Shenandoah County Public Schools names new assistant superintendent

The Shenandoah County School Board Thursday evening approved the hiring of Gabriel Ryman as new Assistant Superintendent for Treatment, Learning and Innovation.

“I am so excited,” Ryman said after the meeting.

“When this opportunity became available I thought it was a great way to combine my experience and passions.”

Ryman, who takes over July 1, said she has been in education for 21 years, earning experience across the spectrum of kindergarten to seniors.

She has been a math teacher at Strasburg High School and Peter Muhlenberg Middle School.

For a while, she worked full time as a math specialist in Clarke County, overseeing the math curriculum and working with elementary teachers to provide student intervention if necessary. She returned to the valley in October 2014 as an assistant principal at Peter Muhlenberg Middle School.

She is currently the assessment coordinator, a role she has held for the last two years.

Ryman is taking over as assistant superintendent from Evelyn D.K. Linaburg.

“I am going to relax for a while.  I have four grandchildren I am going to visit,” Linaburg said.

She has held the position for 10 years, said Linda Hodges, human resources supervisor for Shenandoah County Public Schools.

There were 21 applicants who applied for the position.

“They were from all over, including one international candidate,” Hodges said.

She said five of those candidates were internal and 16 were external applicants.

An interview committee made up of nine stakeholders went through the applications.

They presented Superintendent Mark Johnston with their picks of the top two candidates.

Johnston, along with Hodges and finance director Barbara Stombock, interviewed the two applicants on Monday. They then submitted Ryman’s name for consideration to the School Board, who unanimously approved her appointment