TCPS Announces Administrative Appointments

Superintendent of schools Dr. Kelly L. Griffith and the Talbot County Board of Education are pleased to announce a number of key leadership appointments for Talbot County Public Schools, effective July 1.

TCPS Announces Administrative Appointments

Superintendent of schools Dr. Kelly L. Griffith and the Talbot County Board of Education are pleased to announce a number of key leadership appointments for Talbot County Public Schools, effective July 1.

Mr. Taren Nance has been named Assistant Principal at Easton Middle School.  Mr. Nance earned a Bachelor of Science in General Studies and a Master of Education in School Leadership from Wilmington University.  He is certified in Elementary Education 1-6, General Special Education Infant – 3/1 – 8, Supervisor of Special Education, and Administrator I and II.  He has served as Assistant Principal of Cambridge South Dorchester High since August 2018.  Prior to that time, he was Elementary/Special Education Teacher at Sandy Hill Elementary and S.T.E.A.M. After School Site Coordinator and Administrator/Program Director at New Directions Learning Academy.  He also has extensive experience in Research and Program Development at Wor-Wic Community College and Dorchester County Public Schools.

Mr. Nance served on the DCPS Behavioral Education Support Team, chaired the Family Involvement Subcommittee, Behavioral Subcommittee, and PBIS, and is certified in Youth Mental Health First Aid.  He served on the Dorchester County Minority Achievement Taskforce, and attended the Salisbury University Academy for Leadership.  An Eastern Shore native, he currently lives in Cambridge with his fiancée.

Dr. Zulieka Jarmon-Horsey will become Assistant Principal at Easton High School.  Dr. Jarmon-Horsey received a Bachelor of Arts from University of Maryland Eastern Shore, a Masters of Education in Guidance and Counseling from Bowie State University and Doctorate of Education in Educational Leadership from University of Maryland Eastern Shore.  She holds a Maryland Advanced Professional Certificate and has endorsements for School Counseling, Supervisor of Guidance and Administration 1. She began her career at Prince George’s County Public Schools as a First Grade Teacher and was Team Coordinator and County Representative.  From 2004 – 2010 she was a Professional School Counselor for Dorchester County Public Schools, and subsequently served as Pupil Personnel Specialist, Coordinator of School Counseling, and Supervisor of School Counseling.

Dr. Jarmon-Horsey served as District Wide Bullying Prevention Coordinator, Student Service-Learning Coordinator, Supervisor of School Social Workers and was the Founder/Coordinator of the GEMS Afterschool Program.  She is a member of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Kappa Theta Omega Chapter and is a member of the Education That Is Multicultural Task Force.  She participated in the Aspiring Principals Institute and presented two workshops at the Salisbury University Leadership Institute.  Dr. Jarmon-Horsey resides in Easton with her husband and son.

Mr. John Tomey has been appointed to the position of Assistant Principal at St. Michaels Elementary School.  Mr. Tomey earned a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education and a Masters in Educational Leadership from Salisbury University. He holds Advanced Professional Certification in Elementary Education 1-6 and Middle School and is Certified in Administration I and II.
Mr. Tomey began his career in Harford County, MD where he taught 3rd grade.  From 2005 – 2013 he taught 3rd and 5th grade at Hurlock Elementary School in Dorchester County.  He served as Administrative Intern at Hurlock Elementary for the 2012 – 2013 school year.  He then transferred to Maple Elementary School, where he taught 5th grade from 2013 – 2018 and has been the Dean of Students since August of 2018.  

Mr. Tomey has been a member of School Improvement Teams, Textbook Selection Committees, and the Discipline Committee.  He has been Faculty Council Chair, Teacher in Charge, and Summer School Lead Administrator.  He has also served as Assistant Varsity Baseball Coach for both Cambridge South Dorchester and North Dorchester High schools, and currently lives in Secretary with his wife and son.

Mrs. Lindsey Higginbottom has been transferred to Chapel District Elementary school to serve as an Administrative Intern and Gifted and Talented Instructor.  Mrs. Higginbottom is a graduate of Easton High School, and earned a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Salisbury University and a Master of Science in Curriculum and Instruction with a Specialization in Administration from McDaniel College.  She is certified in Elementary 1 – 6 & Middle School and Administration I.  

From 2007 to 2014, Mrs. Higginbottom taught third grade in Howard County, Maryland at Phelps Luck Elementary School.   During that time, she served as Instructional Team Leader, Administrative Intern, and Math Tutor & Team Interventionist, and was the 21st Century Bridges After School Program Coordinator.  In 2014, Mrs. Higginbottom joined TCPS to teach third grade at Easton Elementary School.  She has also been a Gifted and Talented Verbal Linguistic Teacher, Equity Summit Presenter, Regional PBIS Conference Presenter, and Back to School Carnival Coordinator.  She currently teaches 5th grade and is the School Improvement Team Chair and a Salisbury University Mentor Teacher.  Mrs. Higginbottom lives in Easton with her husband and two children.

“Each of these outstanding individuals’ backgrounds are an excellent fit for our district at this time,” said Dr. Griffith.  “I am very pleased that they are joining the TCPS Leadership Team and know that each will be a tremendous asset in helping us to meet the teaching and learning needs of ALL Talbot County students.”

Dr. Griffith has also announced the following administrative transfers:

  • Ms. Tessa Cain from Assistant Principal Easton High to Assistant Principal at Easton Elementary-Moton
  • Mr. Corey Devaric from Assistant Principal Chapel District to Assistant Principal at Easton High
  • Ms. Maureen Lempke from Assistant Principal Easton High to a Math instructional position
  • Mrs. LuAnn McKelvey from Assistant Principal Saint Michaels Elementary to Lead Teacher at Tilghman Elementary



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