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PRINCE GEORGE’S COUNTY EDUCATION BRIEFS: New Board of Education Member

Bryan Swann has been sworn in to fill a vacant District Four seat on the Prince George’s County Board of Education.

Swann, who was appointed by Prince George’s County Executive Angela Alsobrooks, was chosen from a pool of highly qualified candidates who were interviewed after Alsobrooks spoke with county leadership and held an open application process for residents of Board District Four.

“Bryan Swann will be a strong advocate for students and teachers not just in Board of Education District Four, but for every school and community in our county,” Alsobrooks said. “His background and knowledge in budget analysis and operational management will make him a strong asset to our Board, helping us navigate the challenges and opportunities we face for Prince George’s County Public Schools.”

Swann, who has two children in the school system, currently works at the U.S. Department of Treasury as the deputy director of the Office of Financial Management and previously worked in the Obama White House and the U.S. Department of Defense.

He received his B.S. in business management and his M.B.A. from the University of Maryland, College Park and completed his M.P.A. at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, with a focus on studies in educational policy and digital government.

Posse Scholars

Eight PGCPS high school seniors have been named Posse Scholars and will receive four-year, full-tuition college scholarships to enter college next fall from The Posse Foundation’s partnering schools.

Each scholarship is worth approximately $140,000.

More than 40 PGCPS students have received Posse scholarships since 2013.

PGCPS Posse Scholars include:

Chidera Nnawuba, Largo High School (Bucknell University)
Endia Scales, Friendly High School, (Bucknell University)
Joyce Chen, Eleanor Roosevelt High School (Bucknell University)
Delana Turner, Academy of Health Sciences at Prince George’s Community College (Sewanee: The University of the South)
Neziah Osayi, Parkdale High School (University of Rochester)
Vanessa Velas Romero, High Point High School (University of Rochester)
Karlos Aguilar Lopez, Oxon Hill High School (University of Rochester)
Darius Lassiter, Academy of Health Sciences at Prince George’s Community College (University of Wisconsin-Madison)

Art Teachers, Leaders Honored

Nine current and recently retired PGCPS art teachers and leaders have been honored with the 2019 Maryland Art Educator Association Award.

The award recipients include:

Elementary Novice Art Educator: Nicolette Pitts, Frances Fuchs Early Childhood Center
Elementary Career Art Educator: Lorca Beebe Diaz, Lamont ES
Elementary Retired Art Educator: Jana King
Middle Novice Art Educator: Renee McDonald, Nicholas Orem MS
Middle Career Art Educator: Sheila Hyman, Thomas G. Pullen K-8 Arts Academy
High School Novice Art Educator: Tery Honeyghan, High Point HS
High School Experienced Art Educator: Phaedra Byrd, Potomac HS
High School Retired Art Educator: Elizabeth Sumner
Champion of Visual Arts Education: Diedra Tramel, Principal. Frances Fuchs Early Childhood Center

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