The Montgomery County Board of Education on Monday (May 21) appointed Kimberly A. Statham as the deputy superintendent for the Office of Teaching, Learning and Programs.
Dr. Statham is currently the principal of Wheaton Woods Elementary School and has previously served as the superintendent of the Oakland (CA) Unified School District and the deputy state superintendent of education in Washington, D.C. She begins her new position on July 1.
As deputy superintendent for the Office of Teaching, Learning and Programs, Dr. Statham will oversee several areas that support, improve and evaluate student learning, including curriculum and instruction, special education and student services, English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL), testing and accountability.
“The Office of Teaching, Learning and Programs will make sure we are delivering high-quality instruction and services to our students in a consistent manner throughout the district,” said Superintendent of Schools Joshua P. Starr. “Kim Statham’s broad experience in K-12 education will provide the vision and leadership we need to improve teaching and learning for every child, every day.”
Dr. Statham spent the first 20 years of her professional career at Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) as a teacher and administrator. From 2001 to 2004, she served as deputy superintendent and chief academic officer for Howard County Public Schools. In 2005, she was appointed chief academic officer for the Oakland Unified School District and was elevated to superintendent the following year. She served as deputy state superintendent in Washington, D.C., from 2007 to 2009, and has also worked as a regional vice president for Edison Schools and a partner in the NewSchools Venture Fund in Washington, D.C. In 2011, she returned to MCPS as the principal of Wheaton Woods.
“I am honored to have this opportunity to serve the students and staff of Montgomery County Public Schools and to help continue the district’s tradition of excellence,” Dr. Statham said. “I look forward to working with Dr. Starr, the Board of Education and my colleagues on the important work of serving and supporting the students of MCPS.”
Dr. Statham earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Maryland at College Park. She earned a Master’s degree in teaching and curriculum development and a Ph.D. in educational psychology from Howard University.
The Office of Teaching and Learning Programs and the Office of School Support and Improvement (OSSI) were created as part of a reorganization of the MCPS central office, aimed at better aligning services and support to principals and schools.
In March, the Board of Education appointed Dr. Beth Schiavino-Narvaez as the deputy superintendent for OSSI, which coordinates direct services to schools and principals, including professional development, leadership development and the offices of the community superintendents.
Dr. Frieda Lacey, the current deputy superintendent of schools, has announced she will retire on June 30 after more than 40 years of service to MCPS.