools in 2016 and has assisted schools in administrative assignments since then.  Prior to retirement, Mr. Abt served as the Executive Director of Student and Administrative Support Services, Mayfield Intermediate Principal, Baldwin Elementary Principal, Jennie Dean Assistant Principal, Metz Middle School Assistant Principal, Teacher at Round Elementary, and coach at Osbourn High School.

He graduated from George Mason University with both his undergraduate degree in education and  Masters degree in School Leadership. His endorsements/certifications from the Virginia Department of Education are Division Superintendent, Elementary, Middle and High School Principal, School Supervision, and K-12 Health and Physical Education.

Metz Assistant Principal - A - Gh

Phone: 571-377-6810


Degrees and Certifications:

Ms. Milhoan

Sarah Milhoan comes to us from Langston Hughes Middle School in Fairfax County Public Schools. Mrs. Milhoan served her previous school for two years as Equity Lead where she assembled and managed a team of staff members dedicated to exploring identity, diversity, equity and action to support the success of all students. She facilitated school-wide professional development centered around equity and cultural responsiveness and provided resources and mentoring to teachers and staff to develop a culturally responsive classroom. In addition, she brings with her experience in PBIS, restorative practices, student mentoring, and instructional coaching.

Mrs. Milhoan has seven years of classroom experience as a teacher and has spent this past year as a part-time Dean of Students focusing on attendance and after school programs. 

Mrs. Milhoan is committed and passionate about building relationships with students, staff and the community. She is an advocate for all students to ensure they receive a high quality and equitable education that meets their individual needs. 

Lastly, Mrs. Milhoan is a proud Manassas City resident and is looking forward to joining the Mustang Family.

Metz Assistant Principal - Gi - Ng

Phone: 571-377-6806


Degrees and Certifications:

Bachelor of Music Education; Old Dominion University Master of Arts in Teaching; George Mason University Master of Education in Administration and Supervision; University of Virginia

Mrs. Zayatz

Mrs. Zayatz was named Assistant Principal of Metz Middle School in November of 2018, and began officially as a Metz Mustang in January 2019. She holds a Bachelor of Music Education from Old Dominion University, a Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) from George Mason University, and a Master of Education (M.Ed) in Administration and Supervision from the University of Virginia (WAHOOWA!). Presently, Mrs. Zayatz is working towards her Doctorate degree (Ed.D) in Education Policy and Leadership at Virginia Tech.

Mrs. Zayatz began her public school teaching career in Virginia Beach City Public Schools. Since then she has had the honor to serve in Prince William County Public Schools, International Schools overseas, the Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDea) Schools, and in Stafford County Public Schools. She also served as an adjunct faculty member for both James Madison University and the University of Virginia working with preservice educators and educators pursuing their graduate degrees in education. Mrs. Zayatz is thrilled to now serve the Metz Middle School community, and is very proud to be a Mustang!

When not with her Metz family, Mrs. Zayatz enjoys adventures and time at home with her husband and two children.

Metz Assistant Principal - Ni - Z

Phone: 571-377-6809


Degrees and Certifications:

Ms. Thomas

Ms. Thomas joined Manassas City Public Schools in 2014 as Assistant Principal at Metz Middle School. Ms. Thomas has served as an educator in schools with diverse populations and student educational needs in Virginia, Washington, D.C and non-profit educational organizations. She has a strong background knowledge in special education laws, procedures, policies and best instructional and behavioral practices for all students. Additionally, Ms. Thomas speaks Spanish fluently. She has served in the capacity of general education classroom teacher, special education classroom teacher and resource/inclusion teacher, instructional coach, instructional leader and adjunct professor. Ms. Thomas earned a B.A. in Psychology from George Mason University, an M.ED in Special Education from Regent University, and a second M.Ed. in School Leadership and Supervision from George Mason University. Ms. Thomas is committed to ensuring that each student at Metz Middle School receives a high-quality education.