Fifth District Elementary:

Fifth District's new principal has spent 36 years with the Baltimore County school system — 18 in the classroom and 18 as an administrator.

Bob Findley, 57, grew up in Overlea and received his bachelor's and master's degrees from Towson University.

Over the years, he has taught grades one, two, three, five and six at Seneca Elementary, Martin Boulevard Elementary, Fullerton Elementary and Orems Elementary.

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Findley then went on to be assistant principal at Oliver Beach and Hawthorne Elementary schools, and was principal at Edgemere Elementary School for the past eight years.

"It was a bittersweet feeling to leave Edgemere, but I came here to visit in June and the kids were all smiling at me, waving at me," he said. "They gave me posters and cards to welcome me."

He replaces Carole Quental, who retired.

At an expected 279 students, Fifth District is about half the size of his previous school.

"My first goal is to get to know the students, parents and teachers," Findley said. "I will treat the teachers as professionals and want to empower them to make decisions as they're needed, not on a cookie-cutter basis. I trust them to know what's best for their boys and girls, and I'll support them."

He said he enjoys observing teachers in action and seeing different teaching methods.

The school will have two of each grade except third grade, which will have three classes.

Findley, who is married with three adult children and lives in New Freedom, Pa., said he looks forward to extra time he'll have since his commute to work has been cut in half.

"I've always liked challenges and being at a new school still excites me," he said. "This school has a very, very strong instructional program and I hope to help bring it up a notch."

Jacksonville Elementary:

Enrollment at Jacksonville is expected to be about 580 students, roughly the same as last year, said Principal Debbie Glinowiecki. The school will welcome new personnel, including three classroom teachers, a media specialist, a special education resource teacher and a para-educator.

Prettyboy Elementary:

Prettyboy's new principal has been involved in all aspects of education since she joined Baltimore County schools in 1984.

Sue Truesdell, 53, has been a teacher, an assistant principal, and an administrator working in the school system's headquarters in Greenwood for area superintendents.

And now, she has a school of her own.

"I was ecstatic when I got the job here. I'd been to Prettyboy when I observed instruction, so I already knew what a strong school it is," Truesdell said.