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MSD Announces Formation of Superintendent Search Committee

The Maryland School for the Deaf Superintendent search is underway, and the search committee has been established. The search committee includes members of the MSD community, including parents, students, teachers, and alumni. The search committee members are volunteering their time, and we wish to recognize and thank them for their involvement.

The MSD Superintendent search committee members are:

Samantha Bechara – Teacher, Columbia
Heather Beck– Parent, Columbia
Tade Cross – Teacher Assistant, Columbia
Christine DiMarco – Teacher, Frederick
Alicia Balzer Farias – Teacher, Frederick
Joshua Finkle – Parent, Frederick
Charity Jackson – Chief of Diversity Officer
Minja Jung-Sanderlin – Teacher, Columbia
Matthew Lockhart – Maryland School for the Deaf Foundation
Tony Middleton – Procurement Officer
Shannon Negussie – Assistant Principal, Columbia
Sydney Padgett – Overnight RCYCP Staff, Frederick
Karin Scribner – Alumni

Please watch for updates about the Maryland School for the Deaf Superintendent search at the following website:

If you have questions about the search process or recommendations for MSD Superintendent candidates, please contact Innivee Strategies at [email protected].

About Maryland School for the Deaf

Founded in 1868, Maryland School for the Deaf (MSD) is a state-funded educational institution serving deaf and hard of hearing students from birth to 21 years. MSD serves and supports over 450 students and their families at two campuses: Frederick, established in 1868, and Columbia, established in 1973. The MSD strives to provide an equitable and exemplary education for all students in a nurturing, engaging, and challenging environment, ensuring that students achieve personal excellence and responsible lifelong learners. The mission of MSD is to provide American Sign Language (ASL) and English language models for early acquisition and to provide linguistically enriched ASL and English environments for the attainment of fluency of both languages. The Board of Trustees of the Maryland School for the Deaf is the policy-making body responsible for the school’s governance and strategic operations and oversees the superintendent’s work.

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