David Bortz, Principal (dsbortz@carrollk12.org 
Meagan Becker, Assistant Principal 
(mkbecke@carrollk12.org )

Dear Sykesville Middle School Staff and Community,

It is with honor that I greet you as the new Principal of Sykesville Middle School.  Sykesville has enjoyed tremendous success as a beacon of academic excellence for our county and state.  The results have not materialized by accident.  It has been through hard work, dedication, and partnerships that have existed between school staff, parent, community members, and the most important stakeholders in the equation, the student body.  I look forward to partnering with you to provide our students with a rigorous, engaging, and high-quality middle school experience. 

Before joining Sykesville Middle School as a principal, I have served in a variety of teaching and educational leadership roles for the past seventeen years.  For nine years, I served as an ELA and social studies teacher at Sykesville Middle School.  After my teaching experience, I began my journey as an administrator.  I served as the assistant principal at Northwest and Oklahoma Road Middle Schools for five years, then became the principal at New Windsor Middle School.  I have been the principal at Friendship Valley Elementary School for the past two years.  My academic background includes a Bachelor of Science degree in elementary education and middle school from Villa Julie College.  During my time in college I enjoyed athletics where I played basketball and tennis.  I obtained my Master of Science degree from McDaniel College in educational administration. 

As the instructional leader of our middle school, I enthusiastically embrace the task of continuing to utilize fiscal, human, and material resources at my disposal to ensure that students are prepared with the necessary tools to be productive citizens as they write the next chapter of their educational lives moving towards high school and beyond.  The learning environment must be as safe and secure as possible for all students, staff, and support personnel.  A team approach is vital to create and maintain that desired learning environment.  I believe that great schools are the result of excellent teachers, so my primary objective will be to ensure that every student is receiving high-quality instruction from every teacher at Sykesville.  In order to do this, I will be providing teachers with feedback on their instruction, access to professional development, and reaching out to parents for support. 

I look forward to working closely with our acting assistant principal, Meagan Becker, to guarantee that all of our learners are intellectually challenged and have access to the social and emotional support critical to students during the middle school years. 

I welcome an exchange of ideas as we work together to instill educational excellence. 

David Bortz