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Email Paul T. BalidesPaul T. Balides, Assistant Superintendent of Finance
E-mail: pbalides

Paul T. Balides is the Assistant Superintendent of Finance which includes responsibility for accounting, budget, procurement, internal audit, human resources, food services, technology and classified pension plan management. He also serves as a trustee on the Maryland Association of Boards of Education for both Workers Compensation and Property and Liability funds He has been with Charles County Public Schools since 1995. Prior to his career in Charles County, Mr. Balides held senior staff positions at The American University and The Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System in Washington D.C. Mr. Balides earned his Bachelor's of Science degree in Business and Economics, and a Masters of Science in Accounting, both from The American University.


Email Judy W. EstepKeith A. Hettel, Assistant Superintendent of Supporting Services
E-mail: khettel

Keith A. Hettel is the Assistant Superintendent of Supporting Services and started with Charles County Public Schools in 1975 as an elementary teacher. In 1986 he was appointed as an elementary principal. He served at Gale-Bailey Elementary and opened William B. Wade Elementary School as its first principal. In 1994 he was named Director of Educational Options and in 1996 he was named the Executive Director of Human Resources. He was promoted to Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources in 2004 before being named as Assistant Superintendent of Supporting Services in 2013. Keith Hettel received the Washington Post Distinguished Educational Leadership Award given to outstanding Principals in 1991. He received his bachelor's degree from Slippery Rock University in Pennsylvania and his Master's Degree from George Washington University. He has lived in Charles County with his family for more than 31 years.

Email Keith A. HettelAmy L. Hollstein, Assistant Superintendent of Instruction
E-mail: ahollstein

Amy Hollstein is the Assistant Superintendent of Instruction. She was appointed by Superintendent Kimberly Hill in 2013. Mrs. Hollstein is a 27-year veteran of Charles County Public Schools who began her career in 1987 as a teacher at Walter J. Mitchell Elementary School. In 1995, she was promoted to vice principal at Malcolm Elementary School where she served two years before being assigned as vice principal of Arthur Middleton Elementary School. She became principal of William B. Wade Elementary School in 2000, and later moved to C. Paul Barnhart Elementary School in 2011. During her two years as principal at Barnhart, Hollstein was credited with a drastic increase in student achievement. She also received the Washington Post's Distinguished Educational Leadership Award and was the Charles County Public Schools 2011 Principal of the Year. Hollstein earned her bachelor of science in elementary education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and her master's degree in administration and supervision from The George Washington University.


Email Charles L. WinelandSylvia Lawson, Assistant Superintendent of School Administration
E-mail: slawson

Sylvia Lawson is the Assistant Superintendent of School Administration. She was appointed to Superintendent Kimberly Hill’s executive team in 2013. Lawson started her career in education in 1981 as a health and physical education teacher at McColl High School in South Carolina before relocating to Charles County as a health and physical education teacher at Maurice J. McDonough High School, where she also served as a head women's basketball and softball coach. Lawson's administrative experience includes 11 years as a middle school principal at Southern Middle School in Calvert County and Benjamin Stoddert Middle School in Charles County. She also worked as a vice principal from 1993 to 2000 at John Hanson Middle School, McDonough and Thomas Stone High School. Before her appointment in 2013, Lawson served as principal at Northern High School in Calvert County and was the Calvert County 2011-12 Principal of the Year. Lawson has a Doctorate of Philosophy in Instructional Leadership for Changing Populations from the College of Notre Dame of Maryland. Additionally, she earned a certificate of advanced studies in education from the College of Notre Dame of Maryland, a Master of Administration from Western Maryland College, a Master of Education from East Carolina University in North Carolina and a Bachelor of Science from Pfeiffer College in North Carolina.

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