Watkins Mill Elementary School

19001 Watkins Mill Road
Montgomery Village, MD 20886

(301) 840- 7181  

                                                                                                                             Office of the Principal  


                                                                                                                                 August 2018


Dear Watkins Mill Families,

Welcome to the 2018 -2019 school year!  The new school year represents a rebirth.  It offers an opportunity for new experiences, new relationships, new knowledge, and new skills for all of us. The start of a new school year is an exhilarating and exciting time for me.  It never gets old.

Whether you are a new Watkins Mill family or a returning family, the year ahead will be a rewarding experience for your child. we know we speak for the entire staff when we say that we are committed toward working with, understanding, and nurturing each and every child to meet their academic and just as important, social and emotional needs. Nothing less is acceptable.

We want to extend a special thank you to Mrs. Gecoma and Ms. Salas who have been working diligently to update student records, unpack supplies, order materials, and doing those thousand and one other things that need to be done prior to the start of a new school year. The building services team has done an outstanding job in preparing the school for the students.

The responsibility for providing an environment where each child feels safe, is valued and respected, finds a love of learning, and is challenged and supported to reach his or her potential is both challenging and rewarding. As a staff, we all work together as a team with a common vision, but the success of our efforts is in no small part determined by how we work and communicate with parents.  We encourage you to continue to be partners with us in your child's education.  We ask that you make a commitment to join the PTA, volunteer, attend a parent workshop, etc.  We need you. Multiple studies show that the more parents are involved in their child's school, the higher achieving their children become.

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions. We can be reached by phone at 

301-840-7181. Enjoy the rest of your summer.



Rock A. Palmisano


Merilyn Burroughs

Assistant Principal


We have several new staff members this year as a result of people retiring, transferring to another school, and additional staffing that we were given or positions I created for the 2018 - 2019 school year.  


Staff Leaving and/or retiring  

Mrs. Prettyman                                   Art                                          Transferring

Mrs. Waters                                        Reading                                  Transferring

Ms. Holles                                          Grade 3                                   Transferring

Mrs. Knight                                        Grade 5 SBLC                        Transferring

Ms. Corona                                         Kindergarten                          Transferring

Mrs. Kipnis                                         Grade 1                                   Retiring

Mrs. Felley                                         ESOL                                      Retiring

Mrs. Rotella                                        Media                                     Resigning

Mrs. Shroyer                                       Pre-K                                     Retiring

Mrs. Davis                                          Para                                        Retiring

Mrs. Kibler                                         Para                                        Transferring

Mrs. Bush                                           Music                                     Transferring

Mr. Mitchell                                       Instrumental Music                Transferring

New Staff  

Ms.  Holly Marie Hanfman                 Pre- K   AM                           Additional Position

Mr. John Ledesic                                 ESOL

Mr. Brian Rice                                     Grade 5                                  Additional Position

Ms. Erika Cross                                   Pre-K  PM

Ms. Erika Cross                                   Student Support                      New Position

Ms. Cindy Gibson                               ESOL Coach                          New Position

Ms. Lisa Kussman                               Music

Ms. Emily Guertin                               Grade 5 SBLC

Ms. Katelin Webb                               Counselor                                Additional Position

Ms. Natalie Glaze                                Grade 3

Ms. Whitney Pomeroy                         Grade 3                                   Additional Position

Ms. Abigail Macdonald                       Kindergarten              

Ms. Lillian Carden                               Media Specialist

Ms. Cynthia Morrell                            Art

Ms. Jacqueline Durham                       Art

Ms. Brooke Phillips                             Instrumental Music

Ms. Yasmin Segovia                           Grade 1

Ms. Katharine Williams                      Kindergarten




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