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Enrollment at George E. Peters Doubles

Story by Taashi Rowe
Published 3/14/2011

John Alberty, principal at George E. Peters Adventist School, helps Ci-Arra Dottin in science class.

“I don’t sleep,” John Alberty confesses. “All I do is think about George E. Peters.” The 36-year-old principal of the preK-8 school in Hyattsville, Md., came on board last fall when the school only had 42 students and there were concerns about shutting down.

This Allegheny East Conference school, which was remodeled after sustaining tornado damage in 2008, is bright, spacious and up to date. While there are now 94 students, Alberty is confident that enrollment will climb to 300. There is even a waiting list for the preschool program. “I don’t want people to send their kids here just because this is a Seventh-day Adventist school, but because we have the best program in the area,” he says. “We are moving in the right direction.”

Alberty believes that one of the reasons why the school may be growing is because he does not also teach, which frees him up to observe teachers, handle disciplinary problems and evangelize about the school’s offerings. Prior to coming to G.E. Peters, Alberty was an assistant principal for three years at the John Phillip Souza Middle School, a public school in Washington, D.C. He holds degrees in speech pathology—a bachelor’s from Alabama A&M University and a master’s from Howard University in Washington, D.C.

There is a lot to be excited about at G.E. Peters these days: the school is going green, they just ordered new computers and they are working on becoming a STEM (Science Technology, Engineering and Math) school. “It’s not me,” Alberty says. “It’s God, because at the end of the day, my job is a testimony.”