An old-fashioned cliché says learning is a lifelong process, and that turns out to be the case for Prince George’s County Board of Education member Lyn Mundey. Mundey, who has served on the Board since 2011, announced she plans to resign in order to pursue her doctorate degree in education at Walden University. Serving as […]
An old-fashioned cliché says learning is a lifelong process, and that turns out to be the case for Prince George’s County Board of Education member Lyn Mundey.
Mundey, who has served on the Board since 2011, announced she plans to resign in order to pursue her doctorate degree in education at Walden University. Serving as a board member, she said, opened her eyes to education needs of the children of the county.
Mundey’s original background as an internal auditor made her a candidate for appointment from County Executive Rushern Baker III, she said, when a seat became vacant following the resignation of Carletta Fellows. But after spending time in the education field as a board member her passion for helping children continued to grow.
“I figured out that this is where I need to be. I need to be closer to the students, doing the work of the board in a full time capacity. The job of a board member is not a full time job but it is full time work for sure,” Mundey said.
Mundey’s last day will be August 24. The decision was difficult with a year left in her term, she said, but she did not want to make the decision in “the middle of the year.”
“I figured if I give the county executive a couple of months to try to figure out something, he can get a nice replacement in there who can pick up the work I had,” Mundey said.
Despite her resignation, Mundey said she still has plans to serve on the Board again in the future.
Board members look at policies from a high level with a very holistic approach, she said, but the personal and individual touch educators are able to give to students really spark life changes.
“I’m not saying that the policies that form those day-to-day operations aren’t important. Obviously they are,” Mundey said. “But for me, personally, I have always had a grassroots organizational background. I’m much more of a reach out and touch person. People really want a personal touch. I find the work very rewarding in that way.”
As part of the Board’s finance and budget committee, Mundey said she asked questions about financing and handled some of the boards’ financial dealings.
Mundey said she does not feel bad for leaving before her term ended because she believes she has fulfilled her obligation as an appointed board member to make decisions and put children first.
“Once I got to the point where right, getting accepted into the program, I would not be able to continue to do that in an effective way,” Mundey said.
For the second time Baker will have to appoint a replacement for a school board member in District 7. Baker said he must find a candidate who will want to run for re-election and remain there in the long haul.
“What we have to look at closely is getting someone in there to have the longevity. I’m going to talk to a number of people to get someone in there,” Baker said. “The goal is to get someone who wants to run for re-election and wants to be there for the long haul.”
Baker said he will sit down with Senators Ulysses Currie and Joanne Benson, who both represent areas within District 7, to discuss potential candidates.
Although there needs to be consistency, Baker said he would never dissuade anyone from pursuing higher education.
“One of the things we encourage is lifelong learners. I commend her for wanting to get her doctorate. That is not only beneficial to her and her family, but also the county,” Baker said.
Meanwhile, Board Chairman Segun Eubanks said the entire Board appreciates her service.
“The Prince George’s County Board of Education extends its appreciation to Lyn Mundey for her service as a Board of Education Member in District 7 over the past two years,” Eubanks said. “We thank her for the service and we wish her the best in future endeavors.”
As Mundey begins her transition, Board member Edward Burroughs said he already misses her and the work she has done with the school board up to this point. However, he said he thinks Mundey made the best decision for her future.
“This is the right step in the direction for her to go in. I believe that she wants to become a full-time education leader in some capacity and this degree will equip her with the skills to be successful in that endeavor,” Burroughs said.
Mundey discussed the decision with Burroughs beforehand, he said, so he knows she did not make the decision lightly. Mundey is one of the most committed and involved people in the community, he said, so the loss will be tough but she must do what is best for her.
“She literally is there for one reason and one reason only and that is so our kids can have a chance to have a great education,” Burroughs said. “That’s not always common. Literally, her only focus was making sure that kids have a high quality education.”