I am Carrie Zimmerman and I am honored to be the Principal of Greenwood Elementary School. The great work the staff and students have done in reading, writing and math excite me as I join this fantastic community, and I am eager to continue this journey of excellence.
I have held a variety of positions throughout my tenure with Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) over the past 18 years. I began as a fifth grade classroom teacher and team leader at Beall Elementary School and Ronald McNair Elementary School. As I completed my Masters degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Bowie State University, I began working with teachers more closely as the Staff Development Teacher at Fox Chapel Elementary School. After five years in that role, I was offered an Instructional Specialist position with the Science Technology and Engineering curriculum team with MCPS, where I collaborated with the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, overseeing a grant where I created professional development opportunities in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) specifically designed for elementary teachers. In 2015, following the completion of my Administration and Supervision certificate from Hood College, I became the Assistant Principal at Sequoyah Elementary School.
Although my time in MCPS has afforded numerous opportunities for me to lead and change the trajectory of student achievement, my greatest achievement comes not professionally, but personally. I have been the wife to an amazing husband for the past 13 years and mother to four beautiful children: Kelly (10), Timmy (9), Chris (7), and Cassie (5). It is often noticed that I treat the children I work with like my own. I would want nothing less than the best for my personal children, and therefore, I will do the same for your children.
As I get to know your families, you will also get to know mine. We are a busy family that enjoys the outdoors, whether it is a local festival or visiting one of our favorite places, Hershey Park, we are out and about most weekends. Another favorite place of ours is the local library. There are so many rich programs to get involved in all year long, including STEM labs, reading with animals, and guest speakers, as well as finding that just right book. I am pretty sure the students at Greenwood may also be fans like my children of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series, Captain Underpants series and the Fudge series by Judy Bloom. This past year, my boys introduced me to the world of comics and Sports Illustrated for Kids magazine as a way to spend time reading.
Over the course of the school year, I will spend a lot of time getting to know your children, their learning styles and their interests. I look forward to celebrating their successes, no matter how big or small. I will encourage them to put forth their finest effort, striving to be the best version of themselves because they are a valued member of this community.
I am grateful to bring all that I have experienced and learned with me to the Greenwood community. I am excited to get to know you and your children, because I am here for you.
Carrie L. Zimmerman