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Superintendent announces administrative changes

Superintendent of Schools Maria Navarro, Ed.D., yesterday announced two administrative changes for the 2022-2023 school year. The changes are effective July 1 and affect three Charles County Public schools.

Curry Werkheiser, principal at the Robert D. Stethem Educational Center, will join the administrative team at Thomas Stone High School. Werkheiser has served as principal at the Stethem Center since 2018 and is taking a vice principal position at Stone.

Werkheiser began his career in administration at Stone, and desired to return to a vice principal role within Charles County Public Schools (CCPS). He has been an administrator with CCPS since 2000 and has more than 25 years of experience working with secondary-level students.  Werkheiser is excited to return to the school in which he began his administrative career.

Leading the administrative team at the Stethem Center next year is Louis D’Ambrosio, who currently serves as principal at Berry Elementary School. D’Ambrosio officially starts his principalship at Stethem July 1 and has been an administrator with CCPS for more than 16 years. He was also recently named the 2022 CCPS Principal of the Year.

D’Ambrosio has a background in special education and joined the school system as an emotional adjustment (EA) program teacher at Milton M. Somers Middle School. D’Ambrosio is excited to lead Stethem as principal and looks forward to overseeing students as they pursue career and technical (CTE) education opportunities, and workforce opportunities.

The Board of Education next month will approve an administrative appointment for a new principal at Berry. Werkheiser is taking a vice principal vacancy at Stone that would be left open after July 1 from the transition of an administrative team member to a different role within CCPS.

About CCPS

Charles County Public Schools provides 27,000 students in grades prekindergarten through 12 with an academically challenging education. Located in Southern Maryland, Charles County Public Schools has 37 schools that offer a technologically advanced, progressive and high quality education that builds character, equips for leadership and prepares students for life, careers and higher education.

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