CEO, Prince George’s County Public SchoolsMaryland
Dr. Monica Goldson is CEO of Prince George’s County Public Schools (PGCPS) in Maryland. The district serves nearly 137,000 students in 206 schools. A product of PGCPS, Goldson has spent her entire career in the district. She believes in creating learning experiences that propel students to achieve excellence. For example, Goldson expanded opportunities for students to earn college credit while still in high school years before state legislation granted free access to dual enrollment. Under her leadership, the district has seen higher passing rates on Advanced Placement exams and received national recognition from The College Board. Most recently, she expanded access for all eighth-grade students to the county’s premier specialty program, Science and Technology.
Before becoming CEO, Goldson was deputy superintendent of teaching and learning, where she supported schools in the areas of curriculum and instruction; special education; testing; college and career readiness; and student services. She also held the roles of chief operating officer; associate superintendent for high schools; principal; assistant principal; mathematics instructional specialist; and math teacher.
Goldson currently sits on the board of directors of Nonprofit Prince George’s and Prince George’s Chamber of Commerce. She was named one of Washingtonian’s 100 Most Powerful Women in 2019.
A three-time graduate of historically Black colleges and universities, Goldson holds a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Florida A&M University, a master’s degree in elementary and secondary school administration from Bowie State University, and a doctorate in educational administration and policy from Howard University. She served as an adjunct professor at The George Washington University, Howard University, and Morgan State University.