PGCPS Express: Teacher of the Year, Summer Work Schedule, CEO's Book Study

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PGCPS Express: A newsletter for PGCPS Employees

June 29, 2020

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Teacher of the Year: Mary Piccirilli, Cooper Lane Elementary


Mary Piccirilli from Cooper Lane Elementary is the 2020 Prince George’s County Public Schools Teacher of the Year! A third-grade teacher, Piccirilli has spent her entire seven-year career in PGCPS, serving Cooper Lane students for the past two years. Prior to Cooper Lane, she was a second-grade teacher at Imagine Foundations at Leeland Public Charter School.

Joshua Pleasant, World Culture and Geography teacher at Benjamin Tasker Middle School, is runner-up for this year’s Teacher of the Year award. Vitalia Forbes, second grade teacher at Accokeek Academy, and Lindsey Joseph, English teacher at Crossland High School, are finalists.

Other nominees included Carlos Baez, International High School at Largo; Katelyn Blackburn, Barack Obama Elementary; Dr. Sameano Porchea Bond, Benjamin Tasker Middle School; Nadia Campbell, Kettering Middle School; Ingrid Cruz, Oxon Hill Middle School; Devorah Garcia, Cool Spring Elementary; Christina Harter, Deerfield Run Elementary; Karon Johnson, Gwynn Park High School; Scherie Leak, Chillum Elementary; Manuela Pagunsan, Greenbelt Middle School; and Adelle Winston-Beasley, Edward M. Felegy Elementary School.

6-Week Summer Schedule Starts June 29


From June 29 through Aug. 7, PGCPS will maintain a regular five-day work week for all employees. During this time period, school and central office employees will be allowed to exercise liberal leave on Fridays.

Liberal leave means employees are allowed to use their leave, whether annual, personal, or sick, as they see fit during this time. Employees must still submit their leave requests to their supervisor for approval, but it is the expectation that their leave will be granted if available.

Additionally, meetings or collaborative work group agendas should not be scheduled on Fridays. It is the expectation that Fridays will be used to plan and assess for the upcoming week.

Professional Learning Blackout Dates

Mandatory professional learning shall not occur July 13 through July 24. Large group training sessions or other such meetings during the summer, with required attendance, should make the necessary adjustments to work around these dates. The blackout period does not speak, in any manner, to when staff can or should take annual leave during the summer. As always, leave requests should take into account individual needs and the needs of the office.

In the Spotlight


Ann Fleming, Green Team sponsor at Benjamin Tasker Middle School, has received the City of Bowie's Green Citizen Award, given annually to a resident who shows exemplary work and devotion to sustainability. Fleming teaches eighth-grade science as a Special Educator. With assistance from the Bowie Lions Club, students have refurbished the school’s courtyard, make tire planters for the herb garden and upcycled handmade holiday crafts for the holidays.

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

Benefits Services: Our Focus Is You

#HealthyPGCPS: Summer Fruits and Vegetables

fruits and veggies

From apples to zucchini, enjoy these mouth-watering summer fruits and vegetables. Healthy eating is a year-round pursuit! 


July 6: Stage 2 Administrative Offices Reopening

On Monday, July 6, Stage 2 will begin with regular work hours for all employees. Designated staff will return to worksites on Mondays and Wednesdays while continuing to telework the remainder of the week. CEO Dr. Monica Goldson provided an update in a memo to all employees yesterday:

  • Employees will be required to utilize social distancing guidelines and personal protective equipment (PPE).
  • Schools and offices are open to visitors and other employees by appointment only.
  • Social distancing guidelines and facial coverings will be required.
  • All schools and buildings will continue to use rigorous disinfection processes aligned with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommended cleaning protocols at the end of each workday and prior to reopening schools and buildings.  

This is the next stage of a three-tiered reopening process aligned to county and state operations. More information will be available soon in a revised version of the Prince George’s County Public Schools Staff Reopening and Recovery Plan. 

Out with the Old (Name), In with the New: Office of Professional Learning and Leadership

Effective July 1, the Office of Talent Development will become the Office of Professional Learning and Leadership (OPLL). Under the leadership of Dr. Kristi L. Holden, the Office of Professional Learning and Leadership will focus on enhancing employees' professional practice through the development of wide-range specialized programs, coaching and mentoring. Additionally, the office will serve as the hub for all professional learning for the school system.

ICYMI: In Case You Missed It

Coming Soon: CEO's Summer Book Study

Join CEO Dr. Monica Goldson on Wednesday, July 8 for a four-session summer book study on Biased: Uncovering the Hidden Prejudice That Shapes What We See, Think, and Do. The book is available for employees to purchase at a discounted price — just show your PGCPS employee ID. To sign up for the book study, please visit

CEO Employee Scholarships Available at Loyola

Employees may apply for scholarships at Loyola University Maryland through Wednesday, July 15 for full-tuition, half-tuition and one semester grants. Three full-tuition, three half-tuition and 20 semester Master of Arts in Teaching grants will be awarded from the CEO's Scholarship Program. Applicants may choose from nine master's and certificate program options. Recipients will be announced Monday, Aug. 10. Additionally, all employees are eligible for a 15 percent tuition discount on all Loyola School of Education cohort programs. For more information, visit

Free Digital Access to PGCMLS News Suite

The Prince George’s County Memorial Library System (PGCMLS) offers free digital access to The Washington Post, The New York Times and 27 popular magazines. These new resources are available through the PGCMLS online “News Suite” at to PGCMLS cardholders and PGCPS students. Flipster (EBSCO) provides access to 27 major magazines.

10th Annual LifeChanger of the Year Award - Nominations Accepted All Summer

LifeChanger of the Year is sponsored by the National Life Group Foundation. Since its inception in 2006, the goal of the National Life Group Foundation is to do good in communities by supporting nonprofit and educational organizations. Nominating your LifeChanger is simple: here's how it works.