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Cecilia Roe is MSDE’s Director of Instructional Assessment and Professional Development. Her responsibilities as Director include the Educator Effectiveness Academies, Race to the Top professional development initiatives, Title IIA, and HSA Bridge Plan coordination. Cecilia formerly served as a specialist in MSDE’s Secondary English Language Arts Office. She joined the MSDE family from Baltimore County Public Schools, where she served as the Coordinator of the Office of Secondary English Language Arts. Her responsibilities included development and implementation of county curriculum, assessments, and professional development. Prior to her tenure in the English Language Arts Office, Cecilia fulfilled 30 years as a secondary English teacher, department chairperson, and reading specialist. In addition, she has served for five years as an adjunct instructor for Graduate Programs in the Education Division of Goucher College.
Heather Sauers is the Coordinator of Professional Learning and Title IIA with the Maryland State Department of Education. Sauers began her career in education as an English/language arts teacher and later served as a Staff Development Specialist for the Baltimore County Public School system. Today, she spearheads the State’s work with instructional assessment and high quality professional learning. She also oversees the State’s Title IIA program. Sauers is a member of The Council of Chief State School Officers and serves on two of their state collaboratives: Assessment and Student Standards for Formative Assessment and the Teaching, Leading, & Learning Collaborative. She is also a member of the CEASOM executive board. Sauers earned her bachelor’s degree in English from Towson University and her master’s degree in Training & Development from Amberton University.
Dan Capozzi is a specialist in the MSDE Division of Curriculum, Instructional Improvement, and Professional Learning. He has worked in Baltimore County as a teacher, assistant principal, principal, and manager of the Office of Staff Relations, and in Talbot County as an assistant superintendent for support services. Dan came to MSDE in 2012 to work on a project that created an online application for teacher resources for professional learning under Race to the Top, and became a member of the Professional Learning team at the conclusion of his project. His responsibilities include Title II, Part A, teacher induction, professional learning, and grant management.