Mrs. Lisa Bachner, St. Mary's County Public Schools
Lisa Bachner has spent her entire career in St. Mary’s County Public School system in Marlyand. Mrs. Bachner began her career as a seventh grade math teacher at Leonardtown Middle School in Leonardtown. She then serverd as the MSPAP Resource Teacher and as an instructional resource teacher. Mrs. Bachner served as assistant principal of Margaret Brent Middle School in Helen as well as assistant principal and principal of Benjamin Banneker Elementary School in Leonardtown before returning to Leonardtown Middle School as principal. Mrs. Bachner earned her BS from West Virginia University in Morgantown, W.Va. and her MS from Western Maryland College in Westminster, Md.
Mr. William Boatwright, Stafford County Public Schools
William Boatwright is the principal of A.G. Wright Middle School in Stafford, Va. He has been the principal there since 2004. Previously, Mr. Boatwright served as assistant principal at Brooke Point High School in Stafford and Walker-Grant Middle School in Fredericksburg, Va. Mr. Boatwright began his career as a school counselor at Brooke Point. He earned his BA and MEd from Virginia Polytechnic University in Blacksburg, Va.
Ms. Robyn Cochran, Fairfax County Public Schools
Robyn Cochran began her career as an elementary school teacher in Fairfax county. After teaching for 13 years, Ms. Cochran became an instructional support teacher for staff development. She then became a staff development specialist at Great Beginnings. Ms. Cochran then became assistant principal of London Towne Elementary School in Centreville, Va. She assumed her current position as principal of Dogwood Elementary School in Reston in 2005. Ms. Cochran earned her BS and MEd from George Mason University in Fairfax, Va.
Dr. Patricia Comstock, Fauquier County Public Schools
Patricia Comstock is the principal of P.B. Smith Elementary School in Warrenton, Va. Prior to joining the faculty at P.B. Smith, Dr. Comstock was an independent educational consultant in Oklahoma and she held several leadership positions in the Ponca City School System in Oklahoma. Before joining the central office, Dr. Comstock was the principal of Garfield Academy Fine Arts Magnet School and Garfield Elementary School in Ponca City. She began her career as an elementary school teacher in Putnam City Schools in Oklahoma. Dr. Comstock earned her BS and MEd from the University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond, Okla. and her EdD from Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, Okla.
Dr. Ashley Cramp, Manassas City Public Schools
Ashley Cramp is the principal of Baldwin Elementary School in Manassas, Va. Prior to becoming principal at Baldwin, Dr. Cramp was the assistant principal at Metz Middle School in Manassas. Before that, she was a dean for the 8th grade students and then the 6th grade students at Eagle Ridge Middle School in Ashburn, Va. During that time, Dr. Cramp also served as a summer school principal in Loudoun County Public Schools. She began her career as an administrative intern at Harper Park Middle School in Leesburg, Va. Dr. Cramp earned her BS from James Madison Univeristy in Harrisonburg, Va. She earned her MEd from George Mason University and her EdD from Virginia Polytechnic Insitute.
Mr. James Dallas, Loudoun County Public Schools
James Dallas began his career as a teacher in Fairfax County Public Schools. Mr. Dallas then became assistant principal at William Halley Elementary School in Lorton, Va. After that, he served as principal of Hybla Valley Elementary School in Alexandria, Va. Mr. Dallas then moved to Loudoun County Public Schools and assumed his current position as principal of Cedar Lane Elementary School in Ashburn, Va. He earned his BA and MEd from Virginia Polytechnic University.
Ms. Jeanette Dixon, Montgomery County Public Schools
Jeanette Dixon is the principal of Paint Branch High School in Burtonsville, Md. Ms. Dixon previously served as the principal of White Oak Middle School in Silver Spring, Md. Before that, she was the assistant principal of Benjamin Banneker Middle School, also in Burtonsville. Ms. Dixon was the assistant principal of Walter Johnson High School in Bethesda, Md. prior to that. She began her career as a social studies and history teacher. Ms. Dixon earned her BA from The American University in Washington, D.C. and her MEd from Loyola College in Baltimore, Md.
Mrs. Amy Ethridge-Conti, Prince William County Public Schools
Amy Ethridge-Conti started her career as an English teacher in Manassas City Public Schools in Virginia. Mrs. Ethridge-Conti then became a guidance counselor at Osborn High School, also in Manassas. She then became the assistant principal at Osborn. Mrs. Ethridge-Conti joined Prince William County Public schools when she became assistant principal at Battlefield High School in Haymarket, Va. In 2005, she assumed her current position as principal of Battlefield. Mrs Edthridge-Conti earned her BA from Longwood College in Farmville, Va. and her MEd from Virginia Polytechnic University.
Dr. Sylvia Lawson, Calvert County Public Schools
Sylvia Lawson is the principal of Northern High School in Owings, Md. Prior to joining the Calvert County Public School system, Dr. Lawson worked in the Charles County Public School system as a principal, vice principal and teacher. She began her career as a teacher in South Carolina. Dr. Lawson earner her BS from Pfeiffer College in Misenheimer, N.C. She earned her MA from East Carolina University in Greenville, N.C. and her PhD from the College of Notre Dame in Baltimore, Md.
Ms. Marcia Leonard, Howard County Public Schools
Marcia Leonard began her career as a government and history teacher at Wilde Lake High School in Columbia, Md. In 2002, Ms. Leonard became assistant principal at Wilde Lake. In 2005, she became principal of Atholton High School, also in Columbia. Ms. Leonard assumed her current position as principal of Hammond High School in Columbia in 2010. She earned her BA from Haverford College in Haverford, Penn. and her MEd from Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, N.C.
Dr. Joan Mele-McCarthy, Private School
Joan Mele-McCarthy is the Head of School at The Summit School in Edgewater, Md. Dr. Mele-McCarthy began her career at Summit in 1997 as a coordinating consultant for oral language services. In 2002, she left Summit for three years to accept the job of Special Assistant to the Assistant Secretary, Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services at the U.S. Department of Education. Prior to joining the faculty at Summit, Dr. Mele-McCarthy served as a college professor as well as running her own consulting agency, Communication and Learning Therapies, Inc. She began her career as a speech pathologist and teacher of the speech and hearing handicapped. Dr. Mele-McCarthy earned her BA, MS and PhD from Adelphi University in Garden City, N.Y.
Ms. Michelle Molitor, District of Columbia Public Charter School Board
Michelle Molitor began her career as a fourth and fifth grade teacher at Bonnie Brae Elementary School in Fairfax, Va. Ms. Molitor then taught seventh grade science at Edgar Allen Poe Middle School in Annandale, Va. After that, she joined the faculty of E.L. Haynes Public Charter School in Washington, D.C. Ms. Molitor is also one of the founders of E.L. Haynes and she served as assistant principal before assuming her current position as principal. Ms. Molitor earned her BS from Central Michigan University in Mt. Pleasant, Mich. and her MS from Trinity University in Washington, D.C.
Mrs. Debra Myers, Frederick County Public Schools
Debra Myers has been with the Frederick County Public School system in Maryland for over 20 years. Mrs. Myers began her career there as an elementary school teacher. Her leadership career began in 1987 as an assistant principal at East Frederick Elementary in Frederick. She then served as an assistant principal at Spring Ridge Elementary, also in Frederick. Mrs. Myers became principal of Monocacy Elementary in Frederick in 1997 and she assumed her current position as principal of Thurmont Primary School in 2000. She earned her BS from Millersville University in Millersville, Penn. and her MEd from Bucknell University in Lewisburg, Penn.
Mrs. Frances Nussle, Anne Arundel County Public Schools
Frances Nussle is the principal of Linthicum Elementary School in Linthicum, Md. Prior to joining the faculty at Linthicum, Mrs. Nussle was the assistant principal of Meade Heights Elementary School in Fort Meade, Md. She worked as the Anne Arundel County gifted and talented resource teacher from 2000 to 2003. Mrs. Nussle began her education career as an elementary school teacher. She earned her bachelors degree from Towson University in Towson, Md. and her MEd from Loyola College in Baltimore, Md.
Dr. Lisa Piehota, Arlington Public Schools
Lisa Piehota served in the Air Force prior to starting her career in education. After serving in the Air Force, Dr. Piehota taught first grade, then sixth and fifth grades before becoming vice-principal at Franklin Elementary School in Franklin, N.J. She then became principal at Thomas Jefferson Middle School in Rockway Burough, N.J. Dr. Piehota served as a principal and then superintendent of the Netcong School District in Netcong, N.J. She became principal at Patrick Henry Elementary School in Arlington in 2002. Dr. Piehota earned her BS from Florida State University in Tallahassee, Fla. She earned her MS and EdD from Nova Southeastern University in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.
Mrs. Diedra Tramel, Prince George's County Public Schools
Diedra Tramel is the principal of Frances Fuchs Early Childhood Center in Beltsville, Md. Mrs. Tramel has held this position since 2001. Prior to joining the faculty at Frances Fuchs ECC, she was the special education coordinator at Catherine T. Reed Elementary School in Lanham, Md. Mrs. Tramel earned her BS from Oakwood University in Huntsville, Ala. and her MA from Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio.
Mr. Thomas Weirich, Charles County Public Schools
Thomas Weirich has been with Charles County Public Schools in Maryland since 1964. Mr. Weirich began his career as a physical education teacher. He served as an assistant principal and principal before joining the central office in Charles County for four years. Mr. Weirich then became the coordinator for alternative programs at F.B. Gwynn Educational Center in La Plata. After that he worked as the coordinator and then principal of Radio Station Road Academy, also in La Plata. Mr. Weirich became the principal of Robert D. Stethem Educational Center in Pomfret in 2005. He earned his BS from Millersville State University and his MA from Appalachian State University in Boone, N.C.
Ms. Liz Whisnant, District of Columbia Public Schools
Liz Whisnant began her career as a fifth grade teacher at The Potomac School in Potomac, Md. Ms. Whisnant continued her career in education as a teacher in Massachusetts and North Carolina. While in North Carolina, Ms. Whisnant became an assistant principal and principal before becoming the Founding Academic Dean at Trinity Episcopal School in Charlotte, N.C. She became the principal of Horace Mann Elementary School in Washington, D.C. in 2005. Ms. Wisnant earned her AB from Harvard University and her MEd from Lesley University, both in Cambridge, Mass.