FCPS CARES - February 2022

By Department of Human Resources
February 03, 2022

To recognize an employee with an FCPS Cares, please visit our submission page.

To view past submissions, please visit our previous submissions page

FCPS CARES of the Month Recipients

Central Office

Eugene Krzynefski, Stonecroft Transportation

"Eugene (Gene) Krzynefski is an FCPS school bus driver who cares. On February 23rd Gene was transporting a young student whose residence was a significant distance away from the school he attends. After the student had unloaded, Gene pulled the bus over to check for forgotten items. He discovered the young student had left his house key in the seat. Without a second thought, Gene immediately traveled back to the stop location, secured the bus, and began searching for the student on foot. Gene remained on location, looking for the student while efforts were being made to contact the family through dispatch. Out of genuine concern for the safety of the students he transports, Gene made several trips through the neighborhood in search of the student, to make sure he got home safely. Each time Gene climbs into the driver’s seat, he contributes to the education and the well being of the students he transports. He is a role model for patience, hard work, kindness, and dedication. His selfless nature and dedication to his students make him an ideal recipient for the FCPS Cares award."

- Karen Miller, Stonecroft Transportation 

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Region 1

Rena Rose, Dranesville ES - View the Celebration!

"Mrs. Rose is an inspiration to her students and to her school community. She takes the time to cultivate joy in learning and creates lasting memories with and for her students. She understands that relationships are at the core of learning partnerships between students, families, and teachers. For example, in addition to engaging students' voices in setting up a warm and welcoming classroom, she coordinated a weekend family gathering at the Reston Ice Skating rink, sharing a joyful experience as a community. Most recently, Mrs. Rose took the time to enter a contest for a message from one of her students' favorite authors, Peter Reynolds. There is so much that teachers feel they must do in a given day, it is amazing that Mrs. Rose prioritizes relationships and joy. Her students are learning academics and so much more in her care. Thank you, Mrs. Rose! #DranesvilleCARES"

- a Dranesville ES colleague

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Region 2

Michael Klucker, Luther Jackson MS - View the Celebration!

"Mr. Klucker is our orchestra teacher, and has offered to use his planning time to teach violin and viola lessons to Level 1 and 2 ESOL students who don't normally have room in their schedules for electives due to their double English and double Math requirements. This is an outstanding opportunity for students who don't normally have the same access to music education as the gen ED population."

- Matt Hoffert, Luther Jackson MS 

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Region 3

Larry Jones, Tory Swanson, Angela Frattura, Vickie Okoye, Pierce Prior, and Marilyn Wilson, Bucknell ES (Pictured Above) - View the Celebration!

"In my eight years in FCPS, I have not seen a school team welcome a new student and parent with such hospitality, kindness and warmth as the Bucknell Team on 2/14/2022. Caring Culture was lived out at every turn, from the welcoming administration, to the school social worker and counselor, to the family liaison and to the incredible teacher. These are life-changing moments for families and it is inspiring to see you in action. You establish trust and build rapport by listening, drawing out strengths and making time to understand both the struggles and hopes of the parent and student. Your partnerships with families are a beacon of inspiration! Thanks to each of you for all you do for all of your families and students each and every day!"

Laura Thieman, Willow Oaks Admin Center

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Region 4

Peggi Miller, Fred Allard, Mary Bricker, Neena Dosaj, Debbie Supernor, Jesse Horton, Beth Creech, and Cathy Rodriguez, Robinson SS - View the Celebration

"These incredible teachers have been providing an after school program for our special education students called "The Chill Spot." During this time, students are able to come and catch up on missing work with the support of a content teacher or simply received remediation. This has become something that the students look forward to each week. There were so many students there this week, they had to split into two rooms. Thank you all for going above and beyond to help our students be successful. Your commitment and dedication does not go unnoticed. Robinson is lucky to have you all!"

Chelsea Bruno, Robinson SS 

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Region 5 

Sarah Beatty, Eagle View ES  - View the Celebration!

"Sarah Beatty’s title is Instructional Assistant, however it should be “Jill of All Trades”. Ms. Beatty is relied upon by every staff member and student and her presence can be felt in all parts of our school community. She is a passionate, proactive, creative, organized, problem solving dynamo who works hard to create positive relationships with students and staff. Ms. Beatty regularly supports staff by planning for and delivering quality math lessons, using interesting and student-centered strategies, designed to target student and staff needs. She often provides coverage for classes, team-teaches large and small groups of students, and consistently plans for, teaches, and takes data for math intervention groups. Ms. Beatty’s ability to positively connect with students serves her well as she meets with students with varying learning abilities in the classroom, hallway, and cafeteria (as she monitors student lunches). In consultation with the math specialist, Ms. Beatty plans for and implements our school’s math night. Each year she works hard to integrate our school’s themes and vision and has planned math activities highlighting Portrait of a Graduate and the Positivity Project. Additionally, Ms. Beatty maintains our math resource room, which is filled with student and staff instructional materials. This year, Ms. Beatty has taken on the role of Co-Patrol Sponsor with fierce enthusiasm. She took initiative to research the AAA Patrol Program, transform our school’s protocols, establish clear expectations and policies, and create a Schoology site to communicate with Patrols and their families. School community and positive relationships are incredibly important to Ms. Beatty. She mentors students, plays in the student and staff band, and leads our school’s Instructional Assistant CLT. There are simply not enough words to communicate how much we appreciate Ms. Beatty and all that she does for our school. She is an amazing and incredibly valued member of our Eagle View School Community and the Administrative Team cannot thank Ms. Beatty enough for all of her efforts."

- Kanchana Iyer, Eagle View ES 

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Other FCPS Cares of the Month Recipients

Darwing Ajin De La Cruz, Clearview ES 

"Mr. De La Cruz came to Clearview Elementary this year and he has been really great as the Strings Orchestra Director! Our daughter is taking cello for the first time and she always talks about Mr. De La Cruz. He is really able to connect with his students while teaching them a strings instrument. Our daughter loves attending his class! In fact, this morning she was very worried that we would have a two hour delay because of freezing rain. If we had a delay, she would probably miss out on her weekly strings lesson with Mr. De La Cruz. Thank you for making music so fun for the kids!"

- a Clearview ES parent 

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Larry Bolanos, Stonecroft Transportation Center

"Mr. Larry has been our bus driver for several years and I have always been so happy with his kindness and care shown to the parents and children. He always goes above and beyond and my family truly appreciates his dedication."

- a Centre Ridge ES parent 

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Julie Fagan, Lorton Center

"Julie is a tremendous leader, she leads by example with clear communication! As a bus supervisor for the Hayfield Secondary area, she is more likely than not running double runs! Additionally, she is an excellent communicator, both with her drivers, and myself (Bus support staff). She clearly explains who is late, who is running double runs, and why these late or double runs are happening. On top of everything she always has a smile on her face! She sets up everyone she encounters successfully, everyday!"

James Mercer, Hayfield SS 

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Tara Krause, Fort Hunt ES 

"This week I’d like to recognize one of our wonderful full time substitutes Tara Krause for her contributions this year. During the very first week of school, I had the opportunity to hear Tara in action while she took over a first-grade class. I knew immediately she was a gem! Tara has taken on the role of many of our staff members this year. From playing dodge ball as the PE teacher, reading with second graders and teaching math to kindergarteners, she has been a true chameleon! Being a substitute can be a difficult role to juggle and I am so impressed at how Tara takes on every challenge like a champ. She is quick to adapt when there is a need to change her assignment at the last minute and works on the fly when a teacher needs to leave in a hurry without writing plans. I especially appreciated how she jumped into my class this week when I had to take two days off unexpectedly. It’s a true pleasure to work with Tara and I am so thankful she is part of our Fort Hunt Community!"

Nicole Cancilla, Fort Hunt ES 

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Timothy Nichols, Stonecroft Transportation Center

"We appreciate Mr. Tim, the bus driver for route TM-09. There is a shortage of bus drivers and we know that the drivers are working very hard. Mr. Tim has been reliable all year, always on time, always pleasant to the students. He knows everyone’s name and the kids appreciate having a nice bus driver that looks out for the students. Please extend a big “thank you” to Mr. Tim!"

- a Thoreau MS parent 

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Erica Giovanini and Christine Crawford, Oak Hill ES 

"Thank you both so much for hosting a Teachers for Tomorrow Level 2 intern! We are so lucky to have outstanding educators like you mentoring our future teachers and building the foundation that will carry with them into college and beyond."

Christy Ryder, Oak Hill ES 

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Harrison Jones, Herndon ES 

"Mr. Jones has been an amazing teacher for my child this year. He is so kind, caring, positive, and a wonderful role model for my son and his peers. I appreciate how consistently and proactively he communicates with us parents, how quickly he responds to inquiries, and how often he checks in to make sure that my child is doing well. He is also a calm, strong, and kind presence in the classroom (from my son’s observations) and an excellent instructor who shows genuine concern for his students, both academically and emotionally. He is one of the most caring teachers I have come across in FCPS to date and I truly feel he deserves recognition for his dedication as a teacher. Truly an exceptional professional and a model F PS educator!"

- a Herndon ES parent 

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Meredith Bowen, Oak View ES 

"Mrs. Bowen has always gone above and beyond with helping my son with being his teacher. When he came home after feeling sad about something, I sent an email to Mrs. Bowen and she was amazing, as always with communication and getting back to me. She took the time to speak to my son, help him figure out the problem and solve the problem, and I’m so appreciative of her continued support. Thank you Mrs. Bowen for always going above and beyond for my son and all of the students at Oak View. You are amazing!!"

- an Oak View ES parent 

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James Kotula, Chantilly HS

"Today, on a Friday afternoon, after dismissing class, my kind colleague Mr. James Kotula, from Chantilly High School, came to help me out to teach me and to train me on how to use the language lab in my high school. Since this is the first time I have access to a language lab, I really appreciate his help, time, and experience. Mr. Kotula worked at Edison HS for eight years before, and he still has the best will toward this school, our students and for us, his colleagues. Moreover, he has volunteered to keep training and guiding me on how to use this amazing resource, so my students can also take the best advantage of this resource, as well. Definitely, Mr. Kotula deserves to be recognized for his collaboration and good will."

Gloria Blumenthal, Edison HS 

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Aimee Molina Eagle View ES 

"Ms. Molina frequently sends thoughtful and encouraging messages about our son’s progress. She is an amazing role model for our son, showing the importance of kindness and compassion on a daily basis. She is a big part of why our son loves school! Thanks Ms. Molina for all that you do!"

- an Eagle View ES parent 

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Martha Hellman, Lees Corner ES 

"Martha gives 100% plus. She is always willing to help and lead and cares about all the staff and students at LCES! She is willing to help and donate her knowledge and time to other staff members as well as all of the kindergarten students! She is one of the best Kindergarten Teacher in FCPS!!!!!  Yay Martha!"

Pamela Curry, Lees Corner ES 

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Janet Walsh, Hayfield SS 

"Janet is such a wonderful example of a positive leader and community member. One of her team members had to relocate over break and Janet stepped right in to help support students and others in the building who were trying to cover and support classes. She did this all with a smile and focus on supporting all students through this transition to a new staff member. Janet is an innovative teacher and co-worker who makes my day better whenever I interact with her. Thank you Janet, for not missing a beat to support our students and staff even when your plate is full."

Regina Natale, Hayfield SS 

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Gloria Robinson, Bryant HS 

"The domino effect. Sometimes it has a negative connotation, but in this case it turned out amazing results. Mrs. Robinson had a conversation with a colleague who had some concerns about their class and being able to meet the diverse needs of students on so many different levels. Mrs. Robinson brought the concern to admin.  That simple conversation led to a brainstorming session resulting in creative solutions that opened up new opportunities for our students. Complete game changer.  Thank you to Mrs. Robinson for tipping that first domino."

Karen Hertel, Bryant HS 

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Nicole Swiers, Spring Hill ES 

"Mrs. Swiers is such an asset to Spring Hill and FCPS. My child is new to SHES this year and was so fortunate to be placed in Mrs. Swiers' class. She has been so encouraging of my child, academically, confidence-wise and socially. She is vested in my child's development and makes sure that my child knows that. Mrs. Swiers takes time to send a nightly email to let parents/guardians know what the homework assignments are for the evening and what was covered in class that day. She has engaging ways to keep her students interested and involved in learning, and celebrates the success of all of her students. My child can't stop talking about what a great teacher Mrs. Swiers is, and I can't help but agree!"

- a Spring Hill ES parent 

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Sheryl King, Oak Hill ES 

"When a student was struggling in class, Sheryl stepped in and offered to support her while her teacher was out. She went above and beyond, with a smile on her face, to make sure the student felt safe and secure. Thank you, Sheryl! I appreciate you!"

Kimberly Gallagher, Oak Hill ES 

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Carlos Perez, Sprague Technology Center

"Carlos has taken it upon himself to work through particular vendor invoicing issues for the department on his own accord. He has spent extra hours researching and working with accounts payable to help resolve this issue. Without his research and forethought this may have gone on for many more months. Carlos always goes above and beyond for FCPS. Much appreciation for his hard work ethic."

Jean Welsh, Sprague Technology Center

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Katrina McGuin, Lora Alward, Dawn Montovio, and William Venable, Hayfield SS

"Katrina McGuin, Lora Alward, Dawn Montovio, William Venable, Hayfield Secondary Food Service. As part of the FCPS food distribution program, I pick up food in the Hayfield kitchen during my planning period. Every time I arrive, I am greeted with warm hello's and smiling faces. They and their staff have prepared and set the appropriate food supplies aside for me for a quick pickup and even help carry it out to my car. When my schedule changes, they are accommodating and always willing to help me with positive attitudes. They provide a great service to our students, staff and Hawk families!"

- Tim Busch, Hayfield SS 

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Ingrid Wheatley, Riverside ES 

"Ms. Ingrid brings an amazing spirit to the halls and classrooms of Riverside Elementary. Though her position does not entail working directly with students throughout the day, the love that she radiates causes students to greet her with hugs as she walks the halls with her smile that can be seen through her eyes. Always positive and uplifting, Ms. Ingrid brings a ray of sunshine that can never be dampened."

- Bill Parker, Riverside ES 

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Derrick Rauenzahn, Madison HS 

"Derrick is a leader among our FCPS HS SBTS Support Circle, his school, and our district. I'm grateful for his voice, leadership, patience, and knowledge, especially about Grading for Equity and Skills Based Grading. He is sharing resources, leading conversations, sharing his experiences and making us all better because he's so open through this process! Thank you."

Margaret Sisler, Westfield HS 

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Laura Stone, Lake Braddock SS 

"Hi Ms. Stone!! You are so sweet and definitely my favorite teacher. I'm thankful for you and all of your hard work."

- a Lake Braddock SS student 

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Austin Isaac, Lake Braddock SS 

"I can't really find a date but for the most part, all of this year, you have been very supportive and helpful, helping me improve my skills. I am sure I don't just speak for myself here, and most would agree that your energy and skills really bring a lot to the orchestra and I just appreciate that."

- a Lake Braddock SS student 

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Kaitlyn Thompson, Lake Braddock SS 

"Mrs. Thompson is always willing to talk and is always in a good mood. She is funny, nice, and helps me whenever I need it."

- a Lake Braddock SS student 

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Fauzia Farouq, Lake Braddock SS

"Ms. Farouq helped me out with my future course selections by telling me about biology electives in later years and it was extremely helpful."

- a Lake Braddock SS student 

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Nicole Cancilla, Fort Hunt ES 

"Nicole has been on the sad end of technology woes more than most and has always dealt with it in an impressively positive manner. I feel that she would be justified in being upset with some of the things that come her way but she persists with a problem solving mentality. She accepts the current situation as it is while figuring out the best way forward. I admire her coolness in the face of a dilemma, often when twenty some first graders are hanging in the balance. Her proactive approach to solving potential issues and her willingness to solve issues on her own make me know that when she calls it is not going to be an easy one to fix. I appreciate her dedication to managing the many difficulties of her job while also treating those of us in supporting roles with such kindness and respect."

Cory Yeager, Fort Hunt ES

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Sherry Brown, Kent Gardens ES 

"Effective? check. Energetic? check. Efficient? check. Sherry is that and more. She serves as SACC teacher and cafeteria monitor. Sherry can give the students a brief, clear request. When they deliver on it, they are proud to be "part of the solution". Even though she can be strict, the students seem to respect her as a reliable friend. I believe that Sherry's influence will be remembered by her students. Also, by me!"

- Jane Reid, Kent Gardens ES 

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Vickie Sands, Lake Braddock SS 

"Vickie has taken on a new role in the field trip approval process at Lake Braddock. She has done an amazing job in the short time she has been doing it. She has taken the time to ensure she understands all of the facets involved in the process. She is thorough and makes sure all parties involved understand where we are in the process and what still needs to happen. I am so thankful for her and for her attention to detail!"

- Dani Sayre, Lake Braddock SS

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Celine Sinclair-Peebles, Transition Support Resource Center - Alexandria 

"As a senior, I believe that every school should teach their students how to get a job and create your own resume. This is extremely important for when kids come out of school and struggle to find jobs after school. At Bryant high school in the grants program, Mrs. Peebles helps with these kinds of things that we need to know for our future. She helps us create a resume and even search for the job. This is great for kids when they leave school and I strongly believe counselors at all the FCPS schools should help kids with this."

- a Bryant HS student 

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James Mercer, Hayfield SS

"Jim's commitment to supporting staff and students with arrival has been extremely helpful this year. Rain or shine, warm or cold, Jim is outside calling in the buses and welcoming our staff and students each morning. We appreciate his friendly and positive attitude! It helps us start the day off on a good note. Thank you Jim!"

Casey Quigley, Hayfield SS

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Evy Bowman, South Lakes HS 

"Evy's care for the students at South Lakes is unlike any-other that I have encountered. She cares for each student as if they were her own child. They feel comfortable asking her for assistance and seek her out for help navigating their academic problems and concerns. I am proud to call Evy my colleague!"

Kelly Page, South Lakes HS 

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Jennifer Diglio, Willow Oaks Admin Center

"The South County High School was thrilled to see when Jennifer Diglio recently joined the Office of School Support as an MTSS Resource Teacher. To support our school team with our ESSER planning our team reached out to Jennifer to set up a support conversation. Our meeting with Jennifer was fantastic. Jennifer was able to come in person- something she offered and we appreciated. This small touch allowed for rapport to be built, collaboration, and has laid the groundwork for the supportive central office and base school partnership.  We truly appreciate Jennifer, her team, her optimistic energy, and look forward to continuing to work with her. Thank you for all that you do. You are very much appreciated."

Claudia Pirouzan-Jones, South County HS 

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Richard Hang, Mantua ES 

"We are amazed at the impact that Mr. Hang has had on our child and our family. My second grader thoroughly enjoys the lessons in guidance class. He teaches in a way that children are able to not only grasp the concept but then also relay it to their peers, a true mark of learning. Our daughter loves educating our entire extended family about "lizard brain" vs. "owl brain", "big deal" vs "little deal" and differences between being mean / rude vs. being a bully. As a direct result of Mr. Hang's teachings, she has become great at helping resolve conflicts within her peer group at school and outside of school. She cannot wait to come home after guidance and impart the "pearls of wisdom" that Mr. Hang shares. He has made a demonstrable difference in our daughters life and taught her lessons that she can carry with her beyond second grade. We thank him for his efforts!"

- a Mantua ES parent

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Stefan Slavov, Energy Zone and Food Service Center 

"Mr. Slavov came to McLean High School to talk to 4 students who wanted to know more about the vending machines in schools. They wanted to share their ideas about improving services. Mr. Slavov talked with the students to share the regulations that he follows as set by FCPS. He was thorough in his answers and listened to the students. We appreciate him for taking time out his busy day to work with our students and support our cafeteria at McLean."

Ellen Reilly, McLean HS

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Margret Veenstra, Bryant HS 

"Ms. Veenstra has been my counselor for all 4 years and even while leaving LBSS halfway through the year I still have the advantage of having her help as she provided me her contact information.  She used to be the one person I'd go to when I was having issues during my Spanish class 2 years so I would not be overwhelmed or stressed and get through the class"

- a Lake Braddock SS student

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Toshieba Ragland, Lake Braddock SS

"My connection to Ms. Ragland started in 2018. She's a really beautiful soul and has taught me plenty of things since the 8th grade. She has always gone out of her way just to make sure I am ok even during the pandemic. If I lacked anything and she knew she'd always come forward with help. I honestly don't know how to thank her because she's really done so much for me."

- a Lake Braddock SS student

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Robert Irelan, Lake Braddock SS 

"All around. Class recommendations, explanation of material and enthusiasm teaching."

- a Lake Braddock SS student

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Toshieba Ragland, Lake Braddock SS

"Mrs. Ragland is an amazing teacher that has made school so much more fun and tolerable for me. I feel comfortable around her and feel like she genuinely cares about each of her students and is always here for us."

- a Lake Braddock SS student

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Catherine Lukow, Lake Braddock SS

"She has been the kindest teacher to me and truly cares for my future as a teacher and a person."

- a Lake Braddock SS student 

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Toshieba Ragland, Lake Braddock SS 

"She tries her best to solve my problems and take care everyone in her class."

- a Lake Braddock SS student 

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Toshieba Ragland, Lake Braddock SS 

"Every class Mrs.Ragland helps us connect with each other as people and is always there to provide a helping hand."

- a Lake Braddock SS student 

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Toshieba Ragland, Lake Braddock SS 

"Always kind and funny."

- a Lake Braddock SS student 

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Michael Dobbs, Sprague Technology Center

"Michael is an exceptional TSSpec. Recently he volunteered to test out the Epic Game Launcher installation process in preparation for the eSports rollout and noted the installation was not behaving as expected. Unfortunately, due to a short timeline our support partner would not be able to troubleshoot and modify the installation package prior to the start of the eSports season. Michael took the information he gathered during his testing and developed new installation directions for Coaches and TSSpecs to use. This is not the first time Michael has gone above and beyond to support his site as well as his colleagues. Thank you, Michael, for all you do in support of the TSSC mission of providing professional support and services for all FCPS approved technologies to promote instructional excellence and academic achievement."

Will Waite, Sprague Technology Center

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Sheron Windsor, Lorton Center

"On Friday, February 18, 2022 at around 2:30 PM a Bus (575) was at the intersection of Westmoreland Rd and Wayne Rd with lights blinking, kids getting off. A taxi took a left from Wayne onto Westmoreland, just as the bus driver motioned the kids standing  (it appeared she motioned kids) to cross, the bus driver beeped the horn and kids stopped crossing. The taxi went through her stop sign never slowed down or stopped. The bus driver once again let kids continue to cross. I was impressed how the bus driver was aware of the surroundings and how the kids and the driver communicated well in that situation. I cringed when I saw the taxi turn while bus was unloading and saw all the kids. I appreciate the safety my child will be in once old enough for school in Fairfax County. Good Job 575. Please thank the bus driver in 575."

- a FCPS resident

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Maurice Grace, Hayfield SS 

"I wanted to take a moment to thank Officer Grace for taking the time to speak with four different Senior Government classes over the past week. Officer Grace fielded a wide range of questions from students on our unit of study regarding civil liberties. He spoke about his experiences in the field and in the school to help kids understand how it applies to them. He talked about the role of SRO's versus Security Staff when it came to searches, safety, and threats. When asked tough questions about community-police relations he delicately provided clear and direct answers. He coached students on how to interact with police officers and encouraged accountability to better improve these relations. On a final note: Officer Grace is a wonderful representative of the Fairfax County Police Department. He is a true professional, respectful, and courteous to the public and the students that he serves. We cannot thank him enough for his service to our students!"

Doug Zywiol, Hayfield SS

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Timothy Dokken, Willow Oaks Admin Center

"I am writing to recognize Mr. Tim Dokken, Physical Therapist / Transportation Liaison for his above and beyond professional assessment and input in assisting a student client. The student wished to make a change to the way they were being transported on a lift. In addition to the student assessment, Tim took the time to research the disability laws and reach out to the lift manufacturer to assist in accommodating the students request. He encouraged the student to continue to advocate for himself, which will be of great value to him in his future needs. Tim’s kind and caring approach and big heart while assessing students is beyond reproach. His attention to every detail is instrumental in making students being transported as safely and successfully as possible. He is always prominent in solving some of the special needs’ students transported by FCPS buses with more involved behaviors and situations. Tim has great rapport with his co-workers and often shares his knowledge and information among them. He is respected for his knowledge, efforts, and kindness, by all the transportation staff that have the opportunity to work with him. The transportation equipment bakers rely on his expertise almost daily. He is the very definition of an FCPS Cares recipient. Thank you Tim, for all of the assistance you provide to transportation and FCPS students every day!"

- Sissie Scalia, Lorton Center

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Susan Kass, Clearview ES 

"Mrs. Kass has gone above and beyond in supporting my student since the first day of school in August 2021. He has had a difficult year of transitioning back to the classroom and changes in his emotional well-being. Mrs. Kass has been there daily to make him feel loved and helping him be successful in the classroom. In addition, Mrs. Kass has spent time outside of school hours reassuring me that my student will get through this difficult time. As a special education case manager she also runs efficient and well organized IEP Team meetings. I cannot thank Mrs. Kass enough for all she has done this year!"

- a Clearview ES parent 

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Jae Lee, West Springfield HS

"Mr. Jae Lee, Mathematics Department - West Springfield High School (school year 2021-2022). One of the best mathematics teachers my son has had in the FCPS system. Not only my son, but this teacher leads a collaborative environment and sincerely cares about the success of all students. His positive outreach ensures that students feel empowered and able to ask questions and reach an understanding of the material. This is particularly important with complex subjects where students can easily fall behind or feel like they are unable to keep up with their peers. Mr. Lee is an exceptional teacher and we are grateful for his expertise and leadership in the classroom."

- a West Springfield parent

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Erin Gayzik, Centreville ES 

"Each day Mrs. Gayzik has been the fairytale amazing leader for our Kindergarteners; my daughter has flourished magically with her exploration to learn guided by Mrs. Gayzik. Every developmental level is taken into account, with an email home to review with parents how we can support her foundation. Thank you so much; you are seen, appreciated and amazing!"

- a Centreville ES parent 

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Kristen Luck, McNair Upper ES 

"I think there isn’t one educator as dedicated and committed as Ms. Kristen Luck in our school, McNair Upper ES. Ms. Luck always shows up early and stays late to take care of all kinds of school-related activities and affairs. She has taken on so many different roles and extra duties at our school. For example, she is: a) the school coordinator for bus safety & security, b) Safety Patrol Sponsor, c) an official & unofficial mentor for students in various grade levels, d) a sponsor & organizer for various school fund-raisers, e) a school event coordinator for “walk and bike to school” day, “Safe Routes to School” & Wellness Wednesdays, f) a member of numerous school committees, g) an active participant in the PTA, and h) she is involved in all kinds of school events & volunteering opportunities including being an after-school club manager. Ms. Luck keeps everyone informed of current events by updating and posting on her Twitter & FB accounts, Schoology courses and also by publishing a monthly newsletter to promote fitness,  health, nutrition and wellness to the entire school community. She single-handedly ran & took charge of the “Kids Heart Challenge” to raise close to a big lumpsum of $10,000 for the American Heart Association!!! Ms. Luck is always willing to lend a helping hand to anyone who needs support and guidance. She is a great role model for teachers, staff and everyone in the school community as she shows all the great qualities of being the most CARING educator in FCPS. Her students and parents love her & her interactive P.E. lessons & engaging instructional activities. Ms. Luck is a school super-hero who demonstrates the P2 character traits through strong work ethic & highest level of selflessness. Our school is so LUCKY to have her as an indispensable part of the faculty & school community! She is the most deserving of the FCPS CARES award more than anyone I know!"

- Elizabeth Campbell, McNair Upper ES

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Leslie Dunbar, Clearview ES 

"Leslie is our school librarian and we are extremely fortunate to have her here with us. She always has a smile on her face and a happy demeaner. I work with a self-contained class and she is happy to see us and interacts with each individual student. She has props to go with the story she reads every week and always amazes me with the ideas she comes up with! She continuously goes above and beyond to educate the students and make the library a fun place to learn."

Deborah Legieza, Lees Corner ES 

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Regina Bergeron, Clearview ES 

"Ms. Bergeron is an absolute light in my child's day. She is intuitive and cares for her students' entire wellbeing-mentally, physically, and academically. She has a fabulous sense of humor and brings that into the classroom, and encourages creative thinking within her class. We could not have asked for a better teacher for my child this year."

- a Clearview ES parent 

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Karen Kleiber, Sangster ES

"Thank you, Karen Kleiber, for meeting me after work hours to help me complete my recertification application! YOU ROCK!" 

- a FCPS retiree 

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Lajuane Willis, Lorton Center

"I would like to express my deep appreciation for the excellent service that Lajuane Willis has provided my daughter in helping to transport her to and from school.  Ms. Willis has such a friendly caring disposition and is always very welcoming to my daughter while being especially sensitive to her unique sensory needs. Ms. Willis is the first person that my daughter meets in starting her school day. This first greeting is so critical in starting my daughter’s day off right. Ms. Willis is also highly efficient when receiving my daughter on the bus and securing her wheelchair buckles and straps for safety. Ms. Willis has done an outstanding job keeping to the schedule which also helps my daughter immensely as she craves predictability and routine. Employees like Ms. Willis are difficult to find and I hope she is commended for performing her job in such a caring and efficient manner!"

- a Sandburg MS parent 

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Mirna Perla, Lorton Center

"I would like to express my deep appreciation for the excellent service that Mirna Perla has provided my daughter in providing transportation to and from school. Ms. Perla has such a friendly caring disposition and is always very welcoming to my daughter while being especially sensitive to her unique sensory needs. Ms. Perla is the first person that my daughter meets in starting her school day. This first greeting is so critical in starting my daughter’s day off right. Ms. Perla is also highly efficient when receiving my daughter on the bus and securing her wheelchair buckles and straps for safety. Ms. Perla has done an outstanding job keeping to the schedule which also helps my daughter immensely as she craves predictability and routine. Employees like Ms. Perla are difficult to find and I hope she is commended for performing her job in such a caring and efficient manner!"

- a Sandburg MS parent 

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Kelly Kavanaugh, Robinson SS

"Ms. Kavanaugh is one of the best teachers I’ve ever had! Although I don’t have her as a teacher this year, she still is a trusted and important adult in my life. She is always there for me and I’m so grateful for her. I know that I can count on her guidance and support. Thank you for everything you do, and. Kavanaugh!"

- a Robinson SS student

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Donna Greer, Robinson SS 

"Donna goes above and beyond in helping our team with the hearing and vision screenings required for special education eligibility. She always greets us with a smile, even though we are bringing her additional work to do!"

Kristen Griggs, Robinson SS 

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Kevin Bosworth, Davis Career Center

"Kevin is a valued member of the DCC team. I love the joy and enthusiasm he brings to work every day, from his crazy hats to the music he plays when he delivers breakfast each morning. Thanks for being so positive Kevin!"

- Polly Huh, Davis Career Center

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Amanda Moreland and Erin Fillare, Lake Braddock SS

"Amanda and Erin have been strong leaders for our 7th grade advisory cohort this year. They have put in additional time beyond the normal day to support the teachers who are working with our 7th grade students. They have been positive proponents of working with 7th graders, shared their experiences with our teachers, and have been advocates for the important of advisory. The success we have had with our 7th grade advisory cohort is a result of their work helping to lead this group."

- Scott Darwin, Lake Braddock SS 

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Jennie Hwangpo, Centreville HS

"I reached out to CVHS in the fall looking for a group of students who may be looking for service hours for a project I was trying to get completed. My first grade team at Cub Run received a grant to purchase a collection of children's books that reflect diverse populations. We were able to purchase a large collection and wanted to be able to share it with the rest of the school, but needed a way to catalog the books and create a directory so that teachers would know what books were available and how they represented diversity, Jennie Hwangpo responded right away on behalf of the English Honor Society and has been supervising a group of students to complete the project. They created a Google slideshow directory and a spreadsheet that are both very user-friendly and will become an amazing resource for our school and our teachers. She has checked in throughout the project to make sure that it was functional for us and it can easily have books added as we increase the collection. I am so grateful for her assistance with this project and for being a great mentor for her students."

Tracy Cousino, Cub Run ES 

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Brian Orth, Lorton Center

"We would like to thank Brian for his help this week when an anxious parent called looking for her children because they had not arrived home yet. He was extremely helpful taking the time to check with the driver about the details of the run and when the girls got off the bus. He stayed on the phone with us as the story evolved until the children had arrived safely at home. His patience and concern were evident in the manner he handled the situation with us. We so appreciate his help!"

Chris Kamerow, Kings Glen ES 

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Celine Sinclair-Peebles, Transition Support Resource Center - Alexandria

"Mrs. Peebles was an amazing help for me with no knowledge or background of jobs opportunities. Not only was she polite, she was fast and simple to work with."

- Student, Transition Support Resource Center - Alexandria

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Hanane Ourahou, Sandburg MS

"Ms. Ourahou has been an awesome long-term sub with great energy and zeal to teach 4 English classes as the regular teacher is on medical leave. She has shown her enthusiasm for Black History Month and had the students learn about Martin Luther King, Harriet Tubman, and other famous leaders through worksheets, reflections and crossword puzzles. She brought her own unique teaching style that most of the students respond to and appreciate."

Dorothy Mwawasi, Sandburg MS 

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Shelli Wayland, Gatehouse Admin Center

"I was feeling so sick on Tuesday morning, January 4th!  It was the day after a big snow and I went to South County HS for a COVID test. Shelli braved the cold and ice and was so welcoming to me as she came to my car to get my identifying information knowing I was feeling so terribly. I know it's been over a month since that experience, but I still remember how kind she was to me that morning. I want to make sure she and her supervisors know how much her kindness was appreciated. She was working to help FCPS employees even though it was a "snow day" and most got that day "off." Thank you for being so kind, Shelli!"

Celeste Jones, Woodson HS

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Richard Waltz, Sprague Technology Center

"Richard Waltz has been the man behind the WeVideo curtain for months now. WeVideo is a cloud-based video editing system available to FCPS teachers and students. Establishing student memberships is a multi-step process and it frequently happens that student accounts appear in the FCPS WeVideo domain without being tethered to a group, usually their school. When this happens, frequently, I turn to Richard for a look behind the curtain. Richard unfailingly delivers school affiliations to me in a rapid manner. This happens despite his work as a full time TSSpec at the IT Help Desk and in spite of my haphazard request pattern. This ability to pivot thereby bringing first rate customer service to all his FCPS customers brings great credit to the Department of Information Technology as a whole and most especially to Richard individually."

Mark Hyer, Sprague Technology Center

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Gretchen Proctor, Haycock ES

"Ms. Proctor is an extraordinary art teacher. My son loves her class so much that the night before he has art he can barely go to sleep as he is so excited to go to school the next day. The projects she does with students are super creative and fun. She really knows how to engage, even her students who are not naturally gifted artists.  Thank you, Ms. Proctor!"

- a Haycock ES parent 

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Jillian Strutz and Virginia Rivas, Riverside ES 

"This year, Jillian and Virginia are sharing the role of ESSER lead for Academics and they have really embraced the role. They worked together to create a schedule for our interventions, match our human resources with student groups, and update our spreadsheet with all of the data needed to make sure we are best supporting our students. In addition, they provide support for our teachers at the Tier 1 level by attending team meetings where teachers share concerns about struggling students. They facilitate the conversation and provide Tier 1 strategies for teachers to implement. For this Spring, they are also coordinating our after school program for our Tier 2 students as well providing some enriching activities for all students. This has not been an easy task and these two are KILLING IT! They have been organized, collaborative, and efficient in their process and are always willing to learn and accept feedback. Selecting them for this role has definitely proven to be the BEST decision. We are beyond grateful for them and so happy to them as members of our Riverside family."

- Gina O'Neal, Riverside ES 

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Rachel Olarinde, Falls Church HS 

"Ms. Olarinde is an exemplary teacher. She accommodates for students of many different learning styles, even within her honors classes. She is thorough in reviewing students' 504 plans and IEPs. My daughter felt so seen and so understood on the first day of school when Ms. Olarinde spoke to her privately about her 504 plan.  She not only provided my child the accommodations listed, but even went above and beyond to make suggestions of other accommodations that may help her. Ms. Olarinde is a strong advocate of equity in the Falls Church school community. This year she exposed her classes to a variety of literature with diverse protagonists.  My child and others in the class feel that their backgrounds and stories are honored in Ms. Olarinde's class when they read and discuss this diverse literature. I wanted to "shout-out" Ms. Olarinde for being a wonderful advocate for diverse learners and being a great support for my child, as well!"

- a Falls Church HS parent 

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Amy Haughton, Lake Braddock SS

"Ms. Haughton works tirelessly to support our son. She checks to see how he is doing in his classes, and follows up to see if there are ways that she can support his success and growth. She communicates with him frequently via email and also by scheduling time to meet with him. She understands with her whole heart and has established a positive relationship. Our son's success in high school is largely due to her understanding his twice exceptional needs. Ms. Haughton has positive asset thinking and is an encouragement to our son."

- a Lake Braddock SS parent 

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Genie Yurgaites, Instructional Programs Support Center 

"Ms. Yurgaites always responds immediately to our son whenever he has a technology need in order to support his learning. This has been our experience over the last 3 years that she has worked directly with him. She understands his course load, his classwork needs, as well as his assessment needs, and finds ways to individualize his education. We are so grateful for the way she has supported his independence and growth as a student."

- a Lake Braddock SS parent 

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Judy Trigiani, Spring Hill ES 

"Dr. Trigiani has been an integral team member who has helped my child acclimate to a new school as a transfer student. She has shown so much care for my child and has welcomed my child into the new school community. She is a star. She loves her job and truly cares for her students. I'm so grateful my child has her to lean on."

- a Spring Hill ES parent 

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Kemba Ephraim, Gunston ES 

"Ms. Ephraim is my hero. She is a counselor at Gunston and has been my child’s cheerleader for 3 years. She makes sure each child feels valued and is a wizard at negotiating conflict between kids. When I grow up, I hope to be half as patient as she is."

- a Gunston ES parent

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Lisa Overberg, Clearview ES 

"Ms. Overberg is the kind of teacher that makes you want to be a 6th grade teacher when you grow up, that's what our daughter has shared with us on numerous occasions this year. Ms. Overberg makes learning fun and engaging while continuing to challenge her students on a daily basis. She communicates with parents regularly and is always very receptive to any questions or inquiries we may have. It is clear that Ms. Overberg takes great care in building a welcoming classroom community. We couldn't ask for a better experience for our daughter's last year of elementary school. Thanks for all that you do Ms. Overberg, Clearview ES is lucky to have you!"

- a Clearview ES parent 

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Chelsea Kelly-Sipe, Wakefield Forest ES 

"Chelsea has taken time out of her busy schedule to meet with me and learn more about AIM-VA and Learning Ally. Chelsea is going above and beyond to make sure that her students' reading needs are met and that her kids are able to get the accommodations they need. Thank you Chelsea!"

- Caitlin Radek, Instructional Programs Support Center

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Thu Nguyen, Lorton Center

"On Friday night there was a water main break on the Woodson campus. The maintenance crew needed to have the school buses relocated to another location so they could perform the repairs. Our office called him after hours and he immediately left his home and headed to Woodson. His contributions were crucial to getting this done in a timely manner. We greatly appreciate his efforts and dedication."

- Carlton Ellis, Lorton Center

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Letty Bobby, Clearview ES 

"Clearview Elementary is lucky to have Mrs. Bobby working at the school! She works in the front office and does so much for the school and the entire school community. She is always willing to lend a hand and is very professional. Thank you for all you do for the kids and the school, Mrs. Bobby!"

- a Clearview ES parent 

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Laurie Aleman and Kyle Kolbenstetter, Lewis HS

"Ms. Aleman and Mr. Kolbenstetter work in the PACE program at Lewis High School and did a wonderful thing by allowing the PACE teacher and ETR from West Springfield HS visit and tour their program. The Lewis HS PACE program is one of the best of its kind in the county. We were able to observe what they do, and they answered questions and shared resources and ideas with our first year PACE teacher. We cannot thank you enough for giving us this time, and helping us to improve our program at WSHS. The thing that struck me the most was the collaboration between the two PACE teachers, WAT teachers and IAs. This is a very strong team, and the students are the ones who are benefitting from their teamwork, collaboration and enthusiasm. Lewis HS is lucky to have them! Thank you Laurie and Kyle!"

- Rebecca Cousins, West Springfield HS 

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Andrew Hahn Davis Career Center 

"Andrew is a DCC STEP teacher and he has taken on some new teacher-leader responsibilities this year within the STEP classroom by assuming more of the job finding and job coaching components of STEP.  This dynamic group of students all work at individual worksites in the community, some in paid positions, and Andrew has been instrumental in helping find many of these positions and supporting the students as they begin their work. Andrew's continued support of his students, his colleagues, the employers, and the families as well as his quest to learn more about the services available to students as they work towards exiting FCPS is a wonderful example of what makes DCC such a fantastic place for our students to learn and grow. Thank you, Andrew, for your hard work and your enthusiasm - the payoffs for our students are huge!"

- Chad Clayton, Davis Career Center 

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Alison Rockmann, Laura Peters, and Julie Green, Lake Braddock SS 

"Not only are Alison, Julie and Laura dedicated teachers and department chairs who work tirelessly for their students and department members but they also go above and beyond for anyone at Lake Braddock in need of help. Thank you for covering classes at the last minute without even a second's thought. We truly appreciate your flexibility and willingness to help despite the inconvenience to you. Thank you again!"

Kim Hammond, Lake Braddock SS 

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Scott Drier, Wade Hackett, Nick See, and Aaron Johnson, Lake Braddock SS

"Thank you to the TSSpec’s team for the awesome work you do daily for Lake Braddock. It has been eye-opening to see how you support our students and staff with their technical needs. No question or problem is too big or too small for you to tackle. You kindly and patiently meet students and staff where they are with their computer issues, troubleshooting woes, or frustration with the changing technology. You are our unsung heroes. Thank you, Scott, Nick, Wade, and Aaron for always supporting the needs of our students and staff with a smile."

- Teri Hampton, Lake Braddock SS 

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Ivan Johnson, West Potomac HS 

"I have been able to approach Ivan like no other administrator. He is open, welcoming, and caring, along with being a great guide/mentor. I am grateful to be a teacher under his supervision."

Matthew Carlock, West Potomac HS 

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Tri Nguyen, Lorton Center

"On Friday night there was a water main break on the Woodson campus. The maintenance crew needed to have the school buses relocated to another location so they could perform the repairs. Our office called him after hours and he immediately left his home and headed to Woodson. His contributions were crucial to getting this done in a timely manner. We greatly appreciate his efforts and dedication." 

- Carlton Ellis, Lorton Center

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Tuan Phan, Lorton Center

"On Friday night there was a water main break on the Woodson campus. The maintenance crew needed to have the school buses relocated to another location so they could perform the repairs. Our office called him after hours and he immediately left his home and headed to Woodson. His contributions were crucial to getting this done in a timely manner. We greatly appreciate his efforts and dedication."

- Carlton Ellis, Lorton Center

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Sandra Martin, Lorton Center

"On Friday night there was a water main break on the Woodson campus. The maintenance crew needed to have the school buses relocated to another location so they could perform the repairs. Our office called her after hours and she immediately left her home and headed to Woodson. Her contributions were crucial to getting this done in a timely manner. We greatly appreciate her efforts and dedication."

- Carlton Ellis, Lorton Center

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Joon Lee, Lorton Center

"On Friday night there was a water main break on the Woodson campus. The maintenance crew needed to have the school buses relocated to another location so they could perform the repairs. Our office called him after hours and he immediately left his home and headed to Woodson. His contributions were crucial to getting this done in a timely manner. We greatly appreciate his efforts and dedication."

- Carlton Ellis, Lorton Center

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Cory Yeager, Fort Hunt ES 

"Cory is a dedicated and highly dependable colleague. As he supports the entire school regarding technology as well as academic support pertaining to the GATP Project, he keeps our students prepared in many ways. Throughout the school year and even more so during the onset of the COVID19 Pandemic, Cory has been available to answer questions, support with trouble shooting as well as easing the minds of teachers that were unsure about the best ways to support their students. Most recently as students have had their one to one devices for quite some time, Cory warmly greets concerned students who seem overwhelmed or afraid to report broken or lost devices/accessories. He is an instrumental part of the entire Fort Hunt team in that he plays so many roles including helping with keeping our building clean (I personally caught him helping with custodial duties that he volunteered to support with), keeping everyone up to date with apps and programs along with other duties and responsibilities outside of technology."

- Glen Mourning, Fort Hunt ES 

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Daniel Purkey, Lorton Center

"On Friday night there was a water main break on the Woodson campus. The maintenance crew needed to have the school buses relocated to another location so they could perform the repairs. Our office called him after hours and he immediately left his home and headed to Woodson. His contributions were crucial to getting this done in a timely manner. We greatly appreciate his efforts and dedication."

- Carlton Ellis, Lorton Center

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Haddiswork Yeshitila, Lorton Center

"On Friday night there was a water main break on the Woodson campus. The maintenance crew needed to have the school buses relocated to another location so they could perform the repairs. Our office called her after hours and she immediately left her home and headed to Woodson. Her commitment was crucial to getting this done in a timely manner. We greatly appreciate her efforts and dedication."

- Carlton Ellis, Lorton Center

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Hassan Abdi, Lorton Center

"On Friday night there was a water main break on the Woodson campus. The maintenance crew needed to have the school buses relocated to another location so they could perform the repairs. Our office called him after hours and he immediately left his home and headed to Woodson. His commitment was crucial to getting this done in a timely manner. We greatly appreciate his efforts and dedication."

- Carlton Ellis, Lorton Center

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Candace Davis, Lorton Center

"On Friday night there was a water main break on the Woodson campus. The maintenance crew needed to have the school buses relocated to another location so they could perform the repairs. She immediately assisted by contacting numerous bus drivers to ensure this was handled immediately. Her dedication was essential to this getting done in a timely manner."

- Carlton Ellis, Lorton Center

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Fernando Fernandez, Edison Support Center

"I first met Fernando when I was at Quander and he fixed my air conditioner unit that was not working. Since then he has been a big help multiple times. I moved to Bryant this year and was having an issue with my heating/air system at the start of the year and I happen to see him in the hall and asked him to see what was going on; he helped that day when he was done with the job he was doing (turns out the unit was just off and needed to be turned on) . Today I saw him and asked if there was a way to turn the fan down on the heating unit since it made it hard for the students to hear me?  (My unit is in the ceiling) After he was done fixing a unit in another room next door, Fernando popped in and although it only took him a minute to fix it makes me and the students' lives better by improving our ability to hear each other. He has always been a big help in making it easier on me and my fellow teachers by helping to keep the environment both comfortable and safe to work in.  Fernando along with his fellow HVAC and Maintenance employees work quietly "behind the scenes" daily often seen but not heard (except maybe a occasional hammer or drill sound) making sure FCPS school buildings classrooms are functional, comfortable and safe and because of that I am and will be forever grateful. Thank You!"

Brooke LaPorta, Bryant HS 

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Nicci Newman, Lorton Center

"On Friday night there was a water main break on the Woodson campus. The maintenance crew needed to have the school buses relocated to another location so they could perform the repairs. She immediately assisted by contacting numerous bus drivers to ensure this was handled immediately."

- Carlton Ellis, Lorton Center

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Julieta Luna Lopez, Davis Career Center

"This is Julieta's first year as a PHTA at the Davis Center. We are so lucky to have her. She is such a caring person. She is always available and ready to go with whatever we need her to do. On this particular morning, we had a student-run out of the classroom and into Marshall High School. She asked for assistance and went running after the student to make sure he was safe and not running out to the street. Julieta is a great asset to our school and community."

Yami Bosque, Davis Career Center

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Tammy Eggleton, Columbia ES 

"Tammy consistently goes above and beyond to support her students and colleagues. She plans engaging music lessons incorporating movement and instruments that the kids love, and they learn so much! Tammy is a supportive colleague and friend. She notices when her colleagues are having a bad day, and is always able to make them smile and cheer them up! She builds positive relationships and is always ready to lend a helping hand or listening ear. She is a role model for what an exemplary teammate should be, and the Columbia community is so lucky to have her! Thanks Tammy for everything you do."

- Alison Bieber, Columbia ES 

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Lisa Jeffries and Laura Kaniewski, Bonnie Brae ES 

"In honor of National School Counseling week, I would like to recognize the incredible counselors at Bonnie Brae Elementary School. Lisa Jeffries and Laura Kaniewski (Mrs. K) are nothing short of AMAZING. These two wonderful women are the epitome of FCPS CARES. Every day, every hour, every minute, they are circulating in the building, running to address any concerns or questions, and showing that they CARE about anyone they interact with. With the dawn of COVID, research has shown that children and adults are experiencing a higher level of stress. School counselors have always had a HUGE job and during COVID the difficulty has increased. Lisa and Laura, the two of you are critical to our school and the role you play on the stage of our school is noticed and appreciated. Like many schools, there is a "code bell" that goes off when a counselor is needed. There have been days when both counselors have needed to be in two (or more!) places at once. As the counselors are busy at work CARING for and about students, staff and families and going from teaching lessons, planning and paperwork to helping a struggling child, they still take the time for a wave, a quick check in, or a greeting for anyone they encounter along the way. Thank you, Lisa, and Laura, for EVERYTHING you do! At our school, EVERY week is an occasion to honor the two of YOU!"

- Stacy Greene, Bonnie Brae ES 

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Heidi Vallejos, Kathy Rials, Jenny Martinez, and Hector Collazo, Bonnie Brae ES 

"I hope the incredible front office staff at Bonnie Brae ES, Heidi, Kathy, Jenny, and Hector, will stand up and take a bow! You all are AMAZING. You are first point of contact for most of our students, staff and visitors and you help set the tone for our school. Thank you for all the ways in which you make Bonnie Brae shine! Everyone who presses the buzzer at the front of the school or enters the doors is given a warm welcome then the four of you go above and beyond to ensure that all needs are met. Your team makes it seem like everything is under control. Whether it is a quiet day or a frantic one, you all seem to take everything in stride. Your days are filled with answering phones, delivering materials or students to classrooms, addressing concerns, making needed items magically appear, registering students, arranging subs, balancing budgets, making phone calls, completing paperwork and so much more. Even through the busyness, every one of you still takes the time to greet students and staff, share a word of encouragement (or a joke!), and ask how someone is doing. This FCPS Cares is for all of you with heartfelt thanks for your dedication to BBES, and for CARING about our students, our staff, and our school."

- Stacy Greene, Bonnie Brae ES 

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Peter McDonough, Chantilly HS 

"Mr. McDonough is a professional gentleman. Even though I didn't have any classes with him during my senior year of high school, he was able to put a stop to a couple of his students calling me names 7 years ago. He pulled one of his students and me outside his classroom to address this. He deserves a raise and we need more caring and compassionate people like him."

- a former Chantilly HS student

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Toshieba Ragland, Lake Braddock SS 

"Toshieba Ragland is in her first year as the department chair for Lake Braddock's Lower CTE department. Throughout the year she has worked tirelessly to make our department meetings valuable, informative and productive for the members of the department. This past Wednesday, February 9th, was no different. As a result of her efforts, the meeting was relevant and worth the while of everyone in attendance. Thank you Ms. Ragland for your hard work and dedication to the profession."

- Lance Jackson, Lake Braddock SS 

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Tammi Milburn, Centreville ES 

"She's is the sweetest nicest teacher. She goes above and beyond to help and keep me posted about my child. She's been great with her and keeps me updated weekly if not daily. It's been great working with her and I wish we could have her next year. She even went out of her way to figure out my daughters favorite breakfast to make her day better."

- a Centreville ES parent 

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Jennifer Hunt, Hunt Valley ES 

"My child tested positive for Covid-19..he only had symptoms for a day. We had to quarantine the entire time due to the rules, however my son could do virtual. This was a scary thing for me as my son disliked virtual the last year and a half. Ms. Hunt truly made him feel like he was in the classroom. She included him as much as she could and he was very grateful to have a caring teacher during. He was excited to do virtual school daily. She even prepared a packet of papers to make it easier for him to follow along while he was quarantined. She truly went above and beyond and we are so grateful to have such wonderful teachers at Hunt Valley."

- a Hunt Valley ES parent 

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Lori Jacobs, Hunt Valley ES 

"My child tested positive for Covid-19, she only had symptoms for a day. We had to quarantine the entire time due to the rules, however my daughter could do virtual. It was hard to do and see the teachers sheets during instruction. She dropped off a package of papers for the next two weeks to make it easier on our doorstep. Wow! Truly impressive and above and beyond to ensure my daughter could still do her work. It even lifted the spirits of my daughter during her quarantine time. Truly grateful to have such amazing teachers!"

- a Hunt Valley ES parent 

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Rachel Barranco, Herndon ES 

"Ms. Barranco regularly goes out of her way to make sure her students' needs are met. My student had a difficult time getting back into the school routine after the winter break. At the first sign of trouble, Ms. Barranco had a plan in place to help my student with the morning transition. She also followed up with me to ensure the plan was working. Ms. Barranco is an outstanding educator and I'm so glad she's at Herndon Elementary!"

- a Herndon ES parent

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Mary Frances Gust-Harr, Clearview ES 

"Mrs. Harr has gone out of her way to work as an advocate for my child and give her the best chance possible to move her ahead in her educational goals. She recognized my child's needs and worked behind the scenes to give her chances to succeed and meet her goals. She helped my child see her own potential and helped to give her the confidence to chase her goals. My child has had a hard year socially, but the confidence boost she has gained by having such an amazing teacher in her corner has been instrumental in getting her through the hard times. Teachers like Mrs. Harr are so important for the success and confidence of our children, she goes above and beyond for her students. Thank you, Mrs. Harr!"

- a Clearview ES parent

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Matt Stewart, Sunrise Valley ES 

"When we realized we couldn't invite students into the school for a poetry celebration, Mr. Stewart created a virtual celebration. He recorded each student reading their poem with a picture they painted behind him. It was a special presentation that was really enjoyed by the students and their families."

- Alex Walker, Sunrise Valley ES 

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Krista Giunchi, Colvin Run ES 

"Our son was having a tough time going to school that day and Mrs. Giunchi was able to get him into school and he ended up having an awesome day! Thank you!"

- Colvin Run ES parent

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Tawanya Scarboro, Colvin Run ES

"Our son was having a tough time getting back in the school routine after being out for a family vacation. Mrs. Scarboro was extremely responsive and proactive in ensuring he got back into the swing of things quickly! We are so appreciative of that extra attention!"

- a Colvin Run ES parent

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Sean Hikosaka, Willow Oaks Admin Center

"Sean contacted me to share a resource in FCPS I never knew existed - the ESOL Library. Beyond the practice of proactive outreach, Sean was flexible with his calendar and disposition to reschedule our meeting multiple times. When I did arrive for the orientation, Sean was welcoming, informative, and laid the ground work for future collaboration. Moreover, he has agreed to present to social studies teachers in two different meetings since our orientation and on fairly short notice. For all of this I am very grateful."

- Craig Perrier, Willow Oaks Admin Center 

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Ericka Hisey, Lake Braddock SS 

"Ms. Hisey is the best teacher. She is so nice and Lake Braddock needs more teachers like her."

- a Lake Braddock SS student 

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German Vargas, Coates ES 

"Mr. Vargas goes OVER and beyond for his students. My son was nervous to begin Kindergarten and Mr. Vargas has ensured to build such positive rapport with him. Every morning, he greets every student with an elbow bump and such great positive energy to see them! My son raves about how Mr. Vargas has made his entry to public school an unforgettable experience! Mr. Vargas does his work with his heart and it pours out for others to see! Best Kindergarten teacher EVER and we hope he’s nominated for this award!"

- a Coates ES parent 

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Gina Rotanelli, Falls Church HS 

"Ms. Rotanelli has been a part of my son's high school experience for 4 years. She has been a taskmaster, a cheerleader and an effective coach for him. My personal interactions with her as his mom are enough to nominate her, but she is a caring, energetic person who never stops advocating for students and never stops expecting the very best from them. Her advocacy and relentless care has helped get many students to their goal of graduating and pursuing college and career credit in her new academy support position. Her tireless devotion to the students' educational needs and positive spirit are what make her such a treasure to have on the team FCHS."

a Falls Church HS parent 

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"We are so lucky to have Mr. Baker for our teacher. His creativity, thoughtfulness, and caring nature are a powerful combination for bringing out the best in his students. My son has had an incredible year in Mr. Baker's class and we cannot say enough good things about him. Thank you, Mr. Baker!"

- a Haycock ES parent 

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Susan Palatucci, Terraset ES 

"Susan provides unique and individualized support to students and staff. She not only ensures to address the whole child but works with teachers to collaborate and understand how to implement continued support. She is provides unique experiences to students using her communication skills and her devotion to our school. The students absolutely love her puppets and her energetic personality. Thank you for all you do!"

Brittany Powers, Terraset ES 

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Jessica Matthews, Terraset ES 

"Jessica’s perseverance and kind heart allows her to impact all children who encounter her. She understands the importance of enthusiasm and creativity in her classroom that allows her to create engaging activities and resources. She has supported me countless times this year by listening, collaborating, and presenting resources that help to create a fun kindergarten atmosphere. Thank you for all you do for our school!"

Brittany Powers, Terraset ES 

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Patrick Ward, Lake Braddock SS 

"I want to take a moment to celebrate Pat Ward. In the past month, Pat has shared countless resources with his colleagues. They have ranged from resources for Black History Month, resources for the Advisory teachers, and resources for the Government teachers regarding Portrait of a Graduate. Pat is a fantastic teacher--and my favorite thing about him...he SHARES all of this knowledge with his peers. He makes sure that EVERYONE benefits."

Jacquie Naughton, Lake Braddock SS 

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Brian Bailey, Lake Braddock SS 

"I had the pure joy of being in an IEP with Brian Bailey today. I cannot describe how warm, funny, and engaging he was in this IEP. Often, in an IEP, parents hear about the  about the struggles of their student. In this IEP, the parents heard their son was a "super-villain genius" and an incredible resource to other students in his Digital Art class. Mr. Bailey read an email from a teacher, that laid out all of the student's amazing characteristics--that is how he started the meeting. From start to finish, Mr. Bailey created an environment that CELEBRTATED this student, and brought the whole team together.  Amazing."

Jacquie Naughton, Lake Braddock SS 

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Yesenia Dominguez Arauz, Sara Hernandez, Khoi Nguyen, Aura Ortiz, and MacLean Peeler, Bonnie Brae ES 

"I would like to give a HUGE shout to all the custodians and the building supervisor at Bonnie Brae Elementary School. Our custodians and building supervisor are AMAZING! Every day they are here, there, and everywhere cleaning and going about their daily routines. They ALL go above and beyond to the point where I don't think I have ever seen any of them sit down! They always have a wave or a friendly word for anyone they see, do their jobs diligently, and provide service with a smile. They have great interaction with students and staff. I want to commend them all because not only do they do all the above, but they also CARE about the students and staff at BBES. Even while going about their duties, they always have an eye on the kids and if they see a child engaging in any unsafe behavior, they immediately jump in and say something, thus helping to prevent would-be accidents. If they see a child struggling, they try to brighten that student’s day. Our incredible custodial staff and building supervisor are truly valued members of our team and we appreciate and value them every day. Thank you MacLean, Aura, Sara, Khoi and Yeseina for ALL you do and for CARING about out school, our students, and our staff."

Stacy Greene, Bonnie Brae ES 

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Christian Freeman, Bonnie Brae ES 

"I would like to recognize and give a round of applause to my SETS (Special Education Support Team) coach, Christian Freeman. SETS team members go into schools and help support teachers who are new to special education. Christian has been amazing. She jumps in and even though I have so much going on with my students and trying to get a handle on everything special education related, Christian meets me where I am and helps guide, inform and assist. She listens to what I have to say and together we brainstorm to find solutions that work. If something doesn't work, we try plan B or C. This year started out being chaotic and overwhelming. With Christian's support, I feel like I am gradually getting a grasp of special education and what it entails. Perhaps the most important thing Christian's support does is that it helps me believe in myself. Christian working with me is a perfect example of FCPS CARES. Because I have her support and guidance, I am more knowledgeable and relaxed and less stressed. I feel like I am becoming a better teacher. Christian cares enough to work with me (even though I sometimes resist!) and share her wisdom and insights, so that, I in turn, can better serve the students and the school where I work. Thank you Christian for the CARE and the light you bring to all the students and staff you work with and thank you for believing in me!"

Stacy Greene, Bonnie Brae ES 

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Jay Garant, Gatehouse Admin Center

"Jay Garant, the Director of Business and Community Partnerships for Fairfax County Public Schools, has devoted the last 25 years of his career to FCPS. Over the past 15 years he has grown the Office of Business and Community Partnerships to include organizations both large and small, from Capital One to GrandInvolve and many others in between. He treats each relationship as a VIP - a very important partnership. GrandInvolve's mission is to bring older adults into the classrooms of our Title I schools to assist the teachers and students in attaining and maintaining grade level standards. Since our first volunteer experience in 2014, when we launched our GrandInvolve volunteer program in a single Title I elementary school, Jay has been a champion for us. He recognizes that our corps of senior volunteers provides valuable support for classroom teachers and educationally vulnerable children. He connects us with important support systems and collaborators like Mentorworks, which assists us in onboarding our volunteers, and he reaches out personally to school principals to smooth the path for our program to take root in FCPS Title I elementary schools and to grow to our current partnership with 25 schools. The goal of the GrandInvolve program is to have our volunteers in all the FCPS Title I elementary schools and Jay continues to work toward helping us to achieve that goal. When it comes to being creative, adaptable, flexible and persistent, it would be difficult to find anyone more tenacious than Jay Garant. The pandemic upended everything in public education and put a halt to in-person classroom volunteering. That didn't stop Jay from helping us to pivot to virtual volunteering with school partners prepared to take our volunteers. He's been tireless in his efforts to keep the wheels on the bus turning for GrandInvolve and so many other FCPS partners. He deserves the gratitude of the many organizations, volunteers, school staff, teachers, students and their parents. All of them have benefitted from his commitment to bringing the best Fairfax County has to offer into our public-school classrooms. We at GrandInvolve are nominating Jay for the FCPS Cares Award. He has been a tremendous help in the success of our mission through his support and encouragement."

Dorothy Keenan, GrandInvolve 

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Shreya Tibrewala, Terraset ES 

"Shreya is someone who always goes the extra mile to support students and staff members. She is approachable, supportive, and is open to any new activities/ideas. She always provides a fun environment for students and always makes me smile. Shreya is a pleasure to work with and I am so grateful that I had the opportunity to work alongside such an amazing colleague and friend. Thank you for all you do."

- Brittany Powers, Terraset ES 

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Hugo Jaramillo, Stonecroft Transportation Center 

"Mr. Jaramillo goes above and beyond every day we see him. He cares so much for his kids on the bus, and he is polite, kind and thoughtful. The kids are super comfortable with him, and we are so happy to see him in the office. We appreciate his thoroughness and willingness to always step up and help out. We appreciate him!!!!"

Melanie Cross, McNair ES 

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Mike Lis, Lees Corner ES

"It's awesome having Mike as part of the Chantilly Pyramid. He is always super helpful and super organized.  He is often our go-to guy for info. Yesterday I was looking for a specific piece of documentation and Mike took time out of his own busy day to help me search. He does this all the time and he is past due for some appreciation. Thanks Mike!"

Emily Phelan, Chantilly HS 

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Claire Haft, Chesterbrook ES 

"This really applies to Ms. Haft every day! Ms. Haft has done a remarkable job engaging her students this year, making them feel safe, fostering a wonderful community in her classroom, and ensuring that they all love school and learning. We are so lucky to have Ms. Haft! Thank you for everything you do every day for our students!"

- a Chesterbrook ES parent

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Sung J Kim, Merrifield Support Center

"Mr. Kim was tasked with repairing an air vent in my office; which happened to be 9 feet in the air.  He needed special screws to reattach the vent. He had promised me that the vent would be repaired the next day because he needed to get the new screws. When the screws he needed were not available to him at his work site, he purchased the screws on his own so that he could fulfill his promised to complete the job on time. Wow!  We often think about how teachers often buy things out of their own pockets and our FCPS craftsmen will do the same so that they can provide amazing customer service. Thank you, Mr. Kim, for all that you do for FCPS children, families and staff!  You are what make FCPS a great place to work!"

Mary Beth Harrison-Cunningham, Dunn Loring Center

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Nishi Langhorne, Summer Johnson, Adam Schechter, Nathan Poumade, and Ryan Richardson, Willow Oaks Admin Center, Lewis HS, Robinson SS and Woodson HS 

"These five educators took time away from their busy schedules to meet virtually with students who are pursuing a passion project. A dream pitched to leaders here at Westfield is becoming a reality, creating a podcast to connect members of our community and tell the wonderful stories that happen here! Yesterday during advisory, these two students asked experienced podcasters questions, had conversation and as soon as we ended the call, exclaimed "THAT WAS SO COOL!" and "I'M SO EXCITED TO GET STARTED!"  We have a lot to learn, but with these experts reminding us to start with our purpose, not worry about perfection, and some tips and tricks to help us start we are well on our way!"

Margaret Sisler, Westfield HS 

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Catherine McLean, Island Creek ES 

"Ms. McLean has gone above and beyond regularly this year to make learning fun and to really help parents have the tools and resources they need at home to give the kiddos a step up. It's been challenging, much work was needed for behavioral issues, I'm sure and she has a FULL class but her energy and attitude are evident.  My student loves school and loves her class."

- an Island Creek ES parent

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Tonia Parker, Island Creek ES 

"Mrs. Parker is an extraordinary teacher and goes above and beyond daily. She has a keen ability to truly connect with students, understand what makes them unique and meets them right where they are. She is kind, fun, creative, patient, and just a really great teacher. We are so fortunate to have her this year."

- an Island Creek ES parent

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Braden Peterson, Langley HS 

"Mr. Peterson led the "Freshman Orientation" for parents and rising 9th graders attending Langley next year.  Having attended hundreds of zooms at this point, his was by far the most informative, entertaining, and helpful presentation. He used funny metaphors that explained the most pressing questions. Parents and students are anxious as they prepare for high school, and the fact Mr. Peterson was able to alleviate worries, answer questions, and do so in a very friendly and welcoming way, (and over Zoom!) makes us feel good about staying in FCPS and going to Langley. We laughed and are excited to join the Saxon community. Thank you, Mr. Peterson!"

- a Langley HS parent 

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Kimberly Vaughn, Lake Braddock SS 

"Ms. Vaughn is a great PE teacher who connects well with students and engages them in her lessons. She goes above and beyond with other duties in the school to support our mission and vision and does so with a smile on her face. Thank you, Ms. Vaughn!"

- Alison Reeves, Lake Braddock SS

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Sue Kalbaugh and Laura McLean, Gatehouse Admin Center

"Both Sue & Laura have been absolutely lifesavers, any time I have a question or issue related to finance or purchasing, I get immediate and gracious assistance. So while I've put the date of experience as 2/9/22, it really has been before then and ongoing. I really appreciate their patience and support!"

Suzy Martin, Quander Road School

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Susan Oh, Eagle View ES 

"This FCPS Cares award goes to Ms. Susan Oh, first grade teacher at Eagle View Elementary. I have had the pleasure of working with Ms. Oh the past three years. She brings such a high level of dedication to our team and her students everyday. Ms. Oh consistently shows that she cares for all around her. When students are going through hardships, she finds ways to connect with them that make them feel loved and seen. She has a heart of gold and all who know her are blessed by the difference she makes."

Marcy Fisher, Eagle View ES 

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Shannon Melideo, Hunters Woods ES 

"Dr. Melideo is a fantastic teacher at Hunters Woods. Through the school year I have seen my son grow as a learner and share his knowledge at home. Thanks to this, I know more about ancient civilizations, rock formations and sign language. Dr. Melideo has created a strong classroom community that allows each individual to feel included while honoring the uniqueness of each student. I am so thankful that my son is able to enjoy this school year with Dr. Melideo."

- a Hunters Woods ES parent

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Davis May, Lake Braddock SS

"Davis May is a quick-whited professional who also manages to take time to personally connect with his collogues. He's been a willing mentor to new and returning teachers alike. He consistently models vulnerability as he tackles the many new challenges we've faced this year, and does so with grace and flexibility. Thank you Davis May."

Darryl Johnson, Lake Braddock SS 

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Amanda Livingston, Robinson SS

"Amanda works in the athletic office at Robinson Secondary School and always goes above and beyond. She responds to emails quickly with the information needed and creates positive relationships with coaches and players. Every interaction with her is upbeat and positive. Thank you, Amanda, for always being collaborative, responsive, and turning ordinary things into extraordinary. You are a pleasure to work with! Looking forward to another amazing spring season."

- Shelli Wayland, Gatehouse Admin Center

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Sandra Baney, Lake Braddock SS 

"Ms. Baney is a tremendous member of the team that has been a Bruin for many years. The warmth and kindness that she displays to her students and teammates is always heartfelt and appreciated. Ms. Baney is always welcome to step in and help when needed, whether it be in the classroom or in a CT or PLC meeting. We are very fortunate to have Ms. Baney as a part of the Bruin Story."

Jennifer Harris, Lake Braddock SS

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Kathleen Young, Lake Braddock SS 

"I want to give a shout out to Kat Young. As the department chair for HS Social Studies, she has lead the team with knowledge and positive energy, as multiple challenges have been sent her way. She has involved county resources when needed, offered ideas to teachers who are struggling with new methods of assessment, and found a way to keep the group moving forward while recognizing how hard change can be!  Kat--you're the best!!"

Jacquie Naughton, Lake Braddock SS 

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Chris Beatty, Lake Braddock SS 

"This year Chris Beatty has continually gone out of his way to support one of his students who has been having a tough year. She is enrolled in a high level AP course that is very rigorous and has been overwhelmed with the work load. Mr. Beatty has made numerous accommodations and modifications to support her to ensure she has an opportunity to be successful in his class. I am impressed with his dedication to his students and his support of their Social & Emotional needs."

- Scott Darwin, Lake Braddock SS 

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Samar Awad Salama, Lorton Center

"Transportation has one of the most complicated jobs at FCPS. They deal with constant changes to student needs, calls from schools like us, and their own short staffing. Samar and Laura consistently fulfill our requests and they exceed  expectations. They are ALWAYS nice, even when we are frustrated, they come through with a resolution. They put the students first and think outside the box. Thank you both for your dedication and partnership."

- Elizabeth Melillo, Bryan AIM 

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Ian Trumbore, Sideburn Support Center

"Mr. Trumbore was kind to look into why my classroom is so cold, he found out that it is about 63 degrees! We have put in a work order here at the school so it is in the queue, but it was nice to have him take a moment and check and affirm my concern that it is really chilly in here. I know in these stressful times, everyone is working hard, even while we are short handed. I wanted to express my appreciation over just listening and making a call. Thank you so much!"

Lisa Zargarpur, Keene Mill ES

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Brie Centeno, Gatehouse Admin Center

"Brie has been super helpful with assisting me with invoices in VIM that have not been uploaded or there were issues. At a time that is short staffed with the pandemic, weather, among other things, she has been patient, kind and super helpful. She's a true asset and pleasure to work with."

Leigh Bergman, Willow Oaks Admin Center 

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Melvin Marroquin-Andaluz, Oakton ES 

"I have worked hand in hand with Mr. Melvin this year through outdoor lunch and the enrichment classes. We have asked for his help with the logistics of outdoor lunch. He has taken on the task of setting out the lunch bins for each zone and sets out trash cans. For enrichment classes, he meets the teachers in the mornings and lets them into the building. We've also asked for his help with the gym divider. No matter what the task, Mr. Melvin is always willing to help and is always joyful about it. Everything we've done so far with outdoor lunch and enrichment classes could not happen without Mr. Melvin!"

- a Oakton ES parent 

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Siriluck Rungrujiphaisal, Glen Forest ES 

"Ms. June has been a great manager, mentor, teacher, and guide throughout the years that I have been working in Glen Forest. She has taught me so much in my time here, and I honestly can’t thank her enough for her kindness, generosity, and support. Her leadership and words of encouragement meant a lot to me, and I would not be where I am today without her support."

Fatiha Tenni, Glen Forest ES 

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Kaitlin Donohue, Eagle View ES 

"Kaitlin is my mentor! She is hands on and has done an excellent job with helping me with becoming familiar with the school, SEASTARS, and all resources in FCPS. I appreciate her hard work and dedication! I could not have asked for a better mentor! Thank you!"

Kadene McDonnough, Eagle View ES 

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Kristine Long, Hayfield SS 

"When a co-worker had to be out unexpectedly, Kris immediately helped arrange for a substitute, put together plans and even started the class on certain days. Kris showcases what a caring culture is each day, but I thought it was very special how she took the the initiative to support her colleague and the department to prevent from having others to cover classes. Kris also put together a book raffle to help raise money to buy a senior student a yearbook.  Kris is creative, thoughtful and a wonderful colleague and friend."

Stephanie Passino, Hayfield SS 

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Betsy Desouza-Wyatt, Lake Braddock ES 

"Betsy DeSouza-Wyatt went above and beyond to assist my student in organizing her materials, locating assignments and helping her to identify what work needed to be completed. Betsy DeSouza-Wyatt spent hours of her time after school on numerous occasions to help my student. She even provided food which also helped my child be able to get more work completed. In addition, Betsy DeSouza-Wyatt provided me with email updates to ensure I can help my student from home to be aware of how to keep materials organized and continue to complete assignments. Thank you so much!!!" 

- a Lake Braddock ES parent 

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Luann Hanley, Waples Mill ES 

"Ms. Hanley is one of those teachers you always wanted to get when you were a kid. She is not only sweet and caring to the students, but she goes above and beyond to make sure they are learning the material. She communicates with the parents. She is one of the best teachers at FCPS. My child is a better student and person because of Ms. Hanley!"

- a Waples Mill ES parent 

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Michele Tureaud, Willow Oaks Admin Center 

"Michele consulted with several Oak Hill ES classroom teachers last week regarding Tier 1 behavior supports. Her ideas and feedback were so helpful! We are so thankful to have Michele's support!"

- Kim Gallagher, Oak Hill ES 

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Ann Pritz, Sangster ES 

"Ms. Pritz called me back on a Friday night after I have sent an email to her asking about my daughter's day. She was compassionate and professional in the phone call. She had pressing matters at the time, but she was intentional in trying to reassure a concerned slightly worrisome parent."

- Allison Jankovich, Sangster ES 

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Andrea Cro, Mantua ES 

"Mrs. Cro was my child's teacher in the 2020-21 school year. Mrs. Cro was the best teacher a parent could expect. She assigned homework, graded and left comments for every question and problem in each assignment. She conducted small group learning and made sure every student attended. When Alex missed a session or was late, she kindly reminded him to make sure he would attend the next. Mrs. Cro is a warm person. Students all liked her. I’m very thankful Alex was in Mrs. Cro’s third grade class during the virtual learning year. While some friends of mine talked about a lost year, my child thrived academically. Mrs. Cro is one of the greatest teachers at Mantua."

- a Mantua ES parent 

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Holly Moran, Sideburn Support Center

"Holly has been amazing in coordinating the painting of our classrooms at night. She recently went above and beyond when she realized that a teacher lost her interactive word wall because of the fresh paint. Holly made wooden alphabet boards for the teacher and delivered them the next day. This is an incredible act of care and support for our teachers that deserves to be recognized and celebrated."

- Katy Richman, Woodburn ES 

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Erin Staudt, Rose Hill ES 

"Erin is a wonderful asset to the Rose Hill school team this year. She is a conscious staff member who works hard to meet the diverse communication needs of the students at our school. She communicates information clearly to parents and colleagues during special education meetings, creates a welcoming learning environment, and uses evidenced-based practices to teach and support our students. Her students are showing tremendous growth under her instruction. We are so lucky to have her at Rose Hill!"

- a Rose Hill ES colleague

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Lindsay Crytzer, Woodson HS

"Lindsay Crytzers' Education for Employment students run a coffee cart for staff members during 6th period. Over the course of semester, her students have grown tremendously!  At the beginning, they were afraid to knock on the door, and they needed an adult to prompt them to hand me the coffee. Now, they come to my room without an adult, enter the classroom, and talk to me when they give me the coffee and take my payment. Today, both young men even interacted with several of my students (all juniors and seniors in an advanced math class) as they left the room! The social/emotional progress is phenomenal, not to mention the life skills of making change, interacting with customers, and performing complex tasks. Lyndsey Crytzer has provided these students with an invaluable opportunity to grow and learn!"

- Andrea Austin, Woodson HS 

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Kima Austrie and Molly Williams, Riverside ES 

"Kima and Molly are TRUE team players. This year, they have gone above and beyond to support their colleagues. They have written weeks of sub plans, supported the emotional and academic well-being of students in other teachers' classes, and provided consistent support to substitute teachers. These two teachers are definite assets to our Riverside Community and we are beyond grateful to have them!"

- Gina O'Neal, Riverside ES 

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Mary Jane Dougherty, Beth Schoonover, Christie Armstrong, and Regina Johnson, Colin Powell ES 

"I just want to give a HUGE shout out to my amazing office staff! This is my first year as the AA/FT and I'm new to FCPS. They have all been so supportive and awesome to work with that I couldn't just name one person. It has definitely been an overwhelming school year so far, and I don't know what I would have done without their support!"

- Chris Park, Colin Powell ES 

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Glen Mourning, Fort Hunts ES 

"Glen is a skillful, confident, and reflective colleague who always seeks opportunities for growth. I appreciate his willingness to say something like, "I've taught (enter reading or writing skill) the same way so many times and I know it's effective, but I wanted to try something different so I switched things up yesterday. The lesson didn't quite work out the way I wanted it to work out and I'm now racking my brain to figure out the best way to implement my new idea." Having conversations with Glen makes it clear that he has a growth mindset and he's engaged and invested in his teaching practices and their outcomes. I'm so glad he's part of our Fort Hunt team!"

Sara Holland, Fort Hunt ES 

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Juleanne Petersen, Colvin Run ES 

"Mrs. Petersen is new to the school this year and within only a few months, she has brought a curiosity and joy about music that I've never seen in my children. They've both always generally loved music and singing, but because of Mrs. Petersen's teaching style, hands-on activities and enthusiasm, they look forward to their music class and frequently come home and share what they've learned with my husband and I. The most exciting part is that Ms. Petersen has exposed them to musicians that we didn't realize would cause so much excitement and happiness, like Ella Fitzgerald. Mrs. Petersen works above and beyond and has made a wonderful impact on my children."

- a Colvin Run ES parent 

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Clinton Sower, Willow Oaks Admin Center 

"Clinton built an entire system for internal management of COVID 19 case information. This new system helps to save schools valuable time, which they are already stretched thin for. He was able to do all of this in record time while also working in collaboration with the Fairfax County Health Department. Clinton's work is critical to operations within FCPS."

Shawn Heilemann, Willow Oaks Admin Center 

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Michael Edwards, Sprague Technology Center

"Michael played a critical role in helping to get the FCPS REDCap system up and running. His ability to help navigate the technical world is unmatched. This was all done on extremely tight timelines with little preparation time. He is consistently a delight to work with. His efforts have helped save schools valuable time and provided some relief in reporting COVID cases, during a time when principals need every minute they can get. Thank you Michael!"

Shawn Heilemann, Willow Oaks Admin Center 

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Neena Rani, Hayfield SS 

"My IA, Neena Rani, took over leading our 2 self-contained Civics classes as I had an extended absence due to COVID from Monday January 10th until Thursday January 20th. She called me each evening to tell me how the class went and to go over the plans for the next day, making sure she was able to access everything.  With her leadership, our students never missed a beat and were able to move forward smoothly. I want to give a huge shout out and thank you to Ms. Rani. Thank you."

Melissa Maylum, Hayfield SS 

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Nicole Weinraub, Robinson SS 

"My child has a chronic health condition that requires frequent appointments and absences. Nicole Weinraub offered her direct email address as the admin asst. for his subschool and has been incredibly and personally responsive to every absence and appointment. She has offered a personal touch showing that she sees my child and his needs. Her care is personal and poignant. She is professional and upbeat. She personifies FCPSCares!"

- a Robinson SS parent 

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Kevin Fahy, Lorton Station ES 

"Mr. Fahy goes above and beyond for his students to make sure they are successful. He is in constant communication with us as parents about our child’s success and opportunities for improvements. He has provided support during difficult times and has worked so well with our son to ensure he performs at his best. He is receptive to ideas from parents and provides feedback. Our son has a deep level of respect for his teacher and truly enjoys going to school. It has been the best year behavior wise we have had and Mr. Fahy is a huge asset for why he’s thriving."

- a parent of Lorton Station ES 

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Nia Manoleras, Centreville ES 

"We are in awe of Mrs. Manoleras and her open communication with families. Through her weekly emails, she keeps us informed with what they are learning in class and even provides us with questions or prompts we can ask at home. She truly believes in the partnership between parent and teacher, and consistently works with us to ensure our son is successful at school while also helping him to be the best version of himself. She works hard to meet our child's needs both academically and emotionally. Our son says he likes his teacher because she tells jokes and is funny. We could not be more pleased about having Mrs. Manoleras as our first experience within the CES community!"

- a Centreville ES parent 

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Griffin Deysher, Fort Belvoir Upper School

"Mr. Deysher has worked hard to build a welcoming classroom community for his students.  Anytime my son has had an issue at school or experienced difficulties this year, Mr. Deysher immediately worked to provide a solution or to develop a plan to work toward a solution."

- a Fort Belvoir Upper School parent 

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Andrew Reinoso, William Cunningham, Juan Meza, Tomas Lopez, Christopher Mercer, Mike Brown, Carlos Rios, Clayton Yoder, Marvin Barrett, Blanca Cienfuegos,  Caesar Vasquez, and Eschelle Brown, Woodson Complex Center

"I’d like to recognize the Woodson Grounds crew for an FCPS Cares Award. After the devastating fire that consumed much of their office and workspace at Woodson Center last Sunday night, they diligently worked in freezing temperatures morning, noon and night to recover from this incident and make it safer for students and others to get to school. The road behind Woodson Center directly accesses Woodson High School from Pickett Street and is a main route for kiss and ride, bus, and visitor traffic, as well as student pedestrians walking to school. The damage to the building forced part of that access road to be shut down and restricted traffic to one-way only. Before the school opened Monday morning, they installed jersey barriers and a fence line to keep the vehicular traffic and pedestrians safe from the damaged building while traveling to and from school. The situation evolved as the week went on, and it was determined that the road needed to be reopened to two-way traffic as soon as possible. The grounds crew did not hesitate to move the jersey walls and the fence line out of the way. They also cleaned up the large amounts of mud and ice on the sidewalk that had resulted from the excess water used to extinguish the fire. This allowed regular vehicular and foot traffic to resume before school was dismissed on Wednesday afternoon. The dedication and caring culture the Woodson Grounds Crew displayed during this unfortunate event all while dealing with freezing temperatures, wind chill and situational changes, was a credit to FCPS and exemplified the meaning of the FCPS Cares Award. Thank you for all you do for FCPS!"

Richard Michelback, Gatehouse Admin Center

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Stephanie Holt, Willow Oaks

"Stephanie has volunteered multiple days to support our EPF students while a teacher has been out on STD. It was amazing to see how quickly she developed positive relationships with the students. We can't thank her enough for all of her help in creating a caring and consistent learning environment for our students."

Scott Settar, Chantilly HS 

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Marcella Setness, Sprague Technology Center 

"Marcella has volunteered multiple days to support our EPF students while a teacher has been out on STD. We were so fortunate to have someone with her knowledge and expertise to support our students. We can't thank her enough for all of her help in creating a caring and consistent learning environment for our students."

Scott Settar, Chantilly HS 

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Andrew Smith, Franconia ES 

"Mr. Smith always puts people first. He is an exceptional leader who leads with empathy and understanding. Mr. Smith recognizes that we are all human beings who are happier at our jobs when we are seen for who we are both in times of success as well as times of struggle. He tries to support in any way he can when life takes a turn. It is truly appreciated."

- Carrie Summers, Franconia ES 

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Kelley Relyea, Crossfield ES 

"Mrs. Relyea's passion for service, enthusiasm for learning, and care for her students shines through on a daily basis. She recognizes abilities in students that they might not yet see themselves, and it's amazing to watch them grow. We cannot thank her enough for her commitment to setting our children up for success and engaging them in the classroom. She is an absolute asset to our community and deserves the highest level of praise."

- a Crossfield ES parent 

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Dave Troskey, Chesterbrook ES 

"Haycock Elementary School would like to say a great big Thank You to Dave Troskey, SIA at Chesterbrook Elementary School. We are currently without a SIA and Dave has come to our rescue yet again. In fact, this is the third time Dave has provided his guidance for the office staff. Dave ran right over one day to show us how to transfer new students into Haycock at the beginning of a new quarter, he has fielded countless phone calls from us and handles everything with a great attitude.  Additionally, Dave ran our report cards and sent the file to us for printing and distribution. To say that we could not have done it without him is an understatement.  Dave embodies the FCPS Caring Culture, lending a hand across schools to support one another."

- Liz Beaty, Haycock ES 

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Salwa Ibrahim, Davis Career Center 

"Salwa is a highly valued paraprofessional here at DCC. Salwa is always willing to help in any capacity to support her students and her colleagues. She works with a group of students at the Tysons Westin each day and has helped her students make tremendous strides over the course of this school year with their soft skills and stamina. It is always apparent that Salwa is very familiar with the abilities and needs of the students with whom she works and can talk about the progress they have made and how she can continue to help them build and/or improve skills. Thank you, Salwa, for being part of our DCC community, always supporting our caring culture, and being a champion for your students!"

- Chad Clayton, Davis Career Center

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Dorothy Greenhalgh, Gatehouse Admin Center 

"When calling the Benefits Office, my daunting questions were professionally and humbly responded to by Dorothy. She was clear, concise, respectful, professional and humble. I appreciate all she does for FCPS!!!"

- Rita Berlin, Dunn Loring Center 

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Dani Sayre, Lake Braddock SS 

"Mrs. Sayre has spent a lot of time working on a pilot system for the High School Marching Bands. It has been a tremendous undertaking with our large number of students. I appreciate all of her attention to detail and getting this set for us for now and in the future. I know the other directors in the county will be very appreciative as well! This project has a great and helpful impact on us and helps us with our students in our classroom.  THANK YOU!"

- Michael Luley, Lake Braddock SS 

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Carrington Reed, Sandburg, MS 

"Helping me out on Schoology process. Thank you."

- Abe Uygur, Sandburg MS 

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Jamaal Carter, Sandburg MS 

"Helping me out on digital fill out process. Thank you."

- Abe Uygur, Sandburg MS 

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Misty Clatterbuck, Laurel Hill ES 

"I would like to recognize Misty Clatterbuck for all of the hard work I see her doing at school. As our AART teacher, she teaches classes, leads CLT meetings, and is responsible for aiding, guiding, and assisting teachers with their GBRS. I see her staying late each day to complete work. I am glad for her guidance and patience."

Rosaleen Sypher, Laurel Hill ES 

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Leslie McAndrew, Lake Braddock SS 

"Ms. McAndrew is very kind and helpful. When I had to leave early for my COVID Booster appointment, she had my pass ready and even gave me a couple of minutes extra so I wouldn't be late. I appreciate her thoughtfulness."

- a Lake Braddock SS student

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Brianne Becker, Clearview ES 

"Want to thank Mrs. Becker for helping my child, she has gone above and beyond. My child started her first year not knowing how to write and speak much English, yet, Mrs. Becker has invested her time to teach her and to make her confident and comfortable with herself. She has learned so much. My daughter has accomplished so much this year! Thank you for caring."

- a Clearview ES parent 

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Holly Hill, Clearview ES 

"Want to thank AAP class of Mrs. Hill, she has gone above and beyond with teaching and learning how every child has their own personality! Having passion to care for my son and every student, no matter the race or color. Always communicates to let parents know what's going on in class! Mrs. Hill your very much appreciated!"

- a Clearview ES parent 

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Diana Chou, White Oaks ES 

"Diana has been working meticulously for months to coordinate the Lake Braddock pyramid area orchestra, which is an opportunity that is available to all elementary orchestra students in the Lake Braddock Pyramid. This requires an immense amount of planning and coordination with teachers and staff among six different schools.  The communication to students has always been prompt and clear and the students are set up for a successful and enriching experience to Diana's dedication and hard work. The students are very lucky to have Diana in the Lake Braddock Orchestra Pyramid!"

- Austin Isaac, Lake Braddock SS 

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Darnessia Semper, Tara Hewan, Michelle Cottrell-Williams, Shannon Merriweather, Tu Phillips, Raven Compton, Rob Kerr, and Nina Thomas, Willow Oaks Admin Center 

"Through professional learning, Fairfax County Public Schools strive to eliminate gaps in opportunity, access, and achievement for students. The Equity & Cultural Responsiveness (ECR) team supports system-wide initiatives to provide learning opportunities for staff members to increase and demonstrate cultural competency and sensitivity when supporting families, students, and employees. Recently, the ECR team was tasked with creating and facilitating professional development for the division with a short turnaround time. The team worked relentlessly this past week to research content, build a professional development session, and start delivering it to participants across the division. I was impressed as to how the team tapped into each other's funds of knowledge and expertise. The innovation of the ECR team and their swift turnaround time is the epitome of FCPS's commitment to build professional development for teachers staff, in order to expand perspectives, create spaces for courageous conversations, leverage and build upon strengths, help all staff to understand the difference between symptoms and root causes, challenging the status quo, clarifying and focusing attention on core purpose, and ensuring that FCPS does all that it can to unlock the potential of each student. Go ECR team!"

Manuel Gomez Portillo, Willow Oaks Admin Center 

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Michael Hrabak, Wilton Woods Center

"Dr. Hrabak has been a critical participant in the Elementary Language Arts Basal Resource adoption process. He has gone above and beyond to help us ensure we have considered all of the relevant technical details and has made cross-departmental collaboration a priority. Thank you!"

Donna McConnell, Willow Oaks Admin Center 

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Judy Wang, Deer Park ES 

"I had the privilege of observing in Judy Wang's preschool classroom at Deer Park Elementary. I was quickly impressed with her calm demeanor, caring attitude, and class structures. It was beyond evident she has high expectations for her students while providing a nurturing and loving environment. Kudos to Judy and her assistant for their wonderful classroom and the educational they are providing our youngest learners!"

- Kelly Petty, Willow Oaks Admin Center

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Samantha Zourelias, Churchill Road ES  

"This is Samantha’s first year as a school counselor, but you would never think it! She is confident, collaborative and goal directed. She supports the students at Churchill Road every minute of the school day. Samantha is an awesome clinical colleague and a wonderful asset to our team and community."

- Melissa Peeples, Churchill Road ES 

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Hannah Tappan, Churchill Road ES 

"Hannah is a wonderful special education teacher. She is collaborative, kind and caring. She goes above and beyond for her students and colleagues. She is always there asking how she can help. Hannah is a wonderful asset to our team and community. Thank you for all you do Hannah!"

- Melissa Peeples, Churchill Road ES 

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Brittany Powers, Terraset ES 

"Ms. Powers continuously shows she is compassionate and caring about her students. My child is always coming home day after day, telling me how she made his day so special and welcoming. It is hard being the new student and she has made his experience and transition easy as can be. I am so thankful to have such a caring person looking after my child!"

- a Terraset ES parent 

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Jacqueline Radin, Flint Hill ES 

"Ms. Radin is an amazing educator and her love for her students is palpable. She cares deeply about each child and ensures that they all have the tools to be successful. She brings kindness, joy and empathy to her classroom and always puts her students at the heart of everything she does. We are lucky to have her!"

Micol Levi-Senigaglia, Flint ES 

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Ansley Medlicott, Vienna ES 

"We are so grateful for Mrs. Medlicott’s patience, enthusiasm, and passion. We appreciate her hard work. My child did not go to preschool last year due to COVID and he was a little behind at the beginning of the first semester in Kindergarten. She tremendously contributed to his growth and curiosity for learning. We value her work so much!"

- a Vienna ES parent

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Tyesha Clark, Sandburg MS 

"Ms. Clark has helped me through a tough time and has given me good advice to overcome my challenges."

- a Sandburg MS student 

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Tony Kingsberry, North Springfield ES 

"We are so lucky to have such a caring staff at North Springfield. Last year, Mr. Kingsberry, our building supervisor, was at the door to help keep our school clean as we entered and left the building. With our early childhood special education children, he would wave and say hello to all of the children as they entered and left for the day. As the weeks progressed, many of our children that wouldn't even look at him the first day were waving and some were even saying hello. Mr. Kingsberry has continued this practice. The children this year look forward to seeing him and saying hello. This has helped even the teachers, because some children have goals about initiating a greeting with others! This past December, one of the preschool students even arrived with a gift for him. We love having "Mr. Tony" bring smiles to the children's' faces, and their teachers!"

Becky Ferguson, North Springfield ES 

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Holly Hill, Clearview ES 

"Ms. Hill is a 4th grade AAP teacher at Clearview Elementary and she is wonderful! She has a huge class (28 kids) with lots of personalities. Even with all the different personalities though, she does a great job connecting with the kids. Our child has had some difficulties with other classmates this year and Ms. Hill has handled everything with grace, professionalism, and empathy. We are so thankful that our child has her for a teacher this year! Ms. Hill is an excellent teacher and such an asset to Clearview Elementary."

- a Clearview ES parent

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Melissa Russell, Gatehouse Admin Center

"There was an issue returning from short term disability that resulted in my paycheck not being issued. I reached out to Melissa and she dropped what she was doing and made sure that a check was issued. On top of that, she even insisted on walking my check to Apple Credit Union to make sure it was deposited. She is a true asset to FCPS."

Michael Burch, Centreville HS

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Linda Thompson, Gatehouse Admin Center

"There was an error with my paycheck after returning from Short Term disability. Linda was extremely responsive and helpful to fix an issue so that I could get my paycheck."

Michael Burch, Centreville HS 

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Blake Lindsay, Eagle View ES 

"This is Mr. Lindsay's 2nd year at Eagle View. He joined the building in the midst of COVID and online learning starting at the beginning of October. His persistence and hard work has made him a valued member on his grade level team. The best quality about Mr. Lindsay, is his ability to connect and build positive relationships with his students. His compassion and willingness to ensure they are successful can be seen daily. We are fortunate to have Mr. Lindsay at Eagle View."

- Kanchana Iyer, Eagle View ES

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Elizabeth Goodfriend, Eagle View ES 

"Lizzie has joined FCPS and the Eagle View 4th grade team this school year. From the very beginning, her caring approach to students and families was evident. Her interactions with families during the meet and greets and subsequent meetings during IEPS, parent conferences, and emails, she has built great relationships. In addition, she has seamlessly fit into the 4th grade team, planning lessons & assessments, and asking questions of resource teachers. She is part of our school's FSAC team and has brought a fresh view into helping problem solve. Overall, Ms. Goodfriend has been an amazing asset to the Eagle View staff!"

- Kanchana Iyer, Eagle View ES

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Alaise Rudder, Bryant HS 

"We at Bryant are asking students to earn their verified credits in US History through a state created C3 Inquiry this semester. This is our first time doing it. I reached out to Ms. Rudder, part of our ESOL team her at Bryant, and asked her for help preparing our students, many of whom she does not work with. I shared the rubric we would be using... we talked about it... looked at key terms... and within a few days I received a large packet of resources on point, everything from writing prompts to graphic organizers. It will be the core of what students use to work through these challenging assessments. She is also taking the time to explain everything in the packet to staff, take questions, and has offered additional help if needed. This was a thoughtful and thorough effort, above and beyond the norm, that will help all those EL students on a difficult assignment."

- Ronald Virts, Bryant HS 

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Lesha Edwards, Sprague Technology Center

"Ms. Edwards has done an amazing job helping me to become acclimated as a new TSSPEC. I have a mentor but she is still there to support when needed. She is not a leader who simply delegates but one who is also willing to jump in and support with hands-on tasks."

To'Wes Forster, Sprague Technology Center 

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Karen Cogan, Forte Center

"During a transition of office staff, a custodial supplies order got lost in the shuffle and we were in dire straits for paper towels.  A quick phone call to Karen resulted in her jumping into action to pull the items we needed and have them delivered the next day.  All of this also done with a sense of humor!"

- Melissa Anderson, Franconia ES 

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Grace Rizkallah, Greenbriar West ES 

"Grace goes out of her way to ensure that her students are greeted with an enthusiastic welcoming each day, and does a great job of ending each day on a very high note. She ends each day by singing a positive song with her students as she walks them out to the K&R to meet  their parents. Her love for her students is inspiring for all of us."

- Andrew Blount, Greenbriar West ES 

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Ashley Stout, Flint Hill ES 

"Ashley is an amazing School Based Technology Specialist. She is always willing to share her learning and her exceptional work with everyone. We recently contacted Ashley about her work with the Mind Up program. She happily met with our school team about implementing all the resources of the Mind Up program. Thank you Ashley!"

- Ann Marie Mochen, Forestville ES 

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Nichole Cloud, Dranesville ES 

"Mrs. Cloud has gone above and beyond with helping my daughter with both academics and emotional support. We can always count on Mrs. Cloud’s open communication about struggles and, most importantly, successes. We know that she deeply cares about her students and wants the best for them. We cannot be more thankful for all the support."

- a Dranesville ES parent

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Laura Couch, Great Falls ES 

"Ms. Couch, along with Ms. Heflin do a terrific job of managing a HUGE class of 28 students, keeping the kids interested and learning and keeping the parents informed. I have seen so much progress from my son and feel so lucky to have her as a teacher."

- a Great Falls ES parent 

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Lakisha Batts, Clearview ES

"Ms. Batts is employed as an office assistant and library aide at Clearview Elementary School and she is such a bright light at Clearview. She is always positive, engaging, professional, and caring. As a parent, every time I encounter Ms. Batts I leave the conversation happier and more thankful than I was before. She just emits positive energy!  As far as her interactions with kids, my youngest daughter forgot to bring her library books back on Monday. However, Ms. Batts knew that she was an avid reader and let her check out another book anyway. She didn't want my daughter's forgetfulness to get in the way of her love of reading. By the way, my daughter read her new book that night and took her overdue books back the next day. I am just thankful everyday that Clearview is lucky enough to have Ms. Batts at their school! She cares so much about the entire Clearview community!"

- a Clearview ES parent 

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Regan Milton, Eagle View ES

"Ms. Milton is our school psychologist, she is kind, caring, and compassionate. She works to provide clinical support to our students, regularly answers questions regarding the various processes and students' needs to families. When explaining information that may be difficult for families to hear about their child's progress, needs, or assessment results, she does spend as much time as families need to understand the information, answers all their questions, and is extremely compassionate. She has been instrumental in supporting our school's SEL initiative and training. Ms. Milton is an invaluable member of our school team and we are so fortunate to have her as part of our EVES family."

Keieownna Hightower, Eagle View ES 

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Denise Marcone, Eagle View ES 

"Denise Marcone is the school Social Worker. She is compassionate, kind, caring, and supportive. She works tirelessly to not only support our CSS program, but also supports other students that require additional clinical support, staff, and families. Ms. Marcone has been and is a champion for our students and families. She provides families with information regarding community services, resources and helps navigate and access the clinical, behavioral, family, and medical services they require. In addition, she facilitates the collection of donations for gift cards, food, clothing, and school supplies to ensure our families' needs are met when families may be in greater need of assistance such as long school breaks, holidays, and winter seasons. Ms. Marcone's support and work are invaluable to staff, students, families, and the school community."

Keieownna Hightower, Eagle View ES 

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Jessica Statz, Hayfield SS

"Special thanks to Ms. Jessica Statz for assisting my co-teacher and I with a student concern. She was not the student's administrator but was willing to help. We appreciate her hard work and dedication and positive attitude! Thank you Ms. Statz for being so supportive and understanding!"

Jamese Herring-Barker, Hayfield SS 

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Julie Armstrong, West Potomac HS

"I wanted to take a moment to shoutout Ms. Julie Armstrong over at West Potomac HS. She is the new Building Use Coordinator for the Office of Student Activities. There was a mix-up with a weekend user group and Julie handled the situation with such poise and grace. Building & Community Use at any school, but especially, a high school, is not an easy “job” to have. I place job in quotes as this role normally comes as an additional responsibility on top of normal day to day obligations. Anyways, Julie is so deserving of this shoutout because she truly cares about community use. She even took it upon herself to go up to the school on her weekend to make sure this user group was all set after the mix-up. Julie, I truly appreciate all you do to support community use of your school. Thank you for your continued professionalism and thorough communication!"

- Alexandra Bryan, Gatehouse Admin Center 

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Laura Baier, Lorton Station ES

"Thank YOU, Mrs. Baier! You and your wellness and mental health team at Lorton Station go above and beyond for the students and staff. You know your students not only by name but by talent! That is amazing. Your students feel special when they are with you. Thank you for being available to the students and staff."

Linda Ferguson, Willow Oaks Admin Center

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Susan Smith, Eagle View ES 

"Susan has been with Eagle View as an AA in the Special Education center for several years. She is knowledgeable of special education processes and is a great support to the assistant principal, staff, and students in the program. Susan continues to be a solid member of the office team and routinely jumps in and supports whenever and wherever she can. Most recently, she has taken the lead in the school's COVID testing processes where she organizes students to be tested, communicates with parents, and is the liaison between school & LTS testers. She always manages to support families, staff, and students with a smile and caring words. We are fortunate to have her here at Eagle View!"

- Kanchana Iyer, Eagle View ES

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Abir Fahel, Eagle View ES

"Abir has been an office assistant at Eagle View for over 3 years. In that timeframe, she has been an exceptional resource to families and staff. Utilizing her previous central office experience, she is able to step into the role of backup SIA, supporting new families registering at Eagle View. Most recently, her work with our school's attendance team has helped connect with families, and subsequently, reduce absences & tardies. She has been key during the return to school by supporting her principal in the tracking/tracing of COVID cases and parent communication. She is efficient and organized and always responds to families with patience and a smile even when she does not receive this in return. We are fortunate to have her as part of our team!"

- Kanchana Iyer, Eagle View ES

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Joyce Baker, Eagle View ES 

"Joyce is the SIA (Student Information Assistant) at Eagle View. While she is amazing accomplishing tasks related to the job including, registrations, immunizations, progress reports etc. it is the personal connections she builds that make her special. Her positive mindset and love of our school is exhibited every time she meets a new family. From the registration process to walking them around on that first day, Joyce ensures that the student and family starts off with a warm and welcoming experience. One of her many strengths is working with new teachers and staff. She is patient and always offers extra time to support whether it is early in the morning or late at night. She is a team player and jumps in whenever and wherever she can. Families, students, and staff are extremely fortunate to have Joyce on their team. She is truly a gem at Eagle View."

- Kanchana Iyer, Eagle View ES

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Karen Fructuoso, Lorton Station ES

"Thank YOU, Mrs. Fructuoso! You and your wellness and mental health team at Lorton Station are amazing. You demonstrate your dedication to the students and staff each and every day. Your kind words and greetings, helpful meditation strategies, and calm demeanor show students and staff that you are there for them to make their lives better. Thank YOU!"

Linda Ferguson, Willow Oaks Admin Center 

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