The Commission for Education Excellence is a 12-person 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.
Segun Eubanks, Ed.D. (Chair) is the Director of Teacher Quality for the National Education Association (NEA), the nation’s leading organization committed to advancing the cause of public education. Dr. Eubanks has spent more than twenty-five years of his professional career working to promote opportunity, access and equity in America’s education systems. Dr. Eubanks is one of the country’s foremost experts and advocates on teacher recruitment, diversity and quality. He has served in various leadership roles with national non-profit education organizations, including as Executive Director of Community Teachers Institute and Vice President of Recruiting New Teachers, Inc. Dr. Eubanks has given scores of speeches and presentations to a wide variety of audiences and has authored and/or contributed for many reports and publications on teacher quality and diversity.
Dr. Eubanks earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Educational Advocacy from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, a Master of Science degree in Human Services Administration from Springfield College, and a Doctorate of Education in Teaching and Learning Policy from the University of Maryland, College Park.
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.
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. She resides in Prince George’s County, Maryland.
Heather Iliff is a former member of the Prince George’s County Board of Education. Currently, she is co-Chair of the Partnership for Prince George’s County, a funder collaborative operated by the Community Foundation for Prince George’s County to strengthen the capacity of the county’s nonprofits. She has co-authored several research studies on the nonprofit sector and health and human services in Prince George’s County. Heather Iliff also brings international experience in education reform from ten years of work with the Open Society Institute in Budapest. Ms. Iliff is currently Director of Maryland Nonprofits Consulting Group where she assists clients with organizational development, strategic planning and executive transition. She is a graduate of American University and the Central European University and is a licensed consultant with the Standards for Excellence Institute.
Bridgette Blue Laney is the Prince George’s County Public School Teacher Liaison for the Financial Incentive Rewards for Supervisors and Teachers (FIRST) program. She is the point of contact for teachers participating in the FIRST Performance Pay program. In this capacity, she coordinates all program teacher components, professional development, training, recruitment, retention and evaluations. Mrs. Laney was a teacher at the Bladensburg Elementary School where she also served as a mathematics coordinator. As a representative for the Prince George’s County Educators Association, she taught in the Talented and Gifted program and served as a coordinator and mentor teacher. Mrs. Laney was honored with the Prince George’s County Outstanding Educator Award for 2009. She was appointed to the Maryland Governor’s Educators Effectiveness Council in 2010. Mrs. Laney holds a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Boston University and a Masters degree in Mathematics Education from Towson University.
Aimee Olivo 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. She resides in Cheverly with her sons, Lucas (6) and Nathaniel (2), and husband, Abel.
Betsy Ramirez grew up in Adelphi, Maryland. As a child, Mrs. Ramirez attended Adelphi Elementary School and Buck Lodge Middle School. She graduated from High Point High School in 1998 and received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Maryland in 2002. She has always had a passion and interest in the field of education, instruction, and child psychology. She received a Master of Arts degree in Counseling from Trinity University, Washington, DC in 2006. 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. Mrs. Ramirez resides in Cheverly with her husband and daughter.
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 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. Ms. Teaze was pleased to be chosen as the Director for the Prince George’s County Memorial Library System in 2010. She resides in Hyattsville, Maryland.
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.