At its April 26 meeting, the Board of Education of Frederick County unanimously appointed Dr. Cheryl L. Dyson to serve as the next superintendent of Frederick County Public Schools (FCPS).
The county board unanimously approved a contract with Dr. Dyson and she will assume the role of Frederick County Superintendent on July 1, 2022, contingent upon approval by the State Superintendent of Schools, Mohammed Choudhury.
“We are thrilled to welcome Dr. Dyson to FCPS,” Board of Education President Brad Young said. “Her leadership and expertise are unparalleled, but her commitment to each and every student is what impressed the Board most.” Her mantra is “Every child. Every day,” which elevates our collective responsibility in honoring the uniqueness of every student and aligning the resources necessary to support their needs.
An FCPS press release outlined Dr. Dyson’s qualifications:
Among an impressive and diverse field of Superintendent candidates, Dr. Dyson’s passion and experience in raising expectations and achieving results for all students resonated during the Board’s selection process. Her commitment to learning is evident in her coaching, supervision, and support of staff members to create favorable outcomes for all students. Dr. Dyson is also dedicated to listening and acting with intention. Throughout her career, she has embraced “you said; we did” in her communication to demonstrate her trust and follow-through on student, teacher, staff and community feedback. Dr. Dyson’s colleagues describe her work ethic as legendary and her leadership style as collaborative, transparent, approachable and strategic.
Dr. Dyson currently serves as an area associate superintendent in Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS), where she oversees 70 schools ranging from elementary to high school and inclusive of dedicated special education and career and technology programs with a combined enrollment of 53,000 students.
She also has an extensive teaching and education administrative career, starting in 1999 and having served as a teacher, assistant principal, principal intern, principal, director of family and community engagement, and director of school support and improvement of elementary schools.
“I am deeply humbled and grateful for the opportunity to join the FCPS family,” Dr. Dyson said. “Together, we are going to build on the educational success FCPS is known for and continue to make great things happen for all of our students.”
Dr. Mike Markoe will continue serving as Interim Superintendent through June 30, 2022.