Longtime Eastern Shore educator named Maryland superintendent
— 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.”