LaTanya D. McDade, Ed.D.

Superintendent of Schools

About Dr. McDade

Dr. LaTanya D. McDade became the School Division's new superintendent on July 1, 2021, replacing retiring Superintendent Dr. Steven Walts. Dr. McDade has 23 years of experience in Chicago Public Schools (CPS), the third largest district in the nation, as a proven leader and passionate advocate for students. A lifelong educator, Dr. McDade is a former teacher, principal, chief schools’ officer, and district leader.

Dr. McDade previously served as the Chief Education Officer at Chicago Public Schools, where she was charged with overseeing all academic offices, supporting over 340,000 students across 638 schools and ensuring equity and access to high-quality educational opportunities, while managing a $3.4 billion budget.

Under her leadership, CPS increased academic achievement, expanded academic programming, such as AP, World and Dual Language, implemented the largest IB (International Baccalaureate) network in the nation, increased graduation rates, increased college enrollment and persistence, and reached record low drop-out, suspension, and expulsion rates.

"I am excited to engage deeply with Prince William County Public Schools' students, families, communities, and staff to realize our shared vision for advancing achievement for all students and closing opportunity gaps for those most underserved. As a daughter of immigrants, I understand firsthand the importance of providing students with access to rich opportunities that affirm their identities, strengthen their unique skills and talents, and support their aspirations. PWCS shares my fierce commitment to ensuring equity remains at the center of a world class education," Dr. McDade said.

Dr. McDade completed her doctorate in educational leadership and supervision, from Lewis University. She holds a master’s degree in leadership and administration from Loyola University and a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Chicago State University.


Office of the Superintendent

Cyndi Halsey
Executive Assistant/Admin Coordinator