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About Patricia Ann Dorsey, Ed.D.

Her Own Words:

Teaching and learning have been lifelong passions ever since playing school as a youngster with my sister and our dolls. That passion resulted in a 39-year career in the Carroll County Public School (CCPS) system as a teacher and later as an elementary school assistant principal and then principal and it also inspired me to achieve a Doctor of Education degree.  As an aspiring CCPS Board of Education member, my priorities are (1) creating safe, secure, non-threatening environments that are conducive to learning for all students, (2) acquiring competitive salaries, (3) supporting educational programs that meet the needs of all students, and (4) recruiting and retaining quality teachers and staff to create a diverse workforce. These priorities will be addressed within a budget that is impacted by student enrollment.

Her Background and Education:

  • Daughter of the late Roscoe and Mary Elizabeth Robinson Spence; raised in Carroll County, MD
  • Graduate of South Carroll High School (1968); Morgan State College (Now Morgan University), Bachelor of Science Degree (1972); Western Maryland College (Now McDaniel College), Master of Education Degree (1983); University of Maryland College Park, Doctor of Education Degree (1999)
  • Classroom Teacher, Grades 2 and 3, William Winchester and Westminster Elementary Schools; Resource Teacher, CCPS Title I Schools; Assistant Principal of Eldersburg Elementary School; Principal of Taneytown Elementary, William Winchester Elementary, and Friendship Valley Elementary Schools

 Her Family:

  • Married to Nelson B. Dorsey, Sr., Retired Postmaster of Thurmont Post Office
  • Two sons & Two Daughters-in-law:
    • Gregory A. Dorsey, Attorney, Kelly|Dorsey, P.C., & Terri L. Dorsey, Marketing Administrator, Kelly|Dorsey, P.C.
    • Nelson B. Dorsey, Jr. (Bernie), Pastor of Transforming Spirit Church & Ericka G. Dorsey, Equal Employment Opportunity Attorney, American Federation of Government Employees
  • Five grandchildren
    • Chelsea Dorsey, Violence Intervention Program Group Facilitator and Prevention Educator, Family & Children’s Services of Central Maryland
    • Andrew Dorsey, Certified Public Accountant, LaSalle Investment Management
    • Braedon Dorsey, Sophomore, Salisbury University
    • Nelson Dorsey III, Sixth Grader
    • Houston Dorsey, First Grader
  • One great grandchild
    • Genevieve Dorsey
  • One sister
    • Precious Morrison, Registered Nurse, Carroll Hospital Center
  • Nieces, nephews, cousins, in-laws

Her Community Service:

  • Past Board Member of the Carroll County Department of Social Services
  • Past Member of Board of Directors Carroll County Bank
  • Church Organist, Historian/Membership Chair, Trustee, Assist with “My Brother’s Keeper” – a food pantry for the community

Citizens for Patricia Ann Dorsey
Richard Huss, Treasurer
Gregory A. Dorsey, Chair
Mailing Address: 21 Fannies Meadow Ct, Westminster, MD 21158
Email: or
Phone: (410) 971-9916 or (443) 904-2647
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