Board approves new principals, vice principals
Amy Hollstein, principal of C. Paul Barnhart Elementary School, has been named as assistant superintendent of instruction, completing incoming Superintendent Kimberly Hill's top executive staff appointments.
Also approved today were the appointments of Linda Gill, principal of Daniel of St. Thomas Jenifer Elementary School, and Marvin Jones, principal of Berry Elementary School, as executive directors of administration. The Board of Education also approved the appointments of four new principals and nine vice principals, and Hill announced transfers of three principals and 10 vice principals.
“Amy Hollstein is a proven instructional leader who will guide our efforts to improve student achievement at all levels. Our principals and teachers will benefit from her hands-on leadership style as they deliver rigorous and relevant instructional programs for all of our students. Instruction is the center of everything that we do, and I'm excited to have Amy Hollstein on our leadership team,” Hill said.
Hollstein, a 27-year veteran of Charles County Public Schools and former principal of the year, began her career in 1987 as a teacher at Walter J. Mitchell Elementary School. In 1995, Hollstein 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 in 2012 moved to C. Paul Barnhart Elementary School, where she successfully led the effort to increase academic performance.
“I am excited to be a part of the instructional team that our new Superintendent, Dr. Hill, is building. To carry on the excellence that Charles County Public Schools brings to our community is a true honor. I hope in my new role as assistant superintendent of instruction to carry on Dr. Hill's vision of unsurpassed student achievement being the ultimate goal of the school system. As an educator for 27 years and a mother of two graduates of Charles County Public Schools, I believe in our teachers and students and the outstanding education they receive. Working together we can continue to lead and prepare our students for the 21st century,” Hollstein said.
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.
Gill has 10 years experience as a principal, serving first as principal of Walter J. Mitchell Elementary School and at Jenifer. She started her career as an elementary teacher at Dr. Samuel A. Mudd Elementary School and also taught at Barnhart. In 1998 she was promoted to vice principal and served in that capacity at both Dr. Gustavus Brown Elementary School and Jenifer.
Jones has served as a principal since 2006, first at Brown and then Berry. Jones started his career in 1992 with Prince George's County Public Schools as an elementary school teacher before moving to Charles County Public Schools in 2000 to take a vice principal position at Arthur Middleton Elementary School. He also served as vice principal at J.C. Parks Elementary School and Jenifer.
In other action, the Board approved the appointment of four new principals.
- Michael Simms, who has been acting principal of North Point High School since April, was named as principal of North Point.
- Troy Barnes, vice principal of C. Paul Barnhart Elementary School, has been named as principal, replacing Hollstein.
- Melissa Williams, vice principal at Malcolm Elementary School, was appointed principal of Berry, replacing Jones.
- Nancy Seifert, vice principal at William B. Wade Elementary School, has been named principal of Jenifer, replacing Gill.
Principal transfers include:
- Carrie Richardson from Gale-Bailey Elementary School to Mary B. Matula Elementary School;
- Timothy Rosin from Matula to Indian Head Elementary School; and
- Toni Melton-Trainor from Indian Head to Gale-Bailey.
The Board approved the appointment of nine new vice principals. Appointments include:
- Deborah Brown, an instructional specialist, as vice principal at Mt. Hope/Nanjemoy Elementary School;
- Michael Larson, an alternative school teacher, as vice principal, at La Plata High School;
- Stephen Williams, an administrative assistant, as vice principal at Westlake High School;
- Shaneha Harvard, a high school English teacher, as vice principal at Benjamin Stoddert Middle School;
- Brian Shannon, an administrative assistant, as vice principal at General Smallwood Middle School;
- Wualanda Thenstead, a middle school mathematics teacher, as vice principal at Maurice J. McDonough High School;
- Krista Sevajian, a fourth-grade teacher, as vice principal at Barnhart;
- Nicholas Adam, special education teacher, as vice principal at Malcolm; and
- Joseph Rubilotta, an elementary science teacher, as vice principal at Wade.
Vice principal transfers include:
- Dan Henry, from La Plata High School to Maurice J. McDonough High School;
- Victor DiBella from Westlake High School to La Plata;
- Carl Pascarella from Thomas Stone High School to Henry E. Lackey High School;
- Laurie Brown-Abdelmageed from Mt. Hope/Nanjemoy Elementary School to J.P. Ryon Elementary School;
- Marlon Walker from General Smallwood Middle School to North Point High School;
- Shelly McDaniel from Westlake to North Point;
- Curry Werkheiser from La Plata to Westlake;
- Linda Stocks from McDonough to Stone;
- Brian McCarthy from North Point to Stethem; and
- Yvonne Nichols from Stoddert to Piccowaxen Middle School.
Charles County Public Schools provides 26,700 students in grades prekindergarten through 12 with an academically challenging education. Located in Southern Maryland, Charles County Public Schools has 35 schools that offer a technologically advanced, progressive and high quality education that builds character, equips for leadership and prepares students for life, careers and higher education.