Candlewood Welcomes Ms. Walsleben!

Carolynn WalslebenIt is with great enthusiasm and excitement that I introduce myself to you as the new principal of Candlewood Elementary School. I am deeply humbled and honored to be entrusted with the opportunity to serve the students, staff, parents and community of Candlewood.  Candlewood has a tradition of excellence and being a close community, which I will continue to nurture and foster as principal. 


This is my 21st year in MCPS. Prior to my appointment I served as acting principal at Carl Sandburg Learning Center, principal intern at Germantown Elementary, assistant principal at Greenwood Elementary, and taught first and fifth grade respectively for 17 years within MCPS. I come to you as an educator and leader, who will put forth the time and energy to ensure success for all students, and to work collaboratively to embrace an environment in which everyone thrives.


Personally, my husband Kraig and I have two wonderful adult children Connor and Kersten, who grew up in Montgomery County and graduated from MCPS schools.  We are a close family and enjoy spending time together as well as supporting each other. A strong supporting family is important to me and this applies not only to my family at home, but to my school family.  As an educator, I have always fostered an environment where we enjoy spending time together and supporting each other through a collaborative process. My goal as principal of Candlewood is to ensure that each and every student, parent, staff and community member feels and knows that they are an important part of the Candlewood community. 


As I begin to serve the Candlewood community, I will be focused on building relationships, fostering  a culture of respect, physical and social emotional safety, and academic success.  This work will require open communication, collaboration, and trust. By focusing on these values and skills we will navigate these unprecedented times together and prepare for a new school year. 


Together...we are Candlewood strong! 

Carolynn Walsleben, Principal