The Commission for Education Excellence is a volunteer committee which was established to advise the County Executive on various education-related matters.
More Information on Events, Meeting Agendas and Minutes can be found in the Calendar.
The Commission is charged with the evaluation of innovative programs, policies, and initiatives targeted towards improving the educational achievement of all County students; the engagement of the community to enhance the image of Prince George’s County Public Schools; and the alignment of County resources to improve support for school system needs.
The Commission will work collaboratively with all invested stakeholders, including the Prince George's County Board of Education, state and local elected officials, and other community partners to achieve its purposes.
Aimee Olivo, Chair, is proud to serve as a member of the Prince George’s Community College Board of Trustees. She helped found and is a co-Chair of Cheverly Advocates for Public Schools and participated in the Envision Prince George’s Top Notch School District team. As president of the Gladys Noon Spellman Elementary Parent-Teacher Association, Mrs. Olivo launched the Library Corps volunteer program to help alleviate the burden of Prince George’s County Public School budget cuts. She is a member and former co-chair of Progressive Cheverly. She is a member of the League of Women Voters of Prince George’s County and works as a Development Officer at the League of Women Voters of the US. Throughout her career, Mrs. Olivo has helped raise millions for educational institutions and progressive candidates and causes.
Donnette T. Dais, Ph.D is the Head of School at Reid Temple Christian Academy (RTCA) located in Glenn Dale, Maryland. The Reid Temple Christian Academy is a private, Christian school with 300 students in grades Pre-K2 through 8 and fifty-one faculty and staff members. In 2011, RTCA became one of three schools in Prince George’s County to offer a Mandarin Immersion program. Dr. Dais expertise includes mathematics instruction, recruitment, professional, and curriculum development. In 2012, under Dr. Dais’ guidance, the Academy was granted full accreditation by the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI) and Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools (MSA). Dr. Dais holds a Bachelor of Mathematics Education from Benedict College, a Master of Science in Curriculum and Instruction, and a Ph.D. in Mathematics Education from the University of Maryland.
M. H. Jim Estepp is the President and CEO of the Greater Prince George’s Business Roundtable. Mr. Estepp is formerly: Chair, Prince George’s County Council serving two elected terms; President pro tempore of the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (COG); Chair, Board of the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (COG); President, International Association of Fire Chiefs; Director, Maryland Security Council, Office of the Governor; Prince George’s County Fire and Emergency Management Services (EMS) Chief; and Director, Public Safety, Prince George’s County. Mr. Estepp has won multiple civic awards, both locally and regionally. Mr. Estepp serves on several local and national boards, including the Board of Visitors of the world-renowned Maryland Shock Trauma Center. Mr. Estepp lives in Croom with his wife, Nancy Estepp. They have five children. He is a graduate of the Senior Executives in State and Local Government Program, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Yvette Lewis - More information forthcoming
Chanda Mancis, Ph. D - is the of Director of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Education at Howard University. Dr. Macias is a graduate of Howard University and Rutgers University, and graduated from Prince George’s County Public Schools (PGCPS). As a longtime resident of Prince George’s County, she has worked intensely to create outreach programs in STEM education. These efforts include developing full research and training proposals; serving on both the PGCPS Career Academy Advisory Board and the Project Lead The Way Pre-Engineering Advisory Board; hosting open houses at Howard University; serving as a Prince George’s Science Fair Judge; coordinating the Pre-College for Engineering Systems Summer Outreach Program for PGCPS students, and sponsoring PGCPS teachers to attend technical conferences.
Desiree Griffin-Moore is the Executive Director of the Community Foundation for Prince George’s County, an affiliate of the Community Foundation for the National Capital Region, which is one of the fastest growing community foundations in the United States. A leader with over twenty-five years of experience in philanthropy and human services, Ms. Griffin-Moore provides executive leadership and management of the organization’s core strategies including donor engagement, fund-raising, program development, marketing and communications. Ms. Griffin-Moore brings extensive knowledge of strategic philanthropy and nonprofit management to Prince George’s County with a focus on effective nonprofit development and operations. Ms. Griffin-Moore holds a Master of Social Work degree (MSW) in Planning and Policy Analysis from the University of Connecticut and a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from American University
JaNay Queen, Ph.D is a senior consultant with Results Based Leadership Group (RLG), an organization that develops the capacity of government and non-profit organizations to produce measurable results for clients and communities. Dr. Queen’s personal expertise focuses on the adaptive challenges of public-private partnership leaders who employ a collaborative approach to affect positive community change. She facilitates opportunities for leaders from more than 100 communities to use data to implement innovative placed-based solutions throughout the Pre-K through career pipeline. As a senior consultant with RLG, Dr. Queen works on national initiatives such as the Promise Neighborhoods. Here, she builds leaders’ capacity to use a data-driven approach to identifying the most powerful cradle to career solutions in an effort to make measureable improvements for kids and families. Dr. Queen believes in bridging theory and practice, and therefore remains connected to the classroom as adjunct faculty at UMD’s School of Public Policy. In her course, she teaches students how to be effective leaders in a diverse and ever-evolving world in need of so many solutions.
Betsy Ramirez is a Professional School Counselor and is pursuing her certification in Educational Administration and Supervision at Catholic University. Mrs. Ramirez grew up in Adelphi, Maryland and attended Adelphi Elementary School, Buck Lodge Middle School and graduated from High Point High School in 1998. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Maryland in 2002 and her Masters of Arts degree in Counseling from Trinity University. She has always had a passion and interest in the field of education, instruction, and child psychology. Mrs. Ramirez has volunteered locally as a parent-student advocate, English as a Second Language teacher, youth soccer coach, and a mentor for various organizations. She worked for Prince George’s County Public Schools as a foreign-language and resource teacher at a nonprofit organization. Currently, she is a Professional School Counselor and is pursuing her certification in Educational Administration and Supervision at Catholic University.
Keith Singletary is the owner of two Chick-fil-A franchises in Largo, Maryland and Capitol Heights, Maryland, Mr. Singletary communicates a clear vision of the direction in which his franchises will go. With a sharp eye on development of key management and staff, Mr. Singletary keeps his more than 140 employees focused on their shared vision for the restaurant and its aggressive long-term goals for sales, food quality and customer satisfaction. Together, they plan for future success on a daily basis, which has led to tremendous growth in business. Mr. Singletary was featured in the July 2008 issue Franchising World Magazine for his accomplishments within the franchise community. Mr. Singletary has also earned a well-deserved reputation for giving back to his community. He has severed on several boards and committees focused on youth, community service and philanthropy. Mr. Singletary has a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting and Finance from Cheyney University, in Cheyney, Pennsylvania.
Kathleen Teaze is the Director of the Prince George’s County Memorial Library System. Ms. Teaze earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Massachusetts, and a Master of Science degree in Library and Information Sciences from Simmons College, Boston, Massachusetts. She has been a librarian for twenty-one years in various positions throughout different locations of the United States. Beginning with the directorship of a small New England library, she went on to work as Assistant Director of an island library located off Florida’s Gulf Coast; Assistant Director of the Collier County Public Library system headquartered in Naples, Florida; and in 2007, she became the Director of a large public library in New Mexico.
Jennifer Urbaez -more information forthcoming.
Donna L. Wiseman, Ph.D. is Dean of the College of Education at the University of Maryland and professor in the Teaching, Learning, Policy and Leadership Department. At Maryland, she served as a member of the University’s Committee on Diversity and was the College of Education's equity officer. She is a past Chair of the President's Commission on Women's Issues; served on the Vice President's Advisory Council for Curriculum and Courses; and the University’s International Advisory Committee. Dr. Wiseman is involved with a number of professional organizations and agencies at the state and national level. She served as the past Chair, Board of Directors, of the American Association of Colleges of Teacher Education (AACTE) and has recently been appointed to the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education’s (NCATE) Commission on Standards and Performance Reporting. Dr. Wiseman's most-recent, scholarly efforts have focused on the professional development for teachers who teach in diverse classrooms and connecting teachers’ education initiatives for student achievement in public schools.
Lupi Quinteros-Grady is currently the Deputy Director for the Maryland Multicultural Youth Centers (MMYC). MMYC is a division of the Latin American Youth Center, a youth development organization serving minority and immigrant youth by providing comprehensive, culturally sensitive programs in education, employment, and social services. She has worked in the field of youth development for 20 years and has been responsible for launching and managing programs such as Upward Bound, Workforce Programs and AmeriCorps. At the heart of her work is developing results-focused programs that provide youth with educational and career opportunities in a cultural competent way. She provides executive management expertise in the oversight of three sites in Prince George’s and Montgomery Counties serving approximately 1,200 young people annually. She is an appointed Commissioner serving on the Governor’s Commission of Service & Volunteerism in 2008. She is a graduate of The George Washington University where she received a Master’s in Curriculum Instruction and Bilingual & Special Education.