I was the Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum, Instruction, and Technology for six years in Howard County (52,000 students; 72 schools); I have thirty-four total years experience as an educator and district administrator in Maryland and managed $360M budget and approximately 250 staff across five departments and 64 program areas. I developed and lead The Breakthrough Center for the Maryland State Department of Education, streamlining and differentiating services to more effectively and efficiently support districts and schools. My leadership style is guided by the following principles:
- Children come first, always. Invest in people.
- When challenges arise, engage and listen. Excel in the present, but plan for the future.
- Communicate the “why”: people may not always agree with the decision, but they are more likely to accept it if they understand it.