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President's Message

Lou D'Ambrosio, MAESP President 2018-2019

Hello!   My name is Lou D’Ambrosio and it is an honor and pleasure to be the President of the Maryland Association of Elementary School Principals (MAESP).  Our outgoing president, Beth Allshouse deserves an enormous thank you from all of us— for guiding the association so ably and for making us feel that we are all a part of MAESP by leading the advocacy for our members with local, state, and federal legislators.  Beth has been a terrific role model, and her shoes will be difficult to fill. Luckily, for all of us, she will continue to serve in the role of Past President. I am especially grateful that I will be able to rely on her wise counsel during my term. 

I have been part of MAESP for nearly a decade and since my first meeting I have felt welcomed by the members of our organization.  As an early career vice principal it was amazing to find this organization and be in the company of administrators across the state who had insight into the principalship.  I can remember attending my first National Leader Conference (NLC) in Washington, DC.  My colleagues from MAESP introducing me on how to advocate at the highest level for the reauthorization of ESSA in both the House and Senate.  An experience that has driven me to this day to want to continue to lead for leaders.  Most recently on the state level, MAESP executive board members met with MD Delegates and Senators in Annapolis pertaining to the SB 651 (2017) regarding the prohibition of suspension and expulsion of Pre-k to second grade students and had representation with the development of the MSDE guidelines document for this law.  On the federal level, I was able to advocate for MD administrators on Capitol Hill: Do State ESSA Plans Address Leadership? Reflections on Innovative Support for School Principals and Other Leaders.  Three other principals from across the nation and I addressed the necessity for continued Title II funding for principal professional development.  MAESP is actively advocating for our school leaders at both state and national levels.

I began my career as a special education teacher in 2000 in Erie, PA while working towards my Masters Degree at Mercyhurst University.  Upon finishing the program, I moved to Charles County, MD continuing my career as a special educator until becoming a vice principal.  My nine years as a vice principal were across three different elementary schools in Charles County ending in 2015 being awarded, Outstanding Vice Principal of the County and being promoted that same day to principal of Arthur Middleton Elementary.  Last year, I served as the MAESP President-Elect.  I am truly blessed to continue my career as the principal at Berry ES in Waldorf, MD and to be the first MAESP President from Charles County.  I reside in Waldorf with my supportive wife and two daughters. 

Please explore and learn more about MAESP and how we offer service, support and advocacy for Maryland's principals through professional development, membership benefits, collaboration with other associations and state agencies, and networking.  If you have any questions about our organization, please do not hesitate to contact me or anyone on our executive board or your county representative.  Please follow us on Twitter: @Maespmd

MAESP President,

Lou D’Ambrosio

Berry Elementary School

10155 Berry Road
Waldorf, MD 20603
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School serves grades: PreK-5