Experienced Educator has led MSDE’s Office of Leadership Development and School Improvement

News Release, Maryland State Department of Education

BALTIMORE  – Tiara Booker-Dwyer has been named the Maryland State Department of Education’s new Assistant State Superintendent of College and Career Readiness.

Ms. Booker-Dwyer’s appointment to her new role was confirmed by the Maryland State Board of Education today.  She has served as the Executive Director for the Office of Leadership Development and School Improvement since 2017.

“Tiara Booker-Dwyer brings to her new position leadership, creativity, and a broad understanding of what it takes for students to be successful in a chosen career,” said Dr. Karen Salmon, State Superintendent of Schools.  “We congratulate Tiara on her new role, in which she will help Maryland continue to move forward in preparing students for their future careers.”

Ms. Booker-Dwyer succeeds Dr. Lynne Gilli, who has retired from MSDE.

Ms. Booker-Dwyer has had a long history at MSDE, serving as the Department’s ombudsman from 2016-17, and as a career and technology education specialist from 2014-16.  She spent almost two years as a program director for the Maryland Business Roundtable after serving for two years as an education program specialist and interim coordinator of MSDE’s Office of STEM initiatives.

Beginning her career as a researcher, Ms. Booker-Dwyer published in the field of neuroscience at the Johns Hopkins University before transitioning to the education sector. She has experience teaching at the middle school, high school, and collegiate levels. Ms. Booker-Dwyer served as a science instructor for UMBC’s Upward Bound program, a teaching assistant in Biology and Developmental biology at the Johns Hopkins University, and as a STEM Program Director and science teacher at the Indian Creek Upper School in Crownsville, MD.

Ms. Booker-Dwyer received her bachelor of science degree in biology from Lincoln University, and a master of science degree in biology from the Johns Hopkins University.  She also holds a graduate certificate in school administration and supervision from Johns Hopkins.

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