Carl Roberts, Cecil County's schools superintendent, will never know why he was chosen or how many people he competed against, but he said he feels honored after being named the 2004-2005 Maryland Superintendent of the Year.
On Oct. 28, Roberts and several other Maryland superintendents attended a banquet in Ocean City, where he received the award from the Public Schools Superintendents Association of Maryland.
The honor highlights Roberts' career, which began in 1968 as a teacher and coach in Cecil County. He then spent 26 years in Harford County schools, holding such positions as assistant principal, principal and assistant superintendent. A lifelong resident of Cecil, he returned to the county as schools superintendent in 1996.
In Harford, Roberts worked with Barbara Wheeler, who was assistant superintendent for elementary schools. Wheeler, now the associate superintendent for education services in Cecil, recommended Roberts for the award.
"He has the ability to empower the administration to educate all children," Wheeler said. "He's very inclusive and very collaborative."