DR. THERESA R. ALBAN
Dr. 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 over 44,000 students and their families; she also manages more than 6,000 employees.
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 School 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, and a new model for teacher evaluations, and a new vision for high school (LYNX at Frederick HS) are among the most far-reaching changes that Dr. Alban has navigated. At the same time, she has guided FCPS through challenging local economic conditions. Under her stewardship, Frederick County delivers on the promise of public education.
An educator with over 40 years of experience in several leading school districts, Dr. Alban is committed to working with the people of Frederick County – parents, students, teachers, staff, taxpayers – to ensure that FCPS remains a premier school system. She is determined to see that FCPS continues to provide outstanding returns for the investment the people of Frederick County make in public education. Her commitment to the community is evidenced by her membership in the Rotary Club of Frederick and her service on the Board of Directors of the Chamber of Commerce. Her goals include closing gaps in student achievement while increasing achievement for all students, and continuing to build strong and productive ties with families, businesses, and institutions and organizations throughout the county.
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 and at Towson University.
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.
She and her husband live in New Market and are the parents of two grown children.
She is proud to call Frederick County home, and she is proud to lead an organization that plays such a vital role in the lives of so many.