QACPS welcomes new Board of Education member Shannon Bent

The Queen Anne’s County Board of Education welcomes its newest member, Shannon Bent. From left are board member Mark Schifanelli, Superintendent Patricia Saelens, Bent and board members Helen Bennett and Richard Smith and Circuit Court Clerk Katherine Hager. Content Exchange

CENTREVILLE — Church Hill resident Shannon Bent was appointed Nov. 4 by Gov. Larry Hogan to serve the 1st District on the Queen Anne’s County Board of Education for the remainder of former board member Michele Morrisette’s term.

“I am pleased to appoint these distinguished Marylanders to serve in their positions across state government,” Hogan said in a news release announcing four appointments across the state. “These qualified individuals will fill important roles and functions, and I am confident they will serve our citizens well.”

Bent was presented her commission certificate Nov. 10 by Katherine Hager, clerk of the county’s circuit court. She served her first meeting Wednesday, Nov. 17.

“QACPS is so happy to welcome Ms. Shannon Bent as our District 1 Board of Education member,” said Patricia Saelens, superintendent of schools. “She will be a wonderful asset to the Board of Education as she has lived in Queen Anne’s County for 14 years and her daughter is a graduate of QACPS.”

The county’s 1st District seat was vacated after Morrissette accepted a position as the school system’s health services supervisor in October. Bent will serve in Morrisette’s place until November 2022.

Bent said she decided to apply for the position “to ensure that all Queen Anne’s County students have access to the same opportunities as (her) daughter,” who recently graduated from the school system and is now in college studying to be a veterinarian.

Bent’s background involves program and operations management, first as a 31-year employee at Northrop Grumman and now at Engineering Solutions Inc., where she helps develop plans for companies to continue following their mission during crises like a pandemic.

“All of these skills, including my experience with engaging team members in financial, program, budget, and scheduling management, will enable me to support the work of the Board of Education while keeping my primary focus: supporting the children of Queen Anne’s County,” Bent said.

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