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Daly ES Principal

I would like to introduce myself as the principal of Captain James E. Daly, Jr. Elementary School.

In 1992 I began my career in education with Montgomery County Public Schools as a special education paraeducator at Beverly Farms Elementary School in Potomac. From there I worked at Cedar Grove Elementary. While I was a paraeducator I returned to school to earn my teaching degree. I taught second, third, and fourth grade at Ronald McNair Elementary in Germantown. I went into school administration in 2005 after receiving my masters degree from Bowie State University. I was the assistant principal at Summit Hall Elementary School in Gaithersburg. My next administrative assignment was as principal intern at Cannon Road Elementary School in Silver Spring. After successfully completing the principal intern program, I was appointed as principal of Daly Elementary School.

I’ve spent most of my life in Montgomery County but pride myself in being a Navy Brat. I was born in London, England and lived in Rome, Italy for several years during my elementary school days. My mother was a teacher and administrator in Montgomery County Public Schools. She is the reason I am where I am today. I am happy to report she continues to serve the children in the county by volunteering her time at Daly Elementary.

I live in Germantown with my husband and twin daughters. I am the proud mother of six children. I love my family and enjoy spending time with them.

-Mrs. Nora Dietz


Introducing Mr. Michael Burd, our new Principal Intern!




My name is Michael Burd and I am thrilled to join Captain James E. Daly Elementary school as the Principal Intern for the 2017-2018 school year!  

I would like to take this opportunity to introduce myself.  I grew up in Williamsport, Pennsylvania which is also the home of the Little League World Series.  I graduated from high school in Williamsport, Pennsylvania and then headed off to Shippensburg, PA where I attended college at Shippensburg University.  I received a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education from Shippensburg University in 2003 and then headed back to Williamsport, PA to begin my teaching career.

I began my teaching career at Round Hills Elementary as a fourth grade teacher.  Then, in 2005, I moved to Montgomery County to begin my career in MCPS.  I spent my first two years in MCPS as a third grade math and science teacher at Galway Elementary.  Next, I went to Stonegate Elementary where I taught both third and fourth grade for the next three years.  During that time period, I went to Hood College to pursue a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership.  After receiving my Master’s Degree, I began my administrative career in MCPS as the Assistant Principal at Potomac Elementary.  I spent two years as the Assistant Principal at Potomac Elementary and then went on to be the Assistant Principal at Sherwood Elementary for three years.  I spent my last two years as an Assistant Principal at Summit Hall Elementary.

I currently live in Gaithersburg with my wife, three daughters, and two cats.  I am extremely proud of my family and love spending time with them.  They mean the world to me! 

As an instructional leader in MCPS for the past seven years, I have been able to shape my core values and fundamental beliefs that all students can achieve at high levels. I have a commitment to rigorous high quality instruction for all students and have worked hard as the Assistant Principal in many schools to help improve their instructional practices, which has resulted in significant increases in student performance. As one of the leaders in the building, I plan to model transparency in order for all stakeholders to view me as a continuous learner.  I hope to help create a non-threatening, collaborative environment for teachers to develop relationships, examine instructional practices, increase capacity, and improve upon their teaching strategies and share best practices. 

I plan to promote a positive school culture by being highly visible during the arrival and dismissal of students, at lunch and recess and at assemblies, in classrooms and in hallways during the school day. My office door will always be open and I will always make myself available to all stakeholders to assure the safety and well-being of all students.


-Mr. Michael Burd


It is with great excitement that I look forward to working with the Captain James E. Daly community for the 2017-2018 school year!


Welcome Letter for the 2017-2018 school year!

September Bulldog Press  

October Bulldog Press 

November Bulldog Press

*Understanding Anxiety

December Bulldog Press

January Bulldog Press  

February Bulldog Press

March Bulldog Press 

April Bulldog Press

May Bulldog Press 

June Bulldog Press 


PTA Survey


*An addendum to the November Bulldog Press about Understanding Anxiety










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