Upper Marlboro, Maryland 20772
Dr. Monica Goldson, Chief Executive Officer for Prince George’s County Public Schools (PGCPS), is the dedicated and dynamic leader of the 20th largest school district in the nation. A product of the public school system, she has spent her entire career serving students in the same community where she was raised and where she chose to raise her own family.
After graduating from Potomac High School, Dr. Goldson went on to earn three degrees from historically Black colleges and universities – a bachelor’s degree in Mathematics from Florida A&M University, a master’s degree in Elementary and Secondary School Administration from Bowie State University, and a doctorate in Educational Administration and Policy from Howard University. She began her career as a mathematics teacher at Suitland High School with long-term plans to become an actuary. However, life had other plans. Within her first few weeks on the job, she realized that education was her true calling. Two years later, she was promoted to Mathematics Instructional Specialist, which enabled her to help students throughout the system as well as assist more than 200 secondary teachers in the classroom. As a talented Instructional Specialist, her leadership skills were quickly recognized. Dr. Goldson moved on to serve as assistant principal of Forestville and Frederick Douglass high schools, principal of Frederick Douglass as well as the founding principal at Dr. Henry A. Wise Jr. High School. While at Wise High School, she partnered with Prince George’s Community College to launch a dual enrollment program and oversaw a 182-point increase in SAT scores.
Beyond the schoolhouse, as Associate Superintendent for High Schools, Dr. Goldson increased principals’ leadership capacity and helped develop action plans to improve student achievement while monitoring more than $5 million in federal grants. As Deputy Superintendent of Teaching and Learning, her team supported schools with curriculum and instruction, special education, testing, college and career readiness, and student services. As Chief Operating Officer, she managed critical divisions and offices, including Student Services, Information Technology, Supporting Services, Business Management and Pupil Accounting and School Boundaries. In this role, she developed and implemented policies and strategies related to service delivery and collaborated with staff to improve organizational efficiency and effectiveness.
Dr. Goldson believes in creating experiences that propel students to their highest levels of excellence. She recognized the impact of increasing student access to dual enrollment college credit years before state legislation granted free access to such programs. Under her leadership, PGCPS gained national recognition from The College Board due to higher passing rates on Advanced Placement exams. Dr. Goldson created pipelines to enhance access to the county’s premier Science and Technology specialty program and served alongside the Prince George’s County Government’s Transforming Neighborhood Initiative @ Schools team. She remains focused on doing what is best for students and educators, even while facing tremendous challenges. When faced with the COVID-19 pandemic, she mobilized the school system to provide laptops, internet service and technology assistance to families in need and built virtual learning from the ground up.
A longtime advocate for public education and member of Chiefs for Change, Dr. Goldson is a recipient of the Women Who Mean Business Award from Washington Business Journal and the Walker’s Legacy Women in Economic Development & Civic Leadership Award. She is a graduate of Leadership Greater Washington and currently serves on the board of Nonprofit Prince George’s and the Prince George’s Chamber of Commerce. She has also appeared on Washingtonian magazine’s list of “Washington’s Most Powerful Women.”
Dr. Goldson has two adult sons, both graduates of Prince George’s County Public Schools.
The Community Foundation presented the Civic Heroes Award to four individuals for demonstrating outstanding civic leadership and service dedicated to improving the lives of Prince George’s County residents.