Carol Williamson, the former superintendent of Queen Anne's County Public Schools, has been hired as Maryland's deputy state superintendent for teaching and learning.
Williamson has worked in Maryland public schools for her entire career, starting in Dorchester County as a teacher and moving through the ranks there before going to Queen Anne's, where she was an assistant superintendent before becoming superintendent. Her contract was not renewed by the school board earlier this year in an abrupt action that caused a public outcry from parents and local leaders.
The Maryland State Department of Education also hired Sylvia Lawson to be deputy superintendent for school effectiveness. Lawson, who joined the department in July, was formerly the assistant superintendent in Charles County. She has worked in education in Maryland for nearly 30 years as a teacher, vice principal, and principal of schools in Charles and Calvert Counties.
Williamson and Lawson are part of the senior leadership team of Karen Salmon, who appointed State Superintendent of Schools in May.
"We are so fortunate to have Carol and Sylvia join our staff at the Maryland State Department of Education," Dr. Salmon said in prepared statement. "These exceptional leaders are well-versed in Maryland's educational system, and understand well the challenges and opportunities our schools face."