Effective Leadership Makes the Difference

Roger's PhotoRoger Stenersen, Program Director for Hood College’s Educational Leadership Program, has devoted his life to education and teacher preparation.  A Baltimore County native, Roger attended St. Paul’s School in Broolandville and earned his Bachelor of Arts in History of English Literature and teacher certification at Washington College. He completed his Master’s Degree in Administration and Supervision at Salisbury State University.  He also took additional graduate coursework in the University of Maryland’s field doctoral program partnership with Washington County Public Schools.

Following graduation from Washington, Roger taught at the high school in Kent County, MD, where he also coached lacrosse and wrestling.  In 1978 he moved to Washington County, where he worked in school-based administration for twenty-six years.  His professional roles included assistant principal appointments in three middle schools and principal appointments in four.  Following his retirement, he was an instructor in Towson University’s Department of Instructional Leadership and Professional Development where he taught courses in Leadership Theory and Practice, Leadership of the Schools, Supervision, and Group Dynamics. He has also supervised dozens of educational leadership interns in Baltimore, Carroll, Prince George’s, Montgomery, Washington and Frederick counties.

An area of special interest to Roger is the professional development of school leaders, and he has earned NAESP certification as a mentor to beginning principals.  One of four members of the team which developed Hood’s new Doctoral Program in Organizational Leadership, he sees this as a wonderful opportunity – not just for school personnel, but for all community leaders – to take their leadership to the next level and benefit the greater Frederick region.