MEDIA ADVISORY: United States Mint American Women Quarters™ Program Dr. Sally Ride Quarter Event

April 20, 2022

WHAT:  The United States Mint (Mint) will officially host representatives from the Mint Headquarters, Dr. Sally K. Ride Elementary School, Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS), National Women’s History Museum (NWHM), Smithsonian, Out Astronaut Project, and Sally Ride Science in an event to celebrate the release of the Dr. Sally Ride Quarter on Thursday, April 21, at 10 a.m. EST. The ceremony will take place at the Dr. Sally K. Ride Elementary School.

The ceremony will take place in the school’s media center. It will be livestreamed to all classrooms. One class will attend the ceremony in the media center.


  • Ventris Gibson, Deputy Director, U.S. Mint
  • Tam O’Shaughnessy, Dr. Sally Ride’s life partner, Co-founder, Sally Ride Science (Video)
  • Dr. Monifa McKnight, Interim MCPS Superintendent
  • Elise Burgess, Principal, Dr. Sally K. Ride Elementary School
  • Rashida Thomas, Assistant Principal, Dr. Sally K. Ride Elementary School
  • Dr. Emily Margolis, Curator of the History of American Women in Spaceflight and Aviation
  • Dr. Margaret Weitekamp, Curator and Chair of the Department of Space History
  • Jennifer Schneider, Smithsonian Program Manager
  • Jennifer Herrera, VP of External Affairs, National Women’s History Museum (NWHM)
  • John Ladesic, Teacher, Master of Ceremonies (MC)
  • Brenda Wolff, MCPS Board of Education President
  • Brian Murphy, trainee, Out Astronaut Project
  • Jayden Odur, student contest winner
  • Raiza Jurado, student contest winner

WHEN:    Thursday, April 21, 2022, 10 a.m. EST

WHERE:  Dr. Sally K. Ride Elementary School, 21301 Seneca Crossing Drive, Germantown, MD 20876

NOTE: This is a closed event – invitation only. The public can live stream via YouTube


Contact Information

  • United States Mint:, Office of Corporate Communications, (202) 480-4761,
  • MCPS: Public Information Office,


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