Dear Matapeake Families:
I would like to take this opportunity to briefly introduce myself. I have been an educator and administrator in Maryland for the past 25 years. I have a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in Special Education and a Ph.D. in Organizational Leadership. I started my career in special education as a teacher for students in grades K-12. From there, I went on to become an assistant principal at both elementary and middle school levels, as well as, principal of Preston Elementary School. Additionally, I served in several roles at the Caroline County Central Office, including special education lead teacher and Coordinator for Reading interventions. My most recent position was Administrator for Alternate Programs (K-12). I supervised district-wide 504 Programs, service-learning, evening school (Credit Recovery), Saturday school, and the Alternative Programs for middle and high schools. I served as the second evaluator for Career and Technology (CTE) Programs and helped to oversee instruction.
First, I am an advocate for children. I believe that in order for children to learn, they must have a safe and nurturing learning environment. Matapeake Middle School administration and staff will have a “no tolerance” approach to bullying and harassment. We will make every effort to stop bullying and harassment at the initial stages. We will seek parental support and involvement for every incidence.
Next, I believe “every” student should have the opportunity to receive a challenging and rigorous teaching and learning experience that will prepare them to be a success in life, college and a career. As principal, my expectation for all of Matapeake Middle teachers is that every teacher will model the highest degree of professionalism. On a daily basis, MMS teachers will demonstrate excellence in teaching.
Finally, I prefer to work directly with parents to solve problems or concerns. I am looking forward to celebrating the wonderful accomplishments and achievements of all students. Please know that my door is always open. I would like to thank Queen Anne’s Board of Education, Superintendent, and You, the parents, for entrusting me with serving your children and the Matapeake community. I am looking forward to a fantastic year.
Happy New School Year!
Dr. Lois McCoy