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 Mrs. BurgessMrs. Burgess, Principal                Elise_M_Burgess@mcpsmd.org      (301)353-0994

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Welcome to a wonderful year at Dr. Sally K. Ride Elementary School; home of the Eagles!  I am excited to serve the community, staff, and students of our wonderful Germantown community. 


A Little Bit About Me

I was born and raised in South Jersey.  I am the daughter of a principal and am honored to follow in my mother's footsteps.  I am a Germantown resident and strongly believe in our work together around Community and Opportunity for all!  I frequently visit the Germantown Library and hope to see you there reading a great book!


Before I began my education career, I was a Mountie at Mount Saint Mary's University in Emmitsburg, Maryland.  I graduated with a dual certification in Special Education and General Education.  I later earned my Master's Degree in Educational Leadership at Hood College in Frederick, MD. 


I began my MCPS career in 2002 as a Special Education teacher at Waters Landing Elementary School.  I later became a fourth grade teacher and team leader and subsequently went back to teaching Special Education before transitioning into being an Assistant Principal.  I served as the Assistant Principal at Cannon Road Elementary School in Silver Spring, MD from 2010-2014.  During the 2014-2015 school year, I was the proud Principal Intern at Strawberry Knoll Elementary School in Gaithersburg, MD. 


 My commitment to you is this:  I will do whatever it takes to support our students and staff, close the achievement gap and approach all situations with a growth mindset!