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marybnealMary Burgess Neal is a former teacher, counselor, principal and school administrator who spent her career with Charles County Public Schools. She began teaching at Oak Grove School in Nanjemoy, Md. She also taught at Indian Head School, and Bel Alton and Pomonkey elementary schools. She became principal at Bel Alton Elementary in 1949 and later served as principal of the Port Tobacco School. Neal was later appointed as supervisor of elementary schools, a position she held until she retired in 1975.

A graduate of Monessen High School in Pennsylvania, she received her bachelor’s degree in early education from Bowie State College and her master’s degree from New York State University. She was a member of the Eastern Star and Delta Kappa Gamma Society.

Neal worked with the Children’s Aid Society in Waldorf and chaired numerous committees within her church. She was born Oct. 21, 1908, and passed away on May 2, 2005.

Source: School Naming Committee documents