Ms. Tanya Washington (Principal of Parkdale High School), has passed away, Prince George’s County School District officials confirmed Monday.
Tanya passed away over the weekend. According to information received, She was found by one of her friends after she failed to show up at a sporting event that she and the friend were to attend. The friend went to her house, saw her car, got no answer at the door, broke in and found her dead.
There are no more details available about the circumstances of her death, but the district said she did die suddenly.
The Parkdale high school community shared details with the students on Monday morning and counselling will continue to the affected members.
Prince George’s County Public School CEO Dr. Kevin Maxwell released a statement Monday following her death:
“I am shocked and saddened by the sudden passing of beloved Parkdale High School principal Tanya Washington.
Ms. Washington was dedicated to Parkdale students and staff. In her 19 years with Prince George’s County Public Schools, she gave countless hours and immeasurable energy towards a vision of excellence for all students. Ms. Washington was an outstanding administrator, caring colleague and friend. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her.
Ms. Washington joined Prince George’s County Public Schools in 1997 as a teacher at William Wirt Middle School. She later taught science at Charles H. Flowers High School. She served as assistant principal at Oxon Hill Middle School and Largo High School before moving to Parkdale High School as principal in 2013.
Starting Monday, a team of school psychologists, counselors and pupil personnel workers will be at Parkdale to provide counseling and support for students and staff as long as necessary.
On behalf of the entire Prince George’s County Public Schools community, I extend thoughts and prayers of comfort to Ms. Washington’s loved ones and the Parkdale High School community.”
Please keep Ms. Tanya Washington’s family in your thoughts and prayers. We will keep you posted regarding arrangements as we get more information. Ms. Washington was a beloved member of the Parkdale Community since she took over as a Principal. She brought quick changes but others complained as well and moved away or retired. She worked hard and will be dearly missed.