Wicomico schools promote staff members for 2020-21

Superintendent of Schools Dr. Donna C. Hanlin, Chief Academic Officer Dr. Frederick Briggs, and the Board of Education have announced school leadership changes for Wicomico County Public Schools, effective July 1.

The promotions, appointments and transfers reflect adjustments because of retirements, as well as the school system’s commitment to providing additional leadership staff to support school safety and student success.

With each of these announced changes, Wicomico County Public Schools strives to provide consistent, transformative leadership at the school level.

Following are the leadership promotions, appointments and transfers for the 2020-21 school year:

  • Promotion of Alexan “Aly” Dargan, currently Assistant Principal at Pinehurst Elementary, to Principal of Northwestern Elementary. (Northwestern Principal Deborah Emge is retiring.)
  • Promotion of Christina Stewart, currently Assistant Principal at Fruitland Intermediate, to Principal of Westside Intermediate. (Westside Intermediate Principal Christopher Nunzio is retiring.)
  • Promotion of Lavion Bratten, currently an Assistant Principal at Wicomico High, to Principal of the Newcomers Program (serving ELL students who are new to this country) and Evening High. (Current Evening High Principal David Harner will be further expanding his role as Supervisor of Special Programs.)
  • Promotion of Valerie Folsom to Assistant Principal of Fruitland Intermediate. Folsom is currently a 2nd-Grade teacher at Beaver Run Elementary.
  • Appointment of Clifford Owens as an Assistant Principal at Wicomico High. Owens is currently Principal of Eagle Academy PCS at Congress Heights and was the former Principal of Lake Forest South Elementary (Harrington), a National Blue Ribbon School.
  • Transfer of Lisa King, currently an Assistant Principal at Bennett Middle, to Assistant Principal of Pinehurst Elementary, where she began her teaching career in 2000.
  • Transfer of Genise Fleming, currently Dean of Students at Salisbury Middle, to the same position at East Salisbury Elementary. (Current Dean of Students Timothy Dickson is transferring to Westside Intermediate to be a Grade 5 teacher.)
  • Appointment of a second Dean of Students to support school safety at each of the school system’s three large middle schools:
  • Daniel Menear (Pittsville Elementary and Middle science teacher) joins Grady McGrew at Bennett Middle.
  • Carrie Reeve (Landsdowne Middle physical education teacher) and Russell Austin (North Caroline High assistant principal) will serve Salisbury Middle.
  • Erin Rosati (Delmar Elementary Special Education teacher) joins Tamyra Foreman at Wicomico Middle.

Appointment of a second Dean of Students at each of the school system’s three large high schools to support school safety:

  • Amy Rhodes (Wicomico High guidance counselor) joins Brent Lewis at James M. Bennett High.
  • Lisa McKinnon (Parkside High Math/Teacher Academy of Maryland teacher) joins Kesha Cook at Parkside High.
  • Kevin Zaczkiewicz (Parkside High Band Director) joins Tessa Gentzel at Wicomico High.
  • Appointment of Breonna Hopkins (East Salisbury Elementary 3rd-Grade teacher) as Dean of Students of Choices Academy
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