A swearing-in ceremony for the incumbents and newest members of the Talbot County Board of Education was held at the Talbot County Education Center on December 4, 2018.
Kathi Dulin Duvall, Clerk of the Circuit Court for Talbot County, administered the Oath of Office to five members of the Board as family members and district leaders looked on.
Mr. Michael T. Garman, District 3, and Mr. Otis Sampson District 1, ran unopposed and will each serve their second term.Mrs. Mary Wheeler won the only contested seat in District 6 in the election for the Talbot County Board of Education. Governor Larry Hogan originally appointed her to the Board in May 2017, to fill the vacancy in District 6. Mrs. Wheeler will serve the remaining two years of her term.
The newest members of the Board are Mrs. Emily Jackson who won the election in District 4, and Mrs. April Motovidlak who ran unopposed in District 7.
Mrs. Motovidlak is an Acute Care Nurse Practitioner at the University of Maryland Shore Health System at Easton. She and her husband, John, are Tilghman Island natives, and graduates of St. Michaels High School. They reside in Wittman with their two daughters, Macy and Myka, who attend St. Michaels Middle High School. She is actively involved in the schools and local community. Mrs. Motovidlak served as president of the PTO for several years at Tilghman Elementary School and currently coaches both girls’ field hockey and lacrosse.
Mrs. Jackson is a resident of Wye Mills. A mother of four, her school-aged children currently attend Talbot County Public Schools. She is an established professional family and newborn photographer with a studio on the Eastern Shore. Her aspiration and enthusiasm for civic responsibility and leadership began early in her life at Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts. She has worked on Capitol Hill, for the American Public Works Association, for the University of Maryland, and a variety of grassroots philanthropic organizations in fundraising and development.
We are extremely pleased to welcome these five members to the Talbot County Board of Education and look forward to the talent, expertise and leadership they bring to the Board and their service to Talbot County Public Schools.