By Sage Levy
Special to The Sentinel
SEABROOK – Dian Carter has been hired as Bishop McNamara High School’s 12th, and first female principal in the school’s 56-year history.
McNamara is a Catholic, liberal arts high school in Forestville, Maryland.
Carter, who has been the school’s assistant principal since 2017, has more than 27 years of experience in education, 15 years in high school administration and nine serving as the principal at Saint Ambrose Catholic Schools, “where she led for distinction.”
“Ms. Carter exemplifies the best of Holy Cross leadership because she values educating both the mind and the heart,” Assistant Principal Charles Shryock IV said. “She cares so much and works tirelessly to benefit our students and faculty. She is a true professional, always open to feedback while ensuring that we reach high expectations.”
Carter earned her bachelor of arts degree in English education from the University of Maryland and her master’s in supervision and administration from Bowie State University.
A significant indicator of Carter’s success as an educator was when she helped increase enrollment at Saint Ambrose during her tenure as principal.
She also has notable experience in other administrative roles as assistant principal at Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School and as a vertical articulation specialist, test coordinator, and assistant principal at Wheaton High School. Prior to these administrative roles, Carter worked as a high school English teacher for the Prince George’s and Montgomery County Schools systems.
Despite having experience around the area, Carter is very ingrained in the Bishop McNamara High School’s community.
“She also knows our community well as the parent of a recent graduate and a current student,” said Shyrock. “I have learned so much from her during the past three years, since joined our administrative team as an assistant principal. She gives me hope for the future of our school and the people we serve.”
Not only does the high school community welcome Carter with open arms, but Carter also feels an intense closeness with them as well.
“I interviewed for and accepted this position because I love the Bishop McNamara High School community,” Carter said. “I believe in the mission that the brothers of Holy Cross built the school on, I respect the faculty and staff, enjoy working with the student body and appreciate the support that the parents and alumni provide.”
Students are also enthused about the staffing update as she is widely well-liked among students due to her genuine interest in the well-being of each student.
“With Mrs. Carter taking on the role as principal this year, a lot of students have garnered personal connections with her, as well as other administrators,” said Ayanna McCarley, a senior at Bishop McNamara High School, and student body president.
“Mrs. Carter makes it a point to know everyone’s name and their story. Many students, including myself, admire her interest in our lives, allowing her to better educate our minds and hearts within our inclusive, Catholic school community. “
As the first female principal at Bishop McNamara High School, Carter does not take her position as a role model lightly.
“We have a large African American student body and a large population of young ladies. My goal is to empower them,” she said.
Coming soon, Carter will make her first impact as principal and will oversee the building of the La Reine Science and Innovation Center, which is set to start construction. The groundbreaking event is scheduled for Dec. 12.
“I know that this building will be a place for our students to thrive in classrooms that have the most amazing technology, resources that are accessible and teachers that have a love for teaching science, mathematics, and engineering in new, fun and exciting ways,” Carter said. “I also look forward to sharing this space with our local community as it will become a technology hub for various local groups outside the McNamara school community.