Dr. Beatrice R. Metalitz, 62, a retired elementary teacher with the Montgomery County school system, died of cancer March 26 at Georgetown University Hospital. She lived in Kensington.

Dr. Metalitz began her career with the Montgomery public schools at North Chevy Chase Elementary in 1959. She later taught at Barnsley and Oakland Terrace elementary schools. She retired from Seven Locks Elementary in 1980.

She contributed articles on education, child development and consumer affairs to community newspapers and professional journals. She was a member of the executive board of the Sh'ma V'Ezer, a Jewish education organization, a past president of the Montgomery County chapter of the Association for Childhood Education International, and a charter member of the Modern Dance Council of Washington.

She was a member of the Washington Hebrew Congregation.

Dr. Metalitz, who was born in New York City, graduated from Hunter College. She earned a master's degree at the University of Maryland and a doctorate at Walden University in Florida.

Survivors include her husband, Stanley of Kensington; two sons, Charles R. of Chicago, and Steven J. of Silver Spring; a daughter, Joanna D. Highton of Edinburgh, Scotland; her mother, Sadie Rogofsky of Rockville; a brother, Herbert Rubman of Bethesda; a sister, Florence Levine of Yonkers, N.Y., and four grandchildren.