Maxwell creates new position and hires administrators from neighboring districts

Prince George’s County Schools Chief Executive Officer Kevin Maxwell, who is slowly assembling his cabinet, has created a new high-level position and has lured administrators from surrounding jurisdictions to join his team.

Maxwell recently hired Denise Greene as an associate superintendent and William Ryan as the district’s performance and evaluation officer.

“I am proud to appoint these outstanding employees to their new positions,” Maxwell said in a statement. “They bring a wealth of institutional knowledge to the table, and have a proven track record of service and experience with the school system. I am confident they will be successful and will help us move the school district forward.”

Greene most recently served as director of school support and improvement for Montgomery County Schools. She will be responsible for 88 schools in parts of central and northern county, including Largo, Bladensburg, Beltsville and Laurel. Greene replaces Andrew Zuckerman, who became chief of staff to Montgomery County Superintendent Joshua P. Starr earlier this year.

Greene started her career as a teacher in North Carolina, then moved to Maryland where she worked as a teacher and elementary school principal.

Ryan comes to Prince George’s from Howard County, where he worked for the past nine years as a principal and most recently as executive director of school improvement and school administration.

Ryan fills a new position created by Maxwell. According to Maxwell, Ryan will be responsible for the new evaluation system for teachers.

“There is a tremendous amount of work on professional development that has to happen,” Maxwell said in an interview. “We brought him on to lead that effort.”

Similar to Maxwell, Ryan began his career in Prince George’s County. He went on to become the vice principal at Charles Carroll Middle School in New Carrollton; principal of Dwight D. Eisenhower Middle School in Laurel and High Point High School in Beltsville.

Maxwell also recently hired longtime Prince George’s County administrator Robert Gaskin as the district’s chief of human resources. Gaskin began his career in 1974 as a guidance counselor at Largo High School. He has also served as an assistant principal, a principal, an instructional personnel supervisor, a recruitment team leader and a recruitment officer. Since 2009, Gaskin has served as the director of recruitment and certification. He replaces Douglas Anthony, who was serving in an acting capacity for the past year.

Anthony has returned to his previous position as executive officer for talent development.

Ovetta Wiggins writes about K-12 education.
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