Stone’s McCormick named 2013 Vice Principal of the Year

Stone’s McCormick named 2013 Vice Principal of the Year

Susan McCormick, a vice principal at Thomas Stone High School, was recently named the 2013 Charles County Public Schools Vice Principal of the Year. McCormick has been an educator with the school system for the past 32 years and a vice principal at Stone since 2005. Her nomination was a surprise and McCormick said she is honored to be selected from among a strong group of school system administrators.

“There are so many great vice principals in the county, I was surprised I was selected. This award is not just about me. I could never have received this honor without all the support of everyone at Thomas Stone. It is great to work with a community focused on student success. I am sincerely thankful for this award,” McCormick said.

She was nominated for the award by the administrative team at Stone, including Stone Principal Michael Meiser, Vice Principals Bryan Craley, Ryan Erickson and Carl Pascarella, and Aeronita Dillard, an administrative assistant at Stone. McCormick is known as the “go to” person at Stone with any questions related to the educational setting, and offers assistance and advice to all of her colleagues. She is the vice principal on staff that is in charge of instruction and serves as a role model for instructional leadership. Her passion for education and Stone is evident in all that she does.

McCormick's nomination describes her as a strong leader who focuses on promoting a positive climate for students and staff, and an environment structured for learning and growth. She maintains an open-door policy for students and staff and is highly visible in the school. Her focus on academic rigor and personal responsibility is clear among students and staff are eager to meet her high, yet realistic, expectations.

For the past six school years, McCormick has developed the master schedule through collaboration with teachers and administrators. She approaches the schedule with “what is best for students” in mind and utilizes data from testing, student interests and the school improvement plan to create a successful schedule. McCormick is also responsible for ensuring that Stone meets testing requirements associated with the High School Assessments (HSA). She monitors all dynamics of testing and meets with students individually and in groups to reinforce what they hear in the classroom. She also checks on the status of students who are working with the Bridge Program to meet HSA requirements.

Stone Principal Michael Meiser said McCormick is a key member of his administrative team and is dedicated to the success of Stone. “During the past six years the members of the administrative team have changed frequently. McCormick has been very flexible in working with new team members and has served as a mentor to new team members. She works hand in hand with all levels of the school to ensure that Thomas Stone High School can be the best it can be,” Meiser wrote in a nomination letter.

Seaton Fisher, a school counselor at Stone, said he regularly receives praise from parents and students about McCormick's professionalism, level of service and her commitment to ensuring all issues and questions are handled appropriately in a timely manner. Fisher also said McCormick serves as an indirect mentor to several Stone staff members, himself included, and is an integral part of the school community. “The educational leadership possessed by Sue is phenomenal. She is a hard-working, top-performing vice principal. I truly believe that she has a home within the school because of the amount of time she spends working,” Fisher wrote in a nomination letter.

McCormick said that the staff at Stone truly understands the meaning of being a team. “I have learned so much from my mentors, Mr. Martin, the former principal and Mr. Meiser. The other administrators are true team members and always help me out. The teachers and all of the support staff work as a family and are always willing to go the extra mile for the students,” she added.

In addition to her role as vice principal, McCormick has participated in several professional development opportunities including the Aspiring Principals Leadership Institute and College Board Advanced Placement (AP) workshops, as well as worked on the Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) and School Improvement teams. To assist with the coordination of school-related events, McCormick also works with parents and parent groups to coordinate activities such as Back-to-School Night, AP Night and New Student Orientation. Additionally, McCormick is a member of the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) and is active in the organization.

McCormick began her career with Charles County Public Schools as a health and physical education teacher at John Hanson Middle School. She also held teaching positions at the Adult Services Center and Westlake High School and served as a health resource teacher at the Jesse L. Starkey Administration Building. She became a vice principal at Stone in 2005.

She has a bachelor's degree from the University of Maryland College Park and a master's degree from Towson University. McCormick was honored by the Board of Education on June 11. The Board honors one outstanding vice principal each year.

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 caring community 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.

Pictured above is Susan McCormick, a vice principal at Thomas Stone High School and the 2013 Charles County Public Schools Vice Principal of the Year. She was honored by the Board of Education June 11.

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