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Thank You

Thank you to everyone who participated in the search process. Our community gave valuable time and thought through surveys, community meetings, focus groups, and by serving on the interview panel.

The commitment of this community to public education is inspirational.

Board Names Alum to Lead MCPS

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The Montgomery County Board of Education announced Dr. Thomas Taylor will be appointed superintendent of Montgomery County Public Schools. Dr. Taylor is an MCPS alum. The Board will vote on Dr. Taylor’s appointment at their regularly scheduled June 25 business meeting.

Dr. Taylor has more than 25 years of experience as an educator, with more than 12 years in district level leadership and 6 years as a superintendent. He is currently the superintendent of Stafford County Public Schools in Virginia and has an established track record of success as an education leader. Dr. Taylor was named Virginia Region III Superintendent of the Year in 2024, honoring the student-focused work he led in Stafford County. 

“Dr. Taylor is an exceptional educator and leader,” said Board President Karla Silvestre. “The Board has confidence in his experience as an educational leader and his ability to guide us forward. We are excited to take this opportunity to introduce Dr. Taylor to the community before his appointment next week.”

Community Engagement

During the important work of finding a new leader for Montgomery County Public Schools, it is important to listen to what the community has to say. Parents, teachers, students, and other community members all had a say in what qualities and priorities they wanted in the new superintendent.

Read more details about findings from community forums, focus groups, and the survey.

Read the full community engagement report (pdf).


The Search Process

The superintendent search process was facilitated by Greenwood Asher & Associates.

March 2024 

  • Search officially announced.

April 2024 

May 2024 

  • Candidate review.

June 2024

  • Candidate interviews.

The Board conducted one virtual and one in-person interview with candidates. A community panel conducted one in-person interview with candidates.

The community panel included representatives from the following organizations were invited to have a representative participate in the community panel interview. (Note: Not all were available to participate.)

  • 1977 II Action Group
  • African American Student Achievement Action Group
  • Asian Pacific American Student Achievement Action Group
  • Black and Brown Coalition for Educational Equity and Excellence
  • Chinese American Parents Association of Montgomery County
  • Foundation for Hospitality & Restaurant Management
  • Identity Inc.
  • Latino Student Achievement Action Group
  • League of Educators for Asian American Progress
  • Maryland Vietnamese Mutual Association
  • MCPS Interfaith Advisory
  • Minority Scholars Program
  • Montgomery College
  • Montgomery County Association of Administrators and Principals
  • Montgomery County Council of Parent-Teacher Associations
  • Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services
  • Montgomery County Department of Recreation
  • Montgomery County Education Association
  • Montgomery County Planning Board
  • Montgomery County Police
  • Montgomery County Region - Maryland Association of Student Councils
  • National Association for the Advancement of Colored People
  • PODER Educators
  • Services Employees International Union
  • Special Education Advisory Committee
  • Universities at Shady Grove