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School board approves personnel moves

June 22, 2011|By JULIE E. GREENE | julieg@herald-mail.com

WASHINGTON COUNTY — The Washington County Board of Education approved personnel moves Tuesday that include the retirement of two school principals and a physical education teacher, as well as some new school administrator assignments.

Michael Shockey, who most recently was principal at Clear Spring High School, is retiring effective July 1. He also has been principal at South Hagerstown and Smithsburg high schools, and was an assistant principal at North Hagerstown High School, according to Herald-Mail archives. He has worked for the school system for 35 years.

Elaine M. Semler, principal at Pangborn Elementary School, is retiring effective July 1. She has worked for the school system for 21 years. Semler also has been principal at Greenbrier and Fountaindale elementary schools.

Debra A. MacWilliams, a 38-year school system employee who taught physical education at Clear Spring Middle School, also is retiring effective July 1.

The personnel moves approved also included some new principal assignments.

Amy C. Norris, who was principal at Hickory Elementary School, will take over Semler’s job as principal at Pangborn Elementary School.

Timothy J. Aitken, who was assistant principal at Lincolnshire Elementary School, will become principal at Hickory.

Stephen P. Tarason, who was principal at Western Heights Middle School, and Michael Kuhaneck, who was principal at Smithsburg Middle School, will switch jobs.

Matthew P. Wagner, who was a student achievement specialist at Bester Elementary School, will become an assistant principal at Williamsport Elementary School.

Kristie Pearl, who was an assistant principal at Williamsport Elementary School, will be an enrichment teacher at Winter Street Elementary School.

Daniel P. Brennan, who was an administrative intern at Western Heights, will be assistant principal at a school to be determined.

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