In her 15 years working in Maryland public schools, Howard County Public School System superintendent candidate Renee Foose has developed a "proven record of success" in reforming schools to meet new standards of achievement, according to a system statement on her candidacy released Monday morning.
Foose, 45, who the statement said has "direct experience with numerous education reform initiatives," currently serves as deputy superintendent of Baltimore County Public Schools and is one of two finalists for the Howard County position. The other is S. Dallas Dance, chief middle school officer in the Houston Independent School District in Texas.
A Maryland State Trooper for six years in the early 1990s before entering the teaching field, Foose has risen steadily through the ranks of Maryland schools in the last two decades, as a teacher, assistant principal, principal and administrator.
Though Orange County ended up selected an internal candidate familiar with the Florida school system to fill the position, Sublette said they were very impressed with Foose.
"I think our entire board is convinced that she's going to be a leader in American education," Sublette said. "She's risen very, very quickly through the ranks, which speaks volumes to her leadership ability and how she's viewed by others."
She is also rumored to be a candidate to replace her current boss, Superintendent Joe Hairston, when he retires this summer, but the school system is keeping its candidates private.