New Wicomico school leadership teams set

Kimberly Pinhey will serve as principal of Parkside High School. Marie Baker will serve as assistant principal of Fruitland Intermediate.

Kimberly Pinhey will serve as principal of Parkside High School. Marie Baker will serve as assistant principal of Fruitland Intermediate.

Superintendent of Schools Dr. John Fredericksen and the Wicomico County Board of Education have officially set the school leadership teams for the 2014-2015 school year with the appointment of an elementary assistant principal.

The board promoted Dr. Mark Bowen to elementary assistant principal. Dr. Bowen had served since 2012 as the Criminal Justice instructor in the Parkside High School Department of Career & Technology Education.

He will serve as an Assistant Principal at Delmar Elementary School effective immediately.

Dr. Bowen began his teaching career in 1988 at Berlin Middle School as a social studies teacher. He served as an assistant principal at Wicomico Middle School under then Principal Bill Evans.

Dr. Bowen was principal of Buckingham Elementary School in Berlin from 1997-2000. He has also served as a Supervisor of Instruction for Wicomico County Public Schools and Director of Gang Intelligence for the State of Maryland, prior to teaching Criminal Justice at Parkside.

“The unique and valued skill set that Dr. Bowen possesses will be an asset to the students and families of the Delmar community and Wicomico County as he begins his service as an assistant principal,” said Susan Jones, Director of Elementary Education.

Dr. Bowen earned a bachelor’s degree in Social Sciences from the University of Maryland, a Master of Education from Salisbury University, and a Doctor of Religious Education from Covington Theological Seminary. He currently holds a valid Maryland Teaching Certificate in the areas of Social Studies, Administrator I, Administrator II, and Superintendent.

A number of schools and one center have recently finalized their leadership teams:

James M. Bennett High: Ms. Lisa M. Forbush is an Assistant Principal for James M. Bennett High. (She replaces Ms. Kimberly Pinhey, now Principal of Parkside High.) Ms. Forbush had served as Assistant Principal at North Salisbury Elementary and, prior to that, at Fruitland Primary.

North Salisbury Elementary: Dr. Kathy Vail is Assistant Principal for North Salisbury Elementary (replacing Ms. Forbush). She had been serving as an Assistant Principal at Delmar Elementary, and, prior to that, at Pittsville Elementary and Middle and Beaver Run Elementary.

Salisbury Middle: Principal Amy Eskridge announced that Mr. James Hesen will serve as Dean of Students. Following service in the U.S. Army and U.S. Army Reserve, Mr. Hesen had been a History teacher at James M. Bennett High since 2010. He received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in History and Teaching from Salisbury University.

Bennett Middle: Principal Liza Hastings announced that Mr. Brad Gibson will serve as Dean of Students. After five years as a teacher in Baltimore County, Mr. Gibson joined Wicomico Schools as a History teacher at Salisbury Middle, where he taught from 2009-2014. He received his bachelor’s degree in Geography both from Frostburg State University and his Master’s in Teaching from Towson University. He recently secured his Administrator I certification.

Prince Street Elementary: Principal Christopher Nunzio announced that Mr. Ronald Dyda will serve as Dean of Students. Mr. Dyda joined Wicomico Schools in 2000 as a teacher at Salisbury Middle. He worked in the Eagles Nest program his first year, then served as a math teacher from 2001-2012. From 2012-2014, he was a behavioral intervention support specialist at Beaver Run Elementary. While at Beaver Run, Mr. Dyda founded the WatchDOGS program enabling fathers to volunteer in the school.  He received his bachelor’s degree from Salisbury University and his master’s degree from American Military University.

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