Release Date: 4/26/2018
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Cromwell Valley Elementary and Deer Park Middle leaders named 2018-19 Elementary and Secondary Principals of the Year

Dr. Kandice TaylorDr. Kandice Taylor
Cathy ThomasCathy Thomas

TOWSON – Cathy Thomas, principal at Cromwell Valley Regional Magnet Elementary School, and Dr. Kandice Taylor, principal at Deer Park Middle Magnet School, were named the 2018-19 Elementary and Secondary Principals of the Year at last night’s Teacher of the Year and Principal of the Year Ceremony.

“Cathy Thomas and Dr. Kandice Taylor are the types of leaders any of us would want for our own children’s schools,” said Interim Superintendent Verletta White. “They are patient, firm, committed to excellence, fun, and empowering. They know how to adapt and adjust so that we are always moving forward. They can and do work on the big issues—setting a vision and bringing groups together. But they also call our students by name, cheer for their successes, and comfort them in times of challenge. I thank Cathy and Kandice and all of our excellent principals for being a part of our Team BCPS family.”

In addition to Thomas and Taylor, four other Principal of the Year finalists were honored during Wednesday’s ceremony. They are:


  • Renee Jenkins, Deer Park Elementary
  • Drue Whitney, Red House Run Elementary
  • C. Michelle Anderson, Eastern Technical High
  • Deborah Magness, Cockeysville Middle
The Principal of the Year program is in its sixth year. This is the third year that BCPS has honored both an elementary and a secondary principal of the year.

The Principals of the Year receive a variety of awards and gifts from the school system, The Education Foundation of Baltimore County Public Schools, and Baltimore County's business community. The BCPS Teacher and Principal of the Year program thanks The Education Foundation of Baltimore County Public Schools and National Teachers Associates Life Insurance (NTA Life) for their support.

In addition to NTA Life, the following organizations and individuals contributed gifts, through The Education Foundation, to BCPS outstanding educators: American Visionary Art Museum, an anonymous friend, Author Farrell Maddox, Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore Museum of Industry, BCPS Department of Information Technology, Boscov’s – White Marsh Mall, Climb Zone, Fast Park and Relax at BWI, First Financial Federal Credit Union, Genesee Valley Outdoor Learning Center, Hot Spots Before & After Care Program, iFly Baltimore, Ironmark – Bill Hendrix, Lakeshore Learning Materials, Medieval Times, Clark Skidmore, Nelson Coleman Jewelers, Office Depot/Office Max, Open Door Before & After School Care, Padonia Park Club, Santoni’s Marketplace and Catering, and Superior Tours.

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