Ms. Barbara Baker, Superintendent of Schools, is proud to announce the appointment of Mr. James “Jamie” Friend to the position of principal of Friendsville Elementary School. Mr. Friend will begin his principal position on Monday, September 18, 2017. Mr. Friend holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Early Childhood/Elementary/Middle School and a Master of Education Degree in Administration and Supervision from Frostburg State University. He also has an Advanced Professional Certificate with Administrator I and II Endorsements.
Mr. Friend has been a teacher with Garrett County Public Schools since 1995 and has filled various leadership roles. He is coming from Route 40 Elementary School as a first grade teacher. He also taught for 17 years at Friendsville Elementary School and 3 years at Grantsville Elementary School. During his tenure with Garrett County Public Schools, Mr. Friend has filled various positions, including Teacher in Charge, First Grade Instructional Leader, Content Specialist, Technology Resource Teacher, School Improvement Team member, Mathematics Teacher, School Enrichment Teacher, Science Teacher, and Faculty Advisory Chairperson.
Mr. Friend, a Friendsville native who attended Friendsville Elementary School as a child, plans to utilize his history there to make positive connections between the school and community.
He is passionate about becoming the building level principal and will work hard to make Friendsville Elementary School the best it can be.
Mr. Friend is married to Latisha and has two children.
Ms. Baker would like to thank Mr. Ed Wildesen for serving as the interim principal at Friendsville for the start of the 2017-18 school year. Mr. Wildesen will continue in the position through the end of this current week, and will be assisting Mr. Friend during this transition period.