Personnel Changes in St. Mary's Public Schools - Southern Maryland Headline News

Personnel Changes in St. Mary's Public Schools


LEONARDTOWN, Md. (July 10, 2009)—The following administrative appointments were made by the St. Mary's County Board of Education at its meeting of June 24.

The Board appointed Ms. Karen Antonacio-Oliver to the position of academic dean at the Chesapeake Public Charter School. Ms. Antonacio-Oliver currently serves as an instructional resource teacher at Lettie Marshall Dent Elementary School. She began her career in education in 1991 as an elementary classroom teacher at George Washington Carver and Hollywood Elementary Schools. Since that time, she has also served as a facilitator for the Maryland State Department of Education's (MSDE) International Artist Teacher Exchange and Maryland Artist Teacher Institute. Ms. Antonacio-Oliver earned a Master's degree in curriculum and instruction from McDaniel College and a Bachelor's degree in elementary education from Gwynedd Mercy College, in Gwynedd, Pa.

The Board also appointed Mr. Shadwick Jenkins to the position of coordinator of parent, business, and military outreach in the Department of School Administration, Accountability, and Advisement. Mr. Jenkins is currently serving as an assistant principal for Friendship Public Charter Schools in Washington, DC. His experience also includes serving as an interim principal, lead teacher, and elementary classroom teacher/grade level chairperson. Mr. Jenkins is also the chief executive officer and founder of The Dreams-R-Real Foundation in Washington, DC. He is pursuing his Master of Science degree in organizational leadership from Nyack College, and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in early childhood education/math endorsement from Norfolk State University, in Norfolk, Va.

Additionally, the Board named Mr. Michael (Jake) Heibel to the position of 12-month assistant principal at Leonardtown High School where he currently serves as an 11-month assistant principal. Mr. Heibel joined the school system in 1992 and has served as a social studies teacher at Leonardtown High and Great Mills High Schools. He has also served as a social studies department chairperson, a lead teacher for the government High School Assessment (HSA), and a teacher in charge. Mr. Heibel holds a Master's degree in curriculum and instruction from McDaniel College and a Bachelor's degree from Mercyhurst College.

Mr. Jason Hayes was named an 11-month assistant principal at Leonardtown High School where he currently serves as a science teacher. Mr. Hayes, who joined the school system in 1996 as a science teacher at Chopticon High School, has also served as a science department chairperson and a substitute administrator. In addition, he has served as a presenter at numerous conferences, and was named the 2005-2006 Southern Maryland Electric Cooperative (SMECO) Science Teacher of the Year. He obtained a Master of Science degree in geoscience from Mississippi State University, a Master of Arts degree in leadership in teaching from the College of Notre Dame of Maryland, and Bachelor of Science degrees in earth/space science education and general science education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, in Indiana, PA.

These appointments became effective July 1.

The following administrative appointments were made by the Board of Education at its meeting of July 8.

The Board appointed Ms. Glenna Edwards to the position of assistant principal at Esperanza Middle School where she currently serves as the teacher-in-charge. Ms. Edwards, who joined the school system in 1990 as a geography and social studies teacher at Leonardtown Middle School, returned in 2007 after serving as a history teacher in the Calvert County Public School System, at Grace Lutheran Middle School in La Plata, MD, and in the Sierra Sands Unified School District in Ridgecrest, CA. She earned a Master of Education degree in education technology from Towson University and a Bachelor of Science degree in secondary education from Frostburg State University.

Additionally, the Board appointed Ms. Kate Eggert to the position of 12-month pupil personnel worker in the Department of Student Services and Academic Support. Ms. Eggert currently serves as a guidance counselor at Chopticon High School. Her experience also includes serving as a therapeutic support staff member with Pennsylvania Counseling Services in Carlisle, PA; a program assistant with Shippensburg University Women's Center in Shippensburg, PA; and a job coach with Occupational Services, Inc. in Chambersburg, PA. Ms. Eggert obtained a Master's degree in counseling and a Bachelor's degree in psychology from Shippensburg University.

Ms. Charisse Johnson was also named a 10-month pupil personnel worker in the Department of Student Services and Academic Support. Ms. Johnson most recently served as a pupil personnel worker in the Prince George's County Public School System. Her experience also includes serving as an education specialist and an adoption social worker with the Child and Family Services Agency in Washington, DC; and an adoption social worker with Family and Child Services of Washington Inc. Ms. Johnson obtained a Master's degree in social work from the University of Maryland at Baltimore and a Bachelor's degree in social work from Bowie State University.

These appointments became effective immediately.

Source: St. Mary's County Public Schools

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