FCPS Announces Principal and AP Changes for the 2019-2020 School Year

FCPS Announces Principal and AP Changes for the 2019-2020 School Year

Frederick County Public Schools announces principal and assistant principal appointments, effective July 1. Personnel appointments remain subject to change based on the evolving needs of the school system.

The following schools will have different principals for the 2019-2020 school year:

Ballenger Creek Middle, Jay Schill. Mr. Schill will transfer from Brunswick Middle, where he has been principal since 2016. He began his career teaching language arts at Monocacy Middle in 1997. While there, he also worked as reading and literacy specialist. He was promoted to assistant principal of Thurmont Middle in 2010, transferring to West Frederick Middle in 2013. He was promoted to principal of Brunswick Middle in 2016. Mr. Schill earned his bachelor’s degree in secondary English education in 1995 from Clarion Sate College in Pennsylvania, master’s degree in reading specialization in 2007 from Hood College and administrative certification in 2010 from Hood College.

Brunswick Middle, Everett Warren. Mr. Warren will transfer from Middletown Middle, where he has been principal since 2012. He began his career at FCPS as assistant principal of New Market Middle School in 1999. In 2001 he was promoted to assistant principal of Gov. Thomas Johnson High School. In 2004, he earned promotion to principal of Monocacy Middle School, where he remained until 2012. Then he transferred to Middletown Middle. Mr. Warren earned his bachelor’s degrees in secondary social studies education and history in 1992 at East Stroudsburg University in Pennsylvania and master’s degree in educational leadership in 1999 from Wilmington College in Delaware.

Catoctin High, Jennifer Clements. Ms. Clements is promoted from Gov. Thomas Johnson High School assistant principal. She began her career at Howard County Public Schools, where she worked from 1996-2015, first teaching at Oakland Mills High School. In 2003 she was appointed assistant principal at Mt. Hebron High School and became the secondary science coordinator in 2009. In 2010 she was appointed principal of Atholton High School in Howard County. Since 2015 she has worked as assistant principal at TJ High. Ms. Clements earned her bachelor’s degree in biology in 1995, and master’s degree in information systems development in 2000, both from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. She earned a certificate in administration and supervision from Loyola University.

Centerville Elementary, Karen Hopson. Ms. Hopson will transfer from Middletown Primary, where she has been principal since 2011. She began her career with FCPS teaching fourth grade at Spring Ridge and transferred to Oakdale Elementary to teach third grade in 2001. Ms. Hopson was promoted in 2002 to assistant principal at Valley Elementary, and transferred to Deer Crossing in 2005. She became principal there in 2008. Ms. Hopson also served as co-principal for the FCPS Summer Success Program. In 2011, she transferred to Middletown Primary School. Ms. Hopson earned her bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Frostburg University and master’s in educational leadership from Hood College.

Deer Crossing Elementary, Amy Routzahn. Ms. Routzahn is promoted from Brunswick Elementary assistant principal. She began her teaching career at Waverley Elementary in 1997. During her 15-year tenure there, she taught first, fourth and fifth grades and worked as reading specialist. In 2012, she was promoted to assistant principal at Hillcrest Elementary. She transferred to Deer Crossing Elementary in 2016 and to Brunswick Elementary in 2018. She also worked as acting principal at Parkway Elementary.  Ms. Routzahn earned her Bachelor of Science degree in elementary education from Shippensburg University in 1996 and Master of Science as reading specialist in 2002 from McDaniel College. She completed a Certificate in School Administration and Leadership at Hood College in 2011. 

Heather Ridge, Elizabeth Stiffler. Ms. Stiffler is promoted from Heather Ridge acting principal to principal there. She began her career in 1990 as a residential child care worker. In 1997, she chaired the Language Arts Department at Baltimore County Public Schools’ Old Court Middle School. She came to FCPS in 2006, first working as Frederick High School literacy specialist, and becoming teacher specialist for professional learning in 2008. In 2012 she was Heather Ridge School’s library media and enrichment specialist, promoted to assistant principal in 2014. Ms. Stiffler has worked as acting principal at Heather Ridge since 2018.  She earned her bachelor’s degree in literacy and learning from Thiel College in Greenville, Pennsylvania, and her Master of Science degree in education and English from Walden University in Baltimore, Maryland. 

Kemptown Elementary, Kathryn Golightly. Ms. Golightly will transfer from Lincoln Elementary, where she has been principal since 2014. She began her career as a teacher at North Frederick Elementary in 1994, and became the reading specialist at Waverley Elementary in 2000. She was promoted to assistant principal of North Frederick Elementary in 2002. She transferred to Hillcrest Elementary in 2003 and then to Ballenger Creek Elementary in 2006. In 2009, Ms. Golightly earned promotion to principal of Emmitsburg Elementary, remaining there until her transfer to Lincoln Elementary in 2014. Ms. Golightly earned her bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Frostburg State University in 1990 and master’s degree in reading and administration certification from Western Maryland College in 2000.

Liberty Elementary, Jana Strohmeyer. Ms. Strohmeyer will transfer from Yellow Springs Elementary, where she has been principal since 2015.  She began her teaching career at Carroll County Public Schools in 1995. From 1997-2007, she worked for Howard County Public Schools, teaching first, second and fifth grades. In 2007, she came to FCPS to teach at Twin Ridge Elementary. She was promoted to assistant principal of Thurmont Primary School in 2009 and transferred to North Frederick in 2010 and Yellow Springs Elementary in 2013. Ms. Strohmeyer earned her Bachelor of Science degree from Towson University in Towson, Maryland, and her Masters of Education in Administration and Supervision from Loyola University in Baltimore, Maryland.

Lincoln Elementary, Eric Rhodes. Mr. Rhodes is promoted from Lincoln Elementary assistant principal. He began his career in 1998 teaching at Chillum Elementary in Hyattsville, Maryland. In 2000, he came to FCPS to teach first grade at South Frederick (now Lincoln) Elementary, where he also taught reading intervention. From 2004 to 2011, he taught and was literacy specialist at Monocacy Elementary, and was promoted to teacher specialist for school improvement in 2011. He later worked as lead teacher for assessment and intervention and coordinator for local assessment and intervention. Since 2017, Mr. Rhodes has worked as assistant principal at Lincoln Elementary. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in elementary education from Shippensburg University in 1997, Master of Science in reading specialization in 2005, and a Certificate in Educational Leadership from Hood College in 2011.

Middletown Elementary, Jan Hollenbeck. Ms. Hollenbeck will transfer from Waverley Elementary, where she has been principal since 2015. She began her career in 1994 as a teacher at Emmitsburg Elementary. She transferred to Yellow Springs Elementary in 1996. In 2001, she was promoted to assistant principal of Deer Crossing Elementary, earning promotion to principal there in 2005. She transferred to Urbana Elementary in 2008, remaining there as principal until transferring to Waverley Elementary in 2015. Ms. Hollenbeck earned her master’s degree in 1998 from Hood College.

Middletown High, Bernard Quesada. Mr. Quesada will transfer from Catoctin High, where he has been principal since 2010. He began his career teaching language arts at Brunswick Middle School in 1993. From 1996-2000, he taught English at Brunswick High School. In the 2001-2002 school year, he taught English at Frederick High School, earning promotion to assistant principal there in 2002. He transferred to Linganore High School in 2007. In 2010, he earned promotion to principal of Catoctin High School. Mr. Quesada earned his bachelor’s degree in 1993 at West Virginia University and master’s degree in 2005 from McDaniel College.

Middletown Middle, Paul Fer. Mr. Fer is promoted from Ballenger Creek Middle assistant principal. He began his teaching career at St. John Regional Catholic School in 2001, earning promotion to assistant principal in 2004. Mr. Fer came to FCPS in 2015 to work as assistant principal at West Frederick Middle, transferring in 2018 to Ballenger Creek Middle School. He earned his Bachelor of Science and Master of Education degrees from Mount St. Mary’s University in 2001 and 2007, respectively. He then earned a Masters of Administration and Supervision degree from Loyola University in 2011.

Middletown Primary, Sandra Fox. Ms. Fox is promoted from Waverley Elementary assistant principal. She began her career teaching at North Frederick Elementary in 2007. She transferred to Yellow Springs Elementary in 2011, where she taught and was elementary math instructional leader. In 2014, she earned promotion to assistant principal of Carroll Manor Elementary. She then transferred to Waverley Elementary in 2017. Ms. Fox earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from the College of Notre Dame of Maryland and Master of Arts degree in teaching from Mount St. Mary’s University. She earned a post-graduate Certificate in Educational Leadership from Hood College. 

Orchard Grove Elementary, Jay Corrigan. Mr. Corrigan is promoted from North Frederick Elementary assistant principal. He has taught at Glade, Wolfsville and New Market Elementary Schools and earned promotion to teacher specialist for professional learning in 2012. In 2015 he became assistant principal at North Frederick Elementary. Mr. Corrigan earned his Bachelor of Science degree in elementary education from Bowling Green State University in Ohio and Master of Arts degree in gifted and talented education from the University of Connecticut in Storrs, Connecticut. 

Rock Creek, Katie Buckley. Ms. Buckley is promoted from leadership of the FCPS SUCCESS Program as special education coordinator since 2016. She began her career in 2007 as a special education teacher at Oakdale Elementary. In addition to teaching, from 2011-2013 she was the school’s elementary special education teacher specialist. In 2013, she became a special education instructional coordinator for secondary schools, transitioning later that year to special education coordinator for elementary schools. Ms. Buckley earned her Bachelor of Science degree in elementary and special education from Mount St. Mary’s University and Master of Science degree in educational leadership from Hood College. She has completed the Special Education Leadership Academy through the Maryland State Department of Education and taught several Maryland State Department of Education courses.   

Thurmont Primary, Michele Baisey. Ms. Baisey is promoted from Hillcrest Elementary assistant principal. She began her career with FCPS in 1998 teaching at Orchard Grove and Tuscarora Elementary Schools. In 2010, she was promoted to teacher specialist for early childhood education. In 2016 she became coordinator of early childhood education and the FCPS Child Find program. Since 2017, Ms. Baisey has worked as assistant principal at Hillcrest Elementary. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in early childhood education and in 1998 and Master of Science degree in curriculum and instruction in 2002, both at Hood College. She has also earned a Certificate in Educational Leadership and is working on her doctorate degree.

Twin Ridge Elementary, Heather Hobbs Michael. Ms. Hobbs Michael will transfer from Deer Crossing Elementary, where she has been principal since 2011. She began her career at FCPS in 1999, teaching at Carroll Manor Elementary. In 2005, she transferred to Twin Ridge Elementary. In 2007, she was promoted to assistant principal of New Midway/Woodsboro Elementary. She was promoted to principal of Deer Crossing Elementary in 2011. Ms. Hobbs Michael earned her Bachelor of Education degree in 1999 at Shepherd College in West Virginia, and her Master of Science degree in educational administration in 2003 at McDaniel College.

Urbana Elementary, Tracy Hilliard will serve as planning principal for the new Urbana Elementary School, opening in fall 2020. Tess Blumenthal remains principal of Urbana at Sugarloaf Elementary. Ms. Hilliard will transfer to the FCPS Central Office from Centerville Elementary, where she has been principal since 2013. She began her FCPS career in 1990, teaching first grade at Carroll Manor Elementary. In 1999, she earned promotion to assistant principal of Orchard Grove Elementary, where she remained until transferring to Tuscarora Elementary in 2004. She was promoted to principal at Tuscarora Elementary in 2008. Ms. Hilliard earned her bachelor’s degree in early childhood education from Delaware State University and master’s degree in curriculum and instruction and human resources development from McDaniel College.

Yellow Springs Elementary, Sue Gullo. Ms. Gullo will transfer from Twin Ridge Elementary, where she has been principal since 2014. She began her career teaching first grade and reading recovery at Spring Ridge Elementary in 1992. In 2000, she became the school’s media specialist. She transferred to Thurmont Primary in 2001, remaining there until her 2003 promotion to assistant principal at Monocacy Elementary. In 2012, she transferred to Urbana Elementary. Ms. Gullo earned her Bachelor of Science degree in elementary education from Towson State University, Master of Library Media Science from Western Maryland College and Certificate in Educational Leadership from Hood College.

The following schools will have different assistant principals, effective July 1:

Ballenger Creek Middle, Beth Ann Miller is transferring from Gov. Thomas Johnson Middle assistant principal.
Brunswick Elementary, Jason Rubeling is transferring from Carroll Manor Elementary assistant principal, and Linda Stuart is transferring from Glade Elementary assistant principal.
Carroll Manor Elementary, John Veronie is transferring from Tuscarora Elementary assistant principal. 
Crestwood Middle, Stacey Sisler is promoted from Crestwood Middle math specialist.
Frederick High, Erik Engelstatter is promoted from Frederick High acting assistant principal.
Glade Elementary, Heather Putnam is transferring from Brunswick Elementary assistant principal.
Gov. Thomas Johnson High, Carolann Britton is promoted from pupil personnel worker to assistant principal.
Gov. Thomas Johnson Middle, Joseph Hinson is promoted from West Frederick Middle math specialist to assistant principal.
Green Valley Elementary, Hannah Feldman is returning from leave.
Hillcrest Elementary, John Ridenour is transferring from Middletown Elementary assistant principal.
Lincoln Elementary, Mary Beth Smith is transferring from Whittier Elementary assistant principal.
Middletown Elementary, Kelly McConville is promoted from Ballenger Creek Elementary teacher to assistant principal.
New Market Elementary, Karen McGaha is transferring from curriculum specialist to assistant principal.
New Midway/Woodsboro Elementary, Molly Reter is transferring from New Market Elementary assistant principal.
North Frederick Elementary, Nicole Bell is transferring from New Midway/Woodsboro assistant principal.
Oakdale High, Daniel Grimm is promoted from Oakdale High School acting assistant principal.
Waverley Elementary, Julie Ivins is promoted from North Frederick Elementary literacy specialist to assistant principal.
Windsor Knolls Middle, Jo Ann Branham is promoted from Ballenger Creek Middle math specialist.