Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Michael J. Martirano, announces the administrative appointments made by the Board of Education at its meeting of June 26, 2013.

The Board appointed Ms. Jessica A. Western as Certification Coordinator in the Department of Human Resources.  Ms. Western is currently a Dean of Students in Calvert County Public Schools.  She is a Doctoral Candidate in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies through The George Washington University in Washington, D.C.  Ms. Western holds a Bachelor’s degree in Broadcast Journalism and a Master’s degree in American Studies, both from the University of Maryland.  She earned her certification for teaching through the College of Notre Dame of Maryland.

The Board appointed Dr. Curtis Alston as Principal at Lexington Park Elementary School.  Dr. Alston joined St. Mary’s County Public Schools in July 2009 as an Assistant Principal.  He also has prior experience as Dean of Students at Bennett Middle School and as a 6th grade general education teacher at Salisbury Middle School, both in Salisbury, Maryland.  Dr. Alston holds an Educational Doctorate in Administrative Leadership for Teaching and Learning from Walden University.  He also holds a Bachelor’s degree in Human Service Systems from the University of Massachusetts and a Master’s degree in Education Administration from Salisbury University.

The Board also appointed Mrs. Janet Fowler as Principal at Margaret Brent Middle School.  Mrs. Fowler joined St. Mary’s County Public Schools in August 2003 as a Kindergarten teacher at Lexington Park Elementary.  She has also been a teacher and Assistant Principal at Banneker Elementary, as well as an Assistant Principal at Leonardtown Middle School.  Most recently Mrs. Fowler served as Assistant Principal at Margaret Brent Middle School.  She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Human Development from St. Mary’s College of Maryland and a Master’s degree in Leadership in Teaching from the College of Notre Dame of Maryland.

These appointments become effective July 1, 2013.