Southern Middle and Davidsonville Elementary Lose Administrators in Board Transfers

On Wednesday, July 17, the Anne Arundel County Board of Education announced personnel changes that will impact schools in South County. Southern Middle School principal Jason Dykstra has been promoted to become the director of testing and accountability. The change goes into effect July 24, 2013. In addition, Davidsonville Elementary’s assistant principal (AP) Patricia Keffer will become a principal at Jones Elementary School in Severna Park.

Jason Dykstra is movin' on up.

Jason Dykstra is now the former principal at Southern Middle.

No replacement was announced for Keffer as part of the list of transfers and promotions.

The new principal for Southern Middle will be Kimberly Nein, who may be familiar to students and Southern families because she was an assistant principal at the school before becoming an AP at Arundel Middle School.

In a letter home to parents on Thursday, Dykstra said that while he is sad to leave the Southern Middle School community and family after five years, he is excited about his new position in the Instructional Data Division.

“Many of you know that I am very passionate about using data to help students achieve and be successful in the classroom,” Dykstra said in his letter.

He continued, “South County is a very special place and I was extremely fortunate to be Principal of such a great school in a wonderful community. I will take many terrific memories with me from my five years at Southern Middle School. Thank you for all of the amazing support over the years.”

I put in a call to Southern Middle to find out when she was an assistant principal at the school, but the person in the office who answered the phone refused to answer the question, and said that Ms. Nein is out of the office until next week. We sent an email to further investigate.

What we do know from Dykstra’s letter is that Nein has been an educator for 11 years. In the classroom, she taught science before becoming an administrator. If we resolve the top secret mystery of her tenure at Southern Middle, we’ll let you know ASAP.

UPDATE:  Ms. Nein contacted us via email:

“I just completed my 4th school year at Southern Middle as an assistant principal. I began at the beginning of the 2009/10 school year.  I was just transferred to Arundel Middle a few ago and was now just promoted and sent back here to SMS.”

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