Connect PGCPS: Transportation Academy, Career-Change Teachers, #PGCPSGoesRed

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February 10, 2020

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Lucky 13: Transportation Academy Graduates First Cohort

The Department of Transportation teamed up with Human Resources, Local 2250 and the Office of Talent Development to offer the first-ever Transportation Academy, a six-month professional learning opportunity. Participants learned interviewing skills, Spanish for beginners, professionalism and communication in the workplace and more. Participants also presented a self-reflection on their professional growth through the program. 

#CTEMonth: Unexpected Paths to the Classroom!

For some #TeamPGCPS colleagues, their journey to the classroom was not direct. Often, you can find these professionals in our Career and Technical Education (CTE) classrooms. Meet these teachers whose real-world experience is preparing students for higher education and the workplace!


Potomac High School lawyer-turned-teacher Nissa Copemann says after experiencing a lack of diversity in her field, she intends to inspire more students to pursue the many career paths introduced in the Law and Homeland Security programs! WATCH


Classically-trained Chef Muriel Homesack oversees the Crossland High School culinary arts program, where students not only learn food prep, safety and technique but also business and soft skills. Read More


Certified Master Technician Ryan Asmussen is writing a new chapter — one that brings his experience into the classroom to guide Suitland High School students along the path toward careers in automotive technology! Read More

Now Accepting Nominations for Teacher of the Year

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Nominate an outstanding teacher for the prestigious Teacher of the Year Award!

Candidates must be in their sixth year of teaching and plan to remain in the classroom during the 2020-21 school year. The Prince George's County Teacher of the Year will compete for the honor of Maryland Teacher of the Year.

Award details are available on the Teacher of the Year webpage. Applications must be submitted by Friday, March 6 at 5 p.m.

In the Spotlight

Pride of PGCPS

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Dr. Jennifer Love, Supervisor, Language Access & Engagement, was recently appointed to the Maryland State Advisory Council for English Learners (ELs).

Dr. Love will advise the State Superintendent of Schools on initiatives, issues, policies and recommendations relevant to the education of ELs, reviews and discusses data and effective practices, monitors proposed state and federal legislation and collaborate with families, educators, institutes of higher education, and other stakeholders on the diverse needs of ELs. The advisory council includes PreK-16 educators, families, students and community/business stakeholders. They represent all levels of education, the major geographic regions of Maryland and varied expertise and perspectives concerning issues related to ELs. She will serve a three-year term.


Board of Education Chair Dr. Alvin Thornton will be a featured speaker on Feb. 18 at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore in celebration of African American History Month. Dr. Thornton, who worked more than four decades in higher education, will offer reflections on his experiences advocating for public schools to receive adequate funding.  


To nominate a colleague who makes you #PGCPSProud, send their name, office/school, photo and a brief description (100 words or less) to Submissions may be edited for length, clarity or grammar.

The Office of Communications is always seeking good news to share about our students, staff, schools and offices! Does your school or office have an innovative program? Do you know a student achiever or hard-working staffer who deserve kudos? Tell us more at!

Benefits Services: Our Focus Is You

PGCPS Goes Red for Heart Health

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Visit your local MinuteClinic at CVS Pharmacy on Thursday, Feb. 13 or Thursday, Feb. 20 and receive a no-cost heart health preventive screening, supported by Tylenol. Learn the five key personal health numbers that can help you determine your risk for heart disease: total cholesterol, HDL (good) cholesterol, blood pressure, blood sugar and body mass index. Bring this voucher to your visit or just show it from your phone. No appointment necessary!

If you are interested in bringing employee wellness activities to your school, please contact for more information.

ICYMI: In Case You Missed It

2019 W2 Distribution


Electronic W2s
If you elected electronic delivery, your W2 is now available using Oracle Self-Service.

Paper W2s
Paper W2s were mailed out the week of January 27, 2020. Employees will receive their W2s in the mail at the address that is reflected in Oracle as of Dec. 31, 2019.

Reprinted W2s
Requests for reprints of W2s are now being processed. This will allow time for the post office to make delivery. To request a W-2 Reprint (Duplicate W2), you will need to complete a W2 Reprint Request form –

For questions, please contact Payroll Services at 301-952-6200.

2020-2021 School Calendar Approved

The 2020-21 School Calendar has been approved by the Board of Education. Report card dates will be added as soon as they are available. The calendar includes state-mandated holidays for all school districts, including Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Presidents’ Day, Memorial Day, and days around Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter. As community polling sites, schools must also be closed for election days.

Please send any questions about the school calendar to

Black History Month: Celebrating Excellence!

Did you know that Drew-Freeman Middle School's namesakes were pioneering surgeon Dr. Charles Drew and Dr. Jesse L. Freeman Jr., former principal of Francis Scott Key Junior High School and associate superintendent for personnel? Built in 1960 as Francis Scott Key Junior High, the school was renamed as Drew-Freeman Middle School in 1995. Dr. Freeman was instrumental in the implementation of a science, mathematics and technology center at Francis Scott Key and several other schools in the county. Dr. Drew pioneered techniques for blood storage and transfusions and developed large-scale blood banks.