Carroll Manor Elementary School Principal Kevin Cuppett will become Frederick County Public Schools' executive director of curriculum, instruction and innovation July 1, filling the vacancy left by Jason Anderson's resignation.

"I'm honored and humbled" to take the position, Cuppett said, adding that he hopes to continue the momentum and enthusiasm already in the department.

Cuppett called himself a "kid-focused" educator, a people person from a working-class background who understands the importance of access to college and careers. He plans to visit schools, particularly at the secondary level where he has less experience, to discuss each building's strengths and challenges.

He has led Carroll Manor since 2009, previously working at Green Valley, Lincoln, Twin Ridge and Liberty elementary schools as well as schools in Washington County. He is also an adjunct professor at Mount St. Mary's University.

Cuppett is a representative on the Principals’ Vetting Group for Curriculum, the Principals’ Advisory Council with the Maryland State Department of Education and the Mount's Special Education Steering Committee, in addition to past appointments and awards.

Next to replace is Cuppett's boss, Deputy Superintendent Steve Lockard, who announced Friday he is leaving to play the same role in Fairfax County Public Schools.

New faces at elementary, middle schools

These promotions from assistant principal to principal will take effect July 1, according to FindOutFirst: Karl Williams, to Brunswick Elementary; Mary Ann Wiles, to Emmitsburg Elementary; Lorcán ÓhEithir, to Glade Elementary; Sharon West, to New Market Elementary; Kim Clifford, to Oakdale Elementary; and Christina McKeever, to Thurmont Elementary.

These principals will transfer to new schools July 1: Cindy Alvarado, to Carroll Manor Elementary; Kathy Golightly, to Lincoln Elementary; and Patty Hosfelt, to Spring Ridge Elementary.

These employees are promoted to assistant principal positions July 1: Heather Putnam, to Brunswick Elementary; Sandy Fox, to Carroll Manor Elementary; Dana Austin, to Lewistown Elementary; Liz Root, to Monocacy Elementary; and Jason Senuta, to Ballenger Creek Middle.

These will transfer to assistant principal positions July 1: Neeley McDonald and Lori Snowden, to Centerville Elementary; Meredith Wallace, to Monocacy Valley Montessori Public Charter; Nicole Vasquez, to New Midway/Woodsboro Elementary; Molly Westermann, to Spring Ridge Elementary; Liz Worch, to Urbana Elementary; and Sue Gullo, to Whittier Elementary.

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