CUMBERLAND — Allegany County Public Schools will have two new principals and a new chief academic officer in the upcoming school year, Superintendent of Schools David Cox announced Thursday.

 Scott Sisler will replace retiring Principal Steve Wilson at South Penn Elementary School; Candy Canan will replace interim Principal Harry Smith at the Center for Career and Technical Education; and Kim Green will assume the responsibilities of chief academic officer. Karen Bundy, director of secondary education, served as interim chief academic officer this year.

“All three have very distinguished careers in public education and are primarily concerned with providing our students with the very best opportunities,” Cox said.

Sisler received both his bachelor of science and master of education degrees from Frostburg State University. He began his career teaching fifth grade at Barton Elementary School in 1996, where he remained for four years.

In 2000, he began teaching fourth grade at Beall Elementary School. During his five-year stay at Beall, he also held the position of Title I teacher. He was an elementary math instructional specialist in 2005 and became the administrative assistant at West Side Elementary School in 2006.  Sisler has served as the assistant principal at South Penn Elementary School for the past four years.  

“I am excited and look forward to the opportunity of continuing to work with the teachers, staff, parents and children at South Penn Elementary,” Sisler said. “I am proud to be a part of a successful learning community and plan to work diligently and collaboratively towards continued growth of the school community.”

Canan graduated with a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Shepherd University in 1996. She completed certification as a library media specialist at Fairmont State University in 2003, and graduated with a master’s degree in educational leadership in 2006 from Salem University.

She was then hired as an assistant principal at Hampshire High School, overseeing career and technical education programs. Canan has been the principal at Hampshire High School since 2009.  

“I am excited about the opportunities that exist for the students at the Center for Career and Technical Education in Allegany County,” said Canan. “The CCTE has a wonderful team of both skill and academic staff that embrace the value of a true student-centered approach to teaching and learning.”  

Green received both her bachelor of arts degree in English secondary education and her master of education degree in secondary administration and supervision from FSU. She received her doctor of education in educational leadership from West Virginia University. Green began her career with ACPS as an English teacher at the Career Center in 1988, a position she held for 11 years. She also took on a part-time role as an administrative assistant there. In 2001, she became the assistant principal at Fort Hill High School, and in 2009 became principal at Washington Middle School.  

“I look forward to working with all members of our community in providing and supporting the best educational experiences possible for all of our students,” Green said. “I will be committed to working with all stakeholders in preparing our students for 21st century skills that they will need for college and career readiness, as well as ensuring that our students acquire the citizenship skills that will enable them to be caring individuals and successful members of our society.”  

All three leaders will assume their new roles effective July 1. Both Sisler’s and Green’s current positions will be posted in the near future.

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