Somerset County School District

Notable

Veterans within the School System- Thank you for your service to our country and helping us remain free as a people!
 
First Responders within the School System-  Please accept our collective gratitude for your daily service!
 
Veterans and First Responders who are relatives of staff members within the School System!- Thank you for your sacrifice!
 
 
 
 
Justin Ihnat
Combat Infantryman, Private First Class, 
US Army - 3 years active duty 
Locations: Ft. Stewart, GA; Sadr City, Iraq; Baghdad, Iraq
English Instructor
Washington H.S. & Academy
 
E3 Charles Collier
United States Army-Active- Two (2) years
United States Army Reserves- Four (4) years
Germany
Rev. Collier is one of the custodians at SIS.
 
Sgt. Anthony Deshields
United States Army and Maryland National Guard
20 years of service, twelve (12) full time and eight (8) with the MNG
Operation Desert Storm
Operation Desert Shield
Iraq-Saudi Arabia
Mr. Deshields is the Custodial Trainer/Maintenance Courier for the school system.
 
1st Lt. Willie Giddens
United States Army
Three years active service and three years reserve service
Mr. Giddens is a mathematics teacher  at the Somerset Promise Academy.
 
SPC Justin Gillette
Active Duty Army 2010-2015
Reserves 2015-Present
Mr. Gillette is the Comprehensive Teacher at JMT.
 
E4 William Gray
United States Navy
Four (4) Years of service
Mr. Gray is the Supervisor of Secondary Science and Teacher Induction. He served as Interim Principal at WAHS 2016-2017.
 
Dr. James Henderson
Sgt. United States Army
Three (3) years active
Three  (3) years reserves
Fort Bragg, Indiantown Gap, A.P.Hill
Administrative Mentor
Fifty-six years of experience in education.
Dr. Henderson is an administrative mentor within the school system.
 
SPC E4 Catherine Custis Jackson
United States Army National Guard
14 years of service-Retired
Operation Desert Storm
Ms. Jackson is FNS worker at Somerset Intermediate School.
 
E4 William Johnson, Jr.
United States Army
Service from 1997 to 2000
Stationed at Ft. Stewart, GA
Operation Desert Thunder
Mr. Johnson is a custodian  at WAHS.
 
Major Michael Kenemuth 
United States Air Force
Retired 22 Years of Service
Major  Kenemuth is AFJROTC Commanding Officer at WAHS.
 
Lt. Col. Dan Kuebler
USAF-Pilot F-100 and A-7D Fighter Aircraft
37 years experience-Retired
Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, 275 Missions
Mr. Kuebler is a former BOE Vice Chairman and member.
 
 
E4 Christopher Parke
Training for 2LT
 
 
 
ARNG/ARMY
1997-2003
2001 - Pentagon Deployment
2002 - Operation Iraqi Freedom
Mr. Parke is a Computer Repair Teacher-JMT.
 
BG Warner Sumpter
52 Years in federal, state, county and community positions
30+ Years of Military Service-United States Marine Corps-Maryland Army National Guard
Operation Noble Eagle
Vietnam
General Sumpter is the Chairman of the Board of Education
 
 
Sgt. Scott Tawes
Army National Guard
1229th Crisfield
Nine (9) years of experience
Training in Panama-MP
Training in New Mexico/Texas
Training at Fort Knox
Primary Leadership Camp in Pennsylvania
Mr. Tawes is a Maintenance Technician for several locations.  
James Washington
1st LT USAF
Three years of service
Missile Launch Officer
F.E.Warren AFB Cheyenne, WY
Mr. Washington is the Culinary Arts Instructor  at JMT.
 
Floyd "Butch" Azbell Jr., M.Ed. USCG, CWO3, Ret.
U.S. Coast Guard Chief Warrant Officer, Naval Engineering, W3
20 Years 8 months of service  1975-1996.
10 Years of Sea Duty.
10 Years of Shore Duty.
Master Machinery Technician Instructor and  Supervisor of Curriculum design.
Maritime Law enforcement Boarding Officer.
Grenada, Panama, Desert Storm.
Mr. Azbell is presently J.M Tawes HVAC Instructor and SkillsUSA Advisor.
 
First Responders within the School System.  Thank you for your service and sense of community pride!  
 
BG Warner Sumpter
Earliegh hts Vol. Fire Co., fire fighter & captain, A.A. Co., 1960-2005, Life Member.
Md. State Police, ret. 1968-88, Major.
Assist. Adjutant General for State Operations with direct over site for the Md. Emergency Management Agency. 2000-04.
Md. Capitol Police, 2004-08, Assist. Secretary & Chief for 
Law Enforcement & Physical Security Operations.
UMES PolIce Dept., Chief, 2008-13.
General Sumpter is the Chairman of the Board of Education Outgoing President of the Maryland Association of the Boards of Education
 
Bernard Johnson
Thirty year member of Marion Volunteer Fire Department .
Life member of MVFD.
Past LT.for the EMS portion of MVFD
EMTB certified thru MFRI
First African American member of any Volunteer Fire Department on the Eastern Shore of Maryland.
Held presidency of MVFD for seven continuous years.
Mr. Johnson is a bus contractor for SCPS and has the position as Driver Trainer within the system.
 
 
 
 
Fern Griffith
Lower Somerset Ambulance and Rescue Squad-20 Years of Service
Ms. Griffith is a Special Education Teacher at Somerset Promise Academy at the Marion Sarah Peyton School.
Robert Wells
Member of the Princess Anne VFD, Deal Island VFD, Allen VFD, Longmeadow VFD, Hagerstown FD. Currently Assistant Chief Princess Anne VFD.  37 years as of April 2017. Firefighter/Paramedic.
Mr. Wells is a member of the Board of Education and a former Vice Chairman of the Board.
Theresa O'Neal
 
Served nearly eight years in the Deal island Volunteer Fire Department as an EMT.
Ms. O'Neal is a Prekindergarten teacher at Deal Island Elementary School.
 Edward Weeast
  • Organization:  Salisbury Fire Dept.
  • Rank :  Lieutenant
  • Years of Service: 20
  • Mr. Weeast is a math and science teacher at the Somerset Promise Academy.

Dr. Lisa Dennis
Maryland Department of Natural Resources-Maryland Park Service
Lead Maryland Park Ranger
Maryland Park Ranger
1.5 years
Certified: Emergency Medical Responder (EMR) 
Dr. Dennis  is a math and science teacher  at Somerset Intermediate School.
Dr. Jim Henderson
Princess Anne Volunteer Fire Company
Volunteer Fireman 1972-1981
Dr. Henderson is an administrative mentor for Elementary Principals and Assistant Principals.
Name: Lemuel White Jr.
Organization: Somerset County Sheriff’s Office
Rank: Deputy First Class
Title: Sheriff Deputy
Years of service: 1 year 4 months 
Worked in the system in various capacities.
Name: Lemuel White Jr.
Organization: Princess Anne Volunteer Fire Co.
Rank: Chief Engineer
Title: Firefighter
Years of service: 4 years.
Worked in the system in various capacities.
 
 Roy Windsor  
Princess Anne Volunteer Fire Department  
Five years as a volunteer fire fighter 
Spent 10 years  as an EMT/A with an EOA/Mast certification on the ambulance squad
Mr. Windsor is a one-on-one paraprofessional at Somerset Intermediate School.
Military and First Responders-Family members of our staff.  Thank you!
 
2nd Lt. Cory Kinhart
Son of Linda Kinhart
Graduate or Snow Hill High School
USMC Quantico,VA
1st year service Flight. 
And he graduated from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
 
 
 Private Brian Sproul
Son of Stephanie Sproul 
Washington High-Class of 2015-
88MM-Field Artillery
U.S. Army
Fort Riley, Kansas