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School Board Members

Joe Goetz, President 

My interest in education began as a PTSA Member when my children were in elementary school. In addition to serving currently as the Kent County Public Schools Board of Education President, I hold the position as President-elect for the Maryland Boards of Education (MABE). I also serve as a Board Member for the Kent County Chamber of Commerce. Most recently, I served as the League President for Kent County Youth Softball.

I am currently employed in the food industry where I am responsible for building strategic plans specific to client needs, profit/loss evaluations, and forecasting, budgeting and contract negotiations.

I received a Bachelor’s of Science degree from Delaware Valley University in Criminal Justice, with studies focused on Business and Psychology. My wife is a former teacher and now business owner in our community. My daughter is a 2019 Kent County High School graduate and my son is a rising senior who will be graduating in 2023.
(Term Ends December 31, 2024)

Nivek Johnson, Vice-President 

Nivek M. Johnson, born and raised in Chestertown, Maryland, was educated in both the Kent County Public School System and the Queen Anne’s County Public School System.  In 2011, Nivek worked in the Maryland General Assembly as a Legislative Page to the Maryland House of Delegates.  After graduating the Queen Anne’s County Public Schools Nivek continued his studies at Chesapeake College, with a concentration in education and liberal arts.  Nivek enrolled in Salisbury University in 2015 where he received a Bachelor of Arts in Communication of Arts with a minor in psychology in 2017.
Nivek has 11+ years of experience working with children, youth, and families.  He worked as an Elementary Special Education Para-Educator for Queen Anne’s County Public Schools,  Technology Teacher for Saints Peter and Paul Parish and School and currently works for Montgomery County Public Schools as a Middle School IT & Computer Science Teacher.  His experience also includes three years as a Youth Minister in the Episcopal Diocese of Easton.  
Nivek considers working in and for the community his passion. He continues his service to our community as an elected member of Kent County School Board, Board of Director for the Charles Sumner Hall  Post #25, Grand Army of the Republic, serving as a Committee Member- Episcopal Diocese of Easton Agape Ministries Committee, and as a Board of Director for the Samaritan Group of Kent County.
Nivek has presented at conferences and workshops on the topics of Social Justice, 21st Century Educational Practices and Youth Ministry.  He has authored the article “Art of Being Savage.” When Nivek is not advocating for education, children and social justice,  you can find him outdoors hiking, biking, running, kayaking, and traveling.
(Term ends December 31, 2022)

Trish McGee

I consider myself a native Kent Countian, though I was born in Baltimore and lived there until moving to Chestertown at the age of 8.

I have a varied educational background, having attended parochial, public and private school. I am an honors graduate of St. Andrew's School in Middletown, Delaware and Washington College, where I received a bachelor's degree in history.

I am a fourth-generation journalist, now in my 30th year with the Kent County News.

I have coached high school field hockey for 26 years, including 19 years at Kent County High School.
(Term Ends December 31, 2022)

Wendy Costa

I have been involved in education most of my adult life, as a parent, as a community college teacher in four states, as the national coordinator of a teacher education project, as a school board member, as the director of a community-wide literacy project, and as a member of the founding team of a successful charter high school in California. I recently retired as the education coordinator at Mount Harmon Plantation in Cecil County.

My family has been in Kent County since 1969. Although I lived for many years in Texas and in California, I was always happiest when I came for summer visits on the Sassafras River, and I was thrilled to move to Kent County year round in 2004. Now I live on the upper Chester River, where I lead kayak excursions for small groups.

I graduated from Vassar College and earned a Master's degree in History from Columbia University. Many years later I earned a doctorate in Educational Leadership from the University of California, Davis. I have three sons, a grandson and a granddaughter.
(Term Ends December 31, 2022)

Francoise Sullivan
My husband, Mark, and I moved to Worton from the “western shore” in 2003. We have two children who attend Kent County Public Schools. I run a website design business working primarily with local non-profits, artists and small businesses. I am the founder and organizer of Hebe’s Garden which takes place during the summer months at the Chestertown Farmers Market and provides free children’s programming. I am also a founding member of the school advocacy group Support Our Schools. I like to volunteer and be involved in our community and have helped organize the Chestertown Tea Party Festival, the Chestertown HP Festival and I am on the Marketing Committee for the Garfield Center for the Arts. I have also participated on the GALES PTA and as part of the 2018 KCPS Facilities Strategic Planning Committee.
As the youngest daughter of a career United States Marine Corps father I grew up in various parts of our country including North Carolina, California, Hawaii, Virginia and Maryland but Kent County is my home. Between Kindergarten in Kaneohe Bay and Crossland High School in Prince George’s County I attended 6 different schools. I spent a year studying Elementary and Special Education at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh. Though teaching ultimately did not turn out to be my calling I have enormous respect for those who dedicate their lives to our children.
I look forward to supporting our schools and families.
(Term Ends December 31, 2024)

Brayden Wallace
Brayden Wallace
Student Member of the Board for 2022-23

I have lived in Kent County all my life and have attended Kent County Public Schools throughout my educational career. 

As a senior, I am the Kent County High School SGA Executive President, the National Honor Society new member liaison, and the Interact Club’s social media coordinator.  I also co-founded the KCHS Mental Health Club.  

After my time at KCHS, I plan to attend a four-year university with the ultimate goal of becoming a Behavioral Therapist.

Ethics Panel and Policy

Applications are currently being sought for the Kent County Public Schools Ethics Panel.
Three members comprise the Ethics Panel in accordance with Kent County Board of Education policy.
One seat on the Ethics Panel is set to expire and applications are being taken for a new member to join. The application deadline is June 3.
Members must be residents of Kent County. Membership restrictions include current Board of Education members and school officials, employees and their spouses.
Following the application process, appointments to the Ethics Panel are confirmed by the Board of Education.
Ethics Panel members are appointed to three-year terms. Members are eligible for reappointment.
The Ethics Panel is charged with receiving and maintaining documents such as financial disclosure forms, providing advisory opinions and reviewing alleged ethics violations.