After more than a decade of rising through the ranks at schools in Anne Arundel County, Baltimore County, and most recently, New York, a former Prince George’s teacher has returned to lead Frederick Douglass High School in Upper Marlboro.
In his first year as principal, Eddie Scott, 44, of Bowie said he plans to focus on student development.
Scott said his goals include increasing the number of students moving from ninth to 10th grade, continuing the growth in the 12th grade graduation rate — 83.92 percent of students who started as freshmen in 2009 graduated in 2013 — and encouraging teacher collaboration. The four-year adjusted cohort graduation rate in Prince George’s County is 74.12 percent, according to the Maryland State Department of Education.
“Frederick Douglass High School has been a school that has performed very, very well,” Scott said. “We are tasked with continuing in that trend and making sure we are meeting state standards. I believe Frederick Douglass High School has the capacity to continue to raise the bar instructionally.”
Scott replaces former principal Rudolph Saunders, who was promoted to be the first leadership development coach for high schools for the Prince George’s County Public Schools office of talent development.
Sherida Britt, the vice president of the high school’s PTSA, said Scott met with PTSA members for several hours to listen to their concerns and share his vision for the school.
“I find that he is deeply rooted in pedagogy and he exemplifies a lot of the characteristics we are looking for our students to have,” Britt said. “He is a very good selection and he comes with a wealth of history. I think it will be a good thing for our school and our community.”
Scott said he is looking forward to building relationships and becoming a part of the “family-oriented school.”
“It takes school staff, it takes students, it takes parents and it takes community to have schools performing at high levels,” Scott said. “With this position I’m willing to engage with the community on how we can make Frederick Douglass a model school, a school we can all be proud of.”
Scott was a business education teacher at Northwestern High School in the mid-1990s and an academic coordinator at the Hanson Outreach Program for Excellence in Oxon Hill before becoming an assistant principal in Baltimore County Public Schools in 2001.
After serving as an assistant principal and principal in Anne Arundel County Public Schools from 2005 to 2010 and returning to his hometown to work as an assistant principal at Niagara Falls High School in New York, Scott accepted an invitation to become the new principal at Frederick Douglass.
Steffanie Jackson, the president of the high school’s PTSA, said she was impressed with how Scott articulated his goals for the upcoming school year and his dedication to learning the names and positions of staff members.
“Considering the amount of time they had to work with, I’m very pleased with Principal Scott’s selection,” Jackson said. “Based on his resume and his relationship with the county and his previous position, he looks like he’ll be a good fit at Douglass.”