When Steve Lockard leaves his job of four years as superintendent of Carroll County Public Schools, he will be returning to familiar territory, one county over.
On July 1, Lockard will become principal at New Market Elementary School in Frederick County.
On May 19, the Carroll County school board announced it had hired Cynthia McCabe, who has served as the county’s chief of schools since 2019, to become Carroll’s next superintendent. Her four-year term begins July 1.
Lockard is no stranger to the Frederick public school system or to New Market Elementary. He began his career at that school in 1996 and served in many roles in the county’s public school system, including teacher, assistant principal and deputy superintendent.
“I’m a place now in my life and my career where I’m refocusing a little bit and looking forward to the next challenge,” Lockard said.
“I was looking for more opportunities closer to home that would afford me more time with my family, and it happened to work out that I will work at New Market Elementary, where I was many years ago,” Lockard said. “I look forward to continuing to serve in education in a role that I truly enjoyed early on in my career.”
A major factor in his decision was his family, who lives in Frederick County.
“I was looking for more opportunities closer to home that would afford me more time with my family and it happened to work out that I will work at New Market Elementary, where I was many years ago,” Lockard said. “I look forward to continuing to serve in education in a role that I truly enjoyed early on in my career.”
Lockard began his teaching career at New Market Elementary, working as a student-teacher and later as an assistant principal at the school. During his career, he also worked as an assistant principal at Deer Crossing and Spring Ridge elementary schools and as principal at Brunswick and Tuscarora elementary schools, all in Frederick County.
Carroll County Daily Headlines
“The most important work that happens in school systems every day happens in our schools,” he said. “That work is challenging but it’s also incredibly rewarding, so I’m really looking forward to that role, returning to New Market Elementary and having a chance to support students, teachers, staff and parents on a daily basis — that’s something I’ve missed for a long time.”
Lockard said he is grateful for the time he spent in Carroll County Public Schools.
“Frederick County, like Carroll, is a great school system with great people. I will miss that about Carroll County because we have a ton of great teachers, staff, principals and central office [staff] that just did everything they could to support students and teachers,” Lockard said.
Lockard was born and raised in Westminster and attended Robert Moton Elementary School, East Middle School, Westminster High School, and Western Maryland College (now McDaniel College). His father, Brian Lockard, also served as superintendent of CCPS from 1994 to 1998.
Carroll County school board President Kenneth Kiler praised Lockard, saying he “could not be happier” about Lockard’s next professional role.
“Steve spent four years as superintendent of CCPS, during some of the roughest years possible,” Kiler said. “He did everything we asked, working late nights, weekends and holidays.
“I think he considered other positions but felt this one was the best for both him and his family. I wish him continued success.”