LEONARDTOWN, Md. - The St. Mary's County Board of Education announced several administrative appointments at its meeting of July 11, 2007.
The Board appointed Ms. Karla Brown to the position of principal at Green Holly Elementary School. Ms. Brown, who joined the school system in 1988, is currently an assistant principal at George Washington Carver Elementary School. Her experience also includes serving as an instructional resource teacher, teacher in charge, mentor teacher, and elementary classroom teacher. Ms. Brown holds a Master's degree in reading education from Towson University and a Bachelor's degree in elementary education from Slippery Rock University.
Ms. Paula Perry was named STEM coordinator and will be responsible for overseeing the school system's newly established Science Technology Engineering Mathematics (STEM) Academies. Ms. Perry, a graduate of Chopticon High School, joins SMCPS from Calvert County Public Schools (CCPS) where she served as a mathematics teacher at Northern High School. In addition, she was named Teacher of the Year by CCPS in 2005. Ms. Perry earned a Master of Science degree in curriculum and instruction from Western Maryland College in 1997 and a Bachelor of Science degree in secondary mathematics education from the University of Maryland, College Park in 1996.
The Board also named Mr. Richard Todd coordinator of safety and security in the Department of Pupil Services. Mr. Todd currently serves as a security program officer for the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Diplomatic Security. His experience also includes working as a uniformed protective officer, information analyst, police officer, and school resource officer. Mr. Todd earned a Master of Science degree in criminal justice from Troy State University and a Bachelor of Science degree in criminal justice from Armstrong Atlantic State University.
Ms. Deborah Dennie was appointed to the position of recruitment specialist with emphasis on minority recruitment in the Department of Human Resources. She currently serves as an assistant principal at Spring Ridge Middle School. Ms. Dennie joined the school system in 2001 as a social studies teacher at Esperanza Middle School. Prior to joining the school system, she taught at St. John's School in Hollywood, MD, and at Kingstown Methodist School in St. Vincent, WI. Ms. Dennie earned a Master's degree in elementary education from Towson University and a Bachelor's degree in economics from St. Mary's College of Maryland.
Ms. Shelly Reynolds was named assistant principal at Great Mills High School. Ms. Reynolds most recently served as a business education teacher at Severna Park High School in the Anne Arundel County Public School system. Her experience in education also includes serving as an intervention/prevention site coordinator, computer applications instructor, computer exploratory teacher, and technology trainer. Ms. Reynolds holds a Masters of Arts degree in secondary education from the University of Puget Sound and a Bachelor of Science degree in business management from the University of Maryland, University College (Asian Division).
These appointments become effective immediately.