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Elizabeth Primas

  • Elizabeth PrimasESSA Program Manager, National Newspaper Publishers Association

Elizabeth Primas was born in Washington, DC and attended DC Public Schools, before going on to the District of Columbia Teachers’ College, Trinity College, and George Washington University, where she received a Doctorate Degree in Education and an Educational Specialist Degree in Literacy. She worked in DCPS for thirty-three years, teaching and coaching teachers in effective strategies for teaching reading to all children. During her tenure with DCPS, she took a leave of absents to work with the Educational Testing Service (ETS), where she served as the Teacher-in-Resident to develop the National Board Certification for Elementary and Middle School Reading and English Language Arts Teachers. She returned to DCPS as the Director of Literacy. A position she held until she retired.

The retirement turned out to be very brief. Within six days, Dr. Primas was recruited by the Rowland Reading Foundation to work with teachers nationally on best practices to teach who had historically been underserved. Elizabeth continued providing professional development to teachers across the country and in Ecuador until she was approached by Friendship Public Charter Schools. Dr. Primas joined their organization, again taking the title as Director of Literacy. After three years, Primas moved to the Friendship Foundation which allowed her to work with a failing school in Baton Rouge, LA. After just one year, the school was named as the most improved school in the state of Louisiana.

Dr. Primas currently works with the National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA), a trade group of over 200 Black Print and Digital Publishers. She is the Program Manager on a Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation grant with a mandate to increase public awareness among Black parents about the “Every Student Succeeds Act” (ESSA). NNPA is uniquely positioned to engage and inform parents about the law and its implementation in our schools through a multi-media campaign that includes Town Hall Meetings and training sessions, public service announcements and articles through members newspapers and social media platforms.

Dr. Primas is a published author, poet, and artist. She spends her spare time reading, gardening and cooking, using fresh ingredients from her urban garden.