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New principals named for Greenwood, Cloverly elementary schools –

by Terri Hogan
Senior Staff Writer
The Montgomery County Board of Education on June 12 appointed Carrie L. Zimmerman as principal of Greenwood Elementary School and Michael D. Bayewitz as principal of Cloverly Elementary School, both effective July 1.
“I am elated that I was selected to serve this wonderful community,” Zimmerman said.
She said she has driven by the school often, and thought, “Wouldn’t this be a great community to be immersed in?”
Zimmerman said a former colleague of hers lives across the street from the school and shared with her how much his family has enjoyed being at Greenwood and part of the community.
“I truly feel blessed,” she said. “I look forward to scheduling times over the summer to meet the students and their families, as well as work with the staff.”
Zimmerman is a principal intern at Strathmore Elementary School near Aspen Hill.
She has worked for Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) since 2000 as assistant principal of Sequoyah Elementary in Derwood, staff development teacher at Fox Chapel Elementary School in Germantown, and teacher at Ronald McNair Elementary in Germantown and Beall Elementary in Rockville.
Zimmerman also served as the Science, Technology and Engineering instructional specialist for the Department of Secondary Curriculum and Districtwide Programs of the MCPS Office of Curriculum and Instructional Programs.
She earned a certificate in educational leadership from Hood College in Frederick in 2013, a Master of Science in curriculum specialist from Bowie State University in 2006 and a Bachelor of Arts in elementary education from Elon University in Elon, N.C., in 2000.
Zimmerman takes over for Cheryl Bunyan, who announced her retirement last month after serving as Greenwood’s principal since 2007.
Bayewitz is the director of School Support and Improvement of Elementary Schools, for the MCPS Office of School Support and Improvement.
“I am really thrilled to be joining the Cloverly Elementary School community,” he said. “After spending the last six years as a director of elementary schools, I am excited to return to the principalship and work with the Cloverly team to ensure high levels of learning for all of our students. I can’t wait to get started.”
Bayewitz is beginning is 24th year in MCPS, having previously served as principal of Broad Acres Elementary in Silver Spring and Luxmanor Elementary in North Bethesda, principal intern at North Chevy Chase Elementary, assistant principal at Rachel Carson Elementary in Gaithersburg, and teacher at Beall Elementary in Rockville and Forest Knolls Elementary in Wheaton.
He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science and African American studies from Binghamton University in Binghamton, N.Y., in 1994, a Master of Education from The George Washington University in 1995, and a certificate in school administration and supervision from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore in 2001.
Melissa A. Brunson, who has served as Cloverly’s principal for 12 years, was appointed as supervisor of the Department of Special Education Services in the MCPS Office of Spec

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