Eric King, principal of Manchester Valley High School, and Kristi Reppe, assistant principal at Northwest Middle School, have been named as the recipients of the 10th annual Rita Board Dowd Awards for Outstanding Carroll County School Administrators.

These awards are given annually to two school administrators – one principal and one assistant principal (K-12) – awarded independently. The goal of the awards is to recognize exceptional educational leadership in serving Carroll County Public Schools and its students.

Eric King is a 19-year veteran of Carroll County Public Schools. He began his career in education in 1993 as an English and reading teacher at Bowling Brook Prep, where he went on to serve as morning supervisor/teacher and Director of School Activities. He taught English at Westminster High School from 2000-2001 and was named assistant principal at South Carroll High School in 2001. He then moved to Century High School, where he served as assistant principal from 2005-2006. He became principal of South Carroll High School in 2012 and was principal of Winters Mill High School from 2012 to 2018. He was named principal of Manchester Valley High School in 2018.

King was described by his nominators as the ideal administrator and school leader who clearly communicates a vision and expectations of teachers and students.  He has created a culture in which students come first and teachers’ voices, concerns, and questions matter. He is fair and consistent with school policy and is able to take into consideration special circumstances for students and staff.

King supports all areas of school life, including professional development for teachers, initiatives to improve attendance, recognition of student achievements, and special activities. He is passionate about encouraging students to make healthy choices. For example, he has worked diligently to ensure that students and community members understand the dangers and consequences of vaping.

Kristi Reppe has 14 years in education, all of which have been in Carroll County Public Schools. She began her career as a Spanish and social studies teacher at Westminster High School in 2005. She taught social studies at Mt. Airy Middle School from 2006-2011 and at North Carroll Middle School from 2011-2014. Reppe served as assistant principal at East Middle School from 2014-2017 and moved to Northwest Middle School in 2017.

Reppe has taken on leadership challenges with a sense of professional responsibility and has been instrumental in all aspects of the decision making process at Northwest Middle School. She often is asked to serve on county-level committees and is a team player who supports school improvement goals and initiatives.

She continuously builds positive relationships with students, faculty, parents, and community members, and her decisions are supportive and reflect what is in the best interest of students. She values, understands, and appreciates the unique characteristics of young adolescents. Staff members at Northwest respect her as an outstanding leader and look to her for advice on many school-related issues, including building relationships with students, communicating with parents, grading, and building their own capacity as teachers.

The Rita Board Dowd Award for Outstanding Carroll County School Administrators was created in 2010 in memory of Rita Board Dowd. Dowd taught biology and science at North Carroll High School from 1997 to 2002. She was a member of the faculty that opened Winters Mill High School in 2002 and taught biology until her appointment as assistant principal in 2006.

Any full-time elementary, middle, high school, career and technology, or alternative program principal or assistant principal in the Carroll County Public School System may be nominated for this award. Any student, administrator, teacher, parent, faculty and staff member, or other individual may nominate someone they feel deserves consideration for the award.

The selection committee is composed of a member of Rita Board Dowd’s family, the previous year’s winners, school directors, and the Assistant Superintendent of Instruction. These awards were presented during the Board of Education’s employee recognition ceremony on Thursday, April 25, 2019.


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