Barbara Bottoms is an elementary school principal with a passion for educating children. That passion has propelled her through a career with Prince George’s County Public School System for the past 29 years.
Barbara earned degrees from Florida A&M (Bachelor of Science); Trinity University (Master of Educational Administration); and Howard University (Doctor of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies). She values and is an advocate for equity for her students as they pursue their academic goals. Her educational philosophy is educational excellence every day. Her mission is to heighten the learning of her community. She is driven each day seeking the answer to the question, what can she do to ensure that all stakeholders work together to impact the success of students in the classroom, particularly for our early learners? As a Cochair of the American Association of School Administrators (AASA), Early Learning Cohort, her belief is that early literacy development prepares our children’s comprehensive growth socially, emotionally, cognitively and physically. It is the pathway to construct a continuous and a complete foundation for enduring learning and vitality.
Barbara is also affiliated with several other professional organizations and has attended conferences that have provided avenues for networking, mentoring, and collaboration. She is currently or has been a member of the National Association of Elementary School Principals, The Maryland Association of Curriculum and Development and the National Principals Leadership Institute, to name a few. Barbara is also a certified coach in the Data Wise Improvement Process through Harvard University and a certified Strengths Coach through Gallup.
In her private personal life, God is her source. She is a member of Largo Community Church where she enjoys fellowshipping with the Women’s Ministry and the Lay Ministry. She is the proud grandmother of three boys. She values the time she is able to spend with family and friends. She looks forward to holidays and special occasions where food, fun, and storytelling are the highlights of the day.
Barbara continues to offer her service, her experience and any skills she may possess towards the realization of her vision of an equitable education for all students. She aspires to be a great visionary leader who incorporates equitable practices into her daily work.