navarro mariaJuly 2021

Dear Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) families and community members:  

I am honored to serve as the new Superintendent of Charles County Public Schools. In my first few weeks as Superintendent, I have had the pleasure of meeting with central office staff and visiting several schools. I witnessed first-hand students learning and engaged in our Summer Boost program led by enthusiastic and caring staff. At the same time, central office and school staff are feverishly working to ensure our schools are ready in August to welcome students back for the new school year. 

As I make my way throughout the county, I want to share with you some of my priorities as Superintendent. First is to ensure all schools and centers are ready to welcome students and staff back to in-person learning next month. Another priority is to visit with school communities to actively listen and learn from staff, parents, students and community members. Lastly, will be to evaluate learning expectations for students through the review of programs and systems in place that look at how students are doing, what they are learning and what they need in order to achieve. This includes a deep dive into our staffs’ capacity building opportunities and how they support student learning. 

I believe that all students have limitless potential. Schools are places to nurture their development and provide each one of them with the skills and knowledge they need to be ready for their next big step in life after graduation. To do this well, we must provide equitable learning opportunities for every student – acknowledging, respecting and celebrating their unique attributes. 

I am proud to join a community of educators that is committed to the learning and achievement of each of the 27,000 young people across every one of our schooIs. I am eager to work alongside staff and our community to realize this commitment for every student. Let’s build on the many accomplishments of Charles County Public Schools and work together to ensure all students are prepared for their future. 

Sincerely, 

Maria V. Navarro, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools 
Charles County Public Schools


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Greetings from Superintendent Dr. Maria Navarro

 

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ENGLISH

Hello. I’m Maria Navarro and I am proud to serve as the new superintendent of Charles County Public Schools.

Since starting my position on July first, I’ve had the pleasure of meeting with central office staff and I’ve also visited several schools. I’ve met many wonderful, dynamic staff, clearly committed to their students and their school communities. And I am also pleased to report that there is a lot of excitement and work being done to welcome back all students for in-person learning on August 30th

As you may be aware, I am a career educator – first as a math and science teacher and then working as a school and central office administrator. My decision to become an educator was influenced by my favorite teacher – Mr. Kevin Sullivan. What I remember the most about Mr. Sullivan is not only what an amazing math teacher he was, but also the kindness and patience he showed me when I walked in his class as a 5th grader -- speaking no English and feeling frankly pretty scared about this new country my family and I had moved to. I strived to be the kind of teacher Mr. Sullivan was for me – someone who made me feel welcomed in his class and a teacher who went out of his way to make sure that while I was learning English, I did not fall behind in also learning math.

So today, based on that experience and the many interactions that I’ve had with so many young people throughout my career, I truly believe that all of our students have limitless potential and we as educators must always be learning and improving our practices so that we provide them welcoming, engaging, rigorous and equitable learning opportunities

I believe to know a student well is to know how to educate them well. We must always ground our practices on high expectations for every student and have the unwavering commitment to help each one of them meet such expectations. I think we do this as a community with parents, faith based leaders, community partners and frankly anyone who is invested and dedicated in the learning and prosperity of the youth here in Charles County.

I am excited for the collective work we will be doing together on behalf of the students of Charles County Public Schools and I join my fellow colleagues in saying that I too can’t wait to welcome all students back to our schools on August 30th.

SPANISH

Hola. Soy María Navarro y estoy orgullosa de ser la nueva superintendente de las Escuelas Públicas del Condado de Charles.

Desde que comencé mis funciones el primero de julio, he tenido el placer de reunirme con el personal de la oficina central y también he visitado varias escuelas. He conocido a un personal maravilloso y dinámico, claramente comprometido con sus estudiantes y sus comunidades escolares. También me complace contarles que hay mucho entusiasmo y preparativos para dar la bienvenida a todos los estudiantes al aprendizaje presencial el 30 de agosto.

Como ya sabrán, soy una educadora de carrera, primero como maestra de matemáticas y ciencias y luego como administradora de una escuela y oficina central. Mi decisión de convertirme en educadora fue influenciada por mi maestro favorito, el Sr. Kevin Sullivan. Lo que más recuerdo del Sr. Sullivan no es solo el increíble maestro de matemáticas que era, sino también la amabilidad y la paciencia que me demostró cuando entré en su clase como estudiante de quinto grado, sin hablar inglés y francamente asustada del nuevo país al que nos habíamos mudado mi familia y yo. Me esforcé por ser la clase de maestra que el Sr. Sullivan fue para mí, alguien que me hizo sentir bienvenida en su clase y que fue un maestro que hizo todo lo posible para asegurarse de que, mientras aprendía inglés, no me quedara atrás en el aprendizaje de las matemáticas.

Así que hoy, en base a esa experiencia y las muchas interacciones que he tenido con tantos jóvenes a lo largo de mi carrera, realmente creo que todos nuestros estudiantes tienen un potencial ilimitado y nosotros, como educadores, siempre debemos aprender y mejorar nuestras prácticas para que les proporcionemos oportunidades de aprendizaje acogedoras, atractivas, rigurosas y equitativas.

Creo que para conocer bien a un estudiante es necesario saber cómo educarlo bien. Siempre debemos basar nuestras prácticas en altas expectativas para cada estudiante y tener el compromiso inquebrantable de ayudar a cada uno de ellos a cumplir dichas expectativas. Creo que hacemos esto como una comunidad con padres, líderes religiosos, socios comunitarios y, francamente, cualquier persona que esté comprometida y dedicada al aprendizaje y la prosperidad de los jóvenes aquí en el Condado de Charles.

Estoy muy emocionada por el trabajo en equipo que haremos juntos en nombre de los estudiantes de las Escuelas Públicas del Condado de Charles y me uno a mis compañeros para decir que yo también estoy emocionada de dar la bienvenida a todos los estudiantes a nuestras escuelas el 30 de agosto.