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

Personnel Changes in St. Mary's Public Schools


LEONARDTOWN, Md. (July 14, 2016)—Superintendent of Schools, Mr. J. Scott Smith, today announced the administrative appointments made by the Board of Education at its meeting of July 14, 2016.

The Board appointed Mr. Kelly McClure-Hewitt as Assistant Principal, 11 month, at Great Mills High School. Mr. McClure-Hewitt holds a Master's degree from Notre Dame of Maryland and a Bachelor's degree from Winston-Salem State University. He has most recently served as Dean of Students and classroom teacher in Calvert County.

Mr. Graham Coombs has been appointed as Assistant Principal, 11 month, at Leonardtown High School. Mr. Coombs holds a Master's degree from McDaniel College and a Bachelor's degree from Grove City College in Pennsylvania. He has most recently served as an Assistant Principal at Patuxent High School in Calvert County.

Mr. Marc Pirner has been appointed as Assistant Principal, 11 month, at Chopticon High School. Mr. Pirner holds a Master's degree and a Bachelor's degree from St. Mary's College of Maryland. He has most recently served as a high school Social Studies teacher in Calvert County.

Ms. Stacey Murdock has been appointed as Assistant Principal, 11 month, at Esperanza Middle School. Ms. Murdock holds two Master's degrees, one from University of Maryland and one from Salisbury State University, and a Bachelor's degree from Frostburg State University. She has most recently served as a Pupil Personnel Worker, 10 month, in the Department of Student Services.

All appointments for 11 month positions will become effective on Monday, August 1, 2016.

Mr. Eric Readyhough has been appointed as Assistant Principal, 12 month, at Leonardtown High School. He is currently Assistant Principal, 11 month, at Leonardtown High School. Mr. Readyhough holds Master's and Bachelor's degrees from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. He also has a Post Master's Certificate of Advanced Study in Education from Towson University.

Dr. Deborah Dennie has been appointed Principal of Leonardtown Middle School. Dr. Dennie holds a Doctorate degree from Walden University, a Master's Degree from Towson University, and a Bachelor's degree from St. Mary's College of Maryland. She is currently Assistant Principal, 12 month, at Leonardtown High School.

Mr. Todd Burroughs has been appointed Supervisor of Instruction for Fine Arts in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction. Mr. Burroughs holds a Master's degree from Towson University and a Bachelor's degree from James Madison University. He is currently serving as the high school band director at Chopticon High School.

Ms. Lisa Bachner has been appointed Director of Curriculum and Instruction in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction. Ms. Bachner is currently the Principal of Leonardtown Middle School. She holds a Master's degree from Western Maryland College and a Bachelor's degree from West Virginia University.

Mr. Alexander Jaffurs was appointed as Assessment and Accountability Officer, Level II, in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction. Mr. Jaffurs is currently the Supervisor of Mathematics in the Department of Teaching, Learning, and Professional Development. Mr. Jaffurs holds a Master's degree and two Bachelor's degrees from the University of Pittsburgh.

All appointments for 12 month positions will become effective on Monday, July 18, 2016.

Dr. Jeffrey Maher has been assigned as the Chief Strategic Officer. He most recently served as the Chief Academic Officer in the Department of Teaching, Learning, and Professional Development. Dr. Maher holds a Doctorate from Notre Dame of Maryland University, a Master's from Western Maryland College, and Bachelor's from University of Maryland Baltimore County. In his new role, Dr. Maher will lead the Office of Strategic Planning and Communications.

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