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NDMU Education Dean Named to Governor’s P-20 Leadership Council

December 16, 2015

Baltimore, December 15, 2015--Sharon Slear, SSND, Ph.D., Dean of the Notre Dame of Maryland University School of Education, was appointed by Governor Larry Hogan to the P-20 Leadership Council of Maryland. The Council, a partnership of leading state organizations in education and business, aims to strengthen Maryland's workforce and economic competitiveness by improving student access to post-secondary education, and by increasing the quantity and quality of Maryland’s teachers. The program, one of the first of its kind, is recognized nationally as among the most active partnerships in the nation.

An authority on educational leadership, Dr. Slear has taught thousands of students who have gone on to teach and lead in schools in Maryland and across the country.  Dozens of her students have been named Teacher of the Year, including Josh Park M ’10, Maryland Teacher of the Year 2012.

“Teacher preparation is the most fulfilling part of what I do, “ said Dr. Slear. “I am excited to be part of this group preparing teachers and education policy for the the future."

During her tenure, Dr. Slear led the Education Department as it sought and received national accreditation (NCATE) for all graduate and undergraduate education programs. Notre Dame was the first private college or university in Maryland to receive this recognition. In 2011, when the college became Notre Dame of Maryland University and the Education Department became the School of Education, Slear was appointed founding Dean. The School of Education is a now a top producer of eligible teacher certification candidates in the state annually.

"The Governor could have selected no better person to serve in this important position," said Dr. Marylou Yam, President of Notre Dame of Maryland University. "As one of the State's most experienced leaders on teacher preparation, Sr. Sharon will be an invaluable contributor capable of bringing the perspectives of both teacher education students and faculty to the Council."
Dr. Slear was voted one of Maryland’s Top 100 Women three times and became a member of the Maryland Circle of Excellence (2009) in recognition of her professional contributions and achievements. In 2009, she received the NCEA Educator of the Year award. In 2012, she received the President's Medal from Notre Dame of Maryland University.