Howard schools announce transfers, promotions

Superintendent Renee Foose Thursday night announced more than 30 transfers and promotions among principals and assistant principals in the Howard County Public School System for the next school year.

Chief among the promotions is John Davis, current activities and athletics manager at Glenelg High School, who will take on the role of athletics coordinator for the county. The job was previously held by Mike Williams, who left his position in April after eight years as athletics coordinator.

Ten transfers and seven promotions are occurring at the secondary level, including Ed Evans and Restia Whitaker leaving their posts as principals at the Applied Research Laboratory and Harper’s Choice Middle School, respectively. Evans will be a facility renovation liaison and Whitaker will be coordinator of pupil support services, both positions with central office.

Evans will be replaced by Andrew Cockley, who is currently the principal at Century High School in Carroll County.

Whitaker will be replaced by Adam Eldridge, currently assistant principal at Wilde Lake High School.

“While I am excited about this opportunity to serve the (school system) and its community, I was looking forward to continuing the journey in making Harper’s Choice Middle School the best in the world,” Whitaker said in an email to parents. “I am very fortunate to have been a part of such a dynamic and wonderful school community.”

Jeffrey Fink, assistant principal at Reservoir High School, will be principal at Dunloggin Middle School. He replaces Cher Jones, who will now be principal at Bonnie Branch Middle School. Current Bonnie Branch Principal Carolyn Jameson is retiring after 34 years as an educator.

In an email to parents, Jameson thanked the community for its support in her six years as principal at the school, and said she will miss the students “tremendously.”

“It has been inspiring and rewarding to see their smiling faces and enthusiasm each day,” she said. “They have grown in so many ways physically and intellectually, as well as emotionally and socially. I know that you will continue to enjoy watching them grow over the summer.”

John DiPaula, currently the manager of teacher recruiting and hiring in the human resources department, will be principal at Burleigh Manor Middle School.

Claire Hafets, principal at Burleigh Manor, will now be principal at Centennial High School. She replaces the retiring Carl Perkins.

Michael Babe, leadership intern at Howard High School, will be assistant principal at Reservoir.

Patrick Crouse, math instructional team leader at Howard, will be assistant principal at Wilde Lake High.

Amie Knox, a leadership intern at Hammond High School, will be assistant principal at Wilde Lake High.

Shiney Ann John, principal at Oakland Mills Middle School, will be the principal of the new Hanover middle school, set to open in 2014.

Kathy Orlando, principal at Worthington Elementary School, will be principal at Oakland Mills Middle.

Brein Bashore, assistant principal at River Hill High Schol, will be assistant principal at Glenelg.

Rosalie Bowen, assistant principal at Marriotts Ridge High School, will be assistant principal at River Hill.

Choya Franklin, assistant principal at Glenelg, will be assistant principal at Marriotts Ridge.

Yvonne Jackson, assistant principal at Wilde Lake High School, will be assistant principal at Glenelg.

At the elementary level, Bryant Woods Elementary School Principal Chanel Mosby will now be principal at Worthington Elementary.

Dayton Oaks Elementary School Principal Kim Pratesi will now be principal at Hammond Elementary School.

Tracey Albright, an assistant principal at Bellows Springs will now be assistant principal at Hollifield Station Elementary School.

Julie Schruefer, assistant principal at Deep Run Elementary School, will now be assistant principal at Veteran Elementary School.

Promotions at the elementary level include the hiring of educator from outside the county, including Heather Tracy, a school counselor at Jacobsville Elementary School in Anne Arundel County, who will now be assistant principal at Dayton Oaks, and Harry Walker, a senior education consultant with Education Elements — a Baltimore County-based company that works with charter school management organizations, foundations, and technology developers — who will now be principal at Bellows Springs Elementary School.

Deborah Caldwell, assistant principal at Running Brook Elementary, will now be principal at Gorman Crossing.

Carol DeBord, assistant principal at Forest Ridge Elementary School, will now be principal at Dayton Oaks.

Kelley Hough, assistant principal at Veterans, will now be principal at Bryant Woods.

Derek Anderson, a technology teacher at Jeffers Hill Elementary School, will be assistant principal at Ducketts Lane Elementary School. Earlier this year, Heidi Balter was named principal of the new Elkridge school which opens in August.

Kelli Jenkins, Title I specialist in the central office, will be assistant principal at Running Brook.

Ivye Pazornik, an instructional team leader at Deep Run, will now be assistant principal at the school.

Danielle Shanks, leadership intern at Forest Ridge, will now be assistant principal at that school.

The promotions and transfers are all effective Monday, July 1.

Among other transitions in the school system is the departure of Bill Ryan, former executive director of school improvement and administration. Last week Foose informed the Board of Education of Ryan’s departure, also effective July 1.

In her letter to the board, Foose said Ryan was pursuing “a promotional position in another school district.”

Ryan has been with Howard County schools since 2004, after 19 years as an educator in Prince George’s County Public Schools. He was principal of River Hill from 2004-2010, and a principal on special assignment in the instruction department for a year before taking his most recent position in 2011.

“Mr. Ryan’s leadership was far reaching and he will be dearly missed throughout our school system,” Foose said in the letter. “We thank him for his service, and wish him the best as he enters this next chapter in his life.”

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