Felicia Norwood

Mrs. Felicia Norwood
Supervisor, Recruitment, Retention & Specialty Programs
norwoofd@pwcs.edu
703-791-8950

Why did you choose to work for Prince William County Public Schools (PWCS)?

PWCS has a great reputation of being a school district that provides many opportunities for leadership.

 What is your favorite thing about working in PWCS and why?

I enjoy the people I work with and the professional development. The PD has made it easy for me to renew my license. The people I have worked with have been some of my greatest friends.

Why do you think more and more people are choosing to work for PWCS?

The opportunities for advancement and the family feel staff.

Describe a time when you felt the greatest sense of PWCS pride.

When principals think about the teachers and staff during the budget season.  Their main goal is to keep all staff no matter how hard the budget year looks. I admire that they know how important every person is.

What advice do you have for someone who is choosing to work for a school division?

Find a school or office that is a best fit for you. Be patient, take as many classes or PD that is offered and take advantage of any leadership opportunities.

Describe a time you had a World Class experience in PWCS.

My entire career has been a world class experience from teacher to instructional coach, to Assistant Principal , Principal - being only the 3rd black elementary school principal to open a new school to becoming the Supervisor of Recruitment, all of my opportunities and experiences has provided me a World Class experience.


Wendy Martin-Johnson

Dr. Wendy Martin-Johnson
Supervisor, Special Education Staffing and Recruitment
martinw@pwcs.edu
703-791-8716

Why did you choose to work for Prince William County Public Schools (PWCS)?

I wanted the opportunity to work in a larger, more diverse school district. I liked that there were opportunities for professional growth & development within PWCS that were not in other districts I had worked in previously.

What is your favorite thing about working in PWCS and why?

By far, my favorite thing about working in PWCS is the people I get to work with daily. This includes my department colleagues in Human Resources, the building administrators across grades K-12, and the connections I get to make with potential new special education teachers.

Why do you think more and more people are choosing to work for PWCS?

I think PWCS has a great reputation and truly is a "World Class" school division. We have a very diverse student population and are working to diversify our staff. As someone who came from a smaller school division, the number of possibilities and opportunities for students and staff continue to amaze me.

Describe a time when you felt the greatest sense of PWCS pride.

I think the first CONNECT event I attended gave me the greatest sense of pride and it solidified my decision to join PWCS. The day was filled with new staff who were engaged, excited, and energized about being a part of the PWCS team.

What advice do you have for someone who is choosing to work for a school division?

Be aware of what your wants and needs are and match those to the school or department you want to work within. Always present yourself in a professional manner and be able to give concrete examples of your experiences.

Describe a time you had a World Class experience in PWCS.

I would have to say that most of the department and team meetings I attend are conducted with a purpose, streamlined, and outcome based. I think that is a reflection of honoring people's time and ensuring what needs to get done is accomplished.


Toi Tanton

Ms. Toi Tanton
Administrative Coordinator, Recruitment & Retention
tantontl@pwcs.edu
703-791-8520

Why did you choose to work for Prince William County Public Schools (PWCS)?

In 2006, I was a career switcher that had just completed my graduate degree in Curriculum and Instruction and was looking to move to Northern Virginia. I attended a job fair that showcased all of the counties in Virginia. I spoke to two PWCS HR Representatives during the fair and both were very kind and encouraging. After my interview, one of them said to me, "We want you in Prince William!" That statement made me feel wanted and needed. I have been in PWCS ever since.

What is your favorite thing about working in PWCS and why?

I really enjoy working with teachers, students and parents. It is an honor to help navigate their journey in PWCS.

Why do you think more and more people are choosing to work for PWCS?

PWCS offers many opportunities for personal and professional growth, great benefits and tuition reimbursement.

Describe a time when you felt the greatest sense of PWCS pride.

One of my responsibilities is to work with student interns. I have tremendous sense of pride when I see our interns become professional educators in PWCS.

What advice do you have for someone who is choosing to work for a school division?

Look for a school division that feels like home. A place where you can grow, change, try new things and make a difference in the world.

Describe a time you had a World Class experience in PWCS.

Throughout the time I've worked in PWCS, I have had many World Class experiences. One thing that comes to mind is when I interviewed to become an administrator seven years ago. I was extremely nervous while speaking to the Superintendents' Staff. After my interview, Dr. Walts came out of the room and told me that while he could tell I was very nervous, that I did a good job. That meant the world to me!


Kelli Stenhouse

Mrs. Kelli Stenhouse
Organizational Professional Development Specialist
stenhokt@pwcs.edu
703-791-8020

Why did you choose to work in Prince William County Public Schools (PWCS)?

The county of Prince William has been home since 2010 when I first moved to northern Virginia. After commuting and working for a neighboring school district for two years, I missed the sense of belonging and value that living and working in the same community creates. Prince William County Public Schools serves as the core of our county by providing jobs to more than 10,000 people and education to more than 90,000 students. I wanted to be a part of that. I enjoy seeing my colleagues at the grocery store, attending our high schools’ sporting events, and participating in county and community activities that support our students and schools.

What is your favorite thing about working in PWCS and why?

PWCS offers access to an array of professional development opportunities; focuses on growing employees and promoting from within; and encourages a supportive culture that ensures employees know the work in which they do work in meaningful.

Why do you think more and more people are choosing to work for PWCS?

PWCS is highly diverse; has a respectable reputation and fantastic students as well as staff members.

Describe a time when you felt the greatest sense of PWCS pride.

I was in the elevator one morning and Dr. Walts, PWCS Superintendent of schools, addressed me by name and inquired how my work was going with the Growing Our Own Teachers program. Even after reaching our floor, we continued to talk for close to 15 minutes about recruiting and hiring minority teachers. Although PWCS is a very large and growing school Division, it maintains a “small company” feel where everyone knows each other, and open collaboration is encouraged among all levels.

What advice do you have for someone who is choosing to work for a school division?

(1) Ask questions about the types of mentoring and support provided (2) Be open-minded and flexible (3) When interviewing, present yourself in a professional and engaged manner and speak to your experiences (4) Make sure your values are aligned with that of the school in which you choose to work Describe a time you had a World Class experience in PWCS? All of my opportunities and experiences since becoming a PWCS employee in 2012 have provided me a world class experience.


Cheri Bradford

Mrs. Cheri Bradford
Recruitment Specialist
bradfocs@pwcs.edu
703-791-8995

Why did you choose to work for Prince William County Public Schools (PWCS)?

 I worked 17 years for military contractors. The contract I’d been supporting wasn’t being renewed, so at close to 40, I was facing unemployment. I knew I didn’t want to commute into the city if I could help it, so I focused my job search inside the county. When I saw the posting for the Recruitment Specialist, I knew it was the job for me. Luckily, those hiring for the position thought I’d be a good fit, and I’ve been the Recruitment Specialist since November of 2014.

What is your favorite thing about working in PWCS and why?

Quite honestly, of all the jobs I’ve worked in my life, I truly think this one is my favorite. I loved supporting the military, and knowing my work was helping war fighters in combat was certainly rewarding. But, working in Recruitment, I get to see the fruits of my labor up close. It’s so much fun to see a candidate’s name on a resume that’s come back from an event, and then follow that name as it shows up on job fair attendees, and all the way to New Employee Orientation.

Why do you think more and more people are choosing to work for PWCS?

There’s something to be said for working to staff schools in the county you live in. If you have kids or not, you play a direct role in staffing the employees that might teach your child or neighbor, or drive them to school, or serve them lunch, or make sure their school is clean and secure. There’s a sense of pride in contributing to your community.

Describe a time when you felt the greatest sense of PWCS pride.

There are so many proud moments at any given time – staffing hard to fill positions, or helping a school or department be 100 percent staffed. The best part for me, personally, happens on an almost daily basis. It’s great to help an employee, either directly or getting them to the person that can help them and getting a “thank-you” reply. My pride comes from a job well done. What advice do you have for someone who is choosing to work for a school division? DO IT! Don’t think twice. Go for it! Even being in Central Office instead of a school, it’s still so rewarding to see smiling student faces and happy employees. It’s the best career decision I ever made!

Describe a time you had a World Class experience in PWCS.

Everyday is a World Class experience. Working in HR allows me the opportunity to work with some of the greatest people! Everyone has compassion and cares for our fellow employees, and there is no greater commitment to our students, staff, and community anywhere!