Dr. Karim Shortridge was appointed principal of Reservoir High School on July 1, 2020. He is returning to high school leadership after four years of leadership in middle schools and he is eager to connect with the students and parents of Reservoir High School (RHS).
Dr. Shortridge is a husband and proud father of three children. He began his career in education as a middle school special education teacher in the Baltimore City Public School System (BCPSS). This experience was both very demanding and highly rewarding. As a young educator, he quickly learned the value of building positive and productive relationships with teachers, students and their families. Dr. Shortridge began his experience as a high school administrator in Washington County Public Schools and moved from Assistant Principal to Principal of Smithsburg High School. Coming to HCPSS in 2013 with 7 years of high school experience, he was appointed Principal of Oakland Mills High School, where he led the development of the early college program.
Dr. Shortridge graduated from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County with a Bachelor’s degree. He holds a Master’s of Science degree from Hood College in Educational Leadership, as well as a Doctorate in Educational Leadership and Policy from the University of Maryland, College Park.
Dr. Shortridge’s work with students is guided by the values of equity, inclusion and high expectations. He believes in listening to others and making informed decisions, which are grounded in the best interest of students. His goal is that RHS continues to be an amazing school environment for students to be academically challenged, participate in extracurricular activities, and have an enriching high school experience. He is dedicated to the success of all students and to support and encourage each child in achieving his/her maximum potential by instilling an intrinsic sense of worth, academic curiosity, and a life-long love of learning.