Mayo Elementary said farewell to their principal, Steve Baran, who retired in June. In his place is Kirk Greubel, an administrator with nine years of service as an assistant principal at Southgate Elementary in Glen Burnie.
Greubel already made a change at Mayo, with a sneak-a-peek day on the Friday before school started. He said that the event gave him an opportunity to meet parents and students before the first day.
Greubel answered questions for Edgewater Patch.
Patch: How long have you been involved in education?
Greubel: This is my 21st year with AACPS.
What are your favorite things about being an educator?
Watching students grow and develop over the years and seeing their love of learning grow along with them. We have talented and dedicated staff members who are devoted to the students at Mayo.
Did you get to meet teachers before school startd?
In the short time that I have been at Mayo, I have felt welcomed from the entire school community. I was able to meet with a few teachers over the summer and met the others during our week of orientation. It is clear that this is wonderful school community.
Did you get to meet with Steve Baran before he left?
Mr. Baran and I have been in contact a number of times during the transition and he graciously remains in contact.
Will you be making any staffing changes? Any new hires?
We have a few new staff members this year. Mrs. Carmen Gatton is a new Special Education teacher from Central Middle School. Jennifer Mobley is our new 4th grade teacher from Shady Side Elementary and Lauren Wehberg joins our staff as a new 2nd grade teacher.
What schools have you worked at and how long?
I have worked in a few different schools during my career. Most recently I worked at Southgate Elementary School as their Assistant Principal. I have also worked at Rippling Woods Elementary, Jacobsville Elementary, Brooklyn Park Elementary, and Lindale Middle School. I also worked in the Office of Instructional Technology as a Resource Teacher.
Is there anything about your old school that you will miss?
I will always miss the people. The students, teachers, staff, and parents. I can only hope that they know how much I enjoyed working with them.