Public school officials in St. Mary's and Charles counties have announced several administrative appointments.

The St. Mary's Board of Education made the following appointments last month:

* Denise Eichel, to the position of assessment specialist in the Department of Academic Support. Eichel had been an assistant principal at Spring Ridge Middle School. She joined the school system in 1992.

* Ryan Hitchman, to the position of principal at Margaret Brent Middle School. He most recently served as an assistant principal at Chopticon High School. Hitchman joined the school system in 1998 as a history and civics teacher at Great Mills High School.

* Katherine Norton, to the position of assistant principal at Margaret Brent Middle School. Norton had been a mathematics teacher at Leonardtown High School. She came to the St. Mary's County public schools in 2003. She had taught in Florida and Virginia and served as a naval officer from 1988 to 1994.

* Honora Batelka, to be assistant principal/academic dean at Spring Ridge Middle School. She has been serving as an instructional resource teacher at the school. Batelka joined the school system in 1998 as a special education teacher at Leonardtown High School and has also served in the same capacity at Great Mills High School.

* Deborah Dennie, to be assistant principal at Spring Ridge Middle School. She has been teaching social studies at Esperanza Middle School.

* Deborah Conrad, to be 12-month assistant principal at Great Mills High School, where she previously served as an 11-month assistant principal. Conrad also serves on the faculty at the College of Southern Maryland and has served as an educational specialist with the Massachusetts Department of Education, an administrator at Stanford University and an assistant professor at Crafton Hills Community College in Yucaipa, Calif.

* Rodney McBride, to the position of assistant principal at Great Mills High School. McBride, who is new to St. Mary's County public schools, has experience as an assistant principal, program developer for alternative education, a crisis intervention teacher, a classroom teacher and a physical education teacher.

* Stephen Messenger, to the position of assistant principal at Great Mills High School. Messenger joined the school system in 2002 as a special education coordinator in the Department of Special Education. Since then he has served as an assistant principal at Green Holly Elementary School and as an adjunct faculty member at the College of Notre Dame and the College of Southern Maryland.

* J. Douglas Diven, to be an assistant principal at Chopticon High School, after serving as an assistant principal for a year at Great Mills High School. He joined the school system in 1973.

* David O'Neill, to be a 12-month assistant principal at Chopticon High School, where he previously served as an 11-month assistant principal. O'Neill, who has taught social studies since 1993, joined the school system in 2001 as a teacher at Leonardtown High School.

* Kelly Dobson, to the position of assistant principal at Park Hall Elementary School. She had been an instructional resource teacher at Piney Point Elementary School. Before joining the school system, Dobson served in the Marine Corps from 1978 to 1984.

* Roberta Rubala, to the position of assistant principal at Dynard Elementary School. Rubala had held the same post at Park Hall Elementary School.

* Sabra Szczyglowski, to the position of assistant principal at Hollywood Elementary School. Szczyglowski had been a physical education teacher at Benjamin Banneker Elementary School.

* Marilyn Mathes, to be director of special education. Mathes had been a supervisor of special education in the department that she will now oversee. She joined the school system in 1971 as a third-grade teacher.

* Janet Fowler, to be assistant principal at Benjamin Banneker Elementary School, where she had been a kindergarten teacher. Fowler, who has taught elementary school since 1991, joined the school system in 2003 as a kindergarten teacher at Lexington Park Elementary School.

The Charles County Board of Education approved the following administrative appointments:

* Darryl Evans, to be principal of Berry Elementary School. Evans has been vice principal at Daniel of St. Thomas Jenifer Elementary School and previously served as a vice principal in Virginia and as an elementary teacher in both Fairfax County in Virginia and Prince George's County.

* Sabrina Robinson-Taylor, as the new principal at T.C. Martin Elementary School, where she has been vice principal. Robinson-Taylor began her career in 1994 as an elementary teacher in Prince George's County public schools. She has also been vice principal at Mary H. Matula Elementary School.

* Nadia Black, who had been an elementary teacher in King George, Va., was appointed vice principal at T.C. Martin.

* Kim Hill, who had been coordinator of the Charles County Career and Technology Center, was named a vice principal at North Point High School for Science, Technology and Industry.

* Janice Johnson, who had been a vice principal at Thomas Stone High School, was named specialist in athletics, physical education and health.

* Steven Perakis, who was a research analyst for the National Science Foundation, was named a coordinator of evaluation.