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Maggie Thomas

Maggie Thomas

Maggie brings nearly 20 years of service to students and staff across the District, from a proud Simon Elementary School teacher to a central services administrator, and now, Chief of Staff.

In her most recent role, Maggie has worked strategically to utilize talent as a lever for equity. She has pursued equity in a multitude of ways, such as orchestrating the annual Summer Leadership Institute to host nationally-recognized, equity subject matter experts such as Dr. Ibram Kendi and Ta-nehisi Coates, to working relentlessly to recruit and retain an educator work force that is representative of our student population. Under her leadership this past year, for instance, 18% of teachers hired were males of color, compared to the national average of 2%.

Additionally, in October 2020, Maggie spearheaded efforts that resulted in DC Public Schools being awarded the Teacher and School Leader Incentive Program grant for nearly $30 million from the Department of Education to support educator effectiveness in our highest need schools. This was the highest amount awarded in 2020 across the entire nation and the grant, titled RISE: Rigorous Instruction Supports Equity, will allow DCPS to provided targeted professional development opportunities, performance-based compensation awards, specialized instructional coaching, school leader residencies, and a reimagined novice teacher experience in our schools most impacted by past and present systemic bias.

Maggie has been nominated for the Sue Lehmann National Award for Excellence in Teaching, she’s a past recipient of the DCPS Central Office Leader of the Year Award, she was featured in a Women’s World magazine article, “Inspiring People – Doing Good,” and she was highlighted in an NPR broadcast, "Testing Teachers: Good Teachers on Good Teaching." She has also served as a member of the board of trustees at the Arts and Technology Public Charter School and is a member of Who's Who Among Executive and Professional Women in Education and Research.

Maggie earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Michigan State University, a Master of Arts in Teaching from American University, and studied Urban and Regional Planning and Development at the University of Havana, Cuba. She also graduated with the second cohort of the DCPS Executive Master's in Leadership program at Georgetown University.