Superintendent announces principal/vice principal changes

Superintendent announces principal/vice principal changes


Superintendent Kimberly Hill today announced the appointment of three new school principals, six vice principal appointments and six vice principal transfers. Schools affected by principal changes are Dr. Thomas L. Higdon Elementary School, Piccowaxen Middle School and Maurice J. McDonough High School. The Superintendent did not recommend any principal transfers for the upcoming school year.

New principal appointments are:

  • Shannon Finnegan, vice principal at Higdon, will move to the principal position at the school. She is replacing Principal Kathy Morgan who is retiring at the end of the 2020-21 school year.
  • Wualanda Thenstead will be principal at Piccowaxen. Ms. Thenstead is a vice principal at Milton M. Somers Middle School and she is replacing Principal Wendell Martin who retired from CCPS in March.
  • Darnell Lewis-Russell will be principal at McDonough. Lewis-Russell is currently a vice principal at Henry E. Lackey High School, and is replacing Steven Roberts who is now serving as director of accountability for Charles County Public Schools.

Vice principal appointments include:

  • Kayla Hawkins, instructional lead teacher with Prince George’s County Public Schools, to vice principal at Billingsley Elementary School.
  • Jessika Washington, an instructional resource teacher at the F.B. Gwynn Educational Center, to vice principal at Gwynn.
  • Sonia Matthew, an administrative assistant at Somers Middle School, to vice principal at General Smallwood Middle School.
  • Cory Underwood, an administrative assistant at St. Charles High School, to vice principal at La Plata High School.
  • Tavon Myers, school resource teacher at Westlake High School, to vice principal at Henry E. Lackey High School.
  • Tyler Miller, administrative intern at Matthew Henson Middle School, to vice principal at John Hanson Middle School.

Vice principal transfers include:

  • Michael Hoffman, from vice principal at Billingsley Elementary School to vice principal at J.P. Ryon Elementary School.
  • Bradley Buzby, from vice principal at Arthur Middleton Elementary School to vice principal at Higdon.
  • Scott Hangey, from vice principal at Ryon to vice principal at Malcolm Elementary School.
  • Patricia Mooring, from vice principal at Malcolm to Arthur Middleton Elementary School.
  • Matthew Newcamp, from vice principal at General Smallwood Middle School to vice principal at Somers Middle School.
  • Ethel Hosendorf, from vice principal at John Hanson Middle School to vice principal at Theodore G. Davis Middle School.

All new assignments take effect July 1.

About CCPS

Charles County Public Schools provides 27,000 students in grades prekindergarten through 12 with an academically challenging education. Located in Southern Maryland, Charles County Public Schools has 37 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.

The Charles County public school system does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age or disability in its programs, activities or employment practices. For inquiries, please contact Kathy Kiessling, Title IX/ADA/Section 504 Coordinator (students) or Nikial Majors, Title IX/ADA/Section 504 coordinator (employees/ adults), at Charles County Public Schools, Jesse L. Starkey Administration Building, P.O. Box 2770, La Plata, MD 20646; 301-932-6610/301-870-3814. For special accommodations call 301-934-7230 or TDD 1-800-735-2258 two weeks prior to the event.  CCPS provides nondiscriminatory equal access to school facilities in accordance with its Use of Facilities rules to designated youth groups (including, but not limited to, the Boy Scouts).

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