Current Assistant Principal of the Year

Ms. Debra O’Byrne, pictured to the right with her principal, Robert Motley, is an assistant principal at Glenwood Middle School in Howard County, Maryland.  Growing up in Pennsylvania, Debra attended Kutztown University in Kutztown, Pennsylvania earning a Bachelor of Education.  While attending Kutztown University, Debra completed her student teaching under the supervision of Bishop Grosseteste College in Lincoln, England.  Debra also holds a Masters of Science in Administration and Supervision from Johns Hopkins University as well as a Certificate of Advanced Studies in Educational Leadership for Changing Populations from the College of Notre Dame of Maryland.  In 1995, she was awarded Howard County’s Best – Teacher of the Year.  In addition, she has been nominated and recognized several times by the Howard County Special Education Community Advisory Committee.  


Debra started her teaching career in 1991 for the Baltimore City Public Schools at Lyndhurst Elementary School where she taught second and third grade.  In 1993, she moved to Howard County Public Schools to teach fifth grade at Waverly Elementary school.  After teaching fifth grade for several years, she had the privilege to be appointed the fifth grade team leader of a newly opening, Ilchester Elementary School in 1996.  During her tenure teaching fifth grade, Ms. O’Byrne wrote curriculum and assessments for fifth grade science.  In August of 1999, Ms. O’Byrne transferred to Mount View Middle School to teach sixth grade science until she was appointed assistant principal in 2003.  She has served as assistant principal at Ellicott Mills Middle School, Mount View Middle School, and Glenwood Middle School.  Currently as a member of the MASSP Executive Board, Ms. O’Byrne serves as the Middle School Representative.  She prides herself on being a champion for the implementation of Restorative Practices at Glenwood Middle school which promotes student voice, improves relationships and enhances academics.


Outside of school, Debra is an active community volunteer teaching religious education, and working with the aquatic program division of Special Olympics.  She has coached girls’ basketball and field hockey.  Debra is the mother of two teenage girls and enjoys spending time with her family.  She also enjoys traveling and is an avid Baltimore Ravens fan.