Mitchell named DCPS chief

Dorchester Star - - Front Page - By VIC­TO­RIA WIN­GATE vwingate@ches­

CAM­BRIDGE — The Dorch­ester County Board of Ed­u­ca­tion an­nounced Mon­day, May 22 to a packed board room that Dr. Diana Mitchell has been cho­sen to be the next Su­per­in­ten­dent of Schools.

Mitchell was unan­i­mously ap­pointed to a four-year term to be­gin on Satur­day, July 1.

“We are de­lighted to wel­come a pro­fes­sional of Dr. Mitchell’s cal­iber, and look for­ward to her lead­er­ship of DCPS,” said Board Pres­i­dent Glenn Bram­ble. “We are con­fi­dent that she will build on our progress of the last ten years.”

Bram­ble said that, in or­der to come to this de­ci­sion, the board re­lied on the ex­per­tise of the Maryland As­so­ci­a­tion of Boards of Ed­u­ca­tion (MABE) rep­re­sen­ta­tives and ex­ten­sive in­put from stake­holder groups such as prin­ci­pals, sup­port staff, com­mu­nity lead­ers, par­ents, and stu­dents.

As per pro­to­col, re­tir­ing su­per­in­ten­dent Dr. Henry V. Wag­ner was not in­volved in the search and in­ter­view process, but he sup­ports the board’s de­ci­sion and is pleased to wel­come Mitchell.

“Now that Dr. Mitchell has been ap­pointed, she has my full sup­port, and I look for­ward to as­sist­ing her with this tran­si­tion in any way that I can,” Wag­ner said. “I urge ev­ery­one to do the same, as a mat­ter of prin­ci­ple, and for the ben­e­fit of the chil­dren of Dorch­ester County Pub­lic Schools.”

Mitchell comes to Dorch­ester County from Colorado Springs, Colo., where she served as as­sis­tant su­per­in­ten­dent for in­struc­tional tech­nol­ogy with Har­ri­son School District 2.

Mitchell has 23 years of ex­pe­ri­ence in pub­lic ed­u­ca­tion, 19 of which were with the Prince Ge­orge’s County Pub­lic School sys­tem where she served as a high school teacher, as­sis­tant prin­ci­pal, ele­men­tary and mid­dle school prin­ci­pal, and re­gional in­struc­tional spe­cial­ist sup­port­ing K-12 schools. She said she con­sid­ers Maryland her home, and is ex­cited to re­turn.

“I’ve had the op­por­tu­nity to work out­side of Maryland, out­side of Dorch­ester County, so I have fresh eyes to put on a lot of new ini­tia­tives,” she said.

Mitchell said she is pre­pared to work with the Board of Ed­u­ca­tion on their main goals, which are work­force, tech­nol­ogy, and class size. She also ex­pects the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the new up­per man­age­ment struc­ture in the 2018-2019 year to re­quire pri­or­ity plan­ning from the su­per­in­ten­dent.

Mitchell has a back­ground in teach­ing and learn­ing, data man­age­ment, bud­get­ing, and in­struc­tional tech­nol­ogy/ as­sess­ment man­age­ment. As the As­sis­tant Su­per­in­ten­dent for In­struc­tional Tech­nol­ogy, 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.

“I am bring­ing my ex­pe­ri­ence im­ple­ment­ing the first one-to-one stu­dent de­vice ini­tia­tive in Colorado,” she said. “We did that four years ago. I bring my ex­pe­ri­ence as an 11-year cen­tral of­fice ad­min­is­tra­tor, and a 23-year vet­eran ed­u­ca­tor.”

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

The re­tire­ment of cur­rent Su­per­in­ten­dent Dr. Henry V. Wag­ner will be ef­fec­tive Satur­day, July 1, a de­ci­sion he an­nounced Dec. 15, 2016.

He first was ap­pointed to the po­si­tion in July 2010, and had served as as­sis­tant su­per­in­ten­dent for in­struc­tion in Dorch­ester County prior to be­com­ing su­per­in­ten­dent of schools.


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