Principal of the Year

If it takes a village to raise a child, that village must include great educators. In honoring an outstanding principal each year, Baltimore County Public Schools celebrates all of its principals for making a positive difference in the lives of our students.

BCPS Principal of the Year 2014-2015: Pat Goldys

Principal of the Year

Superintendent S. Dallas Dance named Patrice Goldys, principal at Norwood  Elementary School in Dundalk, as the school system's 2014-15 Principal of the Year. A principal at Norwood since 2004 and at Villa Cresta Elementary School in Parkville from 1995-2004, Goldys began her career as a BCPS teacher in 1980 at Sandy Plains Elementary School in Dundalk. She is a National Board Certified Principal and an alumna of Towson University, where she has earned both a bachelor's degree in early childhood education and a master's degree in elementary education. 

"The enthusiasm that Pat Goldys brings to her work is infectious," Dr. Dance said. "Just walking through her school gives you a sense of the focus, dedication, and joy in learning that goes on every day at Norwood Elementary School thanks to Pat's leadership and vision. We are proud to have her and all of our nominated principals serving the children of Baltimore County Public Schools."

Four other BCPS principals were finalists for the Principal of the Year honor: Doug Elmendorf of Chase Elementary School, Andrew Last of Hereford High School, Barbara McLennan of Dundalk Elementary School, and Sam Mustipher of New Town High School.


Principal of the Year candidates are nominated by their staff, community and colleagues and then narrowed to a group of finalists by a selection committee. The committee reviews and scores nominations based on Maryland Instructional Leadership Framework Standards. Nominees with the top scores become finalists and complete an additional application that is reviewed and scored by the selection committee. The principal with the highest score is named Principal of the Year.

As the Principal of the Year, Harris will receive a $1,000 gift for school enhancement and technology from the Education Foundation of Baltimore County Public Schools and the opportunity to participate in a national professional development conference of her choice.

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