About Us

Prince George’s County Educators’ Association (PGCEA) is an advocacy organization that actively represents classroom educators and other instructional personnel to negotiate over wages, terms and conditions of employment. PGCEA supports quality schools through its bargaining efforts to retain and attract teachers of excellence and promote opportunities for ALL students to learn.

PGCEA works when you and your colleagues get involved. Our effectiveness as a democratic organization grows as our members’ involvement increases and there are several resources to do just that!

Who We Are

MISSION: PGCEA advocates for its members and for a quality public education for ALL students.
VISION: PGCEA will be recognized as a catalyst for educational transformation and advancement in Prince George’s County Maryland.

Board of Directors

The PGCEA Board of Directors is made up of the President, Vice President, Treasurer, and eight directors. All are elected at-large, by the membership. The Board of Directors prepares the budget, formulates priorities and goals, and develops programs and activities. However, PGCEA policy is set up by the Rep Council. PGCEA’s President receives a paid leave of absence, allowing them to direct the organization full time. We also have a staff of six professionals and six support personnel.

Rep Council

The Association Representative (Rep Council) is the elected body of association representatives that meet monthly to discuss issues and make policy. Any PGCEA member may attend these meetings, which are held on the fourth Monday of each month.

Faculty Advisory Council

The Faculty Advisory Council (FAC) provides teachers with a vehicle to discuss school operating procedures, scheduling meetings, instructional programs, budget requests, and any other areas of professional concern. The FAC consists of the Head PGCEA Faculty Representative who acts as the chair and a group of unit members elected by the faculty at the rate of one for every ten unit members or portion thereof. There should be no fewer than five members of the FAC.

Affiliates

PGCEA is affiliated with the Maryland State Education Association (MSEA) and the National Education Association (NEA). Their structures are similar to PGCEA, except for their equivalent of PGCEA Representative Council meetings are held annually. PGCEA members are elected by their colleagues each year to attend these decision-making conventions.

Executive Director

The day-to-day operations of PGCEA are carried out by an Executive Director appointed by the Board of Directors. This Executive is assisted by a staff appointed by the Executive Director with the Board of Directors’ advice and consent. The current staff consists of an elected President, the Executive Director, a Director of Administration, an Executive Administrative Assistant, an Accountant, an Administrative Assistant, a Sick Leave Bank Coordinator, a PGCEA UniServ Director, four MSEA UniServ Directors, 1 MSEA Client Support Representative and Maintenance Manager.

Board of Directors

The PGCEA Board of Directors is made up of the President, Vice President, Treasurer, and eight directors. All are elected at-large, by the membership. The Board of Directors prepares the budget, formulates priorities and goals, and develops programs and activities. However, PGCEA policy is set up by the Rep Council. PGCEA’s President receives a paid leave of absence, allowing them to direct the organization full time. We also have a staff of six professionals and six support personnel.

Rep Council

The Association Representative (Rep Council) is the elected body of association representatives that meet monthly to discuss issues and make policy. Any PGCEA member may attend these meetings, which are held on the fourth Monday of each month.

Faculty Advisory Council

The Faculty Advisory Council (FAC) provides teachers with a vehicle to discuss school operating procedures, scheduling meetings, instructional programs, budget requests, and any other areas of professional concern. The FAC consists of the Head PGCEA Faculty Representative, who acts as the chair, as well as a group of unit members elected by the faculty at the rate of one for every ten unit members or portion thereof. There should be no fewer than five members of the FAC.

Affiliates

PGCEA is affiliated with the Maryland State Education Association (MSEA) and the National Education Association (NEA). Their structure is similar to PGCEA, but they hold an annual convention, which is the equivalent to our PGCEA Representative Council meetings. PGCEA members are elected by their colleagues each year to attend these decision-making conventions.

Executive Director

The day-to-day operations of PGCEA are carried out by an Executive Director appointed by the Board of Directors. This Executive is assisted by a staff appointed by the Executive Director with the Board of Directors’ advice and consent. The current staff consists of an elected President, the Executive Director, a Director of Administration, an Executive Administrative Assistant, an Accountant, an Administrative Assistant, a Sick Leave Bank Coordinator, a PGCEA UniServ Director, four MSEA UniServ Directors, one MSEA Client Support Representative and Maintenance Manager.

Community Schools

In 2019, Prince George’s County Public Schools (PGCPS) had the largest single year rollout of community schools anywhere in the country outside of New York City. On the heels of a historic victory in the state legislature, the passing of the Maryland Blueprint for Education provided funding for the initial rollout of these new community schools. PGCEA has worked to implement community schools for several years and is excited to be leading these efforts.

A community school is a community hub — both a place and a set of partnerships between the school and other community resources. Its integrated focus on academics, health and social services, youth and community development, and community engagement leads to improved student learning, stronger families and healthier communities. Community schools offer a personalized curriculum that emphasizes real-world learning and community problem-solving. Schools become centers of the community and are open to everyone — all day, every day, evenings and weekends.

  • Adelphi ES
  • Annapolis Road
  • Academy Alternative HS
  • Beacon Heights ES
  • Bladensburg ES
  • Buck Lodge MS</li
  • Calverton ES
  • Carole Highlands ES
  • Carrollton ES
  • Catherine T. Reed ES
  • Cherokee Lane ES
  • Chillum ES
  • Cool Spring ES
  • Cooper Lane ES
  • Dodge Park ES
  • Edward M. Felegy ES
  • Flintstone ES
  • Forest Heights ES
  • Gaywood ES
  • Gladys N. Spellman ES
  • Glassmanor ES
  • Glenridge ES
  • International High School @ Langley Park
  • International High School @ Largo
  • James McHenry ES
  • Judge Sylvania Woods ES
  • Lamont ES
  • Langley Park/McCormick ES
  • Laurel ES
  • Lewisdale ES
  • Mary Harris “Mother” Jones ES
  • Mt. Rainier ES
  • Nicholas Orem MS
  • Oaklands ES
  • Port Towns ES
  • Ridgecrest ES
  • Riverdale ES
  • Robert Frost ES
  • Roger Heights ES
  • Rosa Parks ES
  • Springhill Lake ES
  • Templeton ES
  • Thomas S. Stone ES
  • William Beanes ES
  • William Wirt MS
  • Woodridge ES

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PGCEA Board of Directors

PRESIDENT

Dr. Donna L. Christy

Vice President

Dr. Suzanne Windsor

TREASURER

Annett Jones

MEMBER AT LARGE

Ariel SD Cheng

MEMBER AT LARGE

Lawson Hamilton

MEMBER AT LARGE

Felixberto Lazaro

MEMBER AT LARGE

Rainya Miller

MEMBER AT LARGE

Philimena Owona

MEMBER AT LARGE

Dr. Mary E. Proctor

MEMBER AT LARGE

Donna Yearwood

Member Committees

We offer standing committees to assist in performing the duties and activities required.

These committees operate per the Association Bylaws. The Association’s President appoints the chairperson of each of these committees and provides them their goals and charges for the ensuing year.

You are welcome to join any of our standing committees.

The Budget Committee, in consultation with officers and staff, is responsible for preparing a PGCEA budget proposal for each fiscal year. The Committee Chair is Donna Christy.

Duties And Responsibilities

  1. Prepare within required timelines and in consultation with officers and staff a PGCEA budget proposal for the fiscal year.
  2. Assist committee chairs in developing budget proposals that will reflect program needs for the school year.

The Bylaws Committee is responsible for recommending revisions to the Bylaws for adoption by the Rep Council.

Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Review Bylaws and, if necessary, recommend needed changes.
  2. Monitor how Bylaws are used.

Our Community Partnerships and Schools Committee establishes community partners and coordinates a united group to support the implementation of best school practices.

The Early Career Educators Committee recruits and serves the National Education Association (NEA) student members in Prince George’s County Colleges and Universities. Additionally, they introduce the Early Educators who are employed by the system to the benefits of being an active participant of the Association at all levels.

The Government Relations & Political Action Committee focuses on lobbying the school board, county council and State legislature; interviewing, endorsing and supporting candidates; educating members about issues; and raising funds to be used for political goals of the profession and PGCEA.

Duties And Responsibilities

  1. Find a minimum of five (5) new members.
  2. Lobby in Annapolis in conjunction with State Legislature.
  3. Set up sessions with Board of Education members, members of Legislature, and County Council.
  4. Keep voting records of elected bodies.
  5. Serve as members of MSTA Legislative Contact Team.
  6. Work with Association Leadership in implementing strategies to pursue legislative agenda.
  7. Organize rallies and other demonstrations as required to ensure funding of contract and passage of legislative agenda.

“There are two things you never want to watch,” a famous wag once said. “How they make laws and how they make sausages. It’s almost one and the same!” PGCEA G.R. Committee members would disagree; they enjoy lobbying, raising teacher issues and communicating often with local, state and federal level elected officials. To join the committee and become an Association activist, plan to attend the monthly G.R. Committee meetings at PGCEA the first Monday of each month. New members are always welcome.

This committee evaluates the merits of system-wide grievances and makes recommendations.

The Membership Committee is responsible for establishing goals to recruit and maintain members in PGCEA.

Duties And Responsibilities

  1. Develop a full-year action plan to recruit members; submit a plan to Board of Directors.
  2. Target middle and high schools and develop a plan for each to increase membership.
  3. Plan opening activities for new teachers and at least one follow-up activity.
  4. Promote new programs for members.
  5. Develop plans to recruit Representation Fee Payers.

The Minority Affairs Committee reviews and assesses PGCEA goals, objectives, programs, and long-range plans to ensure that ethnic-minority concerns are addressed. The committee also coordinates scholarships with the PGCEA Foundation.

Duties And Responsibilities

  1. Recruit minorities into all aspects of the organization.
  2. Organize Black History Month celebration.
  3. Plan training for minorities in organizational structure and methodology (conducting meetings, budget planning, organizing techniques, etc.)
  4. Plan recognition and scholarship program.
  5. Plan Martin Luther King Jr. celebration (jointly with Interpersonal Relations Committee), working for broad participation and attendance.

This committee is geared toward working with new teachers.

The Nominations, Elections, and Credentials Commission is responsible for conducting all elections, certifying attendance at Rep Council, and ratification of the Collective Bargaining Agreement. The Commission proposes the Standard Election Procedures for adoption by the Board of Directors. The Committee Chair is Lenora Scott.

The Professional Development and Leadership Committee addresses issues, provides for training, forums, and conferences that impact teaching and learning. This committee also disseminates information on best practices, leadership models, and initiatives, as well as seeks public and political engagement for the improvement of public education.

Duties of the PGCEA Professional Development & Leadership Committee

  1. Conduct teacher training workshops.
  2. Implement appropriate training programs.
  3. Prepare and conduct parent workshops.
  4. Become involved with county curriculum.
  5. Monitor reorganization plan for PG public schools.
  6. Study relationship between class size and student achievement.
  7. Study relationship between resource help and student achievement.
  8. Plan and organize PGCEA Fall LTR.
  9. Plan and conduct additional training throughout the year.
  10. Assist in funneling newly trained people into active roles in Association (follow-up with assertiveness training for LTR participants).
  PGCPS Office of Talent Development
  NEA Foundation Free Online Courses

  PGCPS Professional Development Plan (PDP)

PGCEA active members can earn credit hours.

The Public Relations Committee’s objectives are to develop and maintain a positive external and internal public relations programs for PGCEA that reflect the Association’s mission and values. If you are interested in joining the Public Relations Committee, please click here.

Duties And Responsibilities

  1. Oversee and plan for American Education Week.
  2. Promote National Teacher Day.
  3. Develop PSAs and pro-association ads for broadcast and print news media.
  4. Highlight teachers in Association publications.
  5. Promote activities of Association and its committees.
  6. Promote pro-public schools activities.
  7. Develop and implement, in consultation with officers and staff, methods of promoting positive image with community at large and business.
  8. Work with President and Executive Director regarding press releases and news conferences.

The Read Across America Committee focuses on reading motivation and awareness that calls for every child in every community to celebrate reading on March 2, the birthday of beloved children’s author Dr. Seuss.

During Read Across America, Radical Readers focus on middle school.

The Restorative Practices & Social Justice Committee will evaluate current school system policies on discipline and will train members on restorative practices.

Restorative Practices Training

Ensuring Safe, Welcoming, and Bias-free Schools

  • Resources for educators, students, and families to counter hateful rhetoric and foster positive dialogue.

The Sick Leave Bank Committee is responsible for reviewing and approving Sick Leave Bank requests, recommending disability retirement, and recommending Sick Leave policy and rules changes.

The Social Committee promotes social activities to engage members in PGCEA.

Duties And Responsibilities

  1. Promote social activities.
  2. Bring new people into the organization through the use of social activities.
  3. Plan end of year Association Representative party with staff.
  4. Plan, coordinate, and conduct such activities as Fall Crabfest, ski trip, volleyball games, softball games, basketball games, and trips.

The SPARKS Committee is a teacher leadership program.

The Special Education Committee is charged with reviewing and training current issues in Special Education and sharing best practices with membership.

The Tuition Reimbursement Taskforce is a group charged with giving recommendations and providing solutions to make the benefit more equitable, accessible and functional for our members.

Affiliates

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Lost your password? Visit the Maryland State Education Association site.

Community Partnerships + Coalitions

The Alliance to Reclaim Our Schools (AROS) is an unprecedented alliance of parent, youth, community, and labor organizations that together represent over 7 million people nationwide. We are fighting to reclaim the promise of public education as our nation’s gateway to a strong democracy and racial and economic justice.

Staff Directory

Jennifer Epps

executive director

D. Ray

assistant executive drector

Melissa Robinson

office manager

Gary Brennan (MSEA)

Uniserv director

Brian O'Neale (MSEA)

uniserv director / lead organizer

Randal Mickens (MSEA)

uniserv director

Stephanie Walters (MSEA)

uniserv director

Devin Nixon (PGCEA)

Uniserv director

Nikki Cole (MSEA)

Parent Community Organizer

Karen Guzman

Parent Organizer

Joshua Harris

Communications and government relations director

Adrienne Parks

executive assistant

Brianna Naves

administrative and communications assistant

Lauren Tallman

Administrative receptionist

Accounting Department

accounting

Sick Leave Bank

sick leave bank

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