Mitchell named DCPS chief
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.
DR. DIANA MITCHELL