Principal Message

June 16, 2015

Dear Longfields Elementary School Parents:

It is with a heavy heart that I am writing to inform you that effective July 1, 2015, I have resigned from the Prince George’s County Public School System as principal.  I am truly grateful for your continued support of our instructional program.  Your partnership and commitment to helping us prepare our children to be career and college ready are key factors in our successes.

Serving as your Principal has been a great honor for me.  Every day, I had the pleasure of seeing 396 smiling faces that were ready to face the challenge of a new day.  I also witnessed firsthand how our teachers planned, strategized, and committed to pushing our students to be great by choice.  Lastly, I had the awesome experience of watching our parental and community involvement grow by leaps and bounds in the last two years.  With all of us – parents, teachers, and staff – working hard and working together as a team, we have made Longfields Elementary School an example to others and a symbol of achievement.  Thank you for making Longfields Elementary School a great place to be!

To ensure that you have a voice in the selection of the new leader at Longfields Elementary, our school system’s Human Resources department will be in communication with you to determine the next steps of the principal selection process.

Although I will no longer be at the helm, our faculty and staff will continue their efforts in helping our children be the best that they can be.  Again, thank you for two great, adventurous years of being a part of the Longfields family!  Remember, “Choice not Chance Determines Your Destiny.  You are great by Choice!”


I wish you continued success.

Great by Choice, 

 Maisha Strong 


Dear Longfields Elementary School Community, Parents and Staff,

Promotions and leadership changes in our school houses and central offices are a natural part of the reorganization of our school system. 

PGCPS would like to get your input on a community questionnaire, “School Leadership Skills and Characteristics Community Input.” The purpose of this questionnaire is to gather your best thinking. In essence, what do you think are the strongest attributes and necessary skills a principal of this unique school community should possess? This will in turn help us develop a leadership profile for your school and will inform the overall decision making process for selecting an instructional leader. The data collected will serve as data points in identifying principal candidates who are most suited to meet the needs of your school community.

Your principal or his/her designee will work with the Office of Talent Development and Area office staff to facilitate the distribution and collection of the questionnaire.  A link to Survey Monkey (our data gathering tool) is provided below and available from your principal or his/her designee. Please take 5-10 minutes to complete the questionnaire in order to provide us with your opinion. We are asking that all input be provided by 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, June 24, 2015. Survey Monkey will not be accessible after this time.  Special Note: If you do not have access to a computer, please contact your school’s principal or his/her designee for assistance. 

In addition to the completing the survey, you will have the opportunity to share your thoughts at a community meeting on Tuesday, June 23, 2015 at 6:30 p.m. at Longfields Elementary. We encourage your participation in this interactive forum, and we appreciate your support, insight and flexibility in completing the questionnaire in a timely manner.  Please feel free to provide any additional insight and information that you think will be helpful in identifying the characteristics and attributes of leadership in your building.  If you have more detailed input, the survey provides an extended area for you to provide any additional comments, thoughts or information.  If you would like to include any additional information outside of this survey to be included for consideration, please feel free to email

We truly appreciate you taking the time to provide us with your thoughts and the Office of Talent Development will provide the school principal or his/her designee with a completed School Leadership Profile once the data has been compiled from school community input.

Your immediate attention to this matter is greatly appreciated.    


Survey Links:   - English

                - Spanish



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