Wednesday, June 25, 2008

New principal tapped for Richard Montgomery

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The county school board Monday named Nelson McLeod II principal of Richard Montgomery High School in Rockville.

McLeod has been principal of Newport Mill Middle School in Kensington since 2001. He will begin his new duties July 1, replacing Moreno E. Carrasco, who will serve as the school system’s new director of secondary leadership training.

Carrasco is replacing Gail Covington McBride, who resigned to become superintendent of schools in Bisbee, Ariz., according to a Montgomery County Public Schools press release.

McLeod wrote in an e-mail message to The Gazette Tuesday that he is excited about his new position.

‘‘I am very excited about my appointment to Richard Montgomery High School,” he said. ‘‘I look forward to working collaboratively with staff, students, parents and the community to support school initiatives and academic excellence.”

The 43-year-old Silver Spring resident said he enjoyed being principal of Newport Mill.

‘‘Newport Mill Middle School has a dedicated and talented staff, caring parents and wonderful students,” McLeod said. ‘‘I will miss this great community, but I leave with fond memories.”

McLeod joined the county school system in 1987 as a special education teacher at Earle B. Wood Middle School in Aspen Hill. He stayed there as a history teacher from 1990 to 1991 before becoming an interdisciplinary resource teacher at Tilden Middle School in North Bethesda from 1991 to 1993. From 1993 to 1994 he was an acting personnel specialist for the school system.

Between 1994 and 1997 McLeod was a personnel officer for Frederick County Public Schools. He returned to Montgomery County in 1997, serving as an assistant principal at Takoma Park Middle School until 2001.

Carrasco, 50, of Germantown, has been Richard Montgomery’s principal since 2003. He was named 2007 Principal of the Year for Maryland by the National Association of Secondary School Principals.