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Michael Egan - Principal

The Board appointed Mr. Michael Egan as Principal of the Dr. James A. Forrest Career and Technology Center in 2014.  Mr. Egan served as Supervisor of Instruction for Career and Technical Education with the Department of Teaching, Learning and Professional Development.  He holds a Bachelor’s degree from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and a Master’s degree from Towson University in Human Resources / Educational Leadership.  Mr. Egan joined St. Mary’s County Public Schools in August 1992 and has served as a Physical Education Teacher, Assistant Principal at both Leonardtown High and the Dr. James A. Forrest Career and Technology Center, and Principal of Margaret Brent Middle School for six years before assuming his current role as Principal of the Dr. James A. Forrest Career and Technology Center.

It is the Forrest Center’s Vision to offer Value added Education!

Data shows that students who attend the Forrest Center for Career and Technical Programs graduate at higher rates. In addition, the Forrest Center offers opportunities for students to earn Technical Attainment and Articulated and or Transcripted College Credits. This means that if students work hard enough, they can earn real industry certifications and can earn college credit upon completion of their Forrest Center Program. That is Value Added Education!

The Power of Yet!

Forrest Center Teachers and Students have GRIT! When we are tempted to say “I CAN’T” we have the courage to add “YET”!

School System News & Events

BOE Highlights 04/10/24
  • System News

A lengthy meeting covering many topics. Highlights include Negotiated Agreements, Calendar Updates, & Graduation Rates.

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AVPA Class of 2024

On Friday, March 15th, 2024, the SMCPS Chopticon Academy of Performing and Visual Arts (AVPA) presented the Class of 2024 Senior Capstone Projects. The event was hosted at Chopticon High School and students presented their art and performances in front of a live audience.


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  • Arts
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03/06/24 BOE Meeting Highlights - superintendent standing next to recognized social workers.
  • System News

The Board of Education met on March 6th, 2024, to honor and recognize our amazing social workers. Their care and dedication help our students through life's complexities and trying times.

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Pearls of Wisdom,  School Social Work Association of America
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Our SMCPS social workers are trained and licensed mental health professionals who provide individual and group counseling, crisis support, and aftercare support for students returning from hospitalization and help remove mental and behavioral health barriers to academics.

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