Thursday, April 8, 2010


Bond Mill Elementary School principal Justin Fitzgerald will receive The Washington Post Distinguished Educational Leadership Award during a ceremony and reception at The Washington Post on April 29 at 5 p.m.

Fitzgerald was nominated by his school community and selected by a committee of his peers in Prince George’sCounty Public Schools (PGCPS) as the school system’s nominee for this annual award.“Mr. Fitzgerald sets the bar for effective leadership inour schools,” said Dr. William R. Hite, Jr., Superintendent of Schools. “He leads by example, and inspires students ands staff to be their best, work together, and take an active role in the success of their school.”After earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in education from American University in 1996, Fitzgerald began his career in PGCPS as a classroom teacher at Bradbury Heights Elementary School.

After four years, he moved to Hollywood Elementary School and began pursuing a career as an elementary school administrator, earning a Masters Degree at American University in 2001 and completing anadministrative internship in 2002. Following a one-year appointment as Assistant Principal at Glenarden Woods Elementary School, he was named principal of Bond Mill in 2004.

With a focus on working together as a team to ensure that all Bond Mill students are successful, Fitzgerald takes a hands-on approach, assisting with after-school tutoring, cheering on the Destination ImagiNation team, and even washing cars during a school fundraiser.

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