[UPDATED] Connect PGCPS: Advocacy in Annapolis, Pre-Retirement Conference

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February 25, 2020

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Advocacy in Annapolis: PGCPS Legislative Night

CEO Dr. Monica Goldson and Board Chair Dr. Alvin Thornton, joined by Board of Education members, labor partners and nearly 200 staff and students, hosted PGCPS Legislative Night in Annapolis. PGCPS Legislative Night focused on the Blueprint for Maryland’s Future, also known as the Kirwan plan, and the Built to Learn school construction bill. View photos for a look at Monday's evening of advocacy.

Aspiring Principal and Assistant Principal Information Session

An information session for aspiring principals and assistant principals featuring Dr. Monica Goldson will be held Tuesday, March 3 at Charles H. Flowers High School from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. The 2020-21 Principal Selection Process will be highlighted at the sessionFor more information, contact talent.development@pgcps.org. The Principal Selection Process is open through Monday, March 23. Interested candidates should visit www.pgcps.org/careers for more information and to submit an application. Level up to school leadership! 

Professional School Counselors Recognized for Exemplary Work

Three International High School professional school counselors — Robin Rubain (Largo), Iesha Caisey (Langley Park) and Gabriela Kass (Langley Park) — were recently recognized by the College Board for their stellar work. The trio were honored as innovative, results-oriented counselors, committed to student success and opportunity. They received a letter of recognition and lapel pin during National School Counseling Week earlier this month.

In the Spotlight

Pride of PGCPS


Templeton Elementary School Data Coach Theresa Mitchell is described by colleagues as organized, bubbly, funny and committed. Her changes to the school’s testing schedule has resulted in a more structured process, thanks to her informational presentations, color-coded baskets and prompt response. She even goes the extra mile to leave motivational notes to teachers in their testing baskets to remind them they are important and valued. 

#CTEMonth: Teachers Who Bring the Real World Into the Classroom

As CTE Month comes to a close, read this op-ed by CEO Dr. Monica Goldson on how investing in career and technical education programs prepare students for the future, thanks to teachers like these!


The business and finance team at Dr. Henry A. Wise, Jr. High School bring collective experience in mentoring, higher education and more to prepare students for college and employment.


Dr. Henry A. Wise, Jr. High School 20-year medical assistant turned health professions coordinator Heleena Wright teaches students both the clinical and administrative aspects of careers. In addition to forging new partnerships, under Wright's direction students achieved a 100% pass-rate for Clinical Medical Assistant certification in just her second year over the program!


Bladensburg High School, teacher and business owner Shanay Dudley is training cosmetology students not only to obtain their state licenses but also in essential business skills and an entrepreneurial mindset. Fun fact: one of Dudley's students placed 13th in the nation for nail care in the 2019 SkillsUSA competition!

To nominate a colleague who makes you #PGCPSProud, send their name, office/school, photo and a brief description (100 words or less) to communications@pgcps.org. 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 communications@pgcps.org!

Benefits Services: Our Focus Is You

Registration for the 2020 Spring Pre-Retirement Planning Conference is Now Open

The Pre-Retirement Planning Conference will be held Saturday, March 21 at Dr. Henry Wise Jr. High School. The conference is recommended for employees within three to five years of retirement. Space is limited and registration is required. The cost is $10 per person.

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

ICYMI: In Case You Missed It

Census 2020 PSA Contest for Middle and HS Students!


Middle and high school students can plug into Census 2020, civics and creativity by submitting their best 30-second public service announcement on why it's critical for families to complete their census forms! Winners will be featured during PGCPS Census Week (March 23-27) and invited to take masterclasses at the PGCPS Film Festival Showcase on March 28, and more! Details.

Nominate a Colleague for an Outstanding Support Award

Prince George’s County has celebrated and recognized world-class educators and leaders for their contributions and commitment to our students and community for more than 45 years. This year we will celebrate honorees at the annual Employee Recognition Dinner on Thursday, April 30 at Martin's Crosswinds in Greenbelt. 

We will also celebrate employees who demonstrate the highest level of excellence in their work. To learn how you can nominate an employee for the Outstanding Support Award, click here. The nomination deadline is Thursday, March 5

Take the Career and Technical Education Survey

PGCPS is seeking input from students, teachers and parents about experiences and perceptions of Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs. Our goal is to provide students with a strong foundation of technical knowledge and workplace skills in preparation for college and careers. Please complete the CTE Survey by Friday, March 6.

Now Accepting Nominations for Teacher of the Year

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.

Black History Month: Celebrating Excellence!


Did you know that Cora L. Rice Elementary School's namesake was a community leader who sought to make Prince George's County a place where African American citizens were not discriminated against? The three-term Prince George's County NAACP branch president fought for equal educational opportunities, fair housing policies, an end to job discrimination, and full participation in the political system.