The 2007-2008 Distinguished Educational Leadership Award winners include:
Ezekiel A. Bloyce
Prince George's County Public Schools
Mr. Bloyce is the principal of Morningside Elementary School in Suitland, Md. Mr. Bloyce began his career in education in the District of Columbia. He was a marine biology and chemistry teacher at Randall Junior High School from 1980 to 1982 and then a biology and chemistry teacher at Dunbar Senior High School from 1982 to 1985. In 1986, Mr. Bloyce joined Prince George's County Public Schools as a science teacher at Shugart Elementary School in Temples Hills, until 1996. In 1990, he also became the science magnet coordinator for the rest of his tenure at Shugart. From 1996 to 1997, Mr. Bloyce was the vice principal at Samuel Chase Elementary in Temple Hills and then from 1997 to 1998 he was the vice principal at Seat Pleasant Elementary School in Capitol Heights. From 1998 to 1999, he was the dean of academic and student affairs at Longfields Elementary School in Forestville and from 1999 to 2000 he served as principal. In 2000, he assumed his current position. Mr. Bloyce earned his BA in Biology from the University of the Virgin Islands in St. Thomas, USVI. He also holds an MS in Curriculum and Instruction from Western Maryland College in Westminster, Md. and an MA in Supervision and Administration from Bowie State University in Bowie, Md.
Gerald R. DeGrange
Frederick County Public Schools
Mr. DeGrange is the principal of Brunswick Elementary School in Brunswick, Md. Mr. DeGrange has held several positions in the Frederick County Public School system during his 35-year career in education. From 1972 to 1982, he was a teacher, teaching assistant principal, administrative assistant in school construction and planning and then assistant principal at Walkersville Elementary School in Walkersville. From 1982 to 1984, he was the assistant principal at Middletown Elementary School in Middletown. Mr. DeGrange was the principal of Myersville Elementary School in Myersville from 1984 to 1990. Then, in 1990 he became the principal at Waverly Elementary School in Frederick, Md. He held this position until 1998 when he became the principal at Brunswick. Mr. DeGrange earned his BS in Elementary Education from Towson State University in Towson, Md. and his MS is Elementary Education from Morgan State University in Baltimore, Md.
Jarcelynn M. Hart
Prince William County Public Schools
Ms. Hart is the principal of Rosa Parks Elementary School in Woodbridge, Va. Ms. Hart began her career in 1982 as a preschool teacher at the Maryland School for the Deaf in Columbia, Md. From 1984 to 1990, she was a hearing impaired and second-grade teacher at the Department of Defense Dependent School in Germany. From 1990 to 1992, Ms. Hart taught second grade at Woodley Hills Elementary School in Fairfax, Va. From 1992 to 1996, she was a first-grade teacher at River Oaks Elementary School in Woodbridge, Va. Ms. Hart taught college level mathematics to K-2 teachers from 1996 to 1998 at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va. After that, she returned to Prince William County Public Schools as a member of the Instructional Support Team. She held this position from 1996 to 1998. In 1998, she became the administrative assistant at Elizabeth Vaughn Elementary School in Woodbridge, Md. She held the position until 1999 when she became the assistant principal at West Gate Elementary School in Manassas, Va. From 2001 until 2006, Ms. Hart was the principal of Minnieville Elementary School in Woodbridge, Va. In 2006, she opened Rosa Parks Elementary School. Ms. Hart earned her BS in Sociology and Elementary Education and her ME in Elementary Education and Deaf Education from Western Maryland College in Westminster, Md. In addition, Ms. Hart holds an MA in Educational Leadership and Supervision from George Mason University in Fairfax, Va. She is currently pursuing her EdD in Educational Leadership at George Mason.
Fairfax County Public Schools
Mr. Hull is the principal of Colin L. Powell Elementary School in Centreville, Va. He has spent his entire education career in the Fairfax County Public School system. From 1984 to 1986, he was the principal of Bush Hill Center at Bush Hill Elementary in Alexandria. After that, he was principal of Fairhill Center at Fairhill Elementary School in Fairfax from 1986 to 1988. Mr. Hull then became assistant principal of Brookfield Elementary School in Chantilly from 1988 to 1989. In 1989, he became acting principal of Jermantown Elementary School in Fairfax. Mr. Hull returned to Brookfield Elementary as the principal from 1990 to 1994. He then served as principal of Willow Springs Elementary School in Fairfax from 1994 to 1999. In 1999, Mr. Hull became principal of Franklin Sherman Elementary School in McLean, where he remained until he opened his current school in 2003. He has a BS in Education from Westfield State College in Westfield, Mass and an MEd from George Washington University in Washington, D.C.
Arlington Public Schools
Ms. Jackson is the principal of Wakefield High School in Arlington, Va. She began her teaching career in the District of Columbia Public Schools in 1968 as an English teacher at MM Washington Vocational School, where she remained for one year. Then, from 1969 to 1976, she was an English and French teacher at Macfarland Junior High School. From 1976 to 1977, Ms. Jackson was the peer teacher in the Region V Office . Her career in D.C. schools continued when she became a counselor at Lincoln Junior High School from 1977 to 1978. Ms. Jackson left Lincoln and became the counselor at Truesdell Elementary School until she returned to Lincoln in 1980, where she remained for five years. In 1985, Ms. Jackson became a counselor at Wilson Senior High School where she remained until 1990 when she joined Arlington Public Schools as the director of counseling at Wakefield. In 1998, she became assistant principal and assumed her current position in 2002. Ms. Wakefield holds a BA in English from the District of Columbia Teachers College and an MA in Teaching from Trinity College, both in Washington, D.C.
Gail Lynn Main
District of Columbia Public Schools
Ms. Main is the principal of Lafayette Elementary School in Washington, D.C. She began her education career as a resource room teacher from 1973 to 1976 in the Grand Prairie Independent School District in Grand Prairie, Tex. From 1980 to 1983, Ms. Main worked as the teen jury coordinator for the Grand Prairie Municipal Court. After moving to the D.C. metropolitan area, she became an academic therapist at the Tri-Services Center in Chevy Chase, Md., a position she held from 1985 to 1987. From 1987 to 1990, Ms. Main was a middle school teacher at the Lodge School, a special education facility for children with severe emotional disabilites located in Gaithersburg, Md. From 1990 to 1993, she was the interlude program teacher at Wakefield High School in Arlington, Va. Ms. Main served as a special education coordinator for the Arlington Public Schools from 1993 to 1997. In 1997, she returned to Wakefield as an administrative intern until 2001 when she assumed her current position at Lafayette. Ms. Main earned a BS in Education from Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Tex. and an MS in Education from The Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Md.
Suzanne A. Maxey
Montgomery County Public Schools
Ms. Maxey is the principal at Seneca Valley High School in Germantown, Md. She began her education career at Westerly High School in Westerly, R.I. where she taught U.S. history, modern world history and sociology from 1973 to 1975. Ms. Maxey joined Prince George's County Schools in 1981 as a social studies teacher at Bladensburg High School in Bladensburg, Md. She remained there until 1988. While at Bladensburg, she also chaired the social studies committee from 1983 to 1988. In 1988, Ms. Maxey became the magnet academic coordinator for the social and behavioral science magnet program at Laurel High School in Laurel, Md., a postion she held until 1995 when she became vice principal at Laurel. From 1995 to 2000, she was the dean of academic and student affairs at Laurel. In 2000, she became the principal at Bowie High School in Bowie, Md. In 2003, she assumed her current position at Seneca Valley. Ms. Maxey earned a BA in Secondary Education at the University of Rhode Island in Kingston, R.I. and an MA in Political Science from the University of Maryland in College Park, Md.
Daniel J. McMahon
Dr. McMahon is the principal of DeMatha Catholic High School in Hyattsville, Md. In 1981, Dr. McMahon began his teaching career at his alma mater, DeMatha, where he taught several different literature classes until 1997. During that time he also chaired the English Department from 1986 to 1997 and was the head of department chairs from 1988 to 1990. In 1997, Dr. McMahon became the principal of the Upper School at The Bullis School in Potomac, Md. In addition to his duties as principal, he also taught several courses in literature and film. In 2000, Dr. McMahon returned to DeMatha Catholic High School and became principal. He also continues to teach Honors World Literature for juniors and British Literature for seniors at DeMatha. Additionally, Dr. McMahon has taught several courses at the University of Maryland and Prince George's Community College. He earned a BA in English and a BA in philosophy from Mount St. Mary's College in Emmitsburg, Md. Dr. McMahon received his MA and PhD in English from the University of Maryland in College Park, Md.
St. Mary's County Public Schools
Mrs. Miluski is the principal of Town Creek Elementary School in Lexington Park, Md. She has spent her entire career working for St. Mary's County Public Schools in Maryland. She began as a second-grade teacher at Oakville Elementary School in Mechanicsville in 1984. Mrs. Miluski remained there for one year before moving to George Washington Carver Elementary School in Lexington Park. At Lexington Park, she was a classroom teacher until 1993. In 1993, Mrs. Miluski became an administrative intern at Leonardtown Elementary School in Leonardtown and Green Holly Elementary in Lexington Park, eventually becoming assistant principal at Green Holly. In 1995, Mrs. Miluski left Green Holly to become the prinicpal at White Marsh Elementary in Mechanicsville. She remained there until 1998 when she assumed her current position at Town Creek. Mrs. Miluski earned her BS in Early Childhood Education from East Carolina University in Greenville, N.C. She also holds an MA in Administration and Supervision from the University of Maryland in College Park, Md.
William T. Myers
Anne Arundel County Public Schools
Mr. Myers is the principal of South River High School in Edgewater, Md. He began his career in 1971 as a social studies teacher at MacArthur Junior High School in Fort Meade, Md., where he also chaired the social studies department from 1975 to 1979. After eight years at MacArthur, he became an administrative trainee at Annapolis Senior High School in Annapolis, Md., where he remained until 1984 when he became assistant principal at Old Mill Senior High School in Millersville, Md. In 1989, Mr. Myers became the assistant principal at Northeast Senior High School in Pasadena, Md. He remained at Northeast until 1993 when he became assistant principal at Meade Senior High School in Fort Meade, Md. Mr. Myers then became the principal at Arundel Senior High School in Gambrills, Md, where he remained until 2000. From 2000 to 2005, he was the principal at Severna Park High School in Severna Park, Md. In 2005, he assumed his current position at South River High School. Mr. Myers earned his BS degree and his MEd in Secondary Education from Towson State University in Towson, Md.
Patrick J. Saunderson
Howard County Public Schools
Mr. Saunderson is the principal of Marriotts Ridge High School in Marriottsville, Md. In addition to being a graduate of Howard County Public Schools, Mr. Saunderson has spent his entire career there. He started his career in 1992 as a social studies teacher at his alma mater, Atholton High School in Columbia. While at Atholton, he also served as an instructional team leader and ninth-grade team leader. From 1999 to 2002, Mr. Saunderson was the assistant principal at Wilde Lake High School in Columbia. Then from 2002 to 2005, he served as principal of Lime Kiln Middle School in Fulton. He opened Marriotts Ridge High School in 2005. Mr. Saunderson earned a BS in Secondary Education from the University of Maryland in College Park, Md. and his MA in Administration and Supervision from Loyola College in Baltimore, Md.
Fauquier County Public Schools
Ms. Seward is the principal of W.G. Coleman Elementary School in The Plains, Va. Ms. Seward began her career as a social worker. She worked as a case worker at the Episcopal Church Home and as a case manager for Meals on Wheels in Buffalo, N.Y. She worked as a group home parent in Trenton, N.J. and as an oncology social worker in Port Jefferson, N.Y. From 1985 to 1992, Ms. Seward worked as a therapist at Mother's Center in Hempstead, N.Y. Ms. Seward began her career in education in 1992 as a first-grade teacher at Grace Miller Elementary School in Bealeton, Va., where she remained for eight years. From 2000 to 2002, Ms. Seward was the assistant principal at H. M. Pearson Elementary School in Catlett, Va. She assumed her current position in 2002. Ms. Seward earned her BSW from Buffalo State College in Buffalo, N.Y. and her MSW from Adelphi University in Garden City, N.Y. Ms. Seward also holds a post-graduate certificate in Pre-K-3 Teaching and K-12 School Administration from the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Va.
Eric L. Stewart
Loudoun County Public Schools
Mr. Stewart is the principal of Smart's Mill Middle School in Leesburg, Va. His entire career has been spent in the Loudoun County School system. Mr. Stewart started as a substitute teacher in 1987. In 1988, he became a math teacher at Loudoun County High School in Leesburg. In the summer of 1995, Mr. Stewart served as the summer school principal of Simpson Middle School in Leesburg. Then from 1995 to 1996, he was the dean at Broad Run High School in Ashburn. For the summer of 1996, Mr. Stewart was the summer school principal at Farmwell Station Middle School, also in Ashburn. He returned to Simpson Middle School and served as the assistant principal there from 1996 to 1999. From 1999 to 2004, Mr. Stewart was the principal of Sully Elementary School in Sterling. He began his job as principal at Smart's Mill in 2004. Additionally, Mr. Stewart is currently an adjunct professor at George Mason University. Mr. Stewart earned a BA in Secondary Education from the University of Kentucky in Lexington, Ky. and his MEd in Curriculum and Instruction from George Mason University in Fairfax, Va.
Alexandria City Public Schools
Ms. Taylor is the principal of Minnie Howard School in Alexandria, Va. She began her career in education in 1997 as a teacher at Lithonia High School in Atlanta, Ga. She taught for three years before becoming assistant principal from 1997 to 2000. From 2000 to 2002, Ms. Taylor was the principal at Cross Keys High School, also in Atlanta. She then became principal of Centaurus High School in Boulder, Colo. Ms. Stewart was principal at Centaurus until 2003 when she joined Alexandria City Public Schools as the executive associate principal for special education at T.C. Williams High School in Alexandria. In 2004, she became principal at George Washington Middle School, also in Alexandria. Ms. Taylor became the principal of Minnie Howard School in 2006. She earned her BA in History from Emory University in Atlanta, Ga. Ms. Taylor also holds an MEd and a Specialist in Education Degree in Educational Leadership and Supervision from Georgia State University in Atlanta, Ga.
Falls Church City Public Schools
Mrs. Taylor is the principal of Thomas Jefferson Middle School in Falls Church, Va. She began her education career in 1968 as a second-grade teacher at Mayport Elementary School in Mayport, Fla., where she taught for one year. In 1969, Mrs. Taylor became the special education teacher at Finnegan Elementary School, also in Mayport. From 1978 to 1981, she was a preschool teacher at Spring-Mar Cooperative Preschool in Springfield, Va. Mrs. Taylor joined the faculty at Thomas Jefferson in 1982 as the second through fifth-grade special education teacher. In 1986, she became the special education coordinator. In 1999, she took on the role as special needs coordinator along with her duties at special eduction coordinator. In 2001, Mrs. Taylor became assistant principal and then in 2003, she assumed her current position as principal. She earned her BS in Education from the Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio and her MEd from George Mason University in Fairfax, Va.
Stafford County Public Schools
Mrs. Truslow is the principal at Margaret Brent Elementary School in Stafford, Va. Mrs. Truslow's entire career has been spent in Stafford County Public Schools. In 1977, she began teaching at Falmouth Elementary School. From 1981 to 1984, Mrs. Truslow taught at Edward E. Drew, Jr. Middle School. Then, from 1984 to 1993, she taught at Grafton Village Elementary School. All three schools are located in Falmouth. Mrs. Truslow became the assistant principal at Anne E. Moncure Elementary School in Stafford in 1983 and then became principal there in 1997. She became principal of Margaret Brent Elementary in 2003. Mrs. Truslow earned her BA in Elementary Education from the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Va. and her MEd in Education Leadership from George Mason University in Fairfax, Va.
Charles County Public Schools
Mrs. Wesolowski is the principal of Milton M. Somers Middle School in La Plata, Md. Mrs. Wesolowski began her education career at McDonough High School in Pomfret, Md. At McDonough, she taught U.S. History and American Government for six years. In 1995, Mrs. Wesolowski became the vice principal at Milton Somers Middle School. After one year, she became vice principal at Lackey High School in Indian Head, Md. Mrs. Wesolowski remained there until 2001 when she became principal at John Hanson Middle School in Waldorf, Md. In 2005, Mrs. Wesolowski returned to Milton Somers as principal. She earned her BS in Secondary Education and her MA in General Administration from the University of Maryland in College Park, Md.
Calvert County Public Schools
Dr. Yates is the principal of Patuxent Elementary School in Lusby, Md. Dr. Yates has been working for Calvert County Public Schools for almost 30 years. She began her career as a special education teacher at Calvert High School in Prince Frederick. Dr. Yates taught there from 1978 to 1992. During that time she also worked as an adult basic education teacher, as a support teacher at Calvert High and as the special education coordinator for Calvert County schools. From 1993 to 1995, Dr. Yates was the admission, review and dismissal facilitator for Calvert County schools. In 1995, she returned to the classroom as a special education teacher until 1996 when she became vice principal at Huntingtown Elementary School in Huntingtown. She remained there until 1998 when she returned to being the special education coordinator for Calvert County schools. In 2000, Dr. Yates assumed her current position at Patuxent. She earned her BS in Special Education at Coppin State University in Baltimore, Md. and her MEd from the University of Maryland in College Park, Md. Dr. Yates earned her EdS and EdD from George Washington University in Washington, D.C.