• News Release: Oxon Hill HS Principal Selected as Washington Principal Ambassador Fellow

    August 22, 2016
    For Immediate Release
    Office of Communications


    UPPER MARLBORO, MD – Oxon Hill High School Principal Dr. Jean-Paul Cadet was selected as a Washington Principal Ambassador Fellow by U.S. Secretary of Education John B. King Jr.

    Dr. Cadet will serve as a full-time employee at the U.S. Department of Education and will attend a three-day summit in August to become more familiar with federal education policy and department staff. He will also collaborate with the fellows and exchange ideas for enhancing communication between teachers, stakeholders and education policy leaders.

    “Dr. Cadet is an exceptional school leader who has positively impacted his students, his staff, and the entire school district through his commitment to education,” said Dr. Kevin M. Maxwell, Chief Executive Officer, Prince George’s County Public Schools. “I’m excited about this incredible opportunity for him and I know that his role as a Fellow will enhance his leadership skills and dedication to educational advancement.”

    Seven teachers and three principals comprise this year’s cohort of Teaching and Principal Ambassador Fellows. The fellows will launch their outreach in mid-September during the Department’s annual back-to-school bus tour.

    “The current state of education is embarking upon higher peaks of global learning, social justice, and equitable teaching and leadership. Through this Fellowship Program, I will have the opportunity to address educational matters on a national level,” said Dr. Cadet. “Being able to provide insight and perspective from the principal lens honors and validates the successes and challenges of school leaders across the country.”

    Dr. Cadet has served as principal of Oxon Hill High School since 2009. Under his leadership, he steadily increased ninth-grade promotion rates from 72 percent in 2013 to 86 percent in 2014 to 89 percent in 2015,  and overall graduation rates from 73 percent in 2013 to 76 percent in 2014 to 83.73 percent in 2015. He won the Washington Post’s Distinguished Educational Leadership Award in 2015 for his leadership abilities and a commitment to creating an exceptional educational environment for students, faculty and staff.

    He previously served as an Assistant Principal at Northwestern High School from 2004 to 2009, a Regional Peer Mediation Coordinator for PGCPS Region 5 from 2003 to 2004, and a Peer Mediation Coordinator at Nicholas Orem Middle School from 2000 to 2003.

    During his tenure as a Washington Principal Ambassador Fellow, Dr. Cadet looks forward to learning about educational reform for all children while representing nearly 1,500 Oxon Hill High School students and 142 staff members and the entire PGCPS community.


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    Prince George's County Public Schools (PGCPS), one of the nation's 25 largest school districts, has 208 schools and centers, more than 130,000 students and nearly 19,000 employees. The school system serves a diverse student population from urban, suburban and rural communities located in the Washington, DC suburbs. PGCPS is nationally recognized for innovative programs and initiatives that provide students with unique learning opportunities, including arts integration, environmental and financial literacy, and language immersion.