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A current elementary school principal is running for a seat on the Charles County Board of Education.

Virginia “Ginny” McGraw, 67, of Waldorf is retiring from the school system at the end of the year and said her experience as a longtime teacher and principal “qualifies me to be a contributing member of the board of education.”

McGraw is the current principal of William B. Wade Elementary School in Waldorf.

She has been an educator for 45 years, 25 of which has been with Charles County Public Schools.

With many changes to curriculum coming to the school system and systems nationwide, McGraw said “our teachers are our greatest asset.”

She said it’s important to ensure that teachers not only have resources such as materials but also that they have the necessary professional development, too.

“They will need a lot of support to keep up with the changes,” she said.

If elected, McGraw would like to see the board continue its efforts in maintaining collaborative relationships with the Charles County commissioners, Charles County Sheriff’s Office and other organizations.

McGraw received many grants and awards during her career in the school system including the Charles County Public Schools Principal of the Year and The Washington Post Principal of Excellence awards, both in 2009.

In addition to her administrative duties in schools, McGraw served on many committees and task forces including the Maryland State Department of Education Task Force on Teacher Misassignment, Charles County Public Schools Redistricting Committee in 2012 and the Superintendent Search Panel/Principal Focus Group.

McGraw also served as supervisor of administrative interns from Loyola College, Notre Dame College, McDaniel College and University of Phoenix.

She was a teacher recruiter for Charles County Public Schools in New York, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts and Rhode Island and has presented on various topics for staff development on the local and state levels.

Outside of her education roles, McGraw is a member of Our Lady Help of Christians Catholic Church in Waldorf, where she is a lector and CCD teacher.

She has three children who all graduated from county public schools.

McGraw said she understands the day-to-day operations of schools and how to develop a school culture. She has knowledge of curriculum and instruction, and “I know the value of developing strong community relationships.”

McGraw said she also understands the importance and value of parent involvement.

gphillips@somdnews.com