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Superintendent announces new hires for chief of schools, community engagement and equity positions

Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) Superintendent of Schools Maria Navarro, Ed.D., today announced two new hires to her leadership team – Chief of Schools and Director of Community Engagement and Equity. The hires are effective July 1 and part of the Superintendent’s reorganization of the CCPS senior leadership team. Both positions are new to the school system.

The Board of Education at its April 12 meeting approved the appointment of Marvin Jones, Ed.D., as the Chief of Schools. Jones is currently an executive director of schools with CCPS.

Sylvia Royster, currently a vice principal at C. Paul Barnhart Elementary School, was named Director of Community Engagement and Equity.

Both positions are effective July 1. As the chief of schools, Jones will oversee the CCPS office of school administration, including the executive directors of schools, principals, vice schools principals, the daily operations of and will also support school leader development. Additionally, Jones will oversee school safety and security, school resource officers (SROs), CCPS athletic programs and extra-curricular activities, the community engagement and equity office and the student disciplinary hearing process.

Jones, a longtime CCPS employee and administrator, said he is excited to take on his new role with the school system.

“I am excited about the opportunity to lead the charge to expand and elevate the leadership of Charles County Public Schools. Recognizing that our students will only achieve at the level of guidance and direction they receive, my goal will be to ensure our leaders continually raise the bar and challenge students to rise to the occasion, and with the partnership of our community, we will grow together Jones said.

As the director of community engagement and equity, Royster will oversee CCPS community-building activities, programs and opportunities, equity programs and trainings, and stakeholder engagement targeted. Royster will also assist schools with community engagement programs and provide support to school administrators with specific school-community stakeholder engagement programs.

Royster said she looks forward to her new role with CCPS.

“I have always lived and led by my favorite quote that is ‘Be the change you want to see in the world.’ Being able to serve as the Director of Community Engagement and Equity for CCPS will allow me the opportunity to be a part of this change for our school community. I am honored and privileged to learn, grow and build lasting connections within CCPS,” Royster said.

Jones began his tenure as an executive director of schools with CCPS in 2013. He has 30 years of experience in education, with 22 years in administration and eight years in direct classroom instruction. Jones has served as a teacher, vice principal and principal in Charles and Prince George’s counties since starting his career as a special education teacher in 1992. He joined CCPS in 2000 as a vice principal and led Berry and Dr. Gustavus Brown elementary schools as principal before transitioning to the role of executive director of schools.

Jones holds a doctorate degree in educational leadership from Delaware State University, a master’s degree in school administration and supervision from Bowie State University, and a bachelor’s degree in special education from the University of Maryland, Eastern Shore.

Royster first joined CCPS in 2019 as a vice principal at Benjamin Stoddert Middle School. She transitioned to Barnhart in 2020 as a vice principal. Royster has more than 20 years of experience in education and working with diverse communities.

Prior to joining CCPS in 2019, Royster worked in North Carolina for 10 years as a principal, charter school administrator, vice principal and gifted program facilitator. Her experience also includes working with the National Education Association as an organizational specialist, lead field and regional field director for Organizing for America – North Carolina, and director of programs and community outreach with the Autism Society of Cumberland County in North Carolina.

Royster holds a master’s degree in school administration from Fayetteville State University, and a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from the University of North Carolina at Pembroke. Royster is also working her doctorate degree in school toward leadership and administration at George Washington University. In her new role, Royster will report to the Chief of Schools.

About CCPS

Charles County Public Schools provides 27,000 students in grades prekindergarten through 12 with an academically challenging education. Located in Southern Maryland, Charles County Public Schools has 37 schools that offer a technologically advanced, progressive and high quality education that builds character, equips for leadership and prepares students for life, careers and higher education.

The Charles County public school system does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age or disability in its programmes, activities or employment practices. For inquiries, please contact Kathy Kiessling, Title IX/ADA/Section 504 Coordinator (students) or Nikial Majors, Title IX/ADA/Section 504 coordinator (employees/ adults), at Charles County Public Schools, Jesse L. Starkey Administration Building, PO Box 2770, La Plata, MD 20646; 301-932-6610/301-870-3814. For special accommodations call 301-934-7230 or TDD 1-800-735-2258 two weeks prior to the event. CCPS provides nondiscriminatory equal access to school in accordance with its Use of Facilities facilities rules to designated youth groups (including, but not limited to, the Boy Scouts).

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