A Message from Dr. LaTanya D. McDade

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Provided by Prince William County Schools (PWCS)

Dear PWCS Families, Employees, and Community:  

Earlier this week, I had the pleasure of participating in a celebration honoring PWCS educators. The Outstanding Educators ceremony recognized educators who received or renewed their National Board Certification in addition to finalists for the teacher, principal, new teacher, lead mentor, and mentor of the year. The 2021-22 Principal and Teacher of the Year each received a $1,500 award sponsored by PWCS business partner Moseley Architects.  

Congratulations to Principal of the Year, Rhonda Jeck from Bristow Run Elementary School; and Teacher of the Year, Todd Robbins from Osbourn Park High School. Our Elementary New Teacher of the Year is Megan Suprise from Yorkshire Elementary School, and our Secondary New Teacher of the Year is Natalie Hackmann from Gainesville High School. The Lead Mentor of the Year is Kelly Pratte from Belmont Elementary School; and our Mentor of the Year is Shannon Fletcher from Coles Elementary School. I appreciate the efforts of our amazing educators in ensuring a high level of learning and achievement for all. You make us PWCS Proud! 

PWCS will recognize our dedicated retirees during a virtual retirement ceremony at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 31. The ceremony will be broadcast on PWCS-TV (Comcast Channel 18 and Verizon Fios Channel 36) and can also be viewed on the PWCS-TV website, PWCS Facebook, and PWCS YouTube. The ceremony is broadcast to allow maximum participation of retirees from throughout the past year, and their families, including those who may have moved from the area. I encourage you to tune in and join our celebration. 

As we close out May, which is Mental Health Awareness Month, I would like to highlight the B.E.A.M. Steppers, which is an after-school program at Fitzgerald Elementary School that provides students with a safe space to talk about their problems, in addition to promoting self-confidence and leadership skills. This work ties into our strategic commitment to create a positive climate and culture for everyone. Check out this video for more. 

As we are quickly approaching the summer months, I want to remind you of a new, free service available to all students. Through our partnership with Paper, every student has unlimited access to trained tutors to ask questions, work through problems, get feedback on their writing, and grow their confidence. This is a great resource for our students participating in summer school or for those who want to continue their learning throughout the summer. The service will be available to all students next school year, as well. 

As communicated earlier this week, I am heartbroken over the senseless violence against innocent children and educators in Uvalde, Texas. Our hearts go out to the victims and their families, as well as the community. PWCS will continue to implement strong safety protocols, collaborate with the Prince William County Police Department, and remain vigilant as we maintain safety as our top priority. 

I hope you enjoy the long Memorial Day weekend. My sincere thanks and gratitude to the U.S. military personnel who have made the ultimate sacrifice in service of this great nation.


Dr. McDade Signature

LaTanya D. McDade, Ed.D.   Superintendent   Prince William County Public Schools


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