Teaching Ambassador Fellowship
2011 Alumni Washington Fellow
Bio/Overview: Greg Mullenholz is currently serving as the Principal at Ashburton Elementary School in Bethesda, MD. Mullenholz came to the Department as a Staff Development teacher at Twinbrook Elementary School in Montgomery County, Maryland. Given his experience with school improvement planning, professional development programming, and the support of new and veteran teachers, Mullenholz spent his year as a 2011 Washington Fellow working with the Senior Advisor to the Secretary for Teacher Quality. Prior to this, Mulary, a Title I school with a diverse population of learners and a fantastic group of staff members. After completing his undergraduate teacher training at Mount St. Mary’s University, Mullenholz was given a contract by Montgomery County Public Schools and went to work as a fifth grade teacher at Twinbrook Elementary School that August. In 2012, Mullenholz departed from ED, returning to Montgomery County as the Math Content Coach at Greencastle Elementary. In 2013, he was selected as the Assistant Principal and then Principal Intern at Maryvale Elementary in Rockville, MD.
Educational Values/Philosophy: Growing up in a large family, Mullenholz never had aspirations to teach: he figured his career path was somewhere in the legal field, as he saw himself as a solid debater when dealing with his parents during his teenage years. Mullenholz has a strong belief in equity for all students, latching onto the Secretary’s idea that education is the civil rights issue of his generation and that the quality of teaching that a student has access to is the determinant factor in that child’s future. All students should have an effective and compassionate teacher standing in front of them. Mullenholz also believes strongly in the need for teacher leadership and teacher voice in the realm of education policy and reform. Since leaving ED, he has worked extensively in the field to promote teacher leadership and to elevate the profession of teaching.
Achievements: While at Mount Saint Mary’s University, Mullenholz was chosen as a Maryland Association of Teacher Educators Distinguished Teaching Candidate, was asked to speak in conjunction with the Mount Saint Mary’s Education department on a number of occasions. For his work in the areas of special education and assistive technology, he was selected as a recipient of the Kurzweil Educational Systems Teaching Excellence Award honorable mention. In 2013, he was selected as a National Teacher Fellow by the Hope Street Group where he worked on teacher leadership, evaluation systems, and standards & assessments, with a particular focus on Student Learning Objectives. He was also selected as a 2013 Dream Team Teacher by Learnzillion and identified as a member of a project development team coming out of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s Elevating and Celebrating Effective Teaching 2 (ECET2) program. He has written extensively on a variety of topics, including teacher evaluation, special education, mathematics instruction, and the need for better standards and assessments. Mullenholz was a contributor to the “refresh” of the Interstate School Leaders Licensure Consortium (ISLLC) standards that began in 2014 and served as a panelist at the Center for American Progress for the “Common Core: The Politics, the Principles, and the Promise” event. Some of his work was highlighted in the book The Cage Busting Teacher, by Rick Hess.
Leadership Experience: As a 2011 Washington Fellow, Mullenholz helped organize two major gatherings of the Race to the Top states to align their efforts to raise standards for students with their teacher evaluation and support plans. The focus of these national convenings was to shift the discussion around teacher evaluation to one of engagement and development. As a fifth grade teacher at Twinbrook, Mullenholz served as team leader, was voted by his peers as Elected Faculty Representative to the union, wrote or co-wrote several grants that secured funding or materials for teachers and students, and piloted Twinbrook’s special education inclusion program. Mullenholz also authored curriculum while participating in a professional development partnership between MCPS and the Smithsonian Institution called The MCPS Corps of Historical Discovery funded by the Teaching American History Grant. Mullenholz played a major role in his school’s transition from a self-contained environment to a fully-inclusive one for all students with disabilities.
Affiliations: Mount Saint Mary’s School of and Human Services alumni council, Mount Saint Mary’s University “Mount Teacher Institute” planning committee. NEA, MCAAP, Hope Street Group, LearnZillion.
Education: Mullenholz earned his Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Mount Saint Mary’s University, and completed a Master’s in Education Administration and Supervision at Johns Hopkins.
Areas of Interest/Expertise:
- Professional Development
- Title I Schools
- Special Education Inclusion
- Teacher and Leader Effectiveness
- Standards and Assessments
- Traditional Teacher prep
- Principal Leadership