New Supervisor of Accountability, Assessment, and Data Management CENTREVILLE – Queen Anne’s County Public Schools (QACPS) superintendent Dr. Andrea Kane announced today the hiring of Julie Forbes to serve as the school system’s new Supervisor of Accountability, Assessment, and Data Management. “I am pleased to welcome Mrs. Forbes to the QACPS team. Her experience, background, and skills make Mrs. Forbes an excellent organizational fit,” Kane said. “She will lead our use of data to make instructional decisions that continue driving progress in student achievement.” Forbes was Director of Assessment and Accountability for the last four years in Fremont Unified School District, which serves more than 35,000 students in northern California. She provided direct support to school leaders and staff in data analysis, state accountability systems, administration of interim and summative assessments, and standards-based teaching and reporting. She served in various school leadership roles including principal and assistant principal at the elementary, middle, and high school levels. As a principal, she effectively introduced blended learning programs to target gaps in students’ skills and her school was recognized as a California Distinguished School. She began her career as a special education teacher in the Teach for America program. She holds a Master of Science degree in educational leadership from the California State University at East Bay, special education teaching credentials from Sonoma State University, and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Forbes will replace current Supervisor of Accountability, David Brown, who retires in June after nearly 40 years of service to the school system. She will begin on July 1, 2019. Another vacancy, created by the retirement of Brad Engel, Supervisor of Student Support Services, will be advertised in the upcoming weeks, said Kane.
CENTREVILLE — Longtime employees with Queen Anne’s County Public Schools, Dave Brown and Brad Engel have announced their retirement at the end of this school year.
On behalf of the school system, Janet Pauls, principal supervisor wished them both well.
“I know it is hard to say goodbye to a career you have done for 30 years of your life, but say hello to retirement, a time for new beginnings! Celebrate your years of many successes, enjoy time with family and know your expertise and knowledge will be greatly missed,” Pauls said, thanking them for being an integral part of the team.
Brown is retiring after 38 years of service to QACPS — the only school system Brown worked for during his career. He began teaching in 1981 and for 13 years taught woodworking, mechanical drawing and graphic arts at Queen Anne’s County High School. Then he moved to Centreville Middle School, where he taught technology for three years.
In 1997, Brown left the classroom to become the school system’s first instructional technology specialist. In 2010, he became the local accountability coordinator, later retitled to supervisor of accountability, overseeing the administration of local and state assessments.
“Dave Brown is a true pillar for the QACPS school system, his expertise and calm demeanor make every year of testing a breeze with him,” said co-worker Renee Wolff, accountability specialist.“I had the pleasure of having Dave as a teacher, and then later he became my boss. I quickly learned that he wears many hats here at the board of education but never complains about anything, comes to work with a smile every day. He is truly a great teacher, boss, mentor and friend. He will truly be missed.”
Brown was involved in many areas at QACPS, playing an important role serving on numerous committees, and subsequently attending numerous board meetings and reporting on the ever challenging Calendar Committee. He lent a hand wherever it was needed, Wolff said, noting Brown always was the first one to jump in and help, including helping his office decorate the hallway for holidays or taking time to eat lunch with the students in Terrie Farmer’s kindergarten class at Centreville Elementary School.
In 2019, he received the Outstanding Leadership Award for the 2018-19 school year.
Pauls shared her first memory of Brown, when as a parent, his daughter Amanda was a student in her fourth grade class at Church Hill Elementary School. Brown was an involved and supportive parent, Pauls said. Later, she would work with Brown at the board of education in the central office, as he worked with data and technology and later became the supervisor of accountability.
“Dave is a pro at technology and willing to support the system in any way possible. He brainstorms about a situation and makes it happen a few seconds later,” Pauls said.
“My first introduction to Dave was as Mr. Brown, my graphic arts teacher at Queen Anne’s County High School,” said Dina Clark, teacher specialist at Centreville Middle. “As a grown-up — ha! — and a teacher specialist, I have enjoyed working with Dave when he was the county ‘technology guru’ and most recently as the LAC.
“Over the years, Dave has taught me many things. ‘Grant grace’ has been a motto I use to get me through the testing seasons. Each and every detail has to be planned for in order for things to run smoothly. We aim for success but inevitably mistakes happen. When they do, I have learned that grace goes a long way.
Clark said she learned it “because I have been the recipient of it. Dave models grace. When I have made mistakes, and there have been many over the years, Dave always approaches the situation calmly, offering to help solve the problem and look for solutions.”
Brown said he is looking forward to spending time with his three grandchildren and going on camping adventures with his wife, Sharon.
Brad Engel is retiring with 30 years of service at QACPS
Engel began his career with QACPS as a social studies teacher at Queen Anne’s County High School, moving to Kent Island High when it opened and later becoming assistant principal before taking on his current position as the supervisor of student support services at the board of education.
In 1999, Engel was awarded QACPS Teacher of the Year, received Maryland Teacher of the Year in 2005, was a Discovery Card Honoree in 2011 and presented the Mid-Shore Mental Health Caliber Award in 2015.
As supervisor of student support services, “when making difficult decisions, which he had to do on a regular basis, Brad always looked at what was in the best interest of the student,” co-worker Matt Evans said. “The role is important as the supervisor of student support services supports and ensures the overall well being and safety of all students in QACPS.”
Engel has been involved in a multitude of extracurricular activities including founding and developing a countywide Anti-Bullying Committee and Unity Day, which included many members of the community. Unity Day was held countywide from 2012 to 2017, and over $250,000 was raised to make the event possible.
Engel has been involved in PBIS (positive behavioral interventions and supports — a way for schools to encourage good behavior), the Multi-Cultural Proficiency Committee, Suicide Prevention Committee, was coach for the QACHS girls and boys basketball teams, served on the Queen Anne’s County Local Management Board, was a member of the QAC Drug-Free Task Force and coordinator of the Crisis Response Team. He also has published several books.
“Brad is always working for the best interest of the student in Queen Anne’s,” Wolff said.
“My first encounter with Mr. Engel was during his interview for Teacher of the Year for Queen Anne’s County,” Pauls said. “There was something special about him during that interview — laid back but very student oriented.”
Pauls has worked closely with Engel for the past three years and agrees he places students first in every decision he makes.
“Mr. Engel, I am proud to call you friend,” she said. “I will miss your sense of humor, enjoy time with your family.”
Engel has not announced his official plans following retirement but likely will continue to work in advocacy for students across the state.