Meet the 2010-2011 winners of The Washington Post Distinguished Educational Leadership Awards:
Arlington Public Schools
Mary Begley is not only principal of Arlington Science Focus School (ASFS), she was one of the committee members who helped start the school. After teaching in the Midwest, she came to Alexandria City Public Schools and worked as a teacher and assistant principal. In 1995, she became part of the committee to start ASFS. Mrs. Begley began at ASFS as the reading teacher and then became assistant principal before becoming principal. She earned her BS and MS from Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio.
Alexandria City Schools
Keisha Boggan has spent her entire education career in Alexandria City Schools and she is also a graduate of Alexandria City Schools. Ms. Boggan began her career in Alexandria as a student teacher and went on to teach social studies as well as serving as the performance evaluation specialist at Minnie Howard School. After serving as assistant principal at George Washington Middle School, she assumed her current position as principal of Francis C. Hammond Middle School. Ms. Boggan earned her BA at North Carolina A&T University in Greensboro, N.C. and her MS from the University of Akron.
Montgomery County Public Schools
Judy Brubaker began her career as a second grade teacher at Gaithersburg Elementary School. Mrs. Brubaker also taught kindergarten before becoming an assistant principal. After being an assistant principal, she was a principal trainee, curriculum generalist and a principal intern before becoming principal at Germantown Elementary School. In 2000 Mrs. Brubaker assumed her current position as principal of Spark M. Matsunaga Elementary School. She earned her BA from Frostburg State University in Frostburg, Md. and her MA from Hood College in Frederick, Md.
Prince William County Public Schools
Andrew Buchheit is the principal of Bristow Run Elementary School in Bristow, Va. He has been at Bristow Run since 2000. Prior to that, he was a summer school principal at Mountain View Elementary School in Haymarket, Va. and Lake Ridge Elementary School in Woodbridge, Va. Mr. Buchheit has also worked as gifted resources teacher and a fourth grade teacher. He earned his BA from George Mason University in Fairfax, Va. and his MEd from the University of Connecticut.
Charles County Public Schools
Amy DiSabatino is the principal of William B. Wade Elementary School in Waldorf, Md. Prior to joining the faculty at Wade, Mrs. DiSabatino was an assistant principal at Arthur Middleton Elementary School and Malcolm Elementary School, both located in Waldorf. She began her career as an elementary school teacher at Walter J. Mitchell Elementary in La Plata, Md. Mrs. DiSabatino earned her BS from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in Indiana, Penn. and her MEd from The George Washington University
Loudoun County Public Schoools
Timothy Flynn began his education career on the island of Guam where he worked as special education teacher and a school counselor. Mr. Flynn also served as an assistant principal and principal while living in Guam. Upon returning to the continental United States, he was a principal in Charlottesville, Va. Mr. Flynn assumed his current position as principal of Belmont Ridge Elementary School in Leesburg, Va. in 2007. He earned his BA from Stonehill College in South Easton, Mass. and his MA from Assumption College in Worchester, Mass. Mr. Flynn is currently a doctoral candidate at the University of Virginia.
St. Mary's County Public Schools
Susan Fowler began her career as a speech language pathologist. She transitioned into school leadership when she became an administrative intern at Green Holly School in Lexington Park, Md. where she also served as assistant principal. Mrs. Fowler then served as principal of Jenifer Elementary School in Waldorf, Md. for 10 years before assuming her current position as principal of Lexington Park Elementary School. She earned her BS from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, La. and her MA from The George Washington University in Washington, D.C.
Howard County Public Schools
Michael Goins has been the principal at Ellicott Mills Middle School in Ellicott City, Md. since 1999. Prior to that, he was a principal at Owen Brown Middle School in Columbia, Md. Mr. Goins began his career as a health educator at Oakland Mills Middle School, also in Columbia. He earned his BS and MEd from Townson University in Townson, Md.
Fauquier County Public Schools
Roger Lee’s first job was as a professional baseball player with the Seattle Mariners. After that Mr. Lee worked as a bank teller and then became an accounting and business data processing teacher at Fauquier High School in Warrenton, Va. He began his administrative career as an assistant principal at Cedar Leaf Junior High School and then at Liberty High School, both in Bealeton, Va. Mr. Lee served as assistant principal at Fauquier High School for two years before assuming his current position as principal at Liberty High School in Bealeton. He earned his BS at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Va. and his MEd from George Mason University.
Fairfax County Public Schools
Maureen Marshall is the principal of Garfield Elementary School in Springfield, Va. Dr. Marshall also served as assistant principal at Garfield. Dr. Marshall is also an adjunct professor at the University of Virginia. Prior to coming to Garfield, she was a special education teacher. Dr. Marshall earned her BA from Boston College in Boston, Mass. She earned her MEd and EdD from Virginia Polytechnic University in Blacksburg, Va.
District of Columbia Public Charter Schools
Chloe Marshall is the principal of Imagine Hope Community Charter School – Tolson Campus in Washington, D.C. Prior to coming to Imagine Hope, Dr. Marshall was a principal, assistant principal and teacher in Memphis City Schools in Memphis, Tenn. She earned her BS and MS from The University of Memphis. Dr. Marshall earned her EdS and EdD from Union University, also in Memphis.
Sheila Martinez has served as principal of Our Lady of Victory School in Washington, D.C. since 2004. Before her appointment at Our Lady of Victory, she worked as a middle school teacher and the vice principal of St. Andrew the Apostle School in Silver Spring, Md. Mrs. Martinez began her career as a high school teacher. Mrs. Martinez earned her MA from the University of East London in the United Kingdom and her MEd from Marymount University in Arlington, Va.
Stafford County Public Schools
Thomas Nichols is the principal of North Stafford High School in Stafford, Va. Prior to joining the faculty at North Stafford, Mr. Nichols was the assistant principal at Brooke Point High School, also in Stafford. Before becoming an administrator, he was a technology education instructor at Brooke Pointe. Mr. Nichols has also taught in Corry, Penn. He earned his BS and MEd from California University of Pennsylvania in California, Penn.
Frederick County Public Schools
Kathleen Schlappal began her career as a social studies teacher in Whitefish Bay, Wisc. Mrs. Schlappal moved to Maryland and became a teacher at Windsor Knolls Elementary School in Iamsville. She began her education career as an assistant principal at Middletown Middle School in Middletown and then became assistant principal at Brunswick High School. Mrs. Schlappal now serves as the principal of Tuscarora High School in Frederick as well as serving as principal of Middletown High School in Middletown, Md. She earned her BA from Gettysburg College in Gettsyburg, Penn. and her MA from the University of Delaware in Newark, Del.
Manassas City Schools
Rebecca Stone is the principal of R.C. Haydon Elementary School in Manassas, Va. Mrs. Stone has been the principal at Haydon since 2007. Before that she was principal of Moncure Elementary School in Stafford, Va. and she also served as principal of Lightfoot Elementary in Unionville, Va. Before becoming a principal, Mrs. Stone was a teacher for emotionally and learning disabled children. She earned her BS from Mansfield University in Mansfield, Penn and her MEd from Virginia Commonwealth University.in Richmond, Va. Mrs. Stone is currently a EdD candidate at the University of Phoenix.
Anne Arundel County Public Schools
Sharron Stratton is the principal of Arundel High School in Gambrills, Md. Mrs. Stratton was also the assistant principal at Arundel High School. Prior to coming to Arundel High School, she was the assistant principal at North County High School in Ferndale, Md. Mrs. Stratton began her education career as a social studies teacher. She earned her BS from Townson University in Townson, Md. and her MEd from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Md.
Calvert County Public Schools
Karen Vogel began her education career as a teacher in Fairfax County Public Schools. Ms. Vogel worked on the administrative faculty at George Mason University before joining Charles County Public Schools as a program coordinator. She then served as an assistant principal for five years. In 1998, Ms. Vogel joined Calvert County Public Schools as an assistant principal. In 2002, she assumed her current position as principal of Sunderland Elementary School in Sunderland, Md. Ms. Vogel earned her BS from the University of Maryland in College Park, Md. and her MEd from Johns Hopkins University.
District of Columbia Public Schools
Cheryl Warley has been with D.C. Public Schools since 1984. Currently Ms. Warley is the principal of J.O Wilson Elementary School. Prior to joining the faculty at Wilson, she was the assistant principal of Terrell Junior High and McFarland Middle School. Ms. Warley also taught mathematics at Stuart Hobson Middle School and Eastern Senior High School. She earned her BS from South Carolina State University in Orangeburg, S.C. and her MEd from National Louis University in McLean, Va. Ms. Warley earned a second MEd from George Mason University.
Prince George's County Public Schools
Judith White is the principal of Dodge Park Elementary School is Landover, Md. Dr. White has been the principal there for seven years. Prior to joining the faculty at Dodge Park, she was the assistant principal at Cooper Lane Elementary, also in Landover. Dr. White has also served as an academic/test coordinator and worked for the Prince George’s County School Board. She began her career as a special education teacher at Frederick Douglass High School in Upper Marlboro, Md. Dr. White earned her BA from Salisbury State University in Salisbury, Md. and her MA from the University of Maryland. She earned her EdD from Bowie State University in Bowie, Md.