CENTREVILLE — The Queen Anne’s County Board of Education has narrowed its search for a superintendent to three finalists, Susan P. Brown, Andrei Ghelman and Patricia W. Saelens.
The Maryland Association of Boards of Education has assisted in the search for a successor to Andre Kane, whose four-year contract ends June 30.
Kane did not pursue a second term.
Five of the eight applicants were interviewed in the first round. Brown, Ghelman and Saelens were invited to a second interview. Their biographies are available on the school system’s website site, www.qacps.org.
Brown is the executive director for curriculum, instruction and assessment for Harford County Public Schools. She has served as the top-ranking instructional leader for the school system since 2013.
Brown has an associate degree in general studies from Harford Community College, a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Towson University, a master’s degree in administration and supervision from Loyola University and a doctoral degree in educational leadership and innovation from Wilmington University in Delaware.
She has participated in the Harford Leadership Academy, served on the Harford County Social Services Governance Board, completed certification as a Certified School Business Administrator in 2019 through the Association of School Business Officials of Maryland and was an Athena International Leadership Award finalist in 2020.
This month, she will complete the Aspiring Superintendent Academy through The School Superintendents Association.
Brown has 29 years of experience in Harford County Public Schools in a variety of classroom and leadership positions, including middle school mathematics teacher and department chairperson, teacher mentor and coordinator of intervention.
Also, she is an adjunct instructor for Notre Dame of Maryland University teaching graduate level coursework for aspiring administrators.
Ghelman has been a teacher, administrator at the middle and high school levels, and specialist in talent management, curriculum development and implementation of rigorous academic programs.
Ghelman attended Montgomery County public schools. He has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Maryland College Park, a master’s degree from Johns Hopkins University and a doctoral degree from Bowie State University.
He has more than 20 years experience in education.
Saelens was appointed interim superintendent of Caroline County Public Schools in 2016, and the following year was signed to a four-year contract.
Prior to that she served Caroline County as assistant superintendent for instruction, supervisor of accountability and coordinator of instruction.
Saelens earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary education and a master’s degree in administration and supervision from Salisbury University and a doctorate in leadership and innovation from Wilmington University.
A native of Talbot County, she began her career in Dorchester County as a social studies teacher and subsequently became an administrator.
Saelens was hired by Caroline County Public Schools in 2006.
For the 2020-2021 school year, Saelens has served as the president-elect of the Public School Superintendents’ Association of Maryland. She also is a member of the Governor’s Professional Standards and Teacher Education Board and a board member for Leadership Maryland.
She is a past president of the Eastern Shore of Maryland Education Consortium.