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PRINCE GEORGE’S EDUCATION BRIEFS: TEACHER OF THE YEAR

DuVal High School reading teacher Adrin Leak has been named 2021 PGCPS Teacher of the Year.

Leak, who teaches 10th graders, was selected from a pool of more 60 of her colleagues for her talent in the classroom, commitment to ensuring all students succeed and supporting fellow teachers through ongoing professional development opportunities. She has been teaching in the PGCPS system since 2011.

“This past year has been exceptionally challenging for teachers. They had to adjust quickly to virtual learning, then shift again to hybrid learning,” Monica Goldson, schools CEO, said in a statement. “Through her exceptional work and dedication, Ms. Leak has demonstrated that it is possible to continue to provide students with outstanding instruction in a virtual environment.”

Leak will go on to compete statewide for Maryland Teacher of the Year, which is coordinated by the Maryland State Department of Education.

INTERIM SCHOOL BOUNDARY REPORT

PGCPS recently published an interim report for the system’s Comprehensive School Boundary Initiative, which presents findings from the first phase of data analysis and community engagement.

The report, which also includes three draft plans and maps depicting potential future boundaries, explores school capacity and utilization; distance traveled to school; and facility condition, in addition to recent boundary changes and possible impact on specialty programs and services.

“We do not take lightly the potential impact of a change in school boundaries on our students and families,” Monica Goldson, schools CEO said in a statement. “[However], many schools are over capacity, while others are under capacity or need revitalization. Given the expected increase in utilization and growth challenges, adjusting school boundaries now will help to provide all students with the educational experiences they deserve.”

For more information, go to the Boundary Initiative website at www. pgcps.org/boundary.

FREE VACCINATIONS

Through June 15, students 12 years of age and older can receive a free COVID-19 vaccine at select high schools. Families may also receive the vaccine. All clinics will run from 1:30 – 5:30 p.m.

For more information, go to pgcps.org/coronavirus/pgcps-vaccination plan.

Dorothy Rowley – Washington Informer Staff Writer

I knew I had to become a writer when at age nine I scribbled a note to my younger brother’s teacher saying I thought she was being too hard on him in class. Well, the teacher immediately contacted my mother, and with tears in her eyes, profusely apologized. Of course, my embarrassed mother dealt with me – but that didn’t stop me from pursuing my passion for words and writing. Nowadays, as a “semi-retiree,” I continue to work for the Washington Informer as a staff writer. Aside from that, I keep busy creating quirky videos for YouTube, participating in an actor’s guild and being part of my church’s praise dance team and adult choir. I’m a regular fixture at the gym, and I like to take long road trips that have included fun-filled treks to Miami, Florida and Jackson, Mississippi. I’m poised to take to the road again in early 2017, headed for New Orleans, Louisiana. This proud grandmother of two – who absolutely adores interior decorating – did her undergraduate studies at Virginia Union University and graduate work at Virginia State University.

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