B-CC Principal Promoted to Central Office Job

B-CC Principal Promoted to Central Office Job

Redmond Jones to direct Office of School Support and Engagement

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Donna Redmond Jones

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After four years leading Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School, Donna Redmond Jones has been promoted to a leadership role in Montgomery County Public Schools’ central office in Rockville.

During a school board meeting on Tuesday afternoon, Jones was unanimously appointed as director of learning, achievement and administration in the Office of School Support and Improvement.

As the school system seeks her replacement, Shelton Mooney will serve as acting principal of the Bethesda high school of about 2,200 students. Mooney is a principal intern at Wheaton High School and he is expected to serve as acting principal for the entire school year.

The search for the next principal of B-CC will begin in the spring.

“As always, I’m excited about the talent, expertise and leadership we have here,” MCPS Superintendent Jack Smith said.

Before being hired at B-CC, Jones served as principal of Rosa Parks Middle School in Olney for six years.

Jones, a Richmond, Va., native, came to Montgomery County Public Schools in 2002 as a staff development teacher at Seneca Valley High School in Germantown.

She was an assistant principal at Winston Churchill High School in Potomac and an assistant principal and intern principal at Benjamin Banneker Middle School in Burtonsville before taking over the top job at Rosa Parks.

In a letter to the B-CC staff on Tuesday afternoon, Jones highlighted increasing student access to choice programs and the successful completion of an 88,000-square-foot addition to the school as highlights of her time at the school.

“The learning gained by serving B-CC’s staff, students and community will consistently inform my leadership practices,” Jones wrote. “We have had an amazing start to the school year, and I have no doubt that your dedication, focus and excellence will continue to build on what we have accomplished together.”

Her transition to the MCPS central office comes in the wake of administrative changes after former Associate Superintendent Darryl Williams was hired as superintendent of Baltimore County Public Schools.

Williams left an open position and two other administrators left MCPS to work in Baltimore County, according to Smith.

MCPS intends to host a meet-and-greet with B-CC’s acting principal in the coming weeks and will involve community groups in the search and hiring of a new principal, according to Deputy Superintendent Monifa McKnight.

“We’re looking forward to a seamless process,” McKnight said.

In a letter to community members on Tuesday, Mooney said he is “excited” and “honored” to serve as acting principal. He has a bachelor’s degree in history and a master’s and doctorate degree in educational leadership.

“As an educator, my goal is to establish a welcoming learning environment where each student is challenged and supported every day as they gain knowledge and skills for success,” Mooney wrote. “I also believe that learning is a lifelong process.”

Wilson Wims Elementary School Principal Sean McGee was also appointed to the Office of School Support and Engagement. It was not immediately clear who will serve as acting principal until MCPS hires his replacement.

Caitlynn Peetz can be reached at caitlynn.peetz@bethesdamagazine.com

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