Administrative Corner  

Michael Burd  Michael Burd, Principal 

I am very pleased and excited to have the opportunity to return for my fourth year as principal of East Silver Spring Elementary School.  I am both honored and humbled to serve the students, staff, and families of East Silver Spring Elementary and to continue the tradition of excellence that has been established by the staff and community.  I am confident that as a united and collaborative school community, we will continue to make a difference in each child’s life. 

I look forward to building on the work we accomplished during the 2020-2021 school year.  In establishing a culturally responsive school, we are able to build strong relationships with one another and especially our students.  In a culturally responsive classroom, effective teaching and learning occur in a culturally supported, learner-centered context, whereby the strengths students bring to school are identified, nurtured, and utilized to promote student achievement.  This helps us in meeting the needs of all of our students and helping them progress, not only academically, but also socially and emotionally.  By providing clear expectations and being intentional in our planning, we will be able to achieve excellence.  We will be diligent in our actions and hold ourselves accountable with ongoing data monitoring.  This accountability will drive our school improvement work and help to continue the strong tradition of excellence at East Silver Spring. 

I would like to take this opportunity to introduce myself.  I grew up in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, which is also the home of the Little League World Series.  I graduated from Williamsport High School in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, and attended college at Shippensburg University, receiving a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education in 2003.   I began my teaching career at Round Hills Elementary, in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, as a fourth grade teacher.  In 2005, I moved to Montgomery County and spent my first two years in MCPS as a third grade math and science teacher at Galway Elementary.  Next, I went to Stonegate Elementary where I taught both third and fourth grade for the next three years.  During that time period, I pursued a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from Hood College.  After receiving my Master’s Degree, I began my administrative career as the assistant principal at Potomac Elementary, then Sherwood Elementary and Summit Hall Elementary.  Before becoming the principal at East Silver Spring Elementary School, I served as the Principal Intern at Captain James E. Daly, Jr. Elementary School in Germantown, MD.

I currently live in Potomac with my wife, Courtney, our three daughters, Jessica 19, Emily 16, and Chloe 7, and our three cats, Sheldon, Annie, and Luna.  I am extremely proud of my family and love spending time with them.  I view the school community as an extension of family.  A family doesn’t have to have the same last name, look the same or be from the same place.  What is needed is to have one common goal in mind, and we will have that – the success of every student.  This sense of community will serve us well as we work together to meet the challenges of a new school year. 

As an instructional leader in MCPS for the past ten years, I have been able to shape my core values and fundamental beliefs that all students can achieve at high levels.  I have a commitment to rigorous high quality instruction for all students and have worked to help improve their instructional practices, which has resulted in significant increases in student performance.  As one of the leaders in the building, I plan to model transparency in order for all stakeholders to view me as a continuous learner.  I hope to help create a non-threatening, collaborative environment for teachers to develop relationships, examine instructional practices, increase capacity, and improve upon their teaching strategies and share best practices. 

Michael Burd  

Principal, East Silver Spring Elementary School 

Iraida Bodre-Woods, Assistant Principal

Born and raised in New York State, I began my teaching career in East New York, Brooklyn in 1996. I spent 20 years as a teacher providing instruction in General Education, Bilingual and Dual Language (Two Way Immersion) classrooms. In 2016, I became an Assistant Principal in a PreK - 5 Elementary School. My academic journey includes Degrees from Queens College, Brookly College and Stony Brook University. I believe in the gifts every student contributes and recognize the role of leaders (and teachers) to help students unwrap those gifts and talents in support of their academic journey. I was married in 2020 and our blended family includes 3 children, all in their early twenties. I plan to use my free time getting to know the state of Maryland which is my new home. I am excited to join the ESS family and look forward to a new school year full of joy filled learning.