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R. Scott Pfeifer

R. Scott Pfeifer (MD '93)


At the time of the Award, R. Scott Pfeifer was:

Atholton High School
Columbia, MD

Biographical Information

R. Scott Pfeifer, who was most recently the executive director of MASSP, believes that education today must attend to the needs and interests of all students. "We can no longer cite the accomplishments of our most able students as evidence of our success," he says. Education today, he believes, should consider the needs and interests of students from a wide range of backgrounds, and set high expectations that apply across the board. Teachers, he thinks, must have the full support of their administrators in trying to develop strategies that will bolster student success. "When educators are given the opportunity to reflect, collaborate, and then develop innovations that match the needs and the problems within a given school, all things are possible," he says. 

Mr. Pfeifer became the executive director of the Maryland Association of Secondary School Principals in 2012.  He received the Distinguished Service Award from NASSP in 2017. He spent 20 years as a high school principal in Howard County Maryland.  He also was the Director of Instructional Assessment at the Maryland State Department of Education for four years prior to assuming his role at MASSP

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1974 University of Virginia, B.A.