Long­time East­ern Shore ed­u­ca­tor named Mary­land su­per­in­ten­dent

Cecil Whig - - & - By JES­SICA IANNETTA


— Fol­low­ing a na­tion­wide search, the Mary­land State Board of Ed­u­ca­tion has cho­sen long­time East­ern Shore ed­u­ca­tor Karen Salmon as the next state su­per­in­ten­dent of schools.

Salmon will take over as act­ing su­per­in­ten­dent on June 1 and of­fi­cially be­come state su­per­in­ten­dent on July 1, ac­cord­ing to a re­lease from the state board. Cur­rent In­terim State Su­per­in­ten­dent Jack Smith was named the next Mont­gomery County Pub­lic Schools su­per­in­ten­dent ear­lier this year.

Cecil County Pub­lic Schools Su­per­in­ten­dent D’Ette Devine said in a state­ment that she was pleased to learn that Salmon will be the next state su­per­in­ten­dent.


“(Salmon) is a well re­spected ed­u­ca­tion leader with lo­cal su­per­in­ten­dent ex­pe­ri­ence in Mary­land and New York. She is well poised to help us pro­vide a world class ed­u­ca­tion for all stu­dents,” Devine said. “She has been a col­league and friend of mine through­out my su­per­in­ten­dency and I look for­ward to work­ing with her in this new ca­pac­ity.”

Salmon, who cur­rently serves as Mary­land’s in­terim deputy su­per­in­ten­dent for school ef­fec­tive­ness, pre­vi­ously spent more than 30 years as an ed­u­ca­tor on the East­ern Shore. She started her ca­reer as a spe­cial ed­u­ca­tion teacher in Caro­line County Pub­lic Schools, where she went on to serve as a vo­ca­tional co­or­di­na­tor and an as­sis­tant prin­ci­pal.

She joined Tal­bot County Pub­lic Schools as as­sis­tant su­per­in­ten­dent in 1997 and was named su­per­in­ten­dent there in 2003. In 2012, she was named Mary­land State Su­per­in­ten­dent of the Year.

Salmon first joined the Mary­land State Depart­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion last Au­gust as as­sis­tant state su­per­in­ten­dent for col­lege and ca­reer readi­ness be­fore be­ing named in­terim deputy su­per­in­ten­dent for school ef­fec­tive­ness ear­lier this year.

“I am com­mit­ted to col­lab­o­rat­ing with all of our stake­hold­ers to en­sure a world-class ed­u­ca­tion for ev­ery Mary­land pub­lic school stu­dent,” Salmon said in a state­ment. “I want to build on Mary­land’s past ac­com­plish­ments, stream­line pro­grams at the Mary­land State Depart­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion, and ar­tic­u­late a shared vi­sion for ed­u­ca­tional ex­cel­lence.”

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