FCPS Cares - June 2018

By Department of Human Resources
FCPS Cares
June 04, 2018

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

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Aaron Curtis and the Forte Center Team.

Central Office: Aaron Curtis and the Forte Center Team, Forte Center

  • "Last spring I decided I wanted to set up flexible seating in my classroom, so I got the contact info of Aaron Curtis from the county’s warehouse. This man made my dreams come true!! He rounded up lots of cool furniture that they had in the warehouse, took pictures of each piece, emailed all the pics to let me choose what I wanted, and within three days, had them shipped directly to me, here at CVHS. He was so friendly and helpful, it was a real pleasure to interact with him. I’m so thankful for how much Aaron Curtis helped make my classroom look awesome!!"

- Margot Brown, Centreville HS

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Region 1: Kerry Buss, Clearview ES (Pictured)

  • "Kerry Buss, one of Clearview’s fabulous office assistants, makes such a difference in our school.  Kerry is part of the front lines team that deals with every crisis imaginable in an elementary school, and she does so with grace, humor, and discretion.  She adds a well-crafted poem, an appropriate meme, or her sharp wit to just about every email communication with our staff.  By doing this, she reminds us that while the work of educating children is serious and important, we all need to remember to laugh. Below is an example of a typical monthly reminder Kerry sends to staff about submitting MyTime hours. “I’m a day behind, but yesterday was National Talk Like Shakespeare Day. In honor of the bard himself, here is your monthly MyTime reminder poem, shamelessly ripped off of Sonnet 18:

Shall I compare thee to my monthly pay?
No time for that! There are papers to grade; Lunch is too short, there’s a meeting today, And summer’s lease remains unpaid.
Sometimes too hot our HVAC blasts,
And often the students are sassy,
Or we are overwhelmed with tasks,
And gaze at “to do” lists with eyes glassy.
But from thy memory don’t let it fade
Nor let the dreaded brain fog in,
For payroll shall not nag thou admin’s day Because into MyTime thou shall log in.
So long as you enter hours and leave,
So long this job delivers cash to thee
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- Rosemary Buley, Clearview ES

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a photo of FCPS Cares recipient Daryl Jones (left) and Falls Church HS principal Ben Nowak.
FCPS Cares recipient Daryl Jones (left) and Falls Church HS principal Ben Nowak.

Region 2: Daryl Jones, Falls Church HS

  • "With great gratitude and appreciation for an awesome customer service. As I retire from FCPS, Daryl and the Food Services team have exceeded all expectations for their work ethics and communication skills. I thank you for always providing great food services with a special care. Daryl stepped in today and took care of the unfortunate last minute account transaction. I will forever be grateful. Have a wonderful and healthy and successful life."

- Hiyam Alzer, Alan Leis Center

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a photo of HR Communications Manger Craig Maniglia (left), FCPS Cares Recipient Celina Amaya (middle), and nominator Danny Adams.
HR Communications Manager Craig Maniglia (left), FCPS Cares Recipient Celina Amaya (middle), and nominator Danny Adams.

Region 3: Celina Amaya, Rose Hill ES

  • "Celina is head our school's garden committee. Celina is very excited and motivated. She did an amazing job recruiting students to be a part of this crew. I work with her twice a week on this committee. She is the driving force behind keeping our school's garden and courtyard a happy place to be!"

- Danny Adams, Rose Hill ES

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Region 4: David Arndt, Robinson SS

  • "Mr. Arndt has been incredibly helpful this year teaching algebra. Whenever I'm having issues understanding a topic, he sits down and explains how to do it until I understand. He always makes sure to move slowly while teaching and gives us lots of practice. When we answer questions correctly, he gives us candy as a reward. Also, when we turn in our tests he explains why we got questions wrong and helps us re-learn the material. Mr. Arndt makes math fun by doing class kahoots and teaching us tricks for solving equations. I love math with Mr. Arndt!"

- a Robinson SS student

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A photo of the Daniels Run instructional assistant team.

Region 5: Laura Blahusch, Gina Byron, Beth Latzo Gijon, Carmen Issing, Anita McKenney, Daniels Run ES

  • "These ladies are Instructional Assistants in the Daniels Run kindergarten. Their work is important and essential to our school. Although their title is "Instructional Assistant", they are so much more. They are nurses, tending to minor cuts and injuries and to perceived (invisible) ones. They are therapists, listening to the trials and tribulations of their 5-6-year-old charges. They are entertainers, creating anticipation and excitement about whatever they are teaching. They are librarians searching for and tracking down missing books that could have been lost for months or minutes. They are custodians cleaning up physical items or whatever other mess happens to fly their way. They are servers, giving students preferred snacks and making sure those who may not have eaten breakfast are given something to tide them over. They are leaders, modeling, guiding by example and encouraging our youngest students to become successful independent learners. They are enforcers monitoring behavior and ensuring that a classroom is a safe place for everyone. They are flexible, cutting, prepping crafts, organizing daily and Thursday folders, reading to students, leading groups and doing whatever is asked of them. They are teachers. If the teacher they work with is out with no sub, in a meeting or testing, they take over, effortlessly, seamlessly, ensuring consistency is maintained and students are learning. These ladies show that FCPS cares and their consistent, compassionate presence enriches the lives of all the students whose lives they touch. Carmen, Beth, Laura, Gina, and Anita, never underestimate the importance of what you do and how much it is appreciated and valued. Thanks to the five of you and the kindergarten teachers you support, the DRES Kindergarten team ROCKS!"

- Stacy Greene, Daniels Run ES

Other FCPS Cares of the Month Submissions for May 2018

Steve Alexander, Colvin Run ES

We would like to praise Mr. Alexander for being a remarkable teacher. His class is always engaging and well planned. He understands the needs to challenge students so that their knowledge and skills will grow. He values good communication with parents and works to meet educational goals for each student. He embraces the cultural differences to make teaching effective. He cares about his students and really wants to help them. Thank you, Mr. Alexander, for a great school year!

- a Colvin Run ES parent

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Richard Barker, Merrifield Support Center

"Thank you for getting our central air unit repaired here at Graham Road Community Center in the main office suite. We appreciate the timely relief as well as making sure that there were temporary measures to keep the office cool until the central air was repaired. Thank you!" 

- Shira Brothers, Willow Oaks

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Chris Ramos, Merrifield Support Center

"Thank you for getting our central air unit repaired here at Graham Road Community Center in the main office suite. We appreciate the timely relief as well as making sure that there were temporary measures to keep the office cool until the central air was repaired. Thank you!"

- Shira Brothers, Willow Oaks

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Region 1: Michelle Lehman, Clearview ES

  • "Where do I begin? Probably before the school year even started when I was little hesitant and scared to send my son back to school because of a family situation (16-year-old brother passed away due to cardiac arrest while standing next to my younger one).  After a few days, I was so happy about Ms. Lehman’s motherly behavior and extra support that she was giving to my son. It helped to make him love school and lessen his grief. There are not enough words to thank her!"

- a Clearview ES parent

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Bobby McAllister, Merrifield Support Center

"Mr. McAllister worked with his staff, Chris Ramos and Richard Barker to get our central air unit repaired here at Graham Road Community Center in the main office suite. We appreciate the timely relief as well as making sure that there were temporary measures to keep the office cool until the central air was repaired. Thank you!"

- Shira Brothers, Willow Oaks

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Anith Muthalaly - Forte Center

"Anith guided me through the warehouse, explained the acquisition process and showed me the online site for the future. More importantly, Anith made me feel welcome and was very helpful."

- Paul Agner, Lake Braddock SS

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Anith Muthalaly - Forte Center

"Anith guided me through the warehouse, explained the acquisition process and showed me the online site for the future. More importantly, Anith made me feel welcome and was very helpful."

- Paul Agner, Lake Braddock SS

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ITFASTeam, Edison HS

"I would like to say “Thank you” for the whole ITFASTeam for all your support and advise.  You did an excellent job helping with the many issues.
Thank you for being for me when I need you.  Have a great summer and looking forward to the next school year.

- Voytek Jeruzal, Edison HS

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Chris Padgett, Centreville HS

"Chris makes our work more fun! His positive attitude and stories during lunch always brought smiles on the toughest days. He will be missed in the workroom next year."

- Anthony Hanrahan, Centreville HS

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Jim Novak, Centreville HS

"Jim is a wonderful colleague. He is one of the most flexible teachers, always willing to forgo his personal preference for the betterment of the department. Jim has also mentored teachers for the past two years and has agreed to mentor another teacher next year."

- Anthony Hanrahan, Centreville HS

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Jackie Golodolinski, Centreville HS

"Jackie is a wonderful department member. She did a tremendous job honoring our 4 retirements at our end of the year party (which she helped organize). When the department was in a room pickle, she offered to give up her room with a window to help us out."

- Anthony Hanrahan, Centreville HS

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Paige Clark, Centreville HS

"Paige is a team player. She has offered to be a team leader, she has offered to mentor new teachers, and she always steps up when anyone needs help. She often made copies for other teachers and helped me move books around to classrooms this summer. Thanks Paige!"

- Anthony Hanrahan, Centreville HS

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Michelle Hubley, Centreville HS

"Michelle invited her grandmother to speak to USVA students about her experiences in Germany before and during World War II. Michelle's grandmother brought history alive with her stories and insights. This was undoubtedly an experience that will resonate with students!"

- Anthony Hanrahan, Centreville HS

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Dee Herndon, Gatehouse Admin Center

"Dee is the consummate professional and such a caring individual. She was able to assist me when discussing a concern with detailed, quick and accurate information. I was able to move forward without losing time or a step in the process. You can feel Dee smiling through the phone ready to help wherever is needed. Thank you for all that you do!!"

"Laura Waterman, Lake Braddock SS

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Karin Stamper, Sprague Technology Center

"Karin helped Centreville High School through our SIS errors with patience! She is always so happy to help and very easy-going through the process and will sit on the phone with us as long as we need it. We appreciate that she is willing to teach us how to correct the errors and she is she will re-explain it as many times as we need. It is people like this in our county that help us do our jobs well and help us feel valued."

- Amy Balint, Centreville HS

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Nii Oko-Odoi, Sprague Center

"Nii goes above and beyond to support not only teachers/staff/admin, but our Event Support team. He is a positive and welcoming person and strives to do his best. He brings his teamwork first mentality to every event and meeting he attends/supports. He is always looking for new ways to improve efficiency and time spent solving complex technological issues. He has grasped many new concepts and roles with great precision. He is a great addition to the Event Support team!"

- Philippe R. Cloutier, Sprague Center

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Tim Holmes, Gatehouse Administration Center

"We would like to recognize Tim Holmes for all of his hard work and dedication to South Lakes HS over the past year and a half. We had an addition added on to our school and he was our "Point of Contact". Tim did an outstanding job communicating with us throughout the entire process. We appreciate you, Tim!"

- Angel Scott, South Lakes HS

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MacLean Wilson and James Guay, Willow Oaks

"A sincere thank you to MacLean and James for their willing response to our plea for help.  MacLean and James came to the rescue when we failed in all our attempts to successfully project our presentation to an audience of 170. Without hesitation, they responded to our request for assistance and within minutes had diagnosed the multiple issues and found a resolution. Our day went forward without any additional technology hitches and we are grateful for their expertise and for their willingness to help.  They are responsive and patient - and VERY appreciated by us."

- Dede Baielr, School Psychology Services, Intervention and Prevention Services

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Larkin Gibas, Frost MS

"As a consistent advocate for our students, Larkin single-handedly organized a parent night with speaker Rachel Bailey to address a growing need in the Frost community related to perfectionism and motivation.  She coordinated to book Ms. Bailey for the event, created a flyer and collaborated with counselors and administrators to reach out to particular students’ families who would greatly benefit from this topic and information. Larkin went above and beyond her responsibilities as a counselor to facilitate an opportunity to reach parents in a unique way and impact student growth and wellness. Staff and parents who attended shared how much they appreciated and learned from Ms. Bailey, excited to use new strategies and language with students to better foster a growth mindset.  This is just one of many examples highlighting how dedicated, passionate, and student-centered Larkin is within her capacity as a counselor."

- Brig Carrie, Frost MS

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Michelle Herchert & Susan Higginbotham

"Mrs. Herchert and Mrs. Higginbotham created a warm and nurturing environment that helped my son thrive in kindergarten. He was so sad to leave them on the last day of school which is telling to the level of impact they had on him. Thank you for helping him grow and challenging him in all the right ways. I really appreciate the strong start he got for elementary school. He has become capable of things beyond my expectations."

- a Clermont ES parent

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Tara Petrovic, Lake Braddock SS

"Tara has done a fantastic job in such a short time at Lake Braddock. She has been a pleasure to work with. She is a great communicator and is picking up on things super fast. I am looking forward to watching her grow into LB next year and leading our office staff members."

- Brett Garner, Lake Braddock SS

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Meeyuen Dagley,  Macarthur Deshazer, Joseph Patrizio, Silverbrook ES

"Mrs. Dagley, Mr. Deshazer, and Mr. Patrizio (Physical Education Team and Safety Patrol Officer sponsors) at Silverbrook Elementary really showed the true spirit of our school and community at our recent 6th grade promotion ceremony by honoring students for their character. They recognized students who are helpful, thoughtful, and kind to teachers, bus drivers, and fellow students. Good character is what truly matters and it is promising when teachers encourage it."

- Ann Wilkie, Silverbrook ES

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Michael Isner, Silverbrook ES

"At Silverbrook's recent 6th grade promotion ceremony, Mr. Isner recognized two students who went above and beyond in service to our community. He placed significant value on community service which inspired everyone watching the ceremony to do the same. This is truly what our community is all about - service to others."

- Ann Wilkie, Silverbrook ES

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Erin Fisher, Lake Braddock SS

"I am writing to recognize Mrs. Erin Fisher for her exemplary work as Lake Braddock’s Student Government Association (SGA) Co-Sponsor. Erin has supported our SGA program in every possible way during the past six years. From pep rallies to homecoming, and spirit weeks to student elections, she has invested time and provided supervision during and after the school day. She consistently communicated with students, parents, administrators, and faculty to ensure the success of the SGA class and related school activities.     It is most appropriate that her efforts on behalf of Lake Braddock’s SGA students be noted."

- Pat Ward, Lake Braddock SS

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Leslie Mahan, Willow Oaks Admin Center

"Leslie went above and beyond to support professional development preparations for next school year. She put in extra effort to make sure MyPLTs courses were created and rooms were reserved. Thanks to her dedication our teachers will have the opportunity to learn new skills to improve student outcomes. THANK YOU LESLIE!"

- Joni Smith, Erin Snell, Leydi Uoy, and Christie Johnson, Early Childhood Centers

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Caitlin Franks, Chantilly HS

"Caitlin Franks, Assessment Coach at Chantilly HS manages each and every year to solve a puzzle that has complications such as staff schedules and leave, room locations and re-locations, student schedules and field trips, and still manages to solve each and every testing challenge that comes along. She does it kindly, with grace and care to ensure each student's needs are met and planned for and each staff member is trained on the processes needed. I'm constantly blown away by her organizational skills and the ability to examine options and see pros and cons before making choices. She manages so many moving and constantly changing parts of this puzzle and I don't know what we'd do without her!"

- Margaret Sisler, Chantilly HS 

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Jason Franks, Chantilly HS

"Jason Franks, the TSSpec at Chantilly High School, goes above and beyond to ensure staff and students have access to the technology needed to complete and enhance their work and learning. One example of this is the recent work he completed to issue new teacher laptops to staff before they left for summer.  When devices arrived with 2.5 school days left, he wasn't deterred and within 24 hours had completed the incredible task of unpacking, labeling, imaging and preparing laptops for staff to pick up before the school year ends. He could very easily have left this for summer work to be completed for teacher return in August, but chose to challenge himself tremendously to support the staff."

- Margaret Sisler, Chantilly HS 

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Bo K. Bang, Stonecroft Transportation

"I am the transportation supervisor for Team 32 school buses. I received an email from the parent of a Lees Corner student. In her email, the parent stated that "My daughter rides Bus *** for Lees Corner elementary.  I believe the bus number is ***.  Our driver, Mr. John, has been incredible.  My daughter is in kindergarten and this was her first bus experience. Mr. John is patient, calm and consistent!   He shows up daily and is always friendly.  A big thank you to him!  We so appreciate him and hope to have him back next year. Also, thank you for coordinating and caring for our all our kiddos. " It is not very often that we receive such positive notes about our drivers. He is a great employee and a pleasure to work with."

- Ruth Ann Ellis, Stonecroft Transportation

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Anne Huber, Greenbriar East ES

"Anne is one of the SCA co-sponsors. She worked endlessly with a positive attitude to make the following a success: SCA monthly meetings, GBE Spirit Days, Arbor Day ceremony, community service projects, elections, food drives, and awards ceremony. I enjoyed serving with Anne."

- Lilly Shin, Greenbriar East ES

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Randy Franck, Sideburn Support Center

"We had work that was here at Nancy Sprague. We had an electrical box that had wires coming from it and it was not a good site from the street. They came and remove the wires and then they painted the electrical box. It looks so much better and it was completed in a short time.  We just want to say thank you to all of those who help on this project."

- William Jackson, Sprague Center

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Jessica Keeton, Forestdale ES

"Jessica Keeton is a wonderful colleague to collaborate and work with."

- Julie van Steenwy, Virginia Hills Center Preschool Resource Center

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Heather Full, Virginia Hills Early Childhood Resource Center

"Not only does she function as our local screening chair, Heather ALWAYS makes herself available to participate in our eligibility meetings, especially when we have to hold additional meetings on days other than our regularly scheduled meeting day. She is one of the most dependable team members that I’ve ever had the pleasure of working with. Her knowledge of special education procedure shines through whenever someone has a question! Thank you, Heather!!! You are truly an asset to FCPS!!!"

- Patrice Butler, Virginia Hills Early Childhood Resource Center

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Pat Ward, Lake Braddock SS

"I think this might be my 3rd, maybe 4th FCPS' Cares that I have submitted for Mr. Ward over the past two years while working with him to elevate our Bridging Bruins Internship programming. However, I feel like I should have submitted 100 more! Mr. Ward has an unreal and unrivaled passion for the development of our youth. He cares about ALL students like there is own and it shows in the growing success of Bridging Bruins program. He has been an ABSOLUTE pleasure to collaborate with and I am so thankful to be on his team."

- Brett Garner, Lake Braddock SS

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Martha Ullrich, Daniels Run ES

"I would like to give a huge round of applause to...Martha Ullrich! Martha is a P.E. teacher at my school and has worked with FCPS for 24 years. Every day she has brought positivity and caring to ALL the students (because every student in the school will pass through the gym doors) at Daniels Run. Kids seek her out and she always responds with caring and a listening ear. Martha is a positive presence among the staff and has always shown thanks and appreciation to anyone who helps her. Whether it is a thank you note and treat for an IA who has supported her, or personal thanks in the hallway, Martha shows those who enter the halls of Daniels Run that they are appreciated and valued. Martha thank you for your caring and dedicated service, and for showing that FCPS CARES...for 24 years!"

- Stacy Greene, Daniels Run ES

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Carmen Brooks, Daniels Run ES

"I would like to recognize Carmen Brooks. After 11 years at Daniels Run and 25 years with FCPS, she will be joining the ranks of the retirees. I am sure that students and staff at my school would concur in giving Carmen a huge shout-out. Thank you for your dedication and caring to students and staff, for being the go-to Spanish speaker in the office, and for showing every day that FCPS CARES. You have given of yourself and you have truly made a difference in the life of every student and staff member whose lives you have touched. Congratulations on your retirement and showing that FCPS CARES....for 25 years!"

- Stacy Greene, Daniels Run ES

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Zoya Lucas, Tu Phillips, Jill Wheeler, and Deborah Donavan, Daniels Run ES

"I would like to recognize the ESOL team at my school. The ESOL team is a dedicated, caring reflection of FCPS cares. These four ladies welcome and care for the newest members of our school community. They also connect (including becoming familiar with the languages spoken and cultures) with and welcome their families. In addition to working with the children, they are also a positive presence to everyone in the building. Their smiles and friendly greetings not only brighten the lives of the students, they also boost the morale of every staff member whose paths they cross. In addition to their extremely tight workloads, four three ladies organize the annual WIDA testing in such a way that every student is serviced with compassion and encouragement. I know that staff members at my school would concur in thanking Zoya, Tu, Jill, and Deborah for CARING about the students, the staff and our school. You all ROCKED this year!"

- Stacy Greene, Daniels Run ES

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Leslie Kendall, Dogwood ES

"Leslie Kendall is a dedicated early childhood special education resource teacher. She is an advocate for children and is very knowledgeable when it comes to  best practices. She treats ALL families with respect. She establishes positive relationships with the students and their families. She goes above and beyond to provide resources for the children she works with for their classrooms and in their homes."

- Janelle Ali, Dogwood ES

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Leydi Uoy, Bull Run Childhood Center

"Leydi stepped in to help me with a case when I desperately needed someone. Without hesitation, she stopped what she was doing and graciously agreed to assist our team. Even though it appeared that she already had something scheduled, she gave us 30 minutes of her time. She did not rush us, and her assistance with interpretation and knowledge of the special education process bridged a language barrier and provided a comfort level for the parent that benefited us all. Thank you so much, Leydi! We really, really appreciate your assistance!!"

- Patrice Butler, Virginia Hills Early Childhood Resource Center

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Melisa Vacca, Miranda Hendershot, and Elizabeth Brennell, Sandburg MS

"I wanted to let you three know how much I greatly appreciate your support and assistance during these last few weeks. Considering the circumstances under which I was rushed into this, being a long-term sub is never easy. But you three made my job very, very easy, and for that, I am extremely grateful."

- Jonathan Pick, Substitute Teacher

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Andy Jimmo, Robinson SS

"A student placed at the ALC was enrolled in German 3. The only way to complete the class was for the ALC to coordinate with Robinson. An alternative was needed! Mr. Jimmo facilitated the completion of German 3 by coordinating with the student's German teacher at Robinson and the administrator at the ALC. Mr. Jimmo hand delivered the final exams to the administrator and followed-up by making sure the final grade was submitted.
Mr. Jimmo did all the work to make a student's German 3-course completion possible!"

- Kimberly Taylor, Mountain View ALC

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Marilyn Garber, Mount Vernon HS

"I had Mrs. Garber for four years straight. She was my Major Time teacher at MVHS. She noticed I was feeling down about the upcoming basketball season and losing confidence in my abilities. She encouraged me and even tried to reach out to WNBA players to write me a letter of encouragement. She has always been there for me and is helpful to me and others without hesitation."

- Norissa Solomon, Mount Vernon HS

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Brett Garner, Lake Braddock SS

"I greatly appreciate the support our Bridging Bruins interns received from members of the administrative staff. I am particularly thankful for the efforts of Brett Garner.  Brett's contributions made all the difference and were instrumental to the success of the 2018 Bridging Bruins program -- his special attention to helping our interns is a direct reflection of his unyielding commitment to serving all of our Lake Braddock students by name and by need."

- Pat Ward, Lake Braddock SS

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Dan Helm, Catherine Tolpa, Martin Garfield-Levine, Twain MS

"The Music Department at Twain Middle School worked tirelessly to pull off a wonderful outdoor "POPS" concert at Twain Middle School. What a great night of music at the end of a school year."

- Charles Miller, Twain MS

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Corri Shusterman , Kings Park ES

"Ms. Shusterman has gone above and beyond in supporting our child and family.  She is proactive, engaging, communicative and an asset to the school team."

- a Kings Park ES parent

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Erin Simons, Caelyn Waffird, Ann Coppola, Sandra Cruz, Rose Hill ES

"I have had the luck,privilege, and honor to work with 4 amazing ladies this school year in first grade. Being new to a team is hard enough, and then being a 30 year veteran teacher who also happens to be male, makes it even more remarkable how special these ladies are. I appreciate the patience, support, encouragement, and love they have showed me the whole year long. My team rocks! Thank you so much for all you did for me!"

- Danny Adams, Rose Hill ES

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Travis Holder, Gatehouse Administration Center

"Travis went out of his way to resolve a licensure issue for one of our staff members. He came to our school to work with this teacher so that she would not have to miss time with her students. Travis is an example of how central office supports school-based employees so that we can continue our work with children."

- Jay Nocco, Lynbrook ES

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Dell McDonald, Sprague Technology Center

"After calling the service desk for assistance, Dell came to our rescue! In what feels like the eleventh hour, Dell helped us resolve an issue with a document that is being used to collect information from schools for a very large event. He provided exceptional customer service in a very short turn-around time. Thank you Dell!"

- Jen Mattice, Willow Oaks Admin Center

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Katie Tardiff , Bull Run ES

"Katie has a wonderful rapport with not only the children she is helping but with our staff and the parents. We are always happy to see her when she comes for a visit.  Katie is always happy to spend extra time answering questions that my staff have and share resources with us as we are sometimes unsure about how to help certain children's needs. I have never seen her be impatient, short or unkind. It's really awful but we always hope we have a child needing services so we can continue our relationship with her, she's the best!"

- a Bull Run ES community member

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Tim Engle, Area 1 Transportation, Lorton Center

"Mr. Engle is about to complete his last year with FCPS. He has been an excellent bus driver. He does his job out on the road and frequently comes into the office to assist with phones, filing, and midday dispatch duties. His dependability, positive attitude, and willingness to help have been assets to the Area 1 Transportation Office. Mr. Engle is humble and does not call attention to his contributions, but he will be sorely missed by Team 11."

- John McCracken, Area 1 Transportation, Lorton Center

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Synnethia Pacheli, Area 1 Transportation, Lorton Center

"Ms. Pacheli is a joy to work with. She always projects warmth and positivity with her friendly demeanor. Ms. Pacheli frequently assists in the front office answering phones and assisting with filing. We always know when Ms. Pacheli is there because she brings sandwiches, cookies, or some other food items to share. She says she is just trying to spread happiness. Though unnecessary, her generosity and kind regard for others is appreciated by all. Ms. Pacheli is a great support to the Area 1 Transportation Office."

- John McCracken, Area 1 Transportation, Lorton Center

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Katie Tardiff , Bull Run ES

"Katie Tardiff is just gifted in working with kids with special needs. My son Adam has made so much progress by having her on his side, and he just adores her. We are so grateful to have her and we are going to impatiently wait for her return after the summer break. Katie you are awesome and your outstanding work with our kid has definitely shown. Thank you for being awesome."

- a Bull Run ES parent

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Allison Prell, Chantilly HS

"I've worked with Ms. Prell this year virtually to meet the needs of several homebound students.  Working with homebound students in many different schools with varying teachers and meeting the needs of parents and the student can be a difficult, yet rewarding at the same time. I've had the opportunity to work with Ms. Prell and it has been an absolute pleasure to work with such an organized, caring and compassionate teacher. Many teachers don't always understand that homebound students are on homebound for a reason and not just because they don't desire to come to school, Ms. Prell is the exception. She's the epitome of what the working relationship looks like between a school based teacher and homebound instructor. She's timely in her sending of assignments, has quick feedback, answers questions and provides any necessary assistance when needed. Ms. Prell you did an amazing job this year, assisting with homebound students. Hats off to you, you rock!"

- Rhonda Jones Howard, Carson MS

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Betsy Dripps, South Lakes HS

"Mrs.Dripps was one of the most helpful and understanding teachers I have ever had. I was a senior taking a junior math, which personally was embarrassing enough for me on top of not understanding anything in the class. I struggled greatly this school year, and had a lot of personal setbacks in life that constantly had my focus. She worked with me the entire year and encouraged me all the time. She honestly always motivated me. I was always in tears because of stress and not understanding math. It was my hardest subject but she was always there for me. I pushed myself because of her and I ended up being able to graduate with my twins right on time. I'll always be grateful for everything she has done for me and for always believing in me. She made me happy to come to math."

- a South Lakes HS student

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Officer Gus Cabrera, Lake Braddock SS

"Officer Cabrera is extremely dedicated to supporting the students, staff, and families of Lake Braddock. He diligently investigates concerning situations to ensure safety while taking into account the perspectives of all parties involved. He develops great rapport with students and is always available for staff consultations. Officer Cabrera is a valued resource in our school community and serves as a role model to our students."

- Rebecca Gerig, Lake Braddock SS

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Floridalma Aparicio, Area 1 Transportation, Lorton Center

"Floridalma has shown alert and awareness to her students and listened well to what the students concern was. Then she immediately made a full report to her supervisors which resulted ensuring the safety and well being of one of our students in need of immediate assistance. Excellent work Job well done."

- Donna McGlone, Area 1 Transportation, Lorton Center

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Natalie Osborn, Rose Hill ES

"Natalie is a Co-Director of the Rose Hill School Players. Each year our school produces a musical which is performed three times at the local high school. Natalie instills a love of theater in all of our cast. She loves doing what she does. She knows each cast member and makes it a point to give each cast member time and love. She has done this role for several years and has become an extremely valuable member of our production. She rocks!"

- Danny Adams, Rose Hill ES

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Emily Zuppert, Rose Hill ES

"Emily is our Reading Teacher in first grade. Emily is always available to help, assist, model, and provide support for me and my teammates. Emily is always friendly, patient, open, and humble. Emily is an outstanding instructor, colleague, and Rose Hill Rocket!"

- Danny Adams, Rose Hill ES

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Rene Harry, Gatehouse Administration Center

"Rene had graciously agreed to support the FAESP Retirement Dinner by creating a PowerPoint to honor our retirees at last night's event.  He made time in his schedule to follow up with contacts at each school to acquire the content needed to make the presentation special for our five retirees.  Rene was extremely flexible and willing to adapt to the design changes and even showed up to the event itself to ensure that the presentation went off without a hitch. Thank you for being such a pro and for helping us with this project. We really appreciate you and your team!"

- Paul Basdekis, Riverside ES

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Claudia Haggerty, Woodson-IT

"June is a busy time of year for the Teaching Materials Production Center or TMPC. Print requests keep TMPC workers going non-stop until the pressure lets up a bit when school is dismissed for the summer. With that in mind, one may be able to imagine the difficulties running out of toner for the copier would cause. Add to that the fact that the TMPC copier is the ONLY ONE of its kind in FCPS. Add to that the fact that the TMPC’s supply manager was out and the problem is now quite serious as the TMPC presses had stopped yet the jobs still needed to be done. That is a rather lengthy setup but it is the only way to accurately convey the contribution by Claudia Haggerty. Claudia got the TMPC back on its feet by tapping her contacts at RICOH and not only getting them to come up with a package of toner for the TMPC but to hand deliver it as well. As far as the TMPC is concerned this was no mean feat. In the view of the TMPC it seemed as though the Bat Signal had been activated or Ghostbusters had been called. The service had truly been rescued. The TMPC’s gratitude toward Claudia Haggerty, the FCPS Copier Queen, cannot be overstated."

- Mark Hyer, Sprague Technology Center

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Keaira Lewis, Bucknell ES

"Keaira Lewis was a substitute for our librarian for the last month or so. She has gone above and beyond her duties as a substitute. Specifically, as the library specials time ended in the last few weeks of the year, and she no longer has to teach library classes, she created a small group for 6th-grade girls in her spare time. She met with 7 girls to help them transition to middle school by talking about what it will be like and using her counseling skills to create a safe place for them to ask questions and share concerns. The girls look forward to meeting with her every day and are sad that the group will be ending. Ms. Lewis truly cares about the students at our school and did everything she could for them in her short time as a substitute here!"

- Gabby Wolosik, Bucknell Elementary

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Jim Tipton, Woodson-IT

"Jim Tipton is not only a telephone expert he is a customer service expert as well. Despite my telephone difficulty being rather minor Jim began diagnosing it during the afternoon my RequestIT ticket landed on his desk. I was not aware of Jim’s action nor of the prickly little problem my difficulty comprised until Jim showed up at my desk first thing the next morning. That visit developed into a 3 hour diagnosis and re-diagnosis session which Jim handled with his usual technical skill and good humor. None of this comes as a surprise to me since Jim Tipton and I had wrestled with telephone difficulties at my building long before FCPS was fortunate enough to hire him. This difference this time is that I have a way to easily convey my appreciation and admiration."

- Mark Hyer, Sprague Technology Center

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Anne Dell'Olio, Sanaz Hosseini, Dena Neverdon, McNair ES

"Anne, Sanaz, and Dena are members of McNair's Local Screening Committee and serve in the roles as our school's psychologist, lead special education teacher, and social worker. These three ladies work tirelessly to support the needs of our teachers, students, and families that are seeking advice on how to best support students who have difficulty learning; academically and/or socio-emotionally. At times, they have to facilitate difficult conversations, which they all do so with great kindness and respect. They are always fair and serve as the consummate professionals for the work they do. They always keep children and their needs at the forefront of their work. They are a true joy to work with!"

- Melissa Goddin, McNair ES

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Neel Choudary, Leis Center

"I can't begin even begin to Express my appreciation for this person. I have been working 25 years with FCPS.. met many great people, and I will cherish all our memories always.. BUT Neel is an exemption. She went beyond being supportive, a great communicator, an awesome listener,  friend, inspirational, hardworking, caring, kind-hearted, BUT also been a kind-hearted to me.  As I leave in a couple of weeks to begin my retirement adventure.. I will forever be grateful to Neel. She made a mark in my heart that no one ever did. Made my cloudy days into shiny sunny days, her advice has been a tremendous support. Again.. you need that someone in your life to listen to you.. but actually hear you. I wanted to take this platform opportunity to recognize a FANTASTIC  young lady. Forever grateful Neel.
Thank you for all you did for me friend and always been there to support our staff, families, and children."

- Hiyam Alzer, Leis Center

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Cosette Loach, Chris Lyons, Steve Treger, Julie Healy, Trey Reed, Frost MS

"Steve, Chris, Julie, Trey, and Cosette have taken on the tremendous task of leading a group of 8th-grade students through the process of planning the end of year activities for the whole school.  This is a very ambitious and admirable goal and the school is very appreciative of their efforts...and anxious to see their plan in action!"

- Joe Berret, Frost MS

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Anna Macedonia, Riverside ES

"Not just today, but every day Ms. Macedonia goes out of her way to help our Special Education Team. Her knowledge and dedication to our program resonate in many ways. Being a first-year teacher has been challenging, but so rewarding, and a lot of that has to do with having someone that I know I can depend on. Thank you, Ms. Macedonia, for making my first year at RES amazing!"

- Lorri Hallenbeck, Riverside ES

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Alfreda Jackson, Julie White, Sherry Slawski, Daniels Run ES

"These three teachers are part of the Special Education team at my school and they are nothing short of AMAZING! Throughout this year, they have worked tirelessly to meet the needs of the students they serve. Their caring and dedication can be seen every day. Many students they work with are challenging. Every day is different. It is not if something will happen it is what will happen today?! These ladies take everything in stride. They know and care about all their students and make it their goal to help each child recognize and capitalize on their strengths so that every student feels successful. These teachers work primarily with 5th grade but their small group rooms are in the 3rd-grade hallway. They have taken it upon themselves to get to know and welcome many 3rd graders who drop by their rooms to take a break or just to spend time in their encouraging, supportive presence. If another teacher needs help with anything, these three are the first to volunteer. Everything Alfreda, Sherry and Julie do, is done with caring and a positive attitude. These educators are a daily example of FCPS cares. Thank you all for what you do for our children and our school. I know I am not alone in saying that I feel so lucky to have had all of you to support and care about me this year!"

- Stacy Greene, Daniels Run ES

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Liz Caligiuri, Greenbriar East ES

"From the moment Liz joined our pyramid SBTS team, she has been willing to jump right in, learn and try all the new things. She asks so many fabulous questions that help us all improve as she thoughtfully considers the needs of her staff and community. I'm so grateful for her positive presence on our team!"

- Margaret Sisler, Chantilly HS

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Mike Lis, Lees Corner ES

"Mike is an integral part of the pyramid SBTS team. His ability to take our big ideas and translate them into concrete and quantifiable questions, analyze and help us use that information to continually improve is invaluable. Our practice is better simply because we are able to gain such valuable insights with Mike's help.  I'm so lucky to learn from and work with him!"

- Margaret Sisler, Chantilly HS

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Tammy Ofano, Oak Hill ES

"Tammy is an incredible teammate. Serving on the pyramid SBTS team, she brings an amazing positivity and challenges us to continue to improve our practice each and every day.  I'm a better SBTS because I work with Tammy and I'm so thankful that she shares her experience with me!"

- Margaret Sisler, Chantilly HS

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Kevin Feighery, Brookfield ES

"Kevin is an integral part of our SBTS pyramid team and we couldn't complete the work we do without him. Kevin's careful eye helps us identify areas we have missed in our excitement to plan and implement change. His awareness of the needs of teachers and school employees is so important and we couldn't do the work without him! I'm so lucky to work alongside Kevin in the Chantilly Pyramid."

- Margaret Sisler, Chantilly HS

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Fatima Ataba, Providence ES

"We would like to express our appreciation for our wonderful health aide Ms. Ataba. Our son had more than his fair share of illnesses, bumps, scrapes, and various other complaints (both real and imagined ;)) his first year at “big kid school”. Ms. Ataba has consistently shown professionalism and compassion whenever he was sick or injured (both to him and to us when calling to let us know), as well as the patience of a saint and the appropriate amount of limit setting with a kindergartner with sometimes creative complaints ;) It has been comforting to know our son is so well taken care of while he is away at school.

- a Providence ES parent

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Mahmood Saeed, Stonecroft Transportation Center

"We would like to express our appreciation for our wonderful bus driver Mr. Mahmood Saeed. We are of course grateful for him safely shuttling our children to and from school, but we also appreciate the enthusiasm and thoughtfulness he brings to this job each day. Mr Saeed arrives at the bus stop with a smile, greets the children warmly, often asking how they are as they board, wishing them well as they leave, and also greeting the family members at the stop just as warmly with a smile and a wave, often taking a moment to say “how are you today?” and even to engage our son’s toddler sister or ask how she is if she’s not there. Mr Saeed’s friendly and thoughtful nature really helped make our kindergartener's first experience riding the bus to school a positive one."

- a Providence ES parent

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Leslie Leisey, Poplar Tree ES

"Leslie joined our pyramid early this year and I don't know how we even functioned before she joined us! Her energy and laughter and positivity have pulled us through some tough and challenging times and her ideas and creativity have pushed us to improve.  I love bouncing ideas off Leslie because she can always help me improve and refine them!"

- Margaret Sisler, Chantilly HS

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Alison Costanza, Greenbriar West ES

"Alison juggles so much - co-leading the pyramid SBTS team, leading the elementary SBTS team, planning and co-teaching with her teachers, planning and facilitating meetings galore, and so much more.  She does it all with grace and thoughtfulness.  Her careful planning and probing questions help push the entire group to achieve more each and every day.  I'm so lucky to have been a co-facilitator with her again this year and I learn something new each and every time we talk!"

- Margaret Sisler, Chantilly HS

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Pam Galietta, Rocky Run MS

"Pam is so supportive and kind.  She encourages all those around her to be better. She brings a sense of calm to our meetings and planning, encouraging us to go farther than we thought possible without adding stress. I'm so thankful to be in the Chantilly Pyramid with Pam and I can say without a doubt, working with her has made me a better SBTS!"

- Margaret Sisler, Chantilly HS

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Jennifer Carr, Jeff Sisk, Cheryl Temple, Instructional Programs Support Center

"We have recently been fortunate to collaborate with our colleagues from ATS (Assistive Technology Services) to make a resource more widely available to students across the district. Jennifer Carr, Jeff Sisk, and Cheryl Temple have been fantastic about sharing resources, providing guidance, and partnering with Instructional Services to adopt the best resource to meet the instructional needs of students. Even though we are from different departments, we are all focused on providing equitable access to resources for ALL students. We are so grateful to our colleagues in DSS for their collaboration!"

- Paige Whitlock, Willow Oaks

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Sam Gero, South County HS

"Sam Gero is a math teacher at South County. She is actively involved in everything and takes great pride in being a teacher and member of the South County High School community. She is the ultimate team player who has stepped in to assist another teacher to take on grading, reporting, remediation, and communication with students and parents. No complaint whatsoever from Sam. Only true professionalism, leadership and dedication with a "must get it done" spirit.  We are grateful to have her as a member of our great school."

- Dana Walker, South County HS

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Carson Dye, Cedar Lane

"Carson is amazing!  He coordinated the building of our outdoor classroom, complete with raised garden beds. He worked with students to plant and mulch the garden beds. Our students are planting natural Virginia plants and some vegetables for our foods class. He laid rock pathways, built an arbor and worked many weekend hours on this project. It looks wonderful! Thank you, Carson!"

- Nancy Gadd, Cedar Lane

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Marissa King, Cedar Lane

"Marissa wears many hats here at The Lane. From STC to CLT Leader (for all of our CLTs). Marissa never lets our staff of students down. She amazingly coordinates when our students are feeling ready to test and reassures them on testing day, not an always easy job, either!  Cedar Lane is very grateful to have her!"

- Nancy Gadd, Cedar Lane

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Laura Reed, Frost MS

"Laura is collaborating with me on a presentation for a state-wide conference for educators of Deaf and Hard of Hearing students. DHH is not her background or her primary role, but she readily agreed to present with me in Richmond and has contributed invaluable content that will reach teachers from around VA. Laura's creativity, collaboration, and dedication are" incredible and she inspires me to be better every time I work with her."

- Mollie Kropp, Instructional Programs Support Center

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Dave Lopez, Craig Carney, Micah Bushrod, Woodson Complex

"These gentlemen have gone over and above in helping out with wet fields at Crossfield ES. Their professionalism and communication skills are phenomenal. They were so patient and kind when dealing with what was an extremely frustrating situation for me. Kudos to you gentlemen. I can't thank you enough for your help."

- Dorothea Iverson, Crossfield ES

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Andrea Chabrow, Bull Run Childhood Center

"I had the privilege of working with Mrs. Andrea Chabrow during the 2017-2018 school year. Her knowledge and implementation of strategies to help children develop socially are remarkable. She shared countless ideas to use with my group and on an individual basis. Andrea brought patience and support to our class and the children were thrilled to see her each week. I've become a better teacher because of Andrea and I hope to work her again in the future."

- a colleague at Centreville Early Learning Center

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Sarah Milhoan, Hughes MS

"Thanks to Mrs. Milhoan for planning an exceptional field trip for her chorus students. The vocal clinic at JMU was outstanding. Dr. V was engaging and knowledgeable my daughter said she helped everyone improve with their phonation. Of course everyone enjoyed their time at King’s Dominion as well! You are a wonderful and skillful teacher - we are lucky to have you at Hughes."

- a Hughes MS parent

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Nathan Poumade, Franklin MS

"Nathan is an incredible example of a team player.  He works diligently to support all staff in the building to learn and grow professionally.  All while he continues to learn and grow.  He has taken the time to learn what each person needs and how to best challenge them to get there.  He pushes me to be better as we work together to support FCPSon in our pyramid and I'm thankful every day to be on a team with him! I'm a better SBTS because he is on our team!"

- Margaret Sisler, Chantilly HS

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Courtney Boehm, Twain MS

"Courtney has spent countless hours outside of her contract time to serve as Yearbook Advisor.  Her work produced a fantastic yearbook which will be cherished by our students."

- Charles Miller, Twain MS

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Mahmood Saeed, Stonecroft Transportation Center

"Mr. Mahmood Saeed is a good bus driver. He recognizes the students and greetings them. He also waves hands to the parents. He is very friendly person. He also wishes a happy birthday to any of the children when it is their birthday."

- a Providence ES parent