Current Principals of the Year

Mildred Charley-Greene from Northwood High School:  2019 High School Principal of the Year 



Mildred Charley-Greene

Throughout her 20 years as an educator, Mildred Charley-Greene  has demonstrated her belief in the power of being a "warm demander." As a Montgomery County elementary and middle school teacher, literacy coach, assistant principal and middle and high school principal, she has insisted on the ability of each individual to grow as learners and leaders. In 2013 she was appointed as principal of Northwood High School in Silver Spring. There she has championed inclusiveness, elevating the input of students, staff and families; working tenaciously to promote the excellence in everyone.  Students and staff embrace two mottos: #bettertogether and #believe. All students take part in culminating capstone projects that meet a school need. Staff work in professional learning communities to discuss methods of best meeting student needs. Parents and community members are present and welcome in the school, most recently building a dugout for the school baseball team and providing career shadow experiences for students.


By adopting a pedagogy and culture of insistence, Ms. Charley-Greene celebrates individual contributions to the school community. As a result, the school is busy six days week. Adult learning occurs in the evenings, Saturday school on the weekends and, through a partnership with a Wellness Center, families receive the medical, emotional and financial support they need to focus on learning. As the work continues, Ms. Charley-Greene remains committed to new and innovative ways to inspire all learners to discover the leader within themselves.


Cindy Dillon from Patapsco Middle School
2019 Middle School Principal of the Year


                                                                Cindy Dillon

Cynthia Dillon has been an educator with the Howard County Public School System for twenty-five years; working as a school-based administrator for seventeen of those years. Mrs. Dillon holds a Master of Education in Supervision and Administration from Loyola University in Maryland and a Bachelor of Science in Education from the University of Maryland, College Park. During her career she has served in a variety of school settings, and is currently the proud principal of Patapsco Middle School.

During her career, Mrs. Dillon has served as: a Principal Leader working on the development of a program to promote National Board Certification for Principals; a mentor to new and aspiring educational leaders; an executive board member for the Howard County Administrators Association; and a member of the Superintendents School Safety and Advisory Cabinet, to name a few of her professional engagements. Cindy is a collaborative leader who believes in cultivating an environment where both students and staff grow and learn together.  When decisions need to be made, she insists the identified course of action will be, first and foremost, in the best interest of the students.

Mrs. Dillon is a resident of Howard County, where she lives in Ellicott City with her husband. She has three children who are graduates of the Howard County Public School System.