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by Judith Hruz
Timothy Britton, who has served as acting principal of Sherwood High School since last summer, has been named principal of the school.
“I am elated,” he said.
The Montgomery County Board of Education made the appointment earlier this month.
Britton served at Sherwood as assistant principal for three years previous to taking over as acting principal.
Before moving to Sherwood, he served as assistant principal at Bethesda-Chevy Chase and Northwest high schools, and as an administrator at Silver Spring International and Thomas W. Pyle middle schools.
He began with Montgomery County Public Schools as a health and physical education teacher at Tilden Middle School in North Bethesda in 1994.
He took over for Eric Minus, who resigned in late June after his second year at Sherwood
to become executive director of Research and Data Analytics for Baltimore County Public Schools.
Britton took the reins at a time of unprecedented challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“To have to take over leadership in a high school with over 1,900 students is not easy in normal school year,” he said. “To have to take over as acting principal during a pandemic can certainly test your fortitude.”
But his three years as assistant principal at Sherwood and the schools’ experienced staff “have made the transition smooth for our students and community,” he said.
Britton said the hardest part of the school year for everyone has been dealing with the concerns of distant learning for the students.
“If a concern or problem exists, it is much harder to set up a time to meet with that student and/or parent,” he said. “Not having students and staff in one location creates the unknown. For a high school student, not having activities — sports, arts, theater, music — have been a huge loss. However, there has been some silver lining in the area of technology. Certainly, our staff have been able to make huge inroads on using technology to instruct our students. And for some of our students, online learning has been a benefit.”
Britton holds a Bachelor of Science degree in physical education (K-12) from Bowie State University and a Master of Arts degree in school administration from McDaniel College. He also earned Administrator I and Administrator II certificates from the Maryland State Department of Education, in 1999 and 2004, respectively.
He is eager to have everyone together again.
“I am looking forward to having our students and staff back in the building with some normalcy,” he said. “Our school spirit is something our students, staff and community have always cherished and thrived in.”
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