Frederick County Public Schools announces personnel changes in several elementary and middle schools and in some Central Office departments for the 2016-2017 school year. The changes take effect July 1.
The following individuals are promoted to principal positions:
Kimberly Huffer is promoted from acting principal to principal at Carroll Manor Elementary. Ms. Huffer began her career at FCPS in 1996 as a teacher at Monocacy Elementary. She has also taught at Thurmont Primary, South Frederick and Lincoln elementary schools. In 2006, she was promoted to assistant principal at Oakdale Elementary and was next transferred to Tuscarora Elementary, where she remained until going to Carroll Manor Elementary as acting principal in 2016. She earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Shepherd College in 1992 and Master of Science degree in educational leadership from Hood College in 2005.
Kimberly Mazaleski is promoted from acting principal to principal at Tuscarora Elementary. Dr. Mazaleski began her career at FCPS in 1997 and has taught at Spring Ridge, Walkersville and North Frederick elementary schools and at Ballenger Creek Middle. In 2007 she was a teacher specialist in the Central Office. She was promoted to assistant principal at Centerville Elementary in 2010. From 2012 until she transferred to acting principal at Tuscarora Elementary in 2016, she was a curriculum specialist at Central Office. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in elementary education from Towson State University in 1994, Master of Science degree in special education from Western Maryland College in 1997 and Doctorate in School Leadership from Walden University in 2010.
Justin McConnaughey is promoted to principal at Brunswick Elementary from assistant principal at Spring Ridge. Mr. McConnaughey began teaching physical education at FCPS in 2003 and has taught at Parkway, Yellow Springs, Spring Ridge, Kemptown and Monocacy elementary schools. He was promoted to assistant principal at Walkersville Elementary in 2012 and transferred to Spring Ridge in 2015. He earned his bachelor’s degree in physical education and health education from Shepherd University in 2003 and his master’s degree in curriculum and instruction also from Shepherd, completing educational leadership certification in 2012 at Hood College. The Maryland Association for Elementary School Principals recognized Mr. McConnaughey as the 2015-2016 National Outstanding Assistant Principal.
Jay Schill is promoted to principal at Brunswick Middle from assistant principal at West Frederick Middle. Mr. Schill began teaching language arts at Monocacy Middle in 1997. From 2006-2010 he was the school’s literacy specialist. In 2010 he was promoted to assistant principal at Thurmont Middle, transferring to West Frederick in 2013. Mr. Schill earned his Bachelor of Science degree in secondary education from Clarion University of Pennsylvania in 1995 and Master of Science with reading specialization from Hood College in 2007. He earned educational leadership certification in 2010 from Hood College.
The following are newly hired principals:
Troy Barnes will be principal at Monocacy Elementary. He comes to FCPS from Charles County Public Schools, where he was principal at C. Paul Barnhart Elementary. Mr. Barnes began his career teaching at Henry G. Ferguson Elementary in 2001. He then moved to William A. Diggs Elementary in Waldorf, Maryland, as instructional specialist. In 2010 he became assistant principal at C. Paul Barnhart Elementary in Waldorf until his promotion to principal in 2013. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in elementary education from Pennsylvania State University in 2000 and his master’s degree in curriculum and instruction in 2009 from McDaniel College.
Peter Daddone will be principal at Urbana Middle. He comes to FCPS from Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS), where he was assistant principal at Argyle Magnet Middle School. He began his teaching career at Frederick High School in 1996. From 2000-2005, he taught career and technology education, journalism and English at Rockville High at MCPS. He became the Journalism Academy coordinator at Rockville High in 2005 and the Signature coordinator at Blake High in Silver Spring in 2011. He was promoted to assistant principal/supervisor of Argyle Middle School and Special Programs in 2012. Mr. Daddone earned his bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Maryland in 1990 and master’s degree in curriculum and instruction in 1991 from Long Island University C.W. Post.
Jeneen Stewart will be principal at Ballenger Creek Middle. She comes to FCPS from Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS), where she was assistant principal at Montgomery Village Middle School. She began her teaching career in MCPS in 2000, teaching science and social studies at Argyle Middle and then taught high school biology, horticulture and nutritional science at Paint Branch High. Ms. Stewart was promoted to assistant school administrator at Westland Middle in 2009 and to assistant principal at Parkland Middle in 2010. She also served as assistant principal at Rocky Hill Middle before moving to her current assignment. Ms. Stewart earner her Bachelor of Science degree in biology from Howard University in 1998 and Master of Science degree in biology in 2000. She is enrolled in a doctorate program in educational administration and policy studies at George Washington University.
The following elementary school principals are transferring: Jason Bowser to New Market from Valley; Stephanie Brown to Parkway from Ballenger Creek; Kristen Canning to Ballenger Creek from Kemptown; Betsy Little to Valley from Parkway; Sharon West to Kemptown from New Market; and Karl Williams to Hillcrest from Brunswick to serve as co-principal with Kimberly Seiss.
The following middle school principals are transferring: Mita Badshah to Oakdale from Ballenger Creek; Jennifer Bingman to Crestwood from New Market; TC Suter to New Market from Windsor Knolls; Brian Vasquenza to Windsor Knolls from Monocacy; and Stephanie Ware to Monocacy from Oakdale.
The following individuals are promoted to elementary and middle school assistant principal positions: Reginald Gunter to Monocacy Middle from school counselor at Gov. Thomas Johnson (TJ) Middle; Brian Kilduff to Centerville from teaching at Middletown Elementary; Elizabeth Ann Miller to TJ Middle from literacy specialist at Windsor Knolls; Janine Smith to Windsor Knolls Middle from language arts teacher at Oakdale Middle; Mary Beth Smith to Middletown Primary from acting assistant principal at Tuscarora Elementary; and Joshua Work to Middletown Middle from teaching social studies at Windsor Knolls.
The following elementary school assistant principals are transferring: Susan Amerena to Tuscarora from Middletown Primary; Hannah Feldman to Spring Ridge from Centerville; Tracy Flower to Hillcrest from Whittier; David Migdal to Whittier from Deer Crossing; and Amy Routzahn to Deer Crossing from Hillcrest.
The following middle school assistant principals are transferring: Dr. Brooke Anthony to Oakdale from TJ; Kyle Barnette to Urbana from Crestwood; Daniel Enck to Thurmont from Monocacy; Kimberly Leaman to Ballenger Creek from Windsor Knolls; Sharon Marconi to Crestwood from Ballenger Creek; Allison Poonai to Walkersville from Oakdale; Lisa Snyder to Windsor Knolls from Special Education/Psychological Services coordinator; and Brianna Zeoli to West Frederick from Middletown.
The following will serve as curriculum specialists: Kim Day is promoted from STEM coordinator to elementary social studies curriculum specialist, and Dr. Chris Horne will transfer to elementary science from mathematics. Ms. Day began her teaching career in 1994 with Prince Georges County Public Schools, teaching middle school science. She came to FCPS in 1997 to teach at Monocacy Middle, transferred in 2001 to teach fourth grade at Walkersville Elementary and transferred in 2007 to serve as elementary science teacher specialist until serving as STEM Portfolio Project instructional coach for the Maryland State Department of Education from 2010-2011. She then returned to FCPS as teacher specialist from 2011-2012, and then was promoted to STEM coordinator. Ms. Day has also worked as an adjunct faculty member at Mount St. Mary’s University since 2009. She earned her bachelor’s degree in elementary education from the University of Delaware in 1992 and master’s in curriculum and instruction from Hood College in 2004.
Scott Blundell will serve as the school system’s Security and Emergency Management supervisor, following Clifton Cornwell’s retirement. He comes to FCPS from the Frederick County Sheriff’s Department, where he worked for 22 years. In that capacity he was the School Resource Officer at Heather Ridge School, the Tuscarora feeder area and other schools between 2007 and 2011. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in criminal justice from the American Public University in 2012. He is also a graduate of Frederick High in the class of 1989.
High school changes were announced May 26.