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New Release: PGCPS Educators Finalists for Washington Post Awards


May 6, 2022
For Immediate Release

Office of Communications

UPPER MARLBORO, MD – Oxon Hill Elementary principal Dr. Wanda Williams and Thomas G. Pullen Creative and Performing Arts music teacher Thomas Pierre represented Prince George’s County Public Schools (PGCPS) as finalists in the competition for Washington Post Principal of the Year and Teacher of the Year awards, respectively.

“Dr. Williams and Mr. Pierre are the standard for excellence in leadership and classroom instruction,” said Dr. Monica Goldson, Chief Executive Officer. “We are so proud to see them recognized among our region’s top educators.” 

A 27-year PGCPS educator, Dr. Williams began her career as a high school special education teacher in 1995. She has served as Professional School Counselor, Assistant Principal, Regional School Principal, Instructional Specialist and Area Director before her current role as principal of Oxon Hill Elementary.  

At Oxon Hill, Williams uses transformational leadership to encourage, inspire and motivate the school community to innovate and grow. She builds relationships with students, families and staff and ensures all new teachers have mentors.

“My passion for addressing the many needs of my students, their families, my staff and the community as a whole is why I do this work. As a school leader, I ground myself in ensuring the continued academic growth of all children,” said Dr. Williams. “Using data as a catalyst in understanding the trajectory of the many components for school success is paramount. I am grateful to have the opportunity to serve in this capacity and I am humbled by this recognition.”

A vocal music and chorus teacher at Thomas G. Pullen K-8 Arts Academy, Pierre has served PGCPS students since 2012. A National Board Certified Music Teacher, Pierre has been recognized for excellence throughout his career, including being named a Maryland Music Educators Outstanding Music Teacher and recipient of the 2020 CMA National Music Teachers of Excellence National Award.

Outside the classroom, he serves on the boards of the Maryland Music Educators Association and the Middle Atlantic Chapter of the American Orff Schulwerk Association. Pierre is an international presenter and clinician, sharing his expertise workshops on closing the achievement gap through the arts. 

“I am honored and elated to be recognized by my school district  to be uniquely qualified among outstanding educators to receive this distinguished award,” he said. “Teaching is my gift and calling, and I am committed to students and their learning.  I am so blessed to serve the PGCPS community.”

Winners are featured on The Washington Post website.