Dr. Theresa R. Alban has served as Superintendent of Frederick County Public Schools since July 2011. She leads a large, diverse, and dynamic organization. She directs a budget of over $750 million as FCPS responds to the needs of more than 45,000 students and their families; she also manages more than 6,000 employees.
Education: Dr. Alban completed her B.A. in Elementary Education and Special Education, summa cum laude, at the College of Notre Dame in Baltimore. She earned a Master’s Degree in Administration and Supervision from Loyola College in Baltimore, and a Ph.D. in Measurement, Statistics and Evaluation from the University of Maryland, College Park.
Background: Dr. Alban began her career as an elementary and special education teacher in Baltimore County Public Schools. There she wrote curriculum and served as a Supervisor of Professional Development. From 2000-2005, she worked in Montgomery County Public Schools as Coordinator of Student Assessment, Coordinator of Program Evaluation, and Director of the Shared Accountability Office. She then served in the Howard County Public School System in several positions, including Chief Operating Officer and Executive Director of Strategic Planning, Assessment, and Program Evaluation.
The author of numerous papers and studies, she has addressed topics such as formative assessments, value-added accountability models, and reading achievement. She is a recognized expert in the areas of school and teacher effectiveness. She has also taught undergraduate and graduate classes at the College of Notre Dame, Towson University, and Hood College.
In 2019, The Daily Record named Dr. Alban one of 53 influential Marylanders for her outstanding leadership in public education. In 2017 she was named Maryland Superintendent of the Year by the Public Schools Superintendents Association of Maryland. She has led FCPS with a steady hand through years of rapid change. Moving to new curricular standards, new student assessments, a new model for teacher evaluations, creation of an equity office, and a new vision for high school (LYNX at Frederick HS) are among the most far-reaching changes that Dr. Alban has navigated.
Leadership Belief: Public education has been my passion and my life work for over 40 years. To achieve the goals of a democratic society, we must ensure that the promise of public education is met. A promise to each and every child that education will create opportunity to learn, grow, and achieve your goals. Effective public schools are a collaborative endeavor among staff, families, and community partners. I value the relationships with all of these key stakeholders and am committed to providing an equitable and excellent public school experience for the children of Frederick County.