Administrative Changes Announced at Board of Education Meeting

Administrative Changes Announced at Board of Education Meeting
Posted on 05/22/2019
Carrie N. Sterrs

Newark, MD, May 22, 2019–
At today’s Worcester County Board of Education meeting, several administrative appointments were approved, and administrative transfers were announced. The new assignments are effective July 1, 2019.

Headlining the changes is the Board of Education’s vote to appoint Ms. Denise Shorts the next Assistant Superintendent/Chief Academic Officer, following the resignation of Dr. John Quinn. Shorts is a 32-year veteran educator in Worcester County Public Schools. Most recently, she has served as Coordinator of Title I and Literacy, and prior to that, served as principal at Buckingham Elementary and Snow Hill Elementary schools.

The Board also approved newcomer Ms. Nicole Selby as the school system’s next Coordinator of Student, Family, and Community Connections. With 19 years of service to the youth of Worcester County, Selby most recently served as Case Management Specialist Supervisor for Worcester County’s division of Maryland’s Department of Juvenile Services. 

Several administrative transfers were also announced at today’s meeting. First, current Buckingham Elementary School principal Ms. Karen Marx will move to lead Snow Hill Elementary School. Marx brings 16 years of elementary school leadership to her new position. 

Snow Hill Elementary School’s current principal Dr. Mary Anne Cooper will transition into the same role at Snow Hill Middle School. Cooper has a long history at the middle school. Cooper served as an Assistant Principal there for four years, and she began teaching in Worcester County at the school in 1998.

Helming Buckingham Elementary School will be current Snow Hill Middle School principal Dr. Christina Welch, who has over 20 years of experience at the elementary level prior to transitioning into school leadership in 2009. 
Several changes at the assistant principal level were also announced:
  • Showell Elementary School Assistant Principal Ms. Erica Matlock will transfer to Snow Hill Elementary School. 
  • Buckingham Elementary School Assistant Principal Dr. Wynnette Hansen will transfer to Showell Elementary School.
  • Stephen Decatur High School Counselor Mr. DeShon Purnell was appointed to become Assistant Principal at Buckingham Elementary School. 
  • Snow Hill Middle School Assistant Principal Ms. Jane Chisholm will transfer to Ocean City Elementary School, a position that was left vacant following the April 16, 2019, appointment of Ms. Julie Smith to lead the school as principal.
  • Snow Hill Elementary School Assistant Principal Ms. Karen Baker will transfer to Snow Hill Middle School. 
“These changes are another step in the right direction for Worcester County,” said Superintendent of Schools Lou Taylor. “We have such a talented group of educational leaders here. I am confident that each of these promotions and transfers will lead to greater educational opportunities for our students. I congratulate them all, and I thank them for continuing to bring their best to these new roles.”
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