Wicomico Schools Leadership Teams Finalized

SALISBURY — Superintendent of Schools Dr. John Fredericksen and the Wicomico County Board of Education finalized school leadership teams for the 2014-2015 school year this week.

The board promoted Dr. Mark Bowen to elementary assistant principal at Delmar Elementary School effective immediately. Bowen had served since 2012 as the Criminal Justice instructor in the Parkside High School Department of Career & Technology Education.

A number of schools and one center also recently finalized their leadership teams.

Lisa M. Forbush is an assistant principal for James M. Bennett High, replacing Kimberly Pinhey, who is now principal of Parkside High. Forbush had served as assistant principal at North Salisbury Elementary and, prior to that, at Fruitland Primary.

Dr. Kathy Vail is assistant principal for North Salisbury Elementary, replacing Forbush. She had been serving as an assistant principal at Delmar Elementary, and, prior to that, at Pittsville Elementary and Middle and Beaver Run Elementary.

Salisbury Middle Principal Amy Eskridge announced that James Hesen will serve as Dean of Students. Following service in the U.S. Army and U.S. Army Reserve, Hesen had been a History teacher at James M. Bennett High since 2010.

Bennett Middle Principal Liza Hastings announced that Brad Gibson will serve as Dean of Students. After five years as a teacher in Baltimore County, Gibson joined Wicomico Schools as a History teacher at Salisbury Middle, where he taught from 2009-2014.

Prince Street Elementary Principal Christopher Nunzio announced that Ronald Dyda will serve as Dean of Students. Dyda joined Wicomico Schools in 2000 as a teacher at Salisbury Middle. He worked in the Eagles Nest program his first year, then served as a math teacher from 2001-2012. From 2012-2014, he was a behavioral intervention support specialist at Beaver Run Elementary. While at Beaver Run, Dyda founded the WatchDOGS program enabling fathers to volunteer in the school.

Wicomico Early Learning Center Principal and Judy Center Coordinator Maria Wright announced that Trina Tilghman-Dix will be the new school program coordinator at the Wicomico Judy Center Partnership Program. Tilghman-Dix taught prekindergarten for several years at West Salisbury Elementary School before moving on to become director of the Christian Community Child Care Center.