Dr. Maria Madison attended the University of North Carolina at Wilmington where she received her Master of School Administration degree in May 2004, Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction degree in May 2002, and at North Carolina at Central University Durham, NC a Bachelor of Arts in Education, K-6 degree in December 1993. Dr. Madison received her Doctorate degree at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington in May 2019. She has been in education over 23 years impacting the lives of students, teachers, parents, and community partners.
Her leadership style that she conveys to anyone that she meets is one in which children need to believe that they have the ability to develop the leader within themselves and they too can define themselves as a leader. She strives for her students to be leaders after they leave College Park Elementary School by closely monitoring their academic, behavior, and social progress while attending College Park. This is evidenced by her leading her school to be a North Carolina Title I Distinguished School for three consecutive years.
Her educational career began as a teacher of third and fourth grade students. As time passed she developed the desire to pursue educational administration. Some previous schools in which she held administrative positions were Pine Valley Elementary School, Bellamy Elementary School and Gregory Elementary School. She is proud of the accomplishments of the students, staff, and parents at College Park Elementary School and looks forward to the continued success in years to come.
Richard Kortan is originally from Arizona where he graduated with his Bachelor's and Master's degrees from Arizona State University and Northern Arizona University. He has taught in both the elementary and middle school settings. Mr. Kortan has been in New Hanover County for ten years having taught at Dr. John Codington Elementary School and Mary C. Williams Elementary School.
Mr. Kortan and his wife have a daughter who is a rising sophomore in college and a son who is a rising senior in high school. As a family, they enjoy traveling, sports and the arts. Mr. Kortan is very excited to join the Owl Family so he can continue to help children grow into outstanding community leaders.