The 2012-2013 Distinguished Educational Leadership Award Winners

January 3

Mrs. Debra Bowling, St. Mary’s County Public Schools

Debra Bowling began her career working as a legislative secretary on Capitol Hill.  After receiving her BS in Elementary Education from the University of Maryland in College Park, Md., Mrs. Bowling began her career in education.  She has worked as an elementary school teacher, curriculum writer, language arts/reading teacher and math teacher.  Mrs. Bowling’s career in administration began as vice principal of C. Paul Barnhart Elementary School in St. Charles, Md.  She assumed her current position as principal of Benjamin Banneker Elementary School in Loveville, Md. in 2007.  Mrs. Bowling earned her MEd from the University of Maryland. 

Ms. Angela Burnett, Manassas City Public Schools

Angela Burnett is the principal of Weems Elementary School in Manassas, Va.  Ms. Burnett has held this position since 2007.  Prior to becoming principal at Weems she worked as an assistant principal and middle school teacher in Manassas City Schools.  Ms. Burnett began her career in New York City in the Bronx as a math teacher.  While there, she also worked as a middle school dean and a mathematics instructional specialist.  Ms. Burnett earner her BS in Finance from Hampton University in Hampton, Va. and her MS from the College of New Rochelle in New Rochelle, N.Y. 

Ms. Corina Coronel, Arlington Public Schools

Corina Coronel began her career as a science and social studies special education teacher at The Lab School in Washington, D.C. She then joined the faculty at Randolph Elementary School in Arlington, Va. While there, Ms. Coronel served as a special education teacher.  In 2000, she became the assistant principal at Jamestown Elementary School, also in Arlington.  In 2005, Ms. Coronel assumed her current position as principal at Carlin Springs Elementary School in Arlington.  She earned her BA and MEd from The American University in Washington, D.C.  Ms. Coronel also holds a masters degree in educational leadership from George Mason University in Fairfax, Va.

Mrs. Carol Goddard, Montgomery County Public Schools

Carol Goddard is the principal of Gaithersburg Middle School in Gaithersburg, Md.  Previously, Mrs. Goddard was an assistant principal at Walter Johnson High School in Bethesda, Md.  Before becoming an administrator, she was a student support specialist, physical education resource teacher as well as a teacher of math, English, social studies, science and health.  Mrs. Goddard earned her BS and MEd from Northeastern State University in Tahlequah, Okla.

Mrs. Daria Groover, Stafford County Public Schools

Daria Groover is the principal of Hampton Oaks Elementary School in Stafford, Va.  Before joining the faculty at Hampton Oaks, Mrs. Groover was the principal of Waynewood Elementary School in Alexandria, Va.  She has also served as an assistant principal in Fairfax County Public Schools and Prince George’s County Public Schools.  Mrs. Groover began her career as a music teacher.  She has taught in Prince George’s County as well as in Ridgecrest, Calif.  Mrs. Groover earned her bachelor of music from Mansfield University of Pennsylvania in Mansfield, Penn. and her MEd from Bowie State University in Bowie, Md.

Mrs. Kimberly Hill, Charles County Public Schools

Kimberly Hill began her career as a social studies teacher at McDonough High School in Pomfret, Md.  In 1993, Mrs. Hill became vice principal of McDonough.  She left McDonough to become a coordinator at the Charles County Career & Technology Center, also in Pomfret.  In 2005, Mrs. Hill became vice principal at North Point High School for Science, Technology and Industry in Waldorf, Md.  In 2007, she became principal of North Point.  She earned her BA from High Point University in High Point, N.C. and her MA from the University of Maryland.  Mrs. Hill will receive her EdD from The George Washington University in May 2013.

Harry Hughes, District of Columbia Public Schools

Harry Hughes is the principal of Harriet Tubman Elementary School in Washington, D.C.  Prior to becoming principal at Harriet Tubman, Mr. Hughes was the assistant principal there.  Before that, he was a fourth and fifth grade teacher at Whittier Elementary and Davis Elementary in Washington, D.C.  Mr. Hughes also worked as the aftercare coordinator at Whittier.  He began his career as a legal assistant.  Mr. Hughes earned his BA from the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Va. and his MS from Trinity University in Washington, D.C. and he will complete an Executive Masters in Leadership from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. in December 2013. 

Dr. Adrianne Kaufman, Howard County Public Schools

Adrianne Kaufman is the principal of Marriotts Ridge High School in Marriottsville, Md. Dr. Kaufman has also served as principal of Reservoir High School in Fulton, Md. and Mt. Hebron High School in Ellicott City, Md.  Prior to becoming a principal, she was an assistant principal at Glenelg High School in Gelnelg, Md. and Atholton High School in Columbia, Md.  Dr. Kaufman began her career as a special education teacher.  She earned her BS from Boston University in Boston, Mass. and her MEd from Rutgers University in New Brunswick, N.J.  Dr. Kaufman earned her EdD from the University of Maryland. 

Mr. Robert Kosasky, Private School

Robert Kosasky began his career at The Rockland Country Day School in Congers , N.Y.  While there he taught courses in history, English, Latin, philosophy and religion.  Mr. Kosasky also served as the Head of Upper School and Assistant Headmaster at Rockland Country Day.  In 1997, he became the Director of the Upper School at Friends Select School in Philadelphia, Penn.  In 2002, Mr. Kosasky assumed his current position as Head of School at St. Andrew’s Episcopal School in Potomac, Md.  He earned his BA from Yale University in New Haven, Conn. and his MA from Columbia University Teachers College in New York, N.Y.

Ms. Cheryl Logan, Prince George’s County Public Schools

Cheryl Logan is a graduate of Prince George’s County Public Schools in Maryland, where she currently works.  Ms. Logan began her career as a classroom teacher of Spanish, French and English as a Second Language.  She also worked as a reading teacher.  She began her administration career as an assistant principal at High Point High School in Beltsville, Md.  Ms. Logan served as principal of Mary Harris “Mother” Jones Elementary School in Adelphi, Md. and Gorman Crossing Elementary School in Laurel, Md.  She now serves as principal of Parkdale High School in Riverdale Park, Md.  Ms. Logan earned her BS from University of Maryland, her MS from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Md. and is currently a doctoral candidate at University of Maryland.

Clint Mitchell, Prince William County Public Schools

Clint Mitchell is the principal of Bel Air Elementary School in Woodbridge, Va.  Mr. Mitchell has been the principal of Bel Air since 2006.  Prior to becoming principal of Bel Air, he served as assistant principal there for two years.  Mr. Mitchell earned his BA and MA from the City University of New York in New York, N.Y. and his MEd from George Mason University.

Alexandra Pardo, District of Columbia Public Charter Schools

Alexandra Pardo is the executive director of Thurgood Marshall Academy Public Charter High School in Washington, D.C.  Before becoming executive director, Ms. Pardo was the academic director there.  Previously, she was a social studies teacher and department chairperson at Roosevelt Senior High School in Washington, D.C.  Ms. Pardo has also served as the lead teacher for the Model United Nations Association of the Capital Region.  She began her education career teaching English in her native country of Poland.  Ms. Pardo earned her BA from The George Washington University, her MA from The American University, her MS from Trinity University and will complete her EDd in August 2013 from The George Washington University.

Mr. Steve Parker, Fauquier County Public Schools

Steve Parker is the principal of Cedar Lee Middle School in Bealton, Va.  Prior to joining the faculty at Cedar Lee, Mr. Parker was the assistant principal at Warren County Middle School in Front Royal, Va.  He has also served as assistant principal at Orange County High School in Orange, Va.  He began his career as a teacher at Culpeper Middle School in Culpeper, Va.  Mr. Parker earned his BS from the United States Military Academy in West Point, N.Y. and his MBA from Florida Institute of Technology in Melbourne, Fla. and his MEd from George Mason University.

Mrs. Janet Platenberg, Loudoun County Public Schools

Janet Platenburg began her career as third grade and then fourth grade teacher in Charles County, Md.  Mrs. Platenburg then became assistant principal of Dr. Gustavus Brown Elementary School in Waldorf, Md.  After that, she served as assistant principal at Lowes Island Elementary School in Sterling, Va.  Mrs. Platenburg became principal of Potowmack Elementary School in Sterling in 2001.  She assumed her current position as principal of Steuart Weller Elementary School in Ashburn, Va. in 2008.  Mrs. Platenburg earned her BS from Baldwin Wallace College in Berea, Ohio and her MA from The George Washington University.

Mr. Stephen Raff, Frederick County Public Schools

Stephen Raff is the principal of Centerville Elementary School in Frederick, Md.  Mr. Raff has also served as assistant principal at Centerville.  Prior to joining the faculty at Centerville, he was an assistant principal at Whittier Elementary School, also in Frederick.  Mr. Raff began his career as an elementary school teacher at Twin Ridge and Oakdale Elementary Schools.  He earned his BA from Shepard University in Shepardstown, W.Va. and his MA from Townson University in Townson, Md.

Mr. Walter Reap, Anne Arundel County Public Schools

Walter Reap is the principal of Germantown Elementary School in Annapolis, Md.  Previously, Mr. Reap was assistant principal at Germantown.  He served as assistant principal at Kent County High School in Worton, Md. before coming to Germantown.  Mr. Reap was a math specialist and teacher specialist at Grasonville Elementary School in Grasonville, Md.  He began his career as an elementary school teacher at Bayside Elementary School in Stevensville, Md. Mr. Reap earned his BS from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania in Edinboro, Penn. and his MA from Bowie State University.

Mr. Tim Thomas, Fairfax County Public Schools

Tim Thomas has spent his entire career in the Fairfax County Public School system in Virginia.  Mr. Thomas began his career as a Spanish teacher at Centreville High School in Clifton.  He then became assistant principal there.  He left Centreville to go to Westfield High School in Chantilly. He served as an assistant principal and lead assistant principal at Westfield before becoming principal there in 2006.  Mr. Thomas earned his BA and MEd from George Mason University.

Rick Weber, Calvert County Public Schools

Rick Weber is the principal of Huntingtown High School in Huntingtown, Md.  Mr. Weber has been principal there since 2007.  Previously he served as a vice principal, dean of students and teacher in the Calvert County School system.  Mr. Weber has also worked as a Graduate Assistant at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Va.  Previous to that, he was a teacher in Calvert County as well as Amherst County and Hillsville County, both in Va.  Mr. Weber earned his bachelor degree from Roanoke College in Salem, Va. and his masters degree from Old Dominion University.

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