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Meet the Leadership Development Directors 

Mr. Gary Bartee

Gary Bartee

Mr. Gary B. Bartee is Director of the Elementary Leadership Development Program. He is responsible for providing a structured and sequential Leadership Development Program (LDP) that culminates with the preparation of highly skillful leaders who possess the necessary attitude, knowledge, and skills to meet the ever changing demands of the elementary school principalship. Prior to his current position, Mr. Bartee served as the Vice President of Leadership Development of Montgomery County Association of Administrators and Principals (MCAAP). In addition to supporting the professional learning communities of secondary and elementary principals and assistant principals as the MCAAP VP, Mr. Bartee also co-chaired the Montgomery County Public Schools Peer Assistance and Review Panels for support staff, teachers and administrators. The panels were charged with overseeing and reviewing consultant support to novice teachers, novice principals, as well as under-performing support staff, teachers and administrators that result in performance improvements, demotions or dismissal from employment. During his thirty year career as a public educator he has served as both an elementary school and middle school teacher, an elementary and middle school principal for fourteen years and for the past seven years as a central services district leader.

Dr. Monifa McKnight

Monifa McKnight

Dr. Monifa McKnight is Director of the Secondary Leadership Development Program. She recently served as a Campus Principal Ambassador Fellow for the United States Department of Education. Dr. McKnight was honored as the 2015 Maryland Middle School Principal of the Year by the Maryland Association of Secondary School Principals and as the 2015 Maryland State Principal of the Year by the National Association of Secondary School Principals. She received this honor during her fifth year serving as principal at Ridgeview Middle School in Gaithersburg, Maryland. Dr. McKnight’s prior experiences in education include: classroom teacher, English Resource Teacher, Staff Development Teacher, and Assistant Principal. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education from South Carolina State University in Orangeburg, South Carolina; a Master of Science in Educational Leadership from Bowie State University in Bowie, Maryland; and a Doctorate of Education in Educational Leadership and Policy from the University of Maryland at College Park.

Staff Directory: Leadership Development Unit

Leadership Development Unit

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