Wil­liamson joins MSDE

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BALTIMORE — Two ex­pe­ri­enced ed­u­ca­tors have joined the staff of the Mary­land State Depart­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion, round­ing out the se­nior lead­er­ship team of Dr. Karen Salmon, State Su­per­in­ten­dent of Schools.

The Mary­land State Depart­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion an­nounced Dr. Carol Wil­liamson be­gins her du­ties as MSDE’s Deputy State Su­per­in­ten­dent for Teach­ing and Learn­ing Aug.31. Dr. Sylvia Law­son was al­ready on board, join­ing the Depart­ment in July as Deputy State Su­per­in­ten­dent for School Ef­fec­tive­ness.

Wil­liamson served as the Su­per­in­ten­dent of the Queen Anne’s County Public Schools from 2008 through June 2016. Prior to be­com­ing Su­per­in­ten­dent, Wil­liamson spent eight years as As­so­ciate Su­per­in­ten­dent and an­other eight years as As­sis­tant Su­per­in­ten­dent in Queen Anne’s. She be­gan her ca­reer in Dorch­ester County, start­ing as a class­room teacher, cur­ricu­lum spe­cial­ist, cur­ricu­lum su­per­vi­sor, and di­rec­tor of in­struc­tion over the course of more than 20 years.

Wil­liamson holds a bach­e­lor’s de­gree from Sal­is­bury State Col­lege (now Sal­is­bury Uni­ver­sity), a master’s from Ge­orge Wash­ing­ton Uni­ver­sity and a doc­tor­ate in ed­u­ca­tion from the Uni­ver­sity of Mary­land-Col­lege Park.

Law­son joined MSDE from Charles County, where she had served as As­sis­tant Su­per­in­ten­dent since 2013. She has spent nearly 30 years in Mary­land ed­u­ca­tion, serv­ing as a teacher, vice prin­ci­pal, and prin­ci­pal of schools in Charles and Calvert Coun­ties. Dr. Law­son be­gan her ca­reer as a teacher and coach in South Carolina.

Law­son holds a bach­e­lor’s de­gree from Pfeif­fer Col­lege, a master’s from East Carolina Uni­ver­sity, and a doc­tor­ate of phi­los­o­phy from the Col­lege of Notre Dame of Mary­land.

“We are so for­tu­nate to have Carol and Sylvia join our staff at the Mary­land State Depart­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion,” Salmon said. “These ex­cep­tional lead­ers are well-versed in Mary­land’s ed­u­ca­tional sys­tem, and un­der­stand well the chal­lenges and op­por­tu­ni­ties our schools face.”

Wil­liamson and Law­son join Kristy Michel, Deputy State Su­per­in­ten­dent for Fi­nance and Ad­min­is­tra­tion, on Salmon’s se­nior lead­er­ship team.

CLEM­SON, S.C. — Br yan An­drew Schlosser of Sudlersville grad­u­ated in June from Clem­son Uni­ver­sity with a Bach­e­lor of Sci­ence in Hor­ti­cul­ture. Schlosser was among nearly 1,000 stu­dents who re­ceived de­grees in the grad­u­a­tion cer­e­mony at Bon Se­cours Well­ness Arena in Greenville, S.C.

CAROL WIL­LIAMSON

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