Superintendent Announces New Hires for Head of Schools, Community Engagement and Equity Positions
Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) Superintendent of Schools, Maria Navarro, Ed.D., today announced two new hires to her leadership team – Chief of Schools and Director of Community Engagement and Education. ‘equity. The hires are effective July 1 and are part of the superintendent’s reorganization of the CCPS leadership team. Both of these positions are new to the school system.
The Board of Education at its April 12 meeting approved the appointment of Marvin Jones, Ed.D., as Head of Schools. Jones is currently the Executive Director of Schools with CCPS.
Sylvia Royster, currently vice-principal of C. Paul Barnhart Elementary School, has been named director of community engagement and equity.
Both positions take effect July 1. As Head of Schools, Jones will oversee CCPS’ office of school administration, including executive directors of schools, principals, vice-principals, day-to-day school operations, and will also support headteacher development. Additionally, Jones will oversee school safety and security, school resource officers (SROs), CCPS athletic programs and extracurricular activities, the office of community engagement and equity, and the student disciplinary hearing.
Jones, a longtime CCPS employee and administrator, said he was excited to take on his new role in the school system.
“I welcome the opportunity to lead the charge to expand and elevate Charles County Public Schools leadership. Recognizing that our students will only succeed at the level of the guidance and direction they receive, my goal will be to ensure that our leaders continually raise the bar and challenge students to rise to the occasion. opportunity, and with the partnership of our community, we will grow together. “Jones said.
As Director of Community Engagement and Equity, Royster will oversee CCPS’ community building activities, programs and opportunities, equity programs and trainings, and targeted stakeholder engagement. . Royster will also assist schools with community engagement programs and provide support to school administrators with specific school and community stakeholder engagement programs.
Royster said she looks forward to her new role with CCPS.
“I have always lived and been guided by my favorite quote which is ‘Be the change you want to see in the world’. Being able to serve as Director of Community Engagement and Equity for CCPS means will be given the opportunity to be a part of this change for our school community. I am honored and privileged to learn, grow and make lasting connections within CCPS,” said Royster.
Jones began his tenure as Executive Director of CCPS Schools in 2013. He has 30 years of education experience, including 22 years in administration and eight years in direct classroom instruction. Jones has been a teacher, vice principal and principal in Charles and Prince George counties since beginning his career as a special education teacher in 1992. He joined CCPS in 2000 as vice principal and led the Berry Elementary Schools and Dr. Gustavus Brown as principal. before moving into the role of Director General of Schools.
Jones holds a doctorate in instructional leadership from Delaware State University, a master’s degree in educational administration and supervision from Bowie State University, and a bachelor’s degree in special education from the University of Maryland, Eastern Shore.
Royster first joined CCPS in 2019 as an assistant principal at Benjamin Stoddert Middle School. She moved to Barnhart in 2020 as Assistant Principal. Royster has over 20 years of experience in education and working with diverse communities.
Prior to joining CCPS in 2019, Royster worked in North Carolina for 10 years as a principal, charter school administrator, vice principal, and gifted program facilitator. Her experience also includes working with the National Education Association as an Organizing Specialist, Senior Field Director and Regional Field Director for Organizing for America – North Carolina, and Director of Programs and Community Outreach with the Autism Society of Cumberland County in North Carolina.
Royster holds a master’s degree in educational administration from Fayetteville State University and a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from the University of North Carolina at Pembroke. Royster is also working toward a doctorate in educational leadership and administration at George Washington University. In his new role, Royster will report to the Head of Schools.
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