Elizabeth V. Primas, Ed.D., Ed.S., MAT & BS, is a member of the Board of The Washington Informer Charities Inc. and a native Washingtonian.  She is the current Director of Literacy and Acceleration at the Friendship Public Charter Schools and has a lifelong history of achievement in teaching and leadership within DC Public Schools, DC area colleges and universities and national education organizations.  Her list of teaching credentials spans over 20 years in the public schools, whether teaching students or coaching her peers.  She also taught at the University of the District of Columbia and George Washington University; founded two Literacy and Computer Camps for children in Prince George’s County Public Housing; and was the DCPS Director of Literacy: Reading and English Language Arts.  In addition, she served as Teacher in Residence at the Educational Testing Services, and led development of the National Board Certification in Literacy: Reading and English Language Arts for Elementary and Middle School teachers.  

Over the years, she has received numerous honors for outstanding teaching including: Masonic Scottish Rites Elementary Educator Excellence Award (1998); Agnes Meyer Outstanding Teacher Award (1999); District of Columbia’s Teacher of the Year Award (2000).  She has worked with several organizations such as the National Council of Teachers in English and the International Reading Association’s Urban Diversity Commission and coordinated major conferences on contemporary topics in literary and reading.  She is a well-known consultant for city schools, textbook companies and the international professional development of teachers.

She is a graduate of the D.C. teacher’s College and holds a Masters’ from Trinity College and a doctorate from George Washington University as well as several post-doctoral certifications.


Denise Rolark Barnes

Madam Chair

Ron Burke

Vice President

Curvin Leatham


Gail Reed