Current Principals of the Year

Sandra Reid from Pikesville High School
2018 High School Principal of the Year 

 

                                              

Sandra Reid

Sandra G. Reid has always believed in the value of a great education.  After receiving her BA in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania, she continued to pursue her love of learning by earning a Masters in Education in Teaching and Curriculum from Harvard Graduate School of Education. Over the past twenty-six years with Baltimore County Public Schools, she has served as an AP history educator, mentor teacher, assistant principal on both the middle and high-school levels, as well as a middle-school principal. In 2015, she was appointed to be the principal of Pikesville High School where she promoted collaboration between students, parents, teachers and the community so as to bring acclaim to the school. She is BCPS' Principal of the Year for 2016-2017 and remains passionate about transformative instructional leadership and cultivating a culture of high-caliber teaching and learning.

 

 

George Lindley from Arundel Middle School
2018 Middle School Principal of the Year

                                                      

 George Lindley

Arundel Middle School Principal George Lindley has long been known as an educator who quickly deflects credit to others for the successes at schools which he leads. Lindley is in his second year as principal of Arundel Middle School after serving for ten years as principal at Lindale Middle School  - both in Anne Arundel County. Although the two schools are very different, Lindley’s leadership has had a strong influence on the two communities where he has served as principal.

When Lindley arrived at Arundel Middle School, school leadership was struggling with low morale among staff and students and a history of disparate levels of performance among student groups.  Working with the leadership team, Mr. Lindley quickly established professional learning communities that focused on student engagement and on clearly articulated expectations for student behavior. Creating a climate of shared responsibility and empowerment was his first priority for AMS, and he did so by setting up structures that provide avenues through which staff, faculty, students, and parents have a voice in school processes and procedures. By the end of Mr. Lindley’s first year at AMS, math performance rose 15% over the year before. The focus on instructional practices to engage students has helped the AA referral rate to drop from 49% in SY '14/'15 to 44% today – and that continues to drop.

That same philosophy was evident in Mr. Lindley’s leadership at Lindale Middle School, where he established the STEM program, an ESOL cluster, and outstanding PBIS and AVID programs. Throughout his career as a school leader, Mr. Lindley has modeled his belief that relationship-building is critical, especially with middle school students. He is a presence in the halls, in the classrooms, and in the cafeteria, as well as at extra-curricular events. He values the relationships and perspectives of all of the stakeholders in the building – students, staff, parents, community members, and organizations. The inclusive nature of his leadership has gone far in contributing to the change in the culture and climate of both Lindale Middle and Arundel Middle Schools.

Since arriving in AACPS in 1992, Lindley has served as a social studies teacher at Chesapeake Bay Middle School, administrative intern and assistant principal at Southern High School, assistant principal at Marley Middle School, and principal at Lindale and Arundel middle schools. Said Superintendent George Arlotto: “George Lindley epitomizes the caring, compassionate, committed, and calm demeanor that every outstanding educator possesses. Most importantly, every task he undertakes is done with the best interests of every one of his students in mind. He is incredibly deserving of this award, and we are very proud that he is on the AACPS team.”