Board of Education Appoints Dr. Kelly Griffith to Second Four-Year Term

griffith-headshot (1).jpgThe Board of Education unanimously reappointed Dr. Kelly L. Griffith to a second four-year term as Superintendent of Schools at their regular meeting on February 21, 2018, pending agreement on a new contract and required approval by the State Superintendent.

“I am honored and grateful to have the opportunity to serve as your Superintendent of Schools,” said Dr. Griffith.  “I am looking forward to continuing to work with our amazing TCPS Team to ensure that all of our students achieve their potential.”

Dr. Kelly L. Griffith currently serves as Superintendent of Talbot County Public Schools. She holds a doctoral degree in Educational Leadership and Innovation from Wilmington University, and a master’s degree in Educational Administration from Salisbury University.  She has been an educator for 35 years of which she has worked 30 years in the Talbot County Public School system.  Dr. Griffith began her career in TCPS as a teacher. She then served as an assistant principal, principal of Chapel District Elementary, Easton Elementary, Easton Middle, and Easton High Schools, Director of Student Programs and School Improvement, and Assistant Superintendent of Administrative Services.  She was appointed as the Interim Superintendent in 2013, and was officially appointed TCPS Superintendent in 2014 after a national search was conducted.

“We have unanimously and without reservation voted to reappoint Dr. Kelly Griffith to another four-year term as Superintendent of Talbot County Public Schools,” said Michael Garman, Board President.  “We are pleased with her dedication to the students in ensuring that they are fully prepared to be productive, civic minded citizens when they graduate college and career ready. She has also shown great leadership and creativity in developing local community partnerships to foster a larger sense of collaboration between the community and our schools. We are looking forward to her leadership for another four years.”

Dr. Griffith is the current president of the Eastern Shore of Maryland Educational Consortium (ESMEC), and has also been involved in a number of educational and professional associations including: Public School Administration Association of Maryland (PSSAM), Maryland Association for Elementary School Principals (President 2005), Team Leader for Middle States Accreditation visits, Maryland Teacher of the Year Judge, Maryland Principal’s Advisory Council for MSDE, Maryland Association for Secondary School Administrators, and Executive Board Member of Maryland Negotiations Services. In addition, she has presented at numerous conferences across the state and nationally. 

Dr. Griffith remains involved in the community as an Easton Rotarian, and Executive Board Member of the Talbot County Chamber of Commerce, the Talbot Family Network, Talbot Mentors and Junior Achievement.  She is also a member of the Local Emergency Preparedness Committee, the Blue Ribbon Commission for Drugs and Alcohol Awareness, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), and the Maryland Opioid Operational Command Committee.  In addition, Dr. Griffith volunteers with Meals on Wheels, the Waterfowl Festival and teaches Junior Achievement. 

Dr. Griffith and her husband Barry have three adult sons: Jake, Brady, and Wyatt.

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