Principals, Supervisors, Coordinators to Assume Roles July 1st
Superintendent of Schools, Dr. David Cox, recently announced several administrative staffing changes for the upcoming 2019-2020 school year. Positions for principals at Allegany and Fort Hill High Schools and Cash Valley Elementary School; Supervisor of Transportation; Assistant Supervisor of Athletics, Health and PE, and Mental Health; and Coordinator of Student Support Services and School Safety will all be filled effective July 1st.
Next school year, Heidi Laupert will assume the permanent position of principal at Allegany High School, where she has served in an interim capacity for the past year upon the retirement of Mike Calhoun. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in English Education and her Master of Education in Administration and Supervision, both from Frostburg State University. Heidi began her tenure in ACPS in in 1987 as an English teacher at Allegany, where she has spent her entire career. She has also held positions of assistant principal and most recently as interim principal.
When asked about her continuing role at Allegany, Laupert said, "I am extremely honored and excited to continue my career at Allegany High School. I will diligently and collaboratively work with the entire Allegany community in maintaining the student successes, traditions, and pride that we have all created together at our beautiful new facility."
Candy Canan will become the next principal at Fort Hill High School. She will fill the vacancy that will be left at the end of this school year upon the retirement of current principal, Joseph Carter. Mrs. Canan holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education from Shepherd University and a Master of Education degree in Educational Leadership from Salem University. She has also completed additional coursework in library media at Fairmont State University. Mrs. Canan began her career in ACPS in 2013 as the principal at the Center for Career and Technical Education and Supervisor of Career and Technical Education, where she has remained to date.
"Having the chance to serve the staff, students, and the community of Fort Hill High School is an opportunity that I am excited to begin,” said Mrs. Canan. “I have always admired the cohesive nature of the Fort Hill community and look forward to becoming a part of the collaborative culture of the school with a focus on shaping a vision of academic and personal success for all students.” She went on to say, “I believe in progress, perseverance, and teamwork and consider myself truly blessed to be selected for the appointment as Principal of Fort Hill High School."
Dr. Lisa Stevenson will assume the role of principal at Cash Valley Elementary School. Current principal, Jackie Enright, will take over as the Supervisor of Elementary and Early Childhood Education on July 1st. Dr. Stevenson has earned multiple degrees from Frostburg State University in the following areas - Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood/Elementary Education; Master of Education in Administration and Supervision; and a Doctorate of Education in Educational Leadership.
Dr. Stevenson has been an educator in the Allegany County Public Schools for 27 years. Her teaching experiences include first grade and library media specialist. She has also served as an administrator in the positions of interim principal, assistant principal, and as the Administrative Coordinator of Library Media and Acceleration and Enrichment Programs at the district level. Dr. Stevenson also coordinates the Teacher of the Year Program, College Board Advanced Placement testing, and online course enrollment.
“Being active at the school, district, and state levels, I feel that I have attained the administrative skills to develop a school culture that keeps students the priority,” said Dr. Stevenson. “As an effective leader, I will mentor teachers in their professional development, provide opportunities to connect schools and families, and develop a safe environment for students to engage in learning. A school should feel like a family, therefore I believe positive relationships are the center of successful educational programs. I look forward to becoming part of the Cash Valley community.”
Additional staffing assignments are as follows: Mark Morral, current Assistant Supervisor of Transportation, will assume the role of Supervisor of Transportation; Tracey Leonard, current Interim Assistant Supervisor of Athletics, Health and PE, and Mental Health, will no longer serve in an interim capacity; and Matt Marlowe, current Interim Coordinator of Student Support Services and School Safety, will also drop the interim status.
Mark Morral holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Industrial Arts from Fairmont State University and a Master of Education in Administration and Supervision from Frostburg State University. He began his career in ACPS in 1983 as an industrial arts teacher. Morral has also taught technology education, was an assistant principal, and most recently the Assistant Supervisor of Transportation. “I hope to be able to perform my duties as well as my predecessors, and I’m looking forward to working with all the entities that help provide the safe transport of Allegany County students to their respective schools and programs,” said Morral.
Tracey Leonard earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Health and Physical Education and a Master of Education in Administration and Supervision, both from Frostburg State University. She began teaching PE in ACPS in 2004, a position she’s held throughout her time in Allegany County.
"I am honored to be selected as the Assistant Supervisor of Health, Physical Education, Athletics and Mental Health," said Leonard. "Over the last nine months, while serving as the Interim Supervisor, I have been able to work with staff and colleagues within the Allegany County Board of Education and the State of Maryland to implement new programs, curriculum and training to ensure students needs in the classroom and on the athletic field are being met. I look forward to continuing this work and bringing additional resources to our school community."
Matt Marlowe received his Bachelor of Arts in Journalism/International Studies from The Ohio State University and his Master of Arts in Teaching from Frostburg State University. He also completed additional coursework in criminal justice at Central Texas College. Marlowe began his career in ACPS teaching Technology Education until his appointment as Interim Coordinator of Student Support Services and School Safety in 2018.
Mr. Marlowe has completed the Maryland Center for School Safety School Resource Officer (SRO) course and is also certified by the Maryland Police and Correctional Training Commission as an academic instructor. He is currently working with the Maryland Center for School Safety to teach the state-mandated SRO course. Prior to his tenure in Allegany County Public Schools, Mr. Marlowe worked in intelligence and counterterrorism operations for the Central Intelligence Agency for six years and served as a sergeant in the U.S. Army Military Police Corps for five years.
"I'm glad to be able to continue providing support to our students and look forward to helping make our schools a safe environment where every student has the opportunity to succeed,” said Marlowe.
According to Cumberland City Police Chief, Charles Hinnant, "Our police officers look forward to continuing our work with Matt to provide the safest school environment possible for students and staff".