Dr. Debra Munk, principal of Rockville High School, is the winner of this year’s Mark Mann Excellence and Harmony Award. MCPS gives the award annually to an administrator who has shown an exceptional ability to encourage academic excellence, positive relationships, and strong community outreach. The award is named in honor of Dr. Mark Mann, former principal of Parkland Junior High School, who died in 1988.
Superintendent Jerry D. Weast presented the award at the September 22 meeting of MCPS administrators and supervisors.
Staff and parents who nominated Munk for the award praised her as a leader who has introduced new academic programs and fostered rapid improvements in achievement in her five years at the helm of Rockville High School. With an intense focus on closing the achievement gap, Munk has doubled the number of Hispanic and African-American students who are passing the HSAs. Under her leadership, Rockville High School rose to the top third among MCPS high schools on Newsweek’s Challenge Index.
Hispanic and African-American parents have hailed Munk’s efforts to reach out to parents of minority students and support academic achievement for all students at Rockville High School.
Munk was appointed principal of Rockville High School in July 2005. She began her career in MCPS as an English teacher at Poolesville Junior/Senior High School in 1985. She taught at Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School and Richard Montgomery High School before moving into administration.