Current Assistant Principal of the Year

John Seibel grew up in Westminster, Maryland.  He attended Western Maryland College earning a Bachelor of Arts degree with degrees in History and Art History.  Graduating in 1989, John sold cars for one year and loved it.  However, he felt something was missing.  After taking a retired High School teacher on a test drive, he was given the advice that he should be a teacher.  The words stayed with him so much that later that year John started his education course work at Western Maryland and earned his social studies teaching certificate in 1993. 

In the fall of that year, John began his teaching career as a 6th grade social studies teacher at Northwest Middle School in Taneytown, Maryland.  Here, John engaged in developing leadership and service projects for students.  John collaborated with a colleague and the two built the largest anti-tobacco/drug program of any middle school in the county.  The monthly meetings saw nearly half the students in the school attending meetings and developing a campaign to fight teen drug and tobacco use.  In 1998, John was provided the opportunity to move to the 8th grade and a year later he was named team leader.  During this time John worked with the Maryland Stated Department of Education on the Maryland School Performance Assessment Program to write social studies test questions and conduct field test analysis.  In addition, he wrote curriculum.  It was also during this time that John enrolled at Johns Hopkins University to earn his Masters in Supervision and Administration. 

2002 saw the arrival of John to Wilde Lake High School in Columbia, Maryland.  Although a middle school background, he was given the opportunity to teach Advanced Placement Psychology and Advanced Placement United States Government his first two years.  During this time, John served as a class advisor and the Interact student service club sponsor.  He also continued his work with the Maryland State Department of Education serving on the score setting committee for the new the new Government High School Assessment.  John continued with work on the Government HSA both as a teacher and an administrator as a test question writer, Bridge project writer, and worked on field test and bias analysis.  John had the privilege to serve as an assistant principal at Wilde Lake for eight years.  In 2012, John was placed at Hammond High School in Columbia, Maryland.  At Hammond John focused on increasing the graduation rate, 9th grade promotion rate, and minority student participation in Advanced Placement classes and SATs.  Since 2012, John has supported and/or implemented programs that have led to Hammond’s metrics in each area making substantial increases showing the increased opportunities for students and helped Hammond narrow the opportunity and achievement gap for students of color.  Most notable was John’s development and implementation of a week long summer acceleration academy for Hammond’s students of color and Free and Reduced Meals students taking their first honors, gifted and talented, and/or Advanced Placement class.