Principal's Welcome

Bernarda Kwaw, Principal

It is our distinct honor and privilege to welcome YOU to Govans Elementary School, a neighborhood charter school operated by the Baltimore Curriculum Project. We are excited to have students back in our classrooms and hallways filling these spaces with energy and enthusiasm as we strive to challenge each student to grow in his or her academic abilities and to work toward being college and career ready.


As you may already know, in early May, Principal Linda Taylor announced her decision to retire at the end of the school year. We are deeply grateful for her excellent leadership and for  her dedication to the school, to the families, and to education in the Govans community. After interviewing several candidates, the search committee recommended that I, Bernarda Kwaw, become the next principal of Govans Elementary School. I am honored to continue working at Govans Elementary School in this new capacity and am proud to be a part of the community. I thank you in advance for your continued positive support in helping our children reach their academic potential.


This year we welcome Mrs. Jennings as our new Assistant Principal. She comes to us with over 20 years of experience in education. We also welcome Ms. Marrow, Ms. Rebuck, Ms. Olser and Ms. Simmons to our primary team. These staff members have several years of experience among them and are excited about joining the staff at Govans Elementary.


As we all know, students and staff need learning spaces that enable innovative, high-quality instruction and a physical infrastructure that supports use of current technology and ensures safety and security. To that end, we anticipate that this school year will be our last year in this current school building. The 21st Century School Buildings Plan will create an inspiring educational environment for the students and staff of Govans Elementary. Our brand new school will include teaching and learning spaces with flexible and adaptable areas designed for interaction and collaboration.


We will continue as a neighborhood charter school operating under the auspices of the Baltimore Curriculum Project (BCP). BCP is a non-profit organization that currently empowers five other neighborhood charter schools in Baltimore with the tools they need to help every child succeed. As a neighborhood charter school, Govans Elementary will continue to serve the students from the surrounding neighborhood as well as those non-zoned students enrolled at the school. Govans will continue to receive public funding but operate independently. Our staff comes with a wealth of experience and a passion for working with children.


If you know someone who is searching for an elementary school that will provide a nurturing safe environment as well as academic rigor, please refer them to Govans Elementary School and have them call to schedule a tour today!

Bernarda Kwaw, Principal

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Govans Elementary School

@ the Chinquapin Building

900 Woodbourne Ave.

Baltimore, MD 21212