Superintendent of Schools Dr. John Fredericksen and the Wicomico County Board of Education finalized leadership teams for two schools Tuesday, Aug. 12 with the appointment of a secondary principal and an elementary assistant principal. The appointments are effective Aug. 13.
The Board approved the appointment of Mrs. Kimberly Pinhey, assistant principal at James M. Bennett High, as a secondary principal. She will serve as principal of Parkside High School, replacing now Director of Secondary Education Mr. Micah Stauffer.
At the elementary level, the Board appointed Mrs. Marie Baker, a Grade 3 teacher at Willards Elementary, to the position of elementary assistant principal. She will serve as assistant principal of Fruitland Intermediate, replacing Dr. Kirsten Jennette, who has taken a principal position in Delaware.
Mrs. Pinhey has served as an assistant principal at James M. Bennett High School for the past six years, and before that was a guidance counselor (starting in 2004) and an assistant principal at Bennett Middle (2005-2008). Prior to joining Wicomico County Public Schools, she was a special education teacher and counselor in Kentucky and Dorchester County. Mrs. Pinhey began her Maryland teaching career in Dorchester County at the Youth Services Center in 1993 and later in 2004 entered Wicomico County as a school counselor at Bennett Middle School.
Mrs. Pinhey is a graduate of Eastern Kentucky University with a bachelor's degree in Psychology, and she earned a Masters of Education in Guidance and Counseling from the University of Maryland Eastern Shore. She has completed the certification in School Administration and Supervision at Salisbury University and holds endorsements in Administrator I and II.
Plans for Mrs. Pinhey as Parkside High School principal include working collaboratively to create an environment that invites all stakeholders to participate in the success of every student, every day. Mrs. Pinhey stands ready to apply the skills and knowledge that she has accumulated throughout her career for the benefit of the students, families and staff of Parkside High School, Mr. Stauffer said.
Mrs. Marie Baker will serve as assistant principal at Fruitland Intermediate. Mrs. Baker began her teaching career in Wicomico County Public Schools in September 2002 as a kindergarten teacher at Beaver Run Elementary School under Principal Chris Nunzio, teaching at Beaver Run for four years. She then moved to Pittsville Elementary and Middle School where she has taught grade 3 for eight years under Principals Joyce Dunn and Michael Cody. Grade 3 relocated to Willards Elementary for the coming school year, and Mrs. Baker would have taught there. She has also been a teacher in the Summer STARS program. Mrs. Baker has been an active member of the Teacher Evaluation Committee, representing fellow Wicomico County Education Association members during the development, design, pilot and full implementation of the current Teacher Observation and Evaluation tools and rubric. Mrs. Baker’s 12 years of exemplary teaching experience within the elementary grades will be an asset to her new school as she joins an administrative team leading teachers and students to new heights, said Mrs. Susan Jones, Director of Elementary Education.
Mrs. Baker is a graduate of Parkside High School. She earned a bachelor's degree in Biology from the University of Maryland Eastern Shore, a bachelor's degree in Elementary Education from Salisbury University, and a master's degree in English from Salisbury University. She completed the certification for School Administration and Supervision from Salisbury University, and currently holds a valid Maryland Teaching Certificate with the following endorsements: Early Childhood Education, Elementary School Education Grades 1 through 6 and Middle School, ESOL, and Administrator I.