Three finalists announced for superintendent of Dorchester County Public Schools

CAMBRIDGE — The Board of Education of Dorchester County has announced the names of three finalists for the next Dorchester County Superintendent of Schools. Each of the finalists will participate in a “Day in the District” this week. After an orientation and preparation meeting members of the stakeholder focus groups will participate in interviewing the finalists.

The finalists, in order of the date of their “Day in the District,” are as follows:

Vaughn Evans

• MAY 9: VAUGHN D. EVANS SR. – Mr. Evans is a native of Dorchester County and graduated from North Dorchester High School, class of 1978. He earned a bachelor of science degree in elementary education and a master of arts in administration/supervision from Bowie State University. He has begun the doctor of education program in educational leadership.

Mr. Evans has been a dedicated educator for 34 years with an extensive background in teaching and administration. Mr. Evans taught first grade in Williamsburg, Va. and middle school English and Social Studies in Calvert County. While in Calvert County, Mr. Evans was promoted to Vice Principal after completing over 15 years in the classroom.

Mr. Evans has served as principal on every level; elementary, middle, and high school while in Dorchester County. He was the principal at Warwick Elementary, Mace’s Lane Middle, North Dorchester High, and North Dorchester Middle. Vaughn D. Evans Sr. is widely known as a principal who can turn challenging schools around by including all stakeholders with relationship building, providing effective discipline, and instructional leadership. Mr. Evans has also served as a past Chairman of Chesapeake Community College Board of Directors and past President of the Bowie State University National Alumni Association.

He has always been an active member in the community serving on the Pat Hopkins Scholarship Committee Board of Directors, Life Member of the NAACP, Life Member of the Bowie State University National Alumni Association, Mt. Hope United Methodist Church member, affiliate member of Hurlock United Methodist Church, Chairman of Hurlock Board of Appeals, past member of Prince Hall Masonic Lodge (Victoria No. 71), and past member of Hurlock Lions Club.

Mr. Evans has provided all schools in which he has been entrusted a safe, orderly, positive, and productive learning environment that has led to measurable improvement in the quality of academics and school climate as proven by state and local data sources. While at North Dorchester High School they exited School Improvement, ranked in the top 13 percent of all schools in Maryland in Algebra scores, and earned the Bronze Medal for Academic Achievement in the US News and World Report.

Mr. Evans is the son of Harvey Booker and Florence Evans. He enjoys spending time with his family, reading and working in the yard. He is the proud parent of four successful children, Vaughn Jr., Renita, Caitlyn and Christian.

Dr. Michael Collins

• MAY 10: DR. MICHAEL COLLINS – Dr. Collins was raised in Dorchester County, Dr. Collins proudly attended Dorchester County Public Schools. He began his educational career as a substitute teacher for Dorchester County Public Schools in 1999. He graduated from Salisbury State University in 2001 with a bachelor of science degree in elementary education.

After graduating, he began his teaching career in Caroline County. Dr. Collins graduated from Salisbury University in 2003 with a master of education degree in school administration. He served 8 years in Wicomico County as an Elementary School administrator with 5 of those years as a building principal.

Dr. Collins graduated from Wilmington University in 2011 with a doctoral degree in educational leadership. In 2013, he returned to Dorchester County to serve as Principal of Vienna Elementary School, where he attended as a child. Currently, he is Principal of Mace’s Lane Middle School and has held this position since 2015.

Dr. Diana Mitchell

• MAY 11: DR. DIANA MITCHELL – Dr. Mitchell currently serves as the Assistant Superintendent for Instructional Technology with Harrison School District 2 in Colorado Springs, Colo. With 23 years of experience in public education, Dr. Mitchell began her career as a business education teacher in Maryland. During her 19-year career with Prince George’s County Public Schools in Maryland, she served as a high school teacher, assistant principal, elementary and middle school principal, and regional instructional specialist supporting K-12 schools. Dr. Mitchell has a diverse background in teaching and learning, data management, budgeting, and instructional technology/assessment management.

As the Assistant Superintendent for Instructional Technology, Dr. Mitchell has spent the past four years supporting the district’s “anytime anywhere learning” initiative for College and Career readiness by implementing the district’s first 1:1 program. She also initiated a partnership with the Sprint ConnetED program and Comcast to provide internet services for students without internet access at home.

Dr. Mitchell earned her bachelor of science degree in business education from St. Augustine’s University, a master of science degree in educational administration from Iowa State University, and a doctorate in educational leadership with a minor in technology from Bowie State University.

Dr. Mitchell’s doctoral study on Media and Technology afforded her the opportunity to deepen her understanding of the influence of technology on teaching and learning. Her professional memberships include the School Superintendent’s Association (AASA), International Society of Technology Educators (ISTE), the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD) and Phi Delta Kappa (PDK). She is a Youth Advisor in her church and is an avid gardener. She and her husband Marlon live in Colorado Springs.

Superintendent of Schools Dr. Henry V. Wagner Jr., informed the Board on Dec. 15, 2016, of his decision to retire as of July 1, 2017. The Board of Education brought in the expertise of the Maryland Association of Boards of Education (MABE) to conduct the superintendent search process. MABE held two stakeholder input sessions in February to gather the input that shaped the search for a new superintendent.

Starting in March, the superintendent opening was posted widely so that qualified local, state, and national candidates would apply, with the first consideration of applications to MABE by March 27. The Board conducted two rounds of interviews to select the three finalists for extensive interviews May 9-11 with various stakeholder focus groups. These groups will provide input to the Board as it prepares to choose the new superintendent.

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