Poised for growth

Educator embraces new role

August 31, 2008|By Cassandra A. Fortin | Cassandra A. Fortin,Special to The Baltimore Sun

Roger Plunkett, recently named the assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction for Harford County's public school system, recalled the defining moment that led him to school administration.

He was working on a master's degree in journalism at the University of Maryland, College Park. During the winter there was a snow storm, and when he came out of class, there were three inches of snow on the ground.

"It took me about three hours to get home that night," said Plunkett, 51, of Ellicott City. "Another time I got stranded at the school during a storm. I decided that the commute was not for me."

A friend encouraged him to pursue a degree in education administration.

During his 32 years in education, he has taught English and been an assistant principal, a principal, and an assistant superintendent for school administration in Howard County.

He came to Harford County realizing the potential for growth, said Plunkett, who earned his bachelor's degree from Morgan State University and a master's in educational administration from Loyola College, and is completing his doctorate in organizational leadership from the University of Maryland Eastern Shore.

"During my years in Howard County, the school system experienced tremendous growth," he said. "I wanted to make the move to Harford because I wanted to help move the school district from a good school district to a great school district."

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