More transfers and promotions are taking place among school and central office administrators in the Howard County Public School System, along with the arrivals of several new hires from neighboring districts.
The shifts Superintendent Renee Foose announced at the Board of Education meeting Thursday, July 11, included two new employees each from her former school districts in Montgomery and Baltimore counties, where she served before becoming Howard's superintendent last year.
Ebony Langford-Brown, formerly director of elementary instruction and achievement in Montgomery County, will become the administrative director of elementary schools, a position previously held by Arlene Harrison, who last month was transferred to manage the school system's professional development program.
"(Langford-Brown) has done tremendous things in her 20 years in Montgomery County," Foose said. "It's a rare thing to find someone with that much talent and experience and the things she's ushered in in Montgomery County are just commendable. I'm delighted to welcome her to Howard County."
Another Montgomery County recruit, Eric Minus, formerly principal at John F. Kennedy High School, was named to administrative director of middle schools, a position previously held by a retired Dan Michaels.
Foose said Minus brings a "wealth of experience and knowledge to the position," citing years as a teacher, assistant principal, principal. He was the county's 2010 Principal of the Year, and the 2010 recipient of the Washington Post Distinguished Leadership Award.
Recruits from Baltimore County have also been brought on board. Justin Benedict, lead enterprise data systems for the Baltimore County Public School System is Howard's new director of data management. Vicki Sappe, data warehouse project manager, coordinator of data warehouse and analyst I/II programmer for Baltimore County schools, is now the coordinator of data warehouse and reporting. The data positions are new, and were included in the 2014 fiscal year budget.
Board members and Foose joked at the numbers of recruits coming from her old districts.
"I think Joshua Starr (Montgomery superintendent) and Dallas Dance (Baltimore superintendent) both must hate us," said board member Ann De Lacy.
"I'm all for poaching the best people," said board member Cindy Vaillancourt.
Jennifer Hlavka, a teacher development specialist from Baltimore City Public Schools, also joins the Howard team as a specialist in the Department of Professional and Organizational Development.
Transfers and promotions were also announced among several middle and high schools. Kathy McKinley, principal at Mount View Middle School, will become a principal on special assignment in the division of instruction, and will be replaced at her old post by Tammy Goldeisen, formerly assistant principal at Folly Quarter Middle School.
"I am excited to expand my leadership and I am sad to leave Mount View Middle School," McKinley wrote in an email to parents Thursday. "Together as a school community, we have accomplished so much and we truly are living our vision for a world-class school that understands middle school children and prepares them for college and careers."
Jen Peduzzi, principal at Lake Elkhorn Middle School, will become coordinator of alternative education programs and the Homewood Center. Her post is being filled by Martin Vandenberg, formerly assistant principal at Atholton High School.
"I am looking forward to such a wonderful opportunity but can not begin to express how much I am going to miss working with your children each and every day," Peduzzi wrote in an email to parents Thursday.
Other transfers and promotions include:
Jennifer Sifuentes, from specialist in the Office of Human Resource to the manager of Certificated, Management and Technical Recruitment and Hiring.
Patrick Scible, from social studies teacher at Glenelg High School to assistant principal at Atholton High School.
Peter Gaylord, from leadership intern at Elkridge Landing Middle School to assistant principal at Wilde Lake Middle School.
Michelle Doyle-Wetzelberger, from social studies teacher at Mayfield Woods Middle School to assistant principal at Folly Quarter Middle School.
Josh Wasilewski, assistant principal at Wilde Lake Middle School to principal at Murray Hill Middle School.