LEONARDTOWN, Md. (June 3, 2011) The St. Mary's County Board of Education approved several administrative appointments and transfers at its meeting of May 25. These appointments and transfers become effective July 1.
The Board appointed Mr. Michael "Jake" Heibel to the position of principal at Great Mills High School. He is replacing Ms. Tracey Heibel who is transferring to the position of supervisor of science and STEM. Mr. Heibel, who most recently served as an assistant principal at Leonardtown High School, began his teaching career with the school system in 1992 as a social studies teacher at Great Mills High School. His experience also includes serving as a High School Assessments lead teacher, social studies department chair, and teacher in charge. Mr. Heibel earned a Master of Arts degree from McDaniel College in 2000, and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Mercyhurst College in Erie, Pa., in 1992.
The Board also appointed Ms. Maureen Montgomery to the position of principal at Leonardtown High School School. She is replacing Mr. David O'Neill who is transferring to the position of assistant principal at Chopticon High School. Ms. Montgomery, who has served as principal of Spring Ridge Middle School since 2006, also served as principal of Benjamin Banneker Elementary School from 2001 to 2006. She holds a Master's degree in special education from Bowie State University, and a Bachelor's degree in psychology from the University of Maryland, College Park.
Ms. Angela Fulp was named principal of Spring Ridge Middle School where she has served as an assistant principal since 2006. Her experience also includes serving as a supervisor of special education. Ms. Fulp earned a Master's degree in educational administration from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Va. in 1999, a Master's degree in speech language pathology from James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Va. in 1986, and a Bachelor's degree in speech language pathology from Longwood College/University of Virginia, Farmville and Charlottesville, Va. in 1984.
Ms. Marie Hankinson was named principal of Town Creek Elementary School. She is replacing Ms. Kathryn Miluski who is transferring to the position of supervisor of reading. Ms. Hankinson most recently served as acting principal and assistant principal at Oakville Elementary School, and also assistant Principal at Benjamin Banneker Elementary. Prior to joining the school system in 2006, she served as a second grade teacher and librarian in Belle Chasse, LA, and a gifted resource teacher and second grade teacher in Virginia Beach, Va. Ms. Hankinson earned an Educational Specialist degree from The George Washington University in 2006, a Master of Science degree in human resource management from Troy State University in Troy, AL, a Bachelor of Science degree in early childhood education from Norfolk State University in Norfolk, Va., and an Associate of Arts degree in business administration from County College of Morris in Randolph, NJ.
Ms. Rebecca "Shelly" Amstutz was appointed to the position of 12-month assistant principal at Leonardtown High School. She most recently served as an assistant principal at Margaret Brent Middle School. Prior to joining the school system in 2007, she served as a science teacher in the Prince William County (Va.) and Frederick County (Md.) school systems, and a math/civics teacher in the Warren County (Va.) school system. Ms. Amstutz earned a Master of Education degree in educational leadership/administration from George Mason University in Fairfax, Va., and a Bachelor of Science degree in liberal studies and elementary education from Longwood College in Farmville, Va.
Mr. Eric Readyhough was appointed to the position of 11-month assistant principal at Leonardtown High School. He most recently served as a production engineering teacher at the Dr. James A. Forrest Career and Technology Center. Prior to joining the school system in 2003 as a technology education teacher at Great Mills High School, Mr. Readyhough served in the same capacity at Liberty Middle School, in Clifton, Va., and Hayfield Secondary School in Alexandria, Va. He earned a Master of Science degree in computer science and a Bachelor of Science degree in education from Virginia Polytechnical Institute and State University, Blacksburg, Va.
Mr. Josh Lynch was appointed to the position of 11-month assistant principal at Spring Ridge Middle School. Since joining the school system in 2004, he has served as a reading/language arts teacher, team leader, and reading/language arts department chair at Esperanza Middle School. Mr. Lynch earned a Master of Arts degree in leadership in teaching from the College of Notre Dame of Maryland in 2009, a Bachelor of Science degree in literature, language, and writing for secondary education from Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti, MI, in 2003.
In addition to the appointments listed above, the following transfers will take place:
Ms. Wendy Zimmerman, academic dean of Fairlead Academy, will transfer to the position of academic dean of Fairlead Academy II.
Dr. Laura Carpenter, supervisor of instruction for gifted and talented, will transfer to the position of 12-month assistant principal at Margaret Brent Middle School.
Mr. Kevin McCarthy, 11-month assistant principal at the Dr. James A. Forrest Career & Technology Center, will transfer to the position of 11-month assistant principal at Leonardtown High School.