2021 | Schools

Two MCPS senior administrators appointed to state positions

Maryland superintendent calls hires ‘proven game-changers’

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Two top Montgomery County public Schools officials have been appointed to new positions within the Maryland State Department of Education.

As part of a new “leadership team,” State Superintendent Mohammed Choudhury last week appointed Deann Collins as deputy superintendent of teaching and learning and Krishnanda Tallur as deputy superintendent of operations.

In a press release, Choudhury said that the hires are “proven game-changers in their fields of expertise, and will help steer the future of Maryland education.”

Collins is now MCPS’ director of the Division of Early Childhood and Title I Programs. She was previously a teacher, staff development teacher, assistant principal and principal.

With the state Department of Education, she will “lead its charge to accelerate student achievement.”
Tallur has worked for MCPS for 18 years, most recently as the director of employee retiree services.

For MSDE, Tallur will oversee the divisions of human resources, information technology, facilities, and procurement and contract management.

In the previous fiscal year, Collins received a salary of $155,379, according to records obtained by Bethesda Beat last year. Tallur received a salary of $159,263.

A timeline for hiring their replacements was not immediately known.