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Board Appoints Cynthia McCabe as Superintendent of Schools

Cynthia A. McCabe has been named Superintendent of Carroll County Public Schools for a four-year term effective July 1, 2022. The appointment was made at a special meeting of the Board of Education on Thursday, May 19, 2022.

According to Board President Kenneth Kiler, “The Board of Education has many responsibilities, but none is more important than selecting a new Superintendent for the school system. After conducting a comprehensive search and reviewing outstanding candidates, we believe we have found the best possible person for this position. Mrs. McCabe has been with Carroll County Public Schools for many years, has extensive knowledge of the school system, and knows what is needed to guide us successfully into the future.”

Mrs. McCabe earned a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Towson State University in 1994, where she graduated Summa Cum Laude. She earned a Master of Education in Policy, Planning, and Administration from the University of Maryland College Park in 1999. Currently she is enrolled in Walden University’s EdD program and is in the process of completing her dissertation.

Mrs. McCabe began her career as a fifth grade teacher at Clemens Crossing Elementary School in Howard County Public Schools in 1994. She became a Gifted and Talented Resource Specialist in 1997 and a Professional Development Schools (PDS) Coordinator in 2000.

Mrs. McCabe joined the Carroll County Public School System as Assistant Principal at Piney Ridge Elementary School in 2001 and became Principal at Piney Ridge in 2003. While at Piney Ridge, she accelerated overall student achievement from performing in the bottom third of CCPS schools to first in the county. During her tenure, the school was recognized as both a Maryland and National Blue Ribbon School recipient, rising from a ranking of 19 out of 21 schools to first in the area of student achievement.

In 2007, Mrs. McCabe became Supervisor of Elementary Schools, where she supervised the creation and implementation of a new countywide social studies curriculum. In 2011, Mrs. McCabe became the Director of Elementary Schools and assumed her current position as Chief of Schools for Carroll County Public Schools in 2019, where she has provided leadership in the interpretation and implementation of Board of Education policies, regulations, and educational objectives to all schools, Pre-K through 12. In addition to being responsible for student achievement, she has overseen instruction, student services, and technology at all school levels.

While in Carroll County Public Schools, Mrs. McCabe has displayed her leadership abilities by guiding the professional learning of all administrators to strengthen the implementation of strategic actions and increase accountability. In addition, she has worked with staff to plan professional development and implementation of the rollout of trauma-informed responses and proactive approaches to addressing student behavior in the classroom. She also took a lead role in designing alternative options for out-of-school suspension, as well as designing, piloting, and implementing the electronic grade book, report card, and Home Access Center for parents of students in grades 3 through 5.

In addition to her accomplishments within the school system, Mrs. McCabe has served as an adjunct instructor at Towson University, teaching Curriculum Theory and Development and supervising administrative interns.

According to Mrs. McCabe, “Our focus must be on continuing to improve student learning through effective and engaging instruction in the classroom.  I look forward to carrying out this crucial work in the community that means so much to me.”