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Rose Valley Elementary Educator Named 2024 Teacher of the Year!

May 21, 2024

Students, teachers, and staff at Fort Washington’s Rose Valley Elementary School gathered in excitement and anticipation with announcement of the 2024 Prince George’s County Teacher of the Year — their own Reading/Language Arts teacher Mrs. Kathy Russell! A 26-year PGCPS veteran educator, Russell received the prestigious award during a special presentation on Monday, May 20 and was also presented with a brand new Hyundai courtesy of Pohanka Automotive Group and NAI Michael.

Nominated by peers for her outstanding teaching skills, passion for education and role as a mentor and leader, Russell has served as Mentor Teacher and Reading Department Chairperson, Professional Development Lead Teacher and has played a role in districtwide initiatives including serving on the reading curriculum selection committee and coordinating the ESOL Program. Additionally, she founded a school-based reading club, created an after-school program to help struggling students, and has hosted family math nights drawing more than 300 students and parents to engage in learning together.

“Early literacy is key to ensuring that students graduate well-prepared for college and careers."

"With a systemic focus on building students’ skills in core subject areas, it is entirely fitting that Mrs. Russell has been selected as this year’s Teacher of the Year,” said Superintendent Millard House II. 

Russell earned her Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from George Washington University and a Bachelor’s in Behavioral and Social Sciences from the University of Maryland. She is also a National Board Certified Teacher (NBCT) and has spent years supporting other NBCT candidates, showing her dedication to professional growth and educational quality.

"Mrs. Russell instills in her students an intense desire to learn and to achieve at a high level,” Rose Valley Elementary Principal Dr. Sharon H. Porter praised. “She also supports her colleagues in their professional growth through her leadership and mentorship."

She will move on to compete statewide with representatives from all 24 counties for the title of Maryland Teacher of the Year. The winner will be announced in the fall and will represent Maryland in the national competition.