Daphne Burns, vice principal at Mary B. Neal Elementary School, has been named as principal of the F.B. Gwynn Educational Center.
The Board of Education on Tuesday approved the appointment of Burns who has served as vice principal at Neal since 2010. Burns started her education career in 1998 as a general and special education teacher with Prince George’s County and moved to Charles County Public Schools in 2008 as an IEP facilitator. Prior to teaching, Burns served 13 years on active duty with the United States Air Force and eight years in the National Guard.
“I am honored to be appointed principal of the Gwynn Center. I am looking forward to getting to know and work with the staff and students,” Burns said.
The F. B. Gwynn Educational Center is the location for several special education programs that provide services for students with disabilities. Additionally, program information for parents of students with disabilities is available through the Parent Center, which is also located at the Gwynn Center. There are a number of other special programs at the center including the STAY program, which offers positive behavioral and academic support; the Autism program, which assists students in developing the skills needed to transition into the general education setting; and the Infants and Toddlers program, which serves children from birth to three years.
“I look forward to building a strong collaborative team that works in the best interest of all children. Together, we will create a warm and caring environment where parents, students, and staff feel welcomed when they enter the building,” Burns said.
Burns has a Master of Science in Educational Administration from Trinity University, Washington, D.C. and a Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood/Special Education from Bowie State University. Her appointment takes effect July 1.
Charles County Public Schools provides 26,400 students in grades prekindergarten through 12 with an academically challenging education. Located in Southern Maryland, Charles County Public Schools has 35 schools that offer a technologically advanced, progressive and high quality education that builds character, equips for leadership and prepares students for life, careers and higher education.
The Charles County public school system does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age or disability in its programs, activities or employment practices. For inquiries, please contact Dr. Patricia Vaira, Title IX Coordinator and Section 504 Coordinator (students) or Pamela Murphy, Section 504 Coordinator (employees/adults), at Charles County Public Schools, central office building, P.O. Box 2770, La Plata, Maryland 20646. 301-932-6610/301-870-3814. For special accommodations call 301-934-7230 or TDD 1-800-735-2258 two weeks prior to the event.
Pictured above is Daphne Burns.