Office of Leadership Development and School Improvement

​The Office of Leadership Development and School Improvement provides leadership, support, and technical assistance to local school systems to improve schools performance and foster the development, growth, and retention of effective leaders.


School Improvement:

The Maryland State Department of Education is dedicated to supporting a world-class educational system that prepares all students for college and career success.  The Office of Leadership Development and School Improvement was established to provide customized support aimed at raising the quality of education in schools.


Teacher and Principal Evaluation System:

The teacher and principal evaluation system aims to enhance and support the cadre of educators who make college and career readiness a reality for Maryland students. The Office of Leadership Development and School Improvement provides training, guidance, and support to local school systems in the implementation of fair and valid teacher and principal evaluations.


Effective Leaders:

Effective leaders are essential to school success. The Office of Leadership Development and School Improvement provides targeted professional learning experiences and resources designed to foster the growth of effective leaders.

Office of Leadership Development and School Improvement Team Members

Office of Leadership Development and
School Improvement Team Members




Contact Information
Tiara Booker-Dwyer
Assistant State Superintendent
Division of College and Career Readiness
Office of Leadership Development and School Improvement
Maryland State Department of Education
200 W. Baltimore Street, Baltimore, MD 21201-2595
Office Phone: 410.767.3676
Email: tiara.booker-dwyer@maryland.gov


E. L. Mitzel, Jr., Executive Director
Office of Leadership Development and School Improvement
Division of Career and College Readiness &
Office of Leadership Development and School Improvement
Maryland State Department of Education
200 W. Baltimore St., Baltimore, Md. 21201-2595
410-767-0348 (office)
Edmund.Mitzel@Maryland.gov


Team Members

Tiara Booker-Dwyer, Assistant State Superintendent
tiara.booker-dwyer@maryland.gov

Edmund Mitzel
, Executive Director
edmund.mitzel@maryland.gov

Dr. Brian Eyer
, Coordinator for Leadership Development
brian.eyer@maryland.gov

Morrall Thompson
, Coordinator of Systemic Improvement
morrall.thompson@maryland.gov

Laura Liccione
, Coordinator of Academic Improvement laura.liccione@maryland.gov


Dr. Mary Minter
, School Leadership and Turnaround Support Specialist.
mary.minter@maryland.gov

Dr. Felicia Lanham Tarason
, School Leadership and Turnaround Support Specialist
felicia.lanhamtarason@maryland.gov

Tara Corona
, Continuous Improvement Specialist
tara.corona@maryland.gov

Anders Alicea,
Instructional Transformation Specialist
anders.alicea@maryland.gov

Teri Windley, Management Associate
teri.windley@maryland.gov

Hazel Hamond-Terry
, Management Associate
hazel.hamond-terry1@maryland.gov

Picture of the Office of Leadership Development and School Improvement Team Members