CENTREVILLE — With the assistance of the Maryland Association of Boards of Education, the Queen Anne’s County Board of Ed has narrowed down their search for a superintendent to three candidates. The position will become open July 1, 2021. Current superintendent, Dr. Andrea Kane’s four-year contract will expire at the end of June. She declined to pursue a second term.
Eight applicants applied to the position, of those five were interviewed in the first round and three of those five invited to a second interview, reported board member Tammy Harper during the April 21 work session of the BOE. The three moving forward in the interview process are: Dr. Susan P. Brown, Dr. Patricia W. Saelens and Dr. Andrei Ghelman. The board looks forward to meeting with these three final candidates, Harper said.
Dr. Susan P. Brown is the Executive Director for Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment for Harford County Public Schools in Bel Air. She has served as the top-ranking instructional leader for the school system since 2013, leading a team of highly talented professionals in the areas of curriculum and assessment, instructional pedagogy, organizational and professional learning, and strategic initiatives. Brown is a staunch advocate and champion for public education, working daily to ensure all students and their families receive an equitable, inclusive, and accessible education.
She holds an associate’s 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.
A life-long learner and reflective practitioner, Brown participated in the Harford Leadership Academy, served on the Harford County Social Services Governance Board, completed her 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. In May, she will complete the Aspiring Superintendent Academy through The School Superintendents Association.
Brown is a veteran educator with 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. Additionally, Brown is an adjunct instructor for Notre Dame of Maryland University teaching graduate level coursework for aspiring administrators. In her spare time, Brown enjoys the beach, photography, exercising, gardening, reading, and spending time with family and friends.
Dr. Patricia W. Saelens was appointed interim superintendent of Caroline County Public Schools in 2016, and named superintendent in 2017. Previously, Saelens served Caroline as assistant superintendent for instruction, supervisor of accountability, and coordinator of instruction.
A native of Talbot County, Saelens earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary education and master’s degree in administration/supervision from Salisbury University. She began her career in Dorchester County as a social studies teacher and subsequently became an administrator. In 2006, Saelens was hired by Caroline County Public Schools. She earned her Doctorate in Leadership and Innovation from Wilmington University in 2007.
For the 2020-2021 school year, Saelens has served as the president-elect of the Public School Superintendents’ Association of Maryland (PSSAM). She also currently serves as a member of the Governor’s Professional Standards and Teacher Education Board (PSTEB) and is a board member for Leadership Maryland. Additionally, Saelens is past president of the Eastern Shore of Maryland Education Consortium (ESMEC).
Dr. Andrei Ghelman has been dedicated to serving the needs of students for over 20 years with a history of employing a results-oriented business approach in addition to strong communication and leadership skills. He is a transparent instructional leader who always makes decisions based on the best interests of students. Ghelman is successful at building relationships with parents, students, staff, and community members through a servant leadership style.
During his career, Ghelman has spent time as a teacher, administrator at the middle and high school levels, and specialist in talent management, curriculum development and implementation of rigorous academic programs. Through his committed leadership, Ghelman has improved educational access and boosted academic rigors for all students. Having come to the United States as a young child, he believes that every student must be given the opportunity to succeed through increased availability of quality, world-level academic programs that promote student achievement, enhanced collaboration between schools and families, the creation of community partnerships, and the provision of safe and nurturing schools.
Ghelman is passionate about the creation and improvement of a quality, competitive educational system that can graduate students who can be successful in their community and globally. He is a champion for the success of every student, every day.
Ghelman graduated from Montgomery County (Maryland) public schools. He went on to obtain his undergraduate degree from the University of Maryland College Park, pursuing his master’s degree at Johns Hopkins University and his doctoral degree at Bowie State University. When not working, Ghelman can be found enjoying quality time with his family, coaching a youth soccer game, and enjoying a double scoop of Kilwin’s ice cream.