The 2008-2009 Distinguished Educational Leadership Award Recipients
The recipients of the Distinguished Educational Leadership Award 2008-2009 are:
District of Columbia Public Schools
Marshall Cartland is the director of the Webb Wheatley Educational Center in the District of Columbia. Mr. Cartland has been with the DC public school system since 1999. Prior to that, he was a teacher in Southern California. He has also worked for Teach for America and Baltimore City Public Schools. Mr. Cartland graduated from Colgate University in Hamilton, NY and received his teaching certificate from the University of Maryland. He received his master’s degree from California State University, Dominguez Hills.
Prince William County Public Schools
Terry DeCarbo has been Principal of Independent Hill School and PACE East since 1991. Prior to coming to Prince William County, Mr. DeCarbo worked as a teacher and then principal at Wayland School in Phoenix, Arizona. He received his BA in Special Education from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. and a master’s degree in special education from Slippery Rock University in Pennsylvania.
Howard County Public Schools
Cynthia Hankin is the principal of Deep Run Elementary School in Howard County. Ms. Hankin has worked in Howard County Schools since 1991. Ms. Hankin received her BA in Elementary Education from the University of Maryland at College Park and her Masters in Administration and Supervision from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland. .
Sarah Hayes Campbell
District of Columbia Public Charter Schools
Sarah Hayes Campbell is one of the co-founders of KIPP DC: Key Academy in Washington, DC. His first job there was as a math teacher. Ms. Hayes Campbell became Deputy Director in 2003 and Director in 2005. Prior to co-founding KIPP DC: Key Academy, she was a teacher for Teach for America. Ms. Hayes Campbell graduated from Brown University in Boston, Massachusetts, with a BA in Public Policy, majoring in Educational Policy.
Joan Holden is the principal of St. Stephen’s and St. Agnes School in Alexandria, Virginia. She has held this position since 1991, when St. Agnes School merged with its sister school St. Stephen’s. Ms. Holden was the principal of St. Agnes at the time and led the amalgamation of the two schools. Prior to joining St. Agnes, she spent 12 years at the Groton School in Groton, Mass. as Dean of Students as well as Associate Director of Admissions. Ms. Holden received her BA from Tufts University in Medford, Mass. and his EdM at Harvard University in Cambridge, Mass.
Fairfax County Public Schools
Deirdre Lavery began her career in Fairfax County Schools as a special education teacher at Frost Middle School in 1987. Since then she has also worked at Lake Braddock High School, WT Woodson and the Groveton Primary School. Ms. Lavery became Principal of Glasgow Middle School in 2004. Ms. Lavery received her BA in Special Education from Marymount University and her Masters in Educational Leadership and Graduate Diploma from George Washington University.
Anne Arundel County Public Schools
Donald Lilley is the principal of Annapolis High School in Annapolis, Maryland. Mr. Lilley has been Principal there since 2004. Prior to that, he was Principal of Annapolis Middle School. Mr. Lilley began his career at Anne Arundel County Schools as an art teacher at Severna Park Junior HS / MS in 1978. Mr. Lilley received his BS from North Carolina A&T University in Greensboro, NC and her MS at Loyola College in Baltimore.
Charles County Public Schools
Virginia McGraw has been the principal of JP Ryon Elementary School in Waldorf, Maryland since 2002. Prior to that, she worked for the Charles County public school system for twelve years. Ms. McGraw began her career as a teacher in public schools in the District of Columbia. She received her BS in Elementary Education from Rhode Island College in Providence, RI and her MA in Special Education from the University of Maryland.
St. Mary’s County Public Schools
Maureen Montgomery joined the St. Mary’s County public school system in 1990 as a teacher at Leonardtown Elementary School. From 1992 to 1997, she was a special education teacher at Margaret Brent Middle School before becoming deputy principal of Leonardtown Middle School. In 2001, she joined the staff at Benjamin Banneker Elementary School as Principal and remained there until 2006 when she became Principal of Spring Ridge Middle School. Ms. Montgomery received her BA in Psychology from the University of Maryland.
Manassas Park City Schools
Eric Neff is the principal of Manassas Park Middle School. He began his career as a business teacher at North Stafford High School in 1988. He transitioned to administration in 1999 when he became Deputy Principal at Manassas Park High School. Mr. Neff assumed his current position in 2006. He received his BS in Business Education and an MS in Vocational / Technical Education from Virginia Tech University in Blacksburg, Virginia.
Prince George County Public Schools
Carol Pica is currently principal of Marlton Elementary School in Upper Marlboro, Maryland. She has been the manager of Marlton for the past 12 years. In addition to working for Prince George County Public Schools for over 30 years, Ms. Pica is also a graduate of the Prince George County Public School System. Ms. Pica holds a BS in Education and an MA in Education from the University of Maryland in College Park, Maryland.
Frederick County Public Schools
Mark Pritts is the principal of Middletown Elementary School in Middletown, Maryland. Mr. Pritts opened this school in 2005. Mr. Pritts has also served as Principal of Myersville Elementary School as well as Deputy Principal and Teacher in Frederick County. He received his BA in Elementary Education from Shepherd College in Shepherdstown, Va., And his MBA from Western Maryland College in Westminster, MD.
Montgomery County Public Schools
Cheryl Pulliam has been the principal of Oakland Terrace Elementary School in Silver Spring, Md. Since 2002. Her career began as a kindergarten teacher at Somerset Elementary School in Chevy Chase, Md. Ms. Pulliam received her BA in Early Childhood Education from Johnson C. Smith University in Charlotte, North Carolina and her MA in Special Education from George Washington University in Washington, DC.
Arlington Public Schools
Gregory Robertson is the principal of Washington-Lee High School in Arlington, Virginia. Mr. Robertson has been with Arlington Public Schools since 1999. Previously, he was Deputy Director of School Systems for Floyd County and Bedford, Virginia. Mr. Robertson received his BS in Middle and Secondary Education from East Tennessee State University in Johnson City, Tenn. He received his MS in Adult and Continuing Education and his EdS in Educational Leadership from Virginia Tech University in Blacksburg, Virginia.
Calvert County Public Schools
Michael Shisler began his career as a teacher in the United States Peace Corps in the Central African Republic in 1972. After teaching in the Baltimore city school system for two years, he became a teacher in the public school system. of Calvert County. Dr Shisler was Deputy Principal of Beach Elementary School for four years before becoming Principal in 1992. He is also an Assistant Professor at McDaniel College in Westminster, Maryland. Dr Shisler received his BA in English and his MA in Reading from Loyola. College in Baltimore, Md. And his Doctorate in Curriculum and Teaching from George Mason University.
Stafford County Public Schools
Gayle Thyrring is the principal of Falmouth Elementary School in Falmouth, Virginia. Ms. Tyrring has been the principal since 2002. She taught in third grade and then served as a preschool principal while living in Okinawa, Japan. Ms. Thyrring holds a BA in Elementary Education from the State University of New York at Plattsburgh and an MA in Education from George Mason University.
Loudoun County Public Schools
Paul Vickers is the principal of Mill Run Elementary School in Ashburn, Virginia. After teaching in the Fairfax County school system for six years, Mr. Vickers joined Loudoun County Public Schools. He held two deputy principal positions there and in 1997 became principal of Waterford Elementary School. Mr. Vickers started Mill Run in 2000. He holds a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Virginia Tech University and a master’s degree in education from George Mason University.
Fauquier County Public Schools
Marypat Warter is the principal of Claude Thompson Elementary School in Marshall, Virginia. Ms. Warter started her career as a K-8e secondary school physical education teacher. She became a reading teacher in 1993. In 2001, Ms. Warter was appointed administrator of Northwestern Elementary School. A year later, Northwestern’s name was changed to Claude Thompson and Ms. Warter was appointed director. Ms. Warter received a bachelor’s degree in psychology and education from Shenandoah University in Winchester, Virginia.
Public schools of the city of Alexandria
Patricia Zissios has been the Director of the Traditional Lyles-Crouch Academy in Alexandria, Virginia since 1998. Dr. Zissios has also served as Deputy Director and Administrative Assistant to the Associate Superintendent for Education. Prior to that, she was an elementary school teacher for 22 years. Dr Zissios has also been a part-time faculty member at George Mason University since 1999. She received her BA in Elementary Education from Longwood College in Farmville, Virginia. Dr Zissios received his Masters in Education and Doctorate in Administration and Supervision from George. Mason University.