|FOREST OF THE RAIN PRODUCTIONS An Educational Affairs Organization||
Dr. Mike Robinson
I am Dr. Mike Robinson, Founder and CEO of Forest Of The Rain Productions and your host for Parents and PGCPS: Conversations for the Engaged Parent and Dedicated Educator.
I have embarked on a journey across our beautifully diverse communities to talk with parents/families, educators, community and civic leaders regarding their views and perspectives about education in Prince George’s County.
Theresa Mitchell Dudley
For the past three decades, Theresa Mitchell Dudley has been an advocate for the children in Prince Georges County. Her consistent activist voice has challenged the rapid residential growth without adequate public facilities for public safety, transportation, and schools. As a parent of two children, Joyce and Alfred, Theresa was involved with their schools PTAs.
Her love of children led to her calling to be a classroom educator. For the past 20 years, Theresa has taught elementary and middle school students for Prince Georges' County Public Schools (PGCPS). She has always kept in her heart her childhood educators who inspired her as a student. She honors those educators purpose by transferring that legacy and purpose to her students. Her service to public education expanded from community activist to union leader when she was elected to be the building representative at Rogers Heights Elementary School.
She found purpose advocating for the educators and the children in PGCPS and her path included serving on the Board of Directors for the Prince Georges's County Educators Association (PGCEA) and the Maryland State Education Association. After 15 years of service Dudley was elected PGCEA President in 2015. Instead of having two children to love, she now has over 130,000 students that deserve equitable quality public education.
Her passion and purpose is the mission of 10,000 plus members she advocates for and empowers. In her first two years in office, TEAM PGCEA engaged PGCEA, PGCPS and elected officials to implement Restorative Practices in PGCPS help address systemic suspensions and to address the School to Prison Pipeline. Dudley believes access to equitable public education is the social justice issue.
Theresa Mitchell Dudley is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and resides in the Kentland Community in Landover.