Kimberly Statham Credit: Montgomery County Public Schools

Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) announced Tuesday the appointment of two people for top-level administrative staff.

Superintendent Joshua Starr named Kimberly Statham, the county’s current deputy superintendent of teaching, learning and programs, as the new deputy superintendent for school support and improvement. In this role Statham will work on leadership development and school improvement efforts, according to a press release from MCPS. Statham, a former MCPS teacher and administrator, will replace Beth Schiavino-Narvaez, who is leaving to become the superintendent of Hartford, Conn. Public Schools.

Starr also appointed Maria Navarro, of Baltimore City Public Schools, to Statham’s former position. Navarro served the past five years as acting chief academic officer for Baltimore schools. She has also previously worked as a teacher and administrator at Cesar Chavez Charter High School in the District. In appointing Navarro, Starr changed the position’s title from deputy superintendent of teaching, learning and programs to chief academic officer. In a statement, Starr said the new title better reflects Navarro’s role in guiding, improving, and evaluating teaching and learning programs in the school system.

“Dr. Statham and Dr. Navarro bring a vast array of experience and knowledge t their new positions and will be a crucial part of our efforts to prepare all students to thrive in their future,” Starr said in a press statement.