Cumberland Times-News

March 24, 2013

Maryland schools superintendent plans to visit Garrett County tomorrow

Schedule includes Business Before Hours breakfast meeting, reading to Grantsville pupils

For the Cumberland Times-News
Cumberland Times-News

— OAKLAND —  Maryland Superintendent of Schools Lillian Lowery is scheduled to visit Garrett County on Tuesday.

During the trip, Lowery will attend the Business Before Hours breakfast event and she will then read to students at Grantsville Elementary School in recognition of National Reading Month.

During Business Before Hours Lowery will address the topic of education in Maryland.

Lowery will discuss the state’s public education system, the new system for assessing/rating schools, the changes to the state testing system, the impact of the new Common Core standards and her plan of action.

Business Before Hours, which is sponsored by Garrett College’s Continuing Education and Workforce Development and Garrett County Chamber of Commerce, will be held at Dutch’s at Silver Tree on Glendale Road from 8 to 9:30 a.m.

After the business meeting, Lowery should arrive at Grantsville Elementary School be-tween 10 and 10:30 a.m.

Lowery became the Maryland state superintendent of schools and secretary-treasurer of the state board July 1. She moved to Maryland from Delaware, where she served as secretary of education since January 2009.

Lowery has worked in various education institutions and programs since 1976. Previously she served for three years as the superintendent of the Christina School District in New Castle County, Del. She has served as an assistant superintendent in Fairfax County, Va., and an area superintendent in Fort Wayne, Ind.

She held other administrative positions, and began her career as an English teacher at the middle and high school levels in Virginia.

A graduate in English and secondary education at North Carolina Central University, Lowery received her master’s of education in curriculum and instruction at the University of North Carolina, and her doctorate in educational leadership and policy studies from Virginia Polytechnic and State University.