FCPS Cares - November 2020

By Department of Human Resources
November 03, 2020

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

Loretta Cross, Transportation - Lorton

"Loretta Cross and my kids (ages 5 and 3) have built a special bond over the last couple of months. My kids love people, are very active, and love to talk. Quarantine life has been tough for them. We made it a morning routine to always walk to pick up meals at our neighborhood school. Every morning Loretta greeted us like they were her own grandchildren. Very quickly-- walking to see Ms. Cross in the morning was the highlight of their day, and dropping Ms. Cross's name was the only thing to get them to hurry up to get ready for the day. They did not want to miss seeing Ms. Cross! Daily, Ms. Cross would gift my kids something special, and my kids would cherish these little treasures and take them for virtual show and share, or to play with all day. Daily, Ms. Cross would give words of encouragement for my kids and myself (I am a teacher), and give us such positivity and enthusiasm for the day. For the month of October, Ms. Cross dressed daily in Fabulous Pink Outfits (which my daughter adored) to honor Breast Cancer Awareness Month. To our dismay, the bus routes are changing due to students returning in person, so we won't be seeing Ms. Cross daily, but I know she will sprinkle joy and love wherever she goes on the bus!"

- a Cherry Run ES Parent

Region 1

Brian Sladki, Aldrin ES
 
"The date of our experience with Brian Sladki actually started on the very first day of school and has continued each and every day since then. Brian has gone BEYOND above and beyond with not only my son but his entire class. Now that we are all home together, I have had the privilege of observing Brian on a regular basis. He is not only compassionate and kind, but his patience with the children is remarkable! Most importantly, I'd like to recognize Brian for the additional time and attention he has shown towards my son. HE reached out to US with concerns regarding our son's progress in school. Like so many, distant learning has proven to be very difficult for my active boy. I am beyond grateful that Brian took the time to express his concerns so that together we can come up with a plan to get my son back on track. Brian is always willing to jump on a phone call or respond to an email with status updates. He even assembled a Score Card for every single child in the class showing their progress. The scorecard is full of valuable information and includes suggestions for growth in areas where the kids are struggling. For the record, Brian is doing this on his own time.  Additionally, as if Brian is not doing enough already, he took the time to create an IMPRESSIVE Parent Portal that has been a lifesaver for so many of us. Thank you, thank you, thank you, Brian, for EVERYTHING! Thank you to ALL of the teachers out there. We know how hard you are working and we are so grateful for it! We will never forget this time and we will never forget any of you!  Cheers!"

- an Aldrin ES Parent

Region 2

Jan Rayl, Falls Church HS Academy

"Ms. Rayl works with the Fairfax County School of Practical Nursing FCPS Program as an instructor in the Intro to Nursing and Patient Care Technician classes.  She is also a registered nurse.  She volunteered her time to participate in West Springfield High School's first VIRTUAL Career Fair by creating a video for students to see about working in the health care industry.  Her video was fantastic.  I have had the opportunity to see her teach before when I visited her program with a student. As an instructor, she is knowledgeable and kind. I often tell students who are interested in these classes how wonderful she is. She was also one of the first teachers to go back into the building with students since the COVID-19 closures. She is an amazing resource and FCPS is lucky to have her."

- Rebecca Cousins, West Springfield HS

Region 3

Mike Henrich, West Potomac HS

"Mr. Henrich is our school SOSA & came to West Po last school year. He is amazing. He truly cares about the kids and when we transitioned to virtual instruction, he has continued to go out of his way to support all students but especially those that need some extra TLC. At school, he supervises ISS/in-school suspension and works with students that are often considered difficult. Mr. Henrich has done home visits, visited students at their work, called countless parents, helped collaborate with teachers and counselors to reach students that would otherwise likely fall through the cracks. He is so genuinely kind and compassionate. Mr. Henrich goes out of his way to support all students and take time to get to know them which builds trust and rapport. The students adore him and he really has improved our entire school morale. We (teachers, staff, counselors, students--the entire school community) are so lucky to have him at West Po!"

- Erin Boutilier, West Potomac HS

Region 4

Jamaal Hines, Lake Braddock SS

Jamaal Hines has been a great addition to our staff this year. As a new Middle School After School Specialist, Jamaal has hit the ground running. While we are in a non-traditional (virtual) environment, Jamaal has still provided incredible opportunities to engage middle school students in extra-curricular activities. Whether it is after school cooking classes (virtual) or holding a Candy Madness bracket where students could hold a march madness poll on the best Halloween candy, Mr. Hines has been extremely creative in engaging students. Additionally, he has created a virtual self-care room for faculty and staff to decompress and de-stress, a service of vital importance at this time. Mr. Hines is a great asset to Lake Braddock and we are fortunate to have him!

- Toni DiBari, Lake Braddock SS

Region 5

Mark Daugherty, Stone MS
 
"Mr. Daugherty took the time to send a personal notification via USPS to my son before the school year started to inform him that he would be the science teacher for the year. My son was thrilled by the piece of mail addressed to him and the news. He ran upstairs to check his yearbook to confirm Mr. Daugherty was the person he remembered from last year's Veteran's Day event at the school. Then in September, Mr. Daugherty took the time to send a birthday card to my son via USPS. How cool and thoughtful is that! Finally, to complete a class assignment, Mr. Daugherty delivered a key supply to my son at home. He has been responsive to my messages to him and to messages from my son as well. The little bits of class that I hear seem engaging. We're bummed that we're not getting the in-person experience with Mr. Daugherty because we know it would be even more amazing, but we've been impressed by him every step of the way in the virtual environment. There's no doubt in my mind that he meets the CARES qualifications!"

- a Stone MS, Parent

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Other FCPS Cares of the Month Recipients

Jackie Lake, Braddock ES

"Mrs. Lake not only goes above and beyond at her job at the school but she goes way beyond outside of it when she puts endless hours helping the community around the school.  Almost every weekend she puts together food drives and clothing drives for all the families that live around the school and beyond. She is the most altruistic person I have ever known."

- a Braddock ES Parent

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Stephanie Lewis, Hayfield ES

"Imagine trying to teach a 9-year-old with zero musical experience how to play the violin.  Even in ideal situations, this is a challenge.  Now imagine trying to do that while completely virtual.  Ms. Lewis has been doing exactly that over the last few months.  Ms. Lewis is an enthusiastic, patient, caring, and very knowledgeable.  She has worked with my son in a small group but has also taken time to meet with him one on one when he was having trouble and getting frustrated.  Ms. Lewis is a wonderful music teacher and because of her influence my son is developing a real love for the violin."

- a Hayfield ES Parent

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April Taylor, Gatehouse Admin Center

"Ms. Taylor has done an amazing job with systematizing the ADA response process for West Potomac. She has worked directly with admin to clarify the process and to support staff requests. She took the necessary time to communicate/collaborate via email and phone calls. She made sure that all parties involved received what was needed to move the process forward and to a conclusion. Her professionalism and expertise were invaluable."

- Tangy Millard, West Potomac HS

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Jazmin Davis DeRamus, McNair ES

"Ms. DeRamus is teaching my first grader. She is making sure that students interact with her during the class, and has been able to create a good rapport with kids during this challenging school year. I appreciate her hard work.

- a McNair ES Parent

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Kathleen Winston, South County HS

"Kathleen, thank you for bringing a positive attitude and for creating a collaborative attitude in our workplace. Despite anything negative that may come our way, Kathleen will turn it into a positive and has a way of making everyone feel valued and supported. Kathleen goes out of her way to provide whatever level of support needed for anyone and we want her to know how much we care and support her."

- Dana Walker, South County HS

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Devon Walker, Great Falls ES

"Ms. Walker's patience is amazing. She keeps my son engaged and is so loving. He is having the best year, despite these unusual circumstances and she deserves all the credit!!"

- a Great Falls ES Parent

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Mary Folk, Cooper MS

"Thanks to Ms. Folk, my daughter is engaged and excited to participate in English class. She always finds ways to keep students entertained (even incorporating costumes and skeletons!!). I am so grateful for the creative ways so goes above and beyond to make distance learning enjoyable for students."

- a Cooper MS Parent

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Rachael Feiertag, Cooper MS

"I am especially thankful for Ms. Feiertag and her ability to spark an interest in government in my daughter. Her positivity and kindness make distance learning authentic, despite many hurdles."

- a Cooper MS Parent

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Courtney Day, Lake Braddock SS

"Thanks for having a nice attitude when you teach and make it easy to do well."

- a  Lake Braddock SS Student

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Kristen Shoemaker, Lake Braddock SS

"I am so glad that you are my advisory teacher for this year. You have made me feel like I am important and capable of doing many tasks I thought I could not achieve or accomplish. Also, you are a very fun teacher. The puzzles in class are fun and the silly debates are well... silly! I feel very lucky to be in your class."

- a  Lake Braddock SS Student

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Krista Pezold, Lake Braddock SS

"Thanks for helping me so much in band this year. I was struggling a lot with the note names, but thanks to you, I know all of the notes that we have learned in the bars and spaces. I feel like I have improved so much in the little time we have had this year so far, and you are by far are the best band teacher I have ever had."

- a  Lake Braddock SS Student

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Beth Levy, Eagle View ES

"Beth Levy is a valuable member of the admin team as assistant principal. Beth has been at Eagle View for several years and is one of the main reasons for the success of our school and students. Beth has helped to support the transition and implementation of the Multi-tiered Systems of Support (MTSS) in the building. She launched this process by ensuring that we had a core group of staff trained, developed a process/spreadsheet of tracking student progress, and created routine check-ins for grade levels to ensure that we were meeting student's needs.

She is also pivotal in creating and developing our attendance team to include routine check-ins with families. She has worked with the office team and clinical team to reach out to students and families and offer support via community resources to help families struggling with student attendance.

She is always available to work with staff and students and makes extra efforts to check-in, have lunch bunches (online) and to reach out with resources to support staff development. As an assistant principal she continues to ensure that testing, schedules, and routines are tightly run with minimal disruption to our instructional schedule. Her hard work and dedication to the Eagle View staff and community are tremendous and highly impactful. We are so very fortunate to have her as one of our leaders!"

- Kanchana Iyer, Eagle View ES

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Cory Walker, Lake Braddock SS

"Thanks for all you do to make learning fun I enjoy being in your class as a calm first period. Thanks!"

- a  Lake Braddock SS Student

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Julie Green, Lake Braddock SS

"I am so glad that you are my math teacher for this year. You have helped me with math problems that I thought were way too hard for me, and you made me feel like I could accomplish so much more in math. Also, you are very understanding of how students feel, and I have not had many teachers who are as great and understanding as you."

- a  Lake Braddock SS Student

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Ava Walter, Cooper MS

"Ms. Prosper has rekindled my daughter's confidence in math. She is fun and clearly loves what she does. Thank you!"

- a Cooper MS Parent

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Alicia Del Barrio Escribano, Lake Braddock SS

"Thanks for everything you do for the class you are my nicest teacher and you always find a way to help me with my work and do well in the class. I'm not a fluent Spanish speaker, but I am hoping to go to a school in Barcelona after I graduate high school! Again, big thanks."

- a  Lake Braddock SS Student

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Sara Nocito, Lake Braddock SS

"Mrs. Nocito is a very kind and helpful teacher to me. I am so thankful to have her as one of my teachers. She has been so patient and so kind to me and others during the good and bad times. She always encourages me which has increased my confidence and self-esteem. Even though I don't like history but she makes me love it because of the way she teaches it, and she makes it so fun and easy to learn. I know that Mrs. Nocito is one of the teachers that I would reach out to when I  need support.  Mrs. Nocito, thank you for always being there when I need you and for all the things that you have done for me."

 - a  Lake Braddock SS Student

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Cheri Miller, Lake Braddock SS

"The VJCL Convention was amazing! Thank you, Magistra for opening my eyes to this type of thing."

- a  Lake Braddock SS Student

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Sharlean Grinups, Westfield HS

"Sharlean Grinups is the Teacher, Wellness Liaison, and HPE Department Chair at Westfield High School.  Shar not only lives a healthy lifestyle; she is also a strong advocate for healthy practices among our students and staff. Whenever FCPS launches a health competition, she leads and encourages participation.  As a result, Westfield either wins or finishes among the top teams competing.  She has consistently done professional development for our staff on exercises and healthy eating, but during the pandemic, sharing has continued and increased. She routinely provides the staff with information about free online exercises, free health and wellness, and free yoga classes. This has been a much-appreciated benefit to our staff.  Her sharing and encouragement have made a positive difference for many during this difficult time, and we appreciate her for being a role model of healthy living, positive thinking, and spirit."

-  Anthony E. Copeland, Westfield HS

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Eileen Donohue, Great Falls ES

Mrs. Donohue is doing an INCREDIBLY AWESOME job teaching them to break down and analyze texts in Language Arts.  Truly, her passion and experience come through and we can hear it from the other room!  We appreciate the painstaking steps and that she is taking them through it slowly and in great detail because it really will sink in.  What she is teaching them is the foundation for all learning.  I don't have a sense for the pace, whether kids are on track or behind for this point in the year but Mrs. Donohue is bringing it every single day and they ARE getting the depth and content. This year is hard.  This year is different. Despite everything the 6th-grade teachers this year are firm, but positive and encouraging. They lift UP, rather than put down. I can hear the difference, my kid can feel the difference and it directly translates into motivation.

- Great Falls ES Parent

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Zelnita Wheeler, Hollin Meadows ES

"We are so thankful to have Mrs. Wheeler as our son's teacher this year.  She is so patient and caring with the children in the classroom and has seamlessly transitioned to online learning. What could have been a difficult year she has made bearable, even enjoyable to witness. My child is learning a lot and loves signing on to class each day to see his friends and teachers. Many thanks!"

- a Hollin Meadows ES Parent

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Miriam Pitchford, Wakefield Forest ES

"The Wakefield Forest office staff is so grateful to Miriam Pitchford, our Parent Liaison.  In her first year with us she made deep connections with many of our families and helped them interface more with school information and events.  This school year, with all its added difficulties, I'm not sure how we would have done without her.  She has navigated families through technological challenges, helped with getting students registered, insured students had the school supplies they needed, and made sure families were aware of food resources available to them. She does all this with compassion, kindness, and a positive attitude.  We are lucky to have Miriam as our Parent Liaison!"

- Julia Ruskin, Wakefield Forest ES

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Joshua Britton, Lake Braddock SS

Mr. Britton is so much fun, he is laid-back and funny. Just talking with is so much fun. Every lesson that he gives is enjoyable, and I am so lucky to be in his class.

- a  Lake Braddock SS Student

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Anna Colaric, Lake Braddock SS

"Ms. Colaric is the best, she always makes her lessons so fun. It is easy  to relate and just talk with her. I am so lucky to be her " muffin" this year."

- a  Lake Braddock SS Student

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Jennifer Cortesi, Lake Braddock SS

"Mrs. Cortesi is always helpful because she always make sure you understand. She gives great lessons and fun project. I am so lucky to have her as my teacher."

- a  Lake Braddock SS Student

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Anna Colaric, Lake Braddock SS

"Mrs Colaric really tries to make her class fun. She makes interactive, colorful notebooks and materials. I am learning lots and understanding. Thank you!!"

- a  Lake Braddock SS Student

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Meredith Rockefeller, Lake Braddock SS

"Although I am not her student, I am her son. I see all the work she puts in and how much family time she sacrifices for her students. I see the effort she puts into helping her students grow and improve, and how much energy it takes. So much goes on behind the scenes, countless hours of work and lots of support for her students. So for these reasons I believe she should be recognized."

- a Lake Braddock SS Student

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Danielle Miles, Bailey's Upper ES

"Ms. Miles invited her students to participate in a lunch bunch on a day when there wasn't even school (Wednesday before Thanksgiving)! She had so much energy despite this being her first day "off" since school started during this pandemic. This was a fun social time for my son, something he is craving in this virtual environment. I appreciate all of the teachers at B Upper and this particular just went above and beyond!"

- a Bailey's Upper ES Parent

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Tara Frazier, Keene Mill ES

"Mrs. Frazier has made online learning such a rewarding experience for my son. She is so dedicated to providing engaging instruction. My son says it feels like the days fly by with all of the interesting things they do. He really enjoys the project based learning. She really seems to care about her students and aims to keep families informed each week. Thank you, Mrs. Frazier!"

- a Keene Mill ES Parent

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Michaela Demboski, Lake Braddock SS

"Ms. Demboski is one of my son’s favorite teachers.  She starts class off with music which he loves. She talks through assignments during office hours or WIN time. She truly seems to care about supporting her students and helping them achieve."

- a  Lake Braddock SS Parent

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Jennifer Farris, Lake Braddock SS

"Ms. Farris has provided so much support to my son, during class, math circle, WIN time, and office hours. He has commented how nice she is. I really appreciate her dedication to her students, especially those who are struggling with the content."

- a  Lake Braddock SS Parent

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Anne Buellesbach, Lake Braddock SS

"I think math is the hardest subject to teach but Mrs. Buellesbach makes it the easiest subject to learn. Thank you."

- a  Lake Braddock SS Student

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Jennifer Laverdy, Lake Braddock SS

"Ms. Laverdy teaches Spanish for my son this year. She is a very nice teacher. She has patience with my son when my son is confused about tests online and she works with my son every time he needs to solve problems. Thank you Ms. Laverdy and other teachers and staffs for what they do for students in this virtual learning year."

- a  Lake Braddock SS Parent

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Carrie Bachmann, Lake Braddock SS

"Mrs. Bachmann is a very kind and understanding teacher and she was and still is a very patient teacher with all of her students. Mrs. Bachmann always came up with strategies to help me and others during school being virtual. I highly appreciate that and I hope Mrs. Bachmann and everyone including people that are poor and might live on the street to have a wonderful thanksgiving whether it is with your family, friends or alone."

- a  Lake Braddock SS Student

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Adelfa McDaniel, Ravensworth ES

"Mrs. McDaniel is a super teacher. Working 24/7, she always gets work done on time. She's very patient and kind. Mrs. McDaniel always finds good ways to motivate her students."

- a Lake Braddock SS Student

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Lindsay Puffer, Lake Braddock SS

"Ms. Puffer has spent extra time with my daughter when she doesn’t understand a new math concept. I am very thankful for her time. I also appreciate that she has intervention time for students when they need more practice with concepts. She breaks down concepts so that each student understands them."

- a  Lake Braddock SS Parent

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Katharine Edbrooke, Lake Braddock SS

"Ms. Edbrooke has gone above and beyond both as a case manager and special education teacher. Ms. Edbrooke contacts parents regular to check in about the students she case manages. When I have spoken with her she has been very helpful in solving problems, helping my daughter be more successful in classes by talking to her teachers. She has helped my daughter and I to have open communication with other teachers. Ms. Edbrooke has also developed a relationship with my daughter that has helped my daughter to ask for help. She is approachable and personable and this has allowed my daughter to feel comfortable asking for help. Ms. Edbrooke has set time for students to sign-up for extra help. This time allows students to get help with exactly what they need. It also has provided my daughter the opportunity to take tests in a quieter environment."

- a Lake Braddock SS Parent

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Roudene Jackson, Gatehouse Administration Center

"Shrevewood cares about Roudene Jackson! Roudene is an Employment Specialist and is AMAZING at helping navigate HR procedures for hiring staff especially during a pandemic. Roudene quickly responded to questions regarding hiring Classroom Monitors. Roudene has gone the extra mile when hiring staff and works to make the whole experience manageable. Shrevewood is thankful for her kind nature and understanding. Shrevewood cares about and is lucky to have Roudene Jackson on the Shrevewood Team."

- Tylea Holley, Shrevewood ES

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Ian Brodie, Lake Braddock SS
 
"This year has been so difficult for many families in the FCPS region, and we are not an exception to that. This year has been especially difficult for our family, and for my LBSS 8th grader. Mr. Brodie has absolutely gone above and beyond to help not just my daughter but our entire family navigate this year, always showing compassion and coming up with great ideas and plans to help my child achieve her goals to the best of her ability. He has facilitated meetings, discussions, and has been my go to guy. Thank you, Mr. Brodie, for being such a guiding light this year! I couldn't have done it without you."

- a Lake Braddock SS Parent

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Brittany Rogers, Shrevewood ES

"Shrevewood cares about Brittany Rogers! Brittany is Shrevewood’s Instructional Coach and an integral component to Shrevewood’s instructional practices. Brittany integrates, models, and shares instructional practices that leverage digital resources to enrich student learning. Brittany is always proactively sharing instructional practices and ways to assess students to provide immediate feedback during instruction. Brittany’s initiative and passion have had a significant impact on the students and staff. Staff meetings and CLTs are engaging with Brittany’s opening music and community builders. Brittany routinely goes above and beyond to support Shrevewood. Shrevewood cares about and is lucky to have Brittany Rogers on the Shrevewood Team."

- Tylea Holley, Shrevewood ES

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Kim Paska, Shrevewood ES

"Shrevewood cares about Kim Paska! Kim is Shrevewood’s School Based Technology Specialist and her creativity and knowledge have transformed Shrevewood’s online instructional practices. Kim has been at Shrevewood for one year and has made a huge impact. Kim jumped right into her job and has been outstanding at supporting teachers with web-based tools and software professional development. Kim has made the teachers’ jobs at Shrevewood so much easier. Kim has dramatically changed our technology since coming to Shrevewood. Kim never says something can’t be done, she figures out how to do whatever we ask of her, with a smile the entire time. Shrevewood cares about and is lucky to have Kim Paska on the Shrevewood Team."

- Tylea Holley, Shrevewood ES

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Maria Giuliani, Shrevewood ES

"Shrevewood cares about Maria Giuliani! Maria is the newest member of Shrevewood’s front office team, and she is AMAZING! Maria is organized, dedicated, consistent and patient. These are all qualities that contribute to the success of our front office especially during this pandemic. In addition to being a great team player, Maria supports families in English and Spanish with enrollment and attendance. Maria has been a great addition to the staff at Shrevewood this year! Maria is always developing ways to help our processes and frequently provides valuable input or ideas on the topic at hand. We appreciate Maria’s contributions. Shrevewood cares about and is lucky to have Maria Giuliani on the Shrevewood Team."

- Tylea Holley, Shrevewood ES

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Nicole Moyer, Willow Oaks

"Office of Special Education Procedural Support Shrevewood cares about Nicole Moyer! Nicole is a Procedural Support Liaison within the Marshall Pyramid and her special education procedural knowledge is paramount. Nicole works diligently to support the unique needs of individual students by advocating for their well-being across the county.  Nicole's knowledge and expertise are a welcome addition to the countless meetings she attends. Nicole is quick to respond to a phone call or email and is always collaborative with administration, teachers, and parents!  Shrevewood cares about and is lucky to have Nicole Moyer on the Shrevewood Team."

- Tylea Holley, Shrevewood ES

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Chris Ramos, Merrifield Support Center

"Shrevewood cares about Chris Ramos!  Chris is a HVAC Lead Mechanic and is a vital member of our Shrevewood team. First and foremost, Chris' level of expertise is second to none and the guidance he provides is prudent. Chris is very professional and knowledgeable about his job. Shrevewood cares about and is lucky to have Chris Ramos on the Shrevewood Team."

- Tylea Holley, Shrevewood ES

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Laverne Holland, Transportation - Stonecroft

"Shrevewood cares about Laverne Holland!  Laverne is a Transportation Supervisor and is committed to supporting schools with transporting students to and from school safely. This year, Laverne supported Shrevewood in developing bus routes to bring school supplies and books to our families in the Shrevewood community.  "Shrevewood on Wheels" is successful because of Lavern and her team. Laverne's positive attitude, vibrant spirit, organizational skills, and patience have been vital, especially during virtual learning. During the Return to Learning, Laverne has been instrumental in ensuring we have an accurate account of students requiring transportation.  Shrevewood cares about and is lucky to have Laverne Holland on the Shrevewood Team."

- Tylea Holley, Shrevewood ES

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David Bennett, Sideburn Support Center

"Shrevewood ES cares about David Bennett! David is the Coordinator III, Infrastructure & Environmental Engineering and works around the clock ensuring FCPS buildings are operational. Over the past 3 years, David and his team removed old carpet throughout classrooms, front office and the library and replaced the carpet with tile. David and his team have worked hard to improve the aesthetics within Shrevewood.  Shrevewood cares about and is lucky to have David Bennett on the Shrevewood Team."

- Tylea Holley, Shrevewood ES

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Kathy McCabe, Lake Braddock SS

"Mrs. McCabe actually drove to our house to drop off class materials for my daughter! That is certainly going above and beyond. In addition to that, she is a fantastic teacher who has helped my daughter make leaps and bounds with her reading. It's clear she loves what she does, and she is probably my daughter's favorite teacher. I'm so grateful for all her hard work and caring for her students!"

- a Lake Braddock SS Parent

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Michelle Gotico, Lake Braddock SS

"She brightens my day and makes me happy. My favorite class."

- a Lake Braddock SS Student

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Lake Braddock SS
 
"We would like to say thank you to every single person working at Lake Braddock Secondary School. The quality of the online learning experience this school year has been awesome and all the teachers have been really responsive to emails. Thank you all for your hard work. We hope to thank you in person next year. Happy Holidays!"

- a Lake Braddock SS Family

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Cheri Miller, Lake Braddock SS

"Ms. Miller goes above and beyond for her students. She is supportive of all of us and she encourages us to work our hardest. She is always cracking a joke while still being able to teach the lesson. Her lessons are always great and she knows what she is doing. She is such an amazing teacher and she makes me feel like I belong. Ms. Miller definitely does care."

- a Lake Braddock SS Student

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Anne Buellesbach, Lake Braddock SS

"Throughout the first quarter, Ms. Buellesbach truly went out of her way to support my daughter's efforts in math. She would call me to follow up on things and provided tons of support to help the kids navigate through virtual learning. I found it to be a true testament to how much she cares."

- a Lake Braddock SS Parent

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Lisa Williams, Lake Braddock SS

Ms. Williams went above and beyond to support my son in her Civics class. She is always positive with her students, patient when they need extra assistance, and knowledgeable about her subject area.  My son truly enjoys her as his teacher.

- a Lake Braddock SS Parent

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Cheri Miller, Lake Braddock SS

"In addition to being an enthusiastic Latin 1 teacher, Magistra Miller also leads an afterschool cooking club with another FCPS teacher. My daughter really enjoys it and looks forward to participating. I am very thankful for the teachers’ commitment to the students in the program!"

- a Lake Braddock SS Parent

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Anne Buellesbach, Lake Braddock SS

"Mrs. Buellesbach has impressed me with her commitment to her Algebra 1 Honors students.  She is truly committed to their success and in instilling a love of math in her students. She is responsive and available."

- a Lake Braddock SS Parent

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David Wickham, Lake Braddock SS

"Mr. Wickham is a phenomenal teacher and has done so many things for me. He frequently asks students about their opinions on things and checks up on them. He is a fun and caring teacher. He is one of the best teachers I have ever had. He works really hard and makes History class fun."

- a Lake Braddock SS Student

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Catherine Fleury, Lake Braddock SS

"Mrs. Fleury is funny, kind, and I great teacher! I am lucky enough to have her for English and advisory so I get to see her every day. She works very hard on the material she teaches us, and I am grateful for her."

- a Lake Braddock SS Student

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Susie Cook, Lake Braddock SS
Dr. Cook is one of the best SLPs I've ever seen in my son's entire career at FCPS. Not only is she very organized and great at teaching IEP goals and taking data, she truly cares deeply about all her students. She has gone above and beyond in  creating social skills groups for her students and building community among her students. She has been particular seminal for my son in her support and has done much more than I would have ever expected for him in supporting him in his classes virtually and when we were in person; promoting his understanding of the materials, helping coach his IA and teacher in promoting independence, working collaboratively with me, and most importantly, really being there for my son when he is having a bad moment or day. She is the definition of trusted and caring adult. I am so grateful for all she has done for my son and other students.

- a Lake Braddock SS Parent

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Justin Toney, Lake Braddock SS

"Mr. Toney is a great teacher.  My daughter takes his classes for 2 years so far and he's her very favorite teacher. Her writing has been greatly improved. Thank you, Mr. Toney and Happy Holidays!"

- a Lake Braddock SS Student

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Cathy McCormick, Lake Braddock SS

"Just before the day of the in school SAT, I placed a phone call to LBSS to request some information regarding in SAT. Cathy McCormick went above and beyond to answer my questions and even spoke with my daughter to ensure she knew the procedures for taking the SAT in school that week. Anytime I call LBSS since then Ms. McCormick has been helpful, friendly and knowledgeable.  It is so nice to hear her voice answer the main line because I know she will be able to connect me with the person I need or relay the correct info."

 - a Lake Braddock Parent

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Jennifer Knox, Transitional Support Resource Center - Fairfax

"As a singleton administrator of 2 alternative programs, I have to complete all DSS, principal, and AP tasks.  During this busy and out of the ordinary times, Ms. Knox shared 4 sample letters to use as a part of the COVID reporting system.  She shared these templates with 6 of her peers. Her actions shared each one of us at least an hour of work at a minimum.  It also was a gesture that helps build trust and teamwork for administrators who are and often feel alone.  I am so grateful to have her support during these trying times."

- Kimberly Taylor, Mountain View HS

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Nicole Ender, Lemon Road ES

"Nicole is only in her second year as a teacher but I have been very impressed by how she has adapted to this unusual school year. She has found ways to engage the class through using multiple different wen applications and options, her lessons are fun and engaging (one benefit of virtual schooling is I get to see my children "in" class and my daughter adores Miss Ender). Nicole has spent time working with the parents to develop relationships with both the student and the family and has worked hard to build a sense of class community using things like the school wide costume contest to help do this. She has worked with my daughter who was nervous about AAP math and needed to build her confidence and Nicole took the time to help her build that confidence through daily check ins during office hours and even after school until my daughters self belief grew - now she loves math and is doing really well in it. Every Friday Nicole takes the time to create fun activities for the children to do together virtually to build community. Her hard work and commitment is very much appreciated."

- a Lemon Road ES Parent

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Rosa Cruz, Westfield HS

"Rosa is an amazing Building Supervisor at Westfield High School. She works closely with Terri Towle, the Director of Student Activities to run many of the daily operations of the school. We are in a pandemic and many elements of planning for school have changed over the course of the last few months, Rosa has remained calm, steadfast, communicative, and so productive--all while working with a staff of many to provide the best services for our community. Much of the work that she does is behind the scenes--but I wanted to acknowledge her positive spirit and dedication to the students and staff. She is wonderful!"

- Laura Waterman, Westfield HS

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Morgan Birge, Lemon Road ES

"Morgan has been a consistent source of support and help throughout the pandemic. On several occasions my family has experienced technical difficulties - an inadvertently deleted BBCU link, a malfunctioning laptop, a student app that isn't working would all be examples - and on every occasion as soon as I've mentioned it to Morgan he has had it resolved or on the path to resolution. His communication is consistently supportive, positive and approachable - he always makes you feel like he has time for you. At every opportunity Morgan demonstrates his support for the school community - he has been present at every laptop or supply distribution event, every PTA meeting, every town hall meeting and virtual evening event. When the school held a virtual costume contest Morgan kept the fun going all day with multiple costume changes and posts - which the children loved and which really helped to boost the sense of community."

- a Lemon Road ES Parent

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Ashley Castillo, Lemon Road ES

"Ashley Castillo is an outstanding leader. Even before the 2020 craziness the parent community at LRES was impressed by her positivity, engagement and support of the staff and students but since the pandemic started she has really stepped into her own. She answers emails at midnight to make sure she gets back to you quickly - and still takes the time and effort to fill them with kindness, understanding and patience. She is active in the classes, popping into lessons or taking over for absent teachers or even when technical glitches mean the teacher lost connections. She communicates swiftly, professionally and with empathy - something so important at the moment. Despite all the stresses and challenges she must be handling at the moment she comes to every every PTA board meeting (virtually of course) and every PTA meeting and has held multiple parent town halls to ensure transparence and support parents as they work through these challenging times.  She is consistently engaged, positive and supportive. She always gives the impression she has time for you and your concerns. LRES has been an (even!) sunnier, happier place since Ashley took over but true leaders show themselves in times of challenge and Ashley has conducted herself throughout this time in such a way that she has the absolute trust of the staff, students and parent community - I am so grateful that she is our principal."

- a Lemon Road ES Parent

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Margo Pinc, Lake Braddock SS

"I am thankful for having such a great Instructional Assistant, Margo Pinc. She is AMAZING.  Margo is always willing to assist me in whatever I need done in class, she offers to come to WIN time and office hours to help assist students, she relates well to the students and always comes up with other explanations to help students remember the steps of solving a particular problem,  and she is always willing to pull kids into a breakout room to help the students in class. Thank you Margo for all of your hard work!"

- Shane Thurston, Lake Braddock SS

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Vickie Sands, Lake Braddock SS

"Vickie Sands, library assistant at Lake Braddock Secondary School, is an invaluable part of our school community. Recently, Vickie stepped in without hesitation to assist the testing office resolve a last minute issue. Vickie always steps up to help out our school community, regardless of the task, be it to help collect school materials, help distribute school materials, fill in with front office needs, all while supporting our wonderful library community as well.  She is a great asset to LBSS!"

- Jennifer Bury, Lake Braddock SS

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Charlotte Quigley, Little Run ES

"Ms. Quigley has been incredibly helpful to the whole Little Run community as virtual education got underway this fall. She has become an expert on new computer programs and interactive tools that have made classroom meetings very engaging for even the youngest students. She is quick to reply to questions from parents (even on weekends!) about computer issues or to provide tips for helping students safely navigate the internet. Ms. Quigley put together a presentation for our November PTA meeting focused on Virtual Learning and Internet Safety. She provided parents with an overview of how teachers are building students’ independence with technology and how parents can best help their students succeed. She discussed the importance of modeling good digital citizenship and reinforced for parents all of the resources available. Ms. Quigley has thoroughly supported teachers and families through a very challenging time and we are very grateful!"
 

- Mary Stankus & PTA Board, Little Run ES 

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Catherine Matthews, Groveton ES

"A year after graduating high school and I still think about my 4th & 6th grade teacher Ms. Matthews. Not only did she motivate me and inspire me to be better throughout elementary, her kindness and dedication of be an amazing teacher has stuck with me all throughout my academic career and there some."


- Esloan Herrera Padilla, Former Student of Groveton ES

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Katherine Catanzaro, Floris ES
 
"Ms. Catanzaro went above and beyond all year with my daughter. She helped us navigate services through the school and showed so much patience and thoughtfulness. She kept my daughter engaged during virtual learning. She is the best of the best!"

- a Floris ES Parent

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Stacie Becker, Bush Hill ES

"Mrs Becker (and Mrs Harding) have been super hero Kindergarten Teachers! I've been "monitoring/assisting" my Kindergartener during this virtual fall and I've just been so impressed at how amazingly patient, kind and just AWESOME Teachers and professionals these ladies are! The entire Bush Hill Elementary Team of teachers, staff and administration have been nothing but incredible during such difficult times. But everyday I've been witness to what I'm so thankful for and more than I could ask for in a virtual classroom for my son and his classmates.  Even without the additional monitor to assist in all things digital, these two take on each challenge like literal super heroes and it's been a privilege to be able to be home and hear all that goes on and see what a positive impact they make to each child in their class.  This year of course is not ideal for anyone, but I'm thankful for Mrs Stacie Becker and the all the teachers, staff and administrators at Bush Hill Elementary School!"

- a Bush Hill ES Parent

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Ricardo Conner, Transportation - Stonecroft

"Prior to November 16th, I witnessed my supervisor not only patiently leading our great team 42 but he also rolled up his sleeves and worked even harder than we did to keep up with the constant last minute changes in our preparation for phase #5 roll out. We were fully prepped and prepared for the up coming roll out of the next phase of excepting new students. which was to be Monday the 16th of November 20202. Bright and early before sun up On that Monday I was the road supervisor being fairly new he was out there with me assuring my competence and  building my confidence.  Then it all changed again often after we had just set up all of the routes and contacted the schools. Some changes came minutes after printing the final copy to give to our driver and attendants. For most people this would including me, this could get a little frustrating but not to Ricardo. He is always calm, cool, collected and focused he is the ultimate teacher! His style of leadership takes takes away panic and replaces it with absolute faith that things will work out just the way they where intended to if you are well prepared and you believe in the purpose in which you are here at this very moment. It's a honor to see such a completely positive example of adaptive leadership during these very difficult and challenging times."

- Lamar Turner Jr., Transportation - Stonecroft

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Sue Houde, Mountain View HS

"Sue Houde worked with community organizations to arrange for Thanksgiving food "baskets" for families at our school.  She was able to arrange baskets for 14% of our student population - which is a very needy population.  These food baskets were able to serve additional students/families above the county holiday program.  Not only did Sue arrange the community financial support, but she also went to the store and bought the items and arranged the "baskets".  She also worked with staff to identify students in need and then contacted those families to arrange pick up or delivery of the "baskets".  Thanks to Sue's time and effort, we were able to provide additional food support to our families during this Thanksgiving break!"

- Jennifer Crump-Strawderman, Mountain View HS

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Bissan Heise, Providence ES

"My 7 year old son has been struggling with anxiety for the past few months. From the beginning of the school year, Ms. Heise was willing to meet with him on Mondays, and help him through some of his concerns. She recently offered to have him join a small group of kids seeking connections, and he was so thrilled it made his day. She has built a positive relationship with him and has helped to keep him connected in a challenging time and we are grateful for it!"

- Meredith Lee, Providence ES

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Johnny Shu and Jordan Black, Woodson HS

"Mr. Shu and Ms.Black go above and beyond for my Biology class. Mr.Shu creates the notes for us himself and tries to make them entertaining, yet factual at the same time. They both spend time going in depth and explaining the content. They’re the best science teachers I have ever had, I actually understand what we’re learning."

- a Woodson HS Student

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Dan Phillips, Sharon Hickey, Janice Suitte and Barbara King, Providence ES

"I would like to give a round of applause to our administrative team and administrative assistant. Throughout this whole COVID situation they have been there to help us navigate this unprecedented, unknown time.  In this time of great uncertainty they have been there for me and for all the staff at PES. They have consistently been patient, positive and hopeful. They have met all staff members where they are listening to worries and concerns, encouraging, offering insights and advice, celebrating successes, and, most important, showing that they care. They have done their best to keep us updated, troubleshoot as needed, and keep things as normal as possible. Their expectations have been realistic and their support has been constant. Although all the above have been obvious to all the staff at PES, I know they have been doing an incredible amount behind the scenes. There have been endless meetings, thousands (probably!) of emails not to mention phone calls and everything else needed to keep the school building clean, safe and ready to receive students when the time comes. Dan, Sharon, Janice, and Barb, I am so thankful to have such CARING leaders as all of you and am so glad to be at Providence during this time. I know I speak for all the staff in saying thank you for all you have done and all you continue to do!"

-  Stacy Greene, Providence ES

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Andrea Harmon, Lake Braddock SS

"Ms. Harmon is the chorus teacher at Lake Braddock. I wanted to pass on how much Ms. Harmon has been doing to help create community amongst the kids and plan special virtual events for them at this time and what a game changer she has been for many of our kids right now. She's amazing, even starting this summer with a virtual chorus boot camp and trying to build community for the chorus kids. And she's continued right on since the first day of school. Not only did she do a ton of work to create an amazing virtual Dessert on Broadway concert, including getting the kids to learn choreography and group numbers and make sure all the kids were included, she has gone WAY above and beyond to find opportunities for the kids to virtually perform as well as virtually hang out together, including virtual movie nights, virtual game time, virtual buddy lunches, and much more. It has helped the kids bond and find some community in a way that is inclusive of everyone. While many kids are getting together informally in their "pods", Ms. Harmon has found a way to make sure those kids who don't have pods also have a way to connect socially with their classmates. She truly seems to understand the social and emotional toll this has taken on our kids and gone out of her way to help give these kids something. And she understands for the seniors this is the last chance they will get. There is no "just wait til next year" for them. While performing alone and recording videos is difficult for some kids and not as good for these kids as being able to perform together, having so many opportunities for the kids to perform has given them some incentive to keep practicing and watching the shows she creates with their videos gives them something to look forward to. I cannot speak more highly of how hard she has worked for her chorus kids and the many ways she has gone above and beyond for them."

- a  Lake Braddock SS Parent

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Justine Ifkovits, Lemon Road ES

"I feel blessed to have Ms. Ifkovits as my daughter's first grade teacher. Her class is very organized and engaging, even in a challenging virtual environment. She understands the needs of each student and tailors her instructions to encourage their talents and foster students' desire to learn, achieve and exceed. I appreciate Ms. Ifkovits's prompt response in TalkingPoints and emails, even outside her working hours. When she sees a problem, she proactively reaches to the parents. She also followed up quickly on the items I brought up in the teacher parent conference. She has a genuine passion in teaching and is never shy trying creative method in teaching the content. Recently she is utilizing "Flipgrid" and let her students' creativity fly through it."

- a Lemon Road ES Parent

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Kim Witeck, Mountain View HS

"Kim Witeck is outstanding.  Kim's role at Mountain View High School is as our Intervention Specialist, but she wears many more hats.This school year, Kim Witeck of one of two Interdisciplinary Team (IDT) leads for our school.  Kim's willingness to support in any manner, while supporting team members be comfortable with the IDT process has not gone unnoticed.  Kim works with teachers one-on-one, offers to manage the data (if needed), and has a "in any way I can support" approach. Kim is also the leader/facilitator for the Student Intervention Team, Trauma Response Supports team, co-facilitator for the Cognitive Responsive Teaching Brain cohort, and provides direct intervention with students too. I admire Kim's approach to problems as "those are bridges to build."  This simple statement that Kim stated has personally resonated with me and embodies her approach to working with everyone. Kim is the ultimate team player at Mountain View High School and we are extremely fortunate."

- Claudia Pirouzan-Jones, Mountain View HS

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Michelle Miller, Mountain View HS

"Michelle Miller is always a calm and supportive force at Mountain View High School.  Although Michelle's role is as an assessment coach she supports the school in a variety of other roles. This school year, Michelle Miller of one of two Interdisciplinary Team (IDT) leads for our school.  Michelle's willingness to support in any manner, while supporting team members be comfortable with the IDT process has not gone unnoticed. Michelle is an asset with supporting with recording interventions.  She works with teachers one-on-one, offers to manage the data (if needed), and has a "in any way I can support" approach. Michelle is also wonderful with our students. Standardized testing can be a source of anxiety, but always receive a warm welcome from Michelle.  Michelle goes out of her way to connect with students prior to testing to make sure they are comfortable with the process, aware of the schedule, and identify any needed supports. Michelle is the ultimate team player at Mountain View High School and we are extremely fortunate."

- Claudia Pirouzan-Jones, Mountain View HS

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Erin Chubb, Mountain View HS

Erin Chubb embodies the love and support that the Mountain View High School instructional staff are known for.  When one of Erin's students asked her for help with completing FAFSA forms, Erin did not hesitate to say yes and worked with the student outside of instructional hours to support her.  The only way I came to know about this was when I was soliciting feedback on what supports students might be in need of; Erin used this as an example of something that recently had been asked.  Thank you for doing all that you do Erin.  You are outstanding.  Are students are fortunate to have you as a support and you are appreciated.

- Claudia Pirouzan-Jones, Mountain View HS

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Peggy Commins, Mountain View HS

"Mountain View High School was fortunate to have Peggy Commins join the staff this year in the role of an instructional assistant.  Peggy is outstanding! On Monday's Peggy is one of the staff members who supports in-person with the our ESOL learners.  Peggy's warm greeting to students is not missed.  The students naturally take to her and she has supported with the success of the Monday instructional program. Peggy has even provided students with Halloween treat bags for them to take home.  Mountain View High School has an older student population, but Peggy understood that small gestures go a long way. Pete Garvey, a social studies teacher, has stated that Peggy is "the best instructional assistant ever."  Pete explained how Peggy supports in a co-teaching role in his classes that they are teamed in.  Pete has also shared how Peggy mailed students in their Success Prep class, juju beans and toothpicks in advance to support a team building lesson that was a tremendous success.  As it was shared, there were a lot of laughs and some friendly competition. Mountain View High School is extremely fortunate to have Peggy join our team. Thank you for doing all that you do."

- Claudia Pirouzan-Jones, Mountain View HS

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Sue Houde and Jill Fazio, Mountain View HS

"Sue Houde and Jill Fazio arranged with community partners to have over 40 Thanksgiving meals donated to our students and their families.  Not only did Sue and Jill arrange for the meals to be donated, they also arranged for the meals to be delivered to families without transportation.  Sue and Jill secured the meals, completed the set up, and delivered many of the meals with the support of other Mountain View High School staff members.  I also know that Sue and Jill added "fresh items" out of their own resources to the Thanksgiving meal deliveries.  Sue and Jill embody care, love, and the ongoing commitment to making sure that the students and their families in the Mountain View High School are a part of the school family.  Thank you for always thinking ahead to ensure that all students are supported, stresses are removed, and helping our small community continue to view school as an extension of family.  Also, thank you for coordinating for other staff members to also be able to support, see students, and show our families we are here for them."

- Claudia Pirouzan-Jones, Mountain View HS

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Kim Witeck, Mountain View HS

"Kim Witeck is outstanding.  Kim's role at Mountain View High School is as our Intervention Specialist, but she wears many more hats. This school year, Kim Witeck of one of two Interdisciplinary Team (IDT) leads for our school.  Kim's willingness to support in any manner, while supporting team members be comfortable with the IDT process has not gone unnoticed.  Kim works with teachers one-on-one, offers to manage the data (if needed), and has a "in any way I can support" approach. Kim is also the leader/facilitator for the Student Intervention Team, Trauma Response Supports team, co-facilitator for the Cognitive Responsive Teaching Brain cohort, and provides direct intervention with students too.  I admire Kim's approach to problems as "those are bridges to build."  This simple statement that Kim stated has personally resonated with me and embodies her approach to working with everyone. Kim is the ultimate team player at Mountain View High School and we are extremely fortunate."

- Claudia Pirouzan-Jones, Mountain View HS

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Chelsea Koryak, Kings Park  ES

"Ms. Koryak has done an amazing job of engaging my daughter in virtual learning this year.  Her lessons are student-centered and gives kids the ownership of learning (and not lecturing).  I know she puts a lot of work into her planning, and it is not only noticed, but so very appreciated. Thank you for building such a wonderful learning experience!"

- Theresa Wills, Kings Park ES

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Kathleen Young, Lake Braddock SS

"Mrs. Young has done an amazing job of making this year meaningful for my daughter. She is upfront and honest with the students; making sure they not only understand the work- but are successful. Transitioning to offer a pilot of concurrent teaching, she has gone out of her way to make learning meaningful for those IN class and those virtual. The pandemic has not stopped the learning - especially given the College Board has not lowered expectations! My daughter just raves about Mrs. Young! Thank you, Mrs. Young, for all the hard work and dedication to the students during these trying times!"

- a Lake Braddock ES Parent

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Tara Klibansky, Riverside ES

"I want to give a big shout out to Tara Klibansky. She is new to our team this year. She is professional and hard working. She takes great pride in all she does. Her love for education is evident in everything she does with her class. She’s taken on challenges with a smile and a can do attitude. She fulfilled commitments without reminders, is a collaborative member of our team in so many ways. Thank you Tara for working so hard for our students, you are an exceptional educator and we appreciate you!"

- Marialys Gruneiro, Riverside ES

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Terri Pendleton, Kent Gardens ES

"Ms. Terri Pendleton is our Technology Support Specialist in the Kent Gardens Elementary School community. In a school with over 800+ FCPS laptops at home with students during this distance learning period, she has managed the parent inquiries with grace, patience and promptness. I have had several FCPS laptop issues and she has always responded within hours of my email to try and resolve the issues we experienced with the computer. Yesterday, she met me on a day she was supposed to be off-site to make sure that my daughter had a working FCPS laptop for the next school day. She handled all of our communications with patience and kindness, regardless of all the stress she is currently under with so many FCPS laptops being support by her. Ms. Pendleton deserves recognition for keeping our Kent Gardens students online through her FCPS laptop support. She is a single person with an enormous amount of responsibility while the schools are physically closed this school year. She deserves to be recognized for her outstanding support in the Kent Gardens community."

- a Kent Gardens ES Parent

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Ralph Whitefield, Kent Gardens ES

"Do you know someone who always arrives to work early? This person is ready to be ready. He is the Dining Room Assistant, Ralph Whitfield.  Ralph has all the items set up for the students when they enter the cafeteria. Spoons and napkins?  Check. Brooms and table wipers?  Check.  Ralph runs a comfortable but tight "ship". He may step to the microphone with an instruction for the students. The next moment you hear, "I know you heard me!"  His guidance and work ethic makes the students feel secure and a part of the program. I am glad that I get to work with Ralph in the Kent Gardens cafeteria."

- Jane Reid, Kent Gardens ES

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Janell Hollis-Hescht, Daniels Run ES

"Mrs. Hollis-Hescht has truly exceeded our expectations for virtual learning. Her kindness and enthusiasm for her job and love for the students shines through the computer. Her love for learning is infectious and our daughter is excited about school everyday. She is incredibly skilled at teaching online and we marvel at the speed in which she has gotten her class of first grades acclimated to google meet, classroom and sites. We are incredibly thankful for her and this bright spot during this otherwise challenging year."

- a Daniels Run ES Parent

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Timothy Brammer, Woodson Complex
 
"I had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Brammer as he was taking inventory of our outdoor equipment at South County. Mr. Brammer was extremely kind, helpful, friendly and super knowledgeable. I learned many things in just the short time I spent with him. I appreciated his communication style and willingness to support us at the school level. Mr. Brammer is certainly VALUE ADDED to the FCPS family. Thank you, Sir!"

- Brett Garner, South County HS

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Malalay Khalid, Lake Braddock SS
 
"She was with us for a bit as our Student Teacher and she would always have fun with us and make class a little more easy to go through, if we didn't have an assignment to do she would listen to the stories we would want to tell. She was also very accepting with some of our classmates who wanted to use different pronouns or names."

- a Lake Braddock Student

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Robin Houlahan, Lake Braddock SS

"This teacher has encouraged so many students to work and made her classes fun to be in and participate in. She's really understanding and empathetic with all of her students, and it shows that you're able to actually talk to her."

- a Lake Braddock Student

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Megan Pitts, South County HS

Megan Pitts is the ultimate team player.  We already knew that going into the COVID-world, but she has offered and given a tremendous amount of time to support our department at the middle school with the completion of Special Education educational testing.  Megan is always willing to help when we need it, and genuinely has such a supportive attitude all the time.  Plus being told in an email "you're never bugging me" (even though I am) is always appreciated.  Megan's kindness and support should be commended, especially in a time when the world needs more kindness. Thank you Megan!

- Miranda Hendershot, South County HS

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Malalay Khalid, Lake Braddock SS

Mrs. Khalid is a really great teacher and deserves a teaching career in Fairfax County schools. She shows lots of care towards the students and goes above and beyond for everything. She makes class fun and enjoyable to be in class. She also tries to keep us engaged by doing Peardecks, Nearpod, etc. Overall she is a really great teacher and deserves a teaching career in Fairfax County schools.

- a Lake Braddock Student

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Malalay Khalid, Lake Braddock SS

"Ms. Khalid was an amazing student teacher, and she said that she only has a few more days of student teaching after the Thanksgiving break, which makes me pretty sad. She's genuinely one of the best student teachers I've interacted with, and I would've loved to talk to her more in person but COVID happened so that's not possible. I really do hope she makes a return to teaching because she's made World History/Geography really entertaining."

- a Lake Braddock Student

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Malalay Khalid, Lake Braddock SS
 
Ms Kahlid is honestly the best student teacher i have ever had. She always helped out when needed and was on task even while joking with us students. She deserves all good things on this earth and would be an amazing teacher❤

- a Lake Braddock Student

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Malalay Khalid, Lake Braddock SS
 
She is one of the best student teachers I have ever had she care so much about each individual student and makes sure you get your work done she will take time out of her day to help you and she deserves all the love

- a Lake Braddock Student

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Malalay Khalid, Lake Braddock SS

"I want to say that I don't want her to leave, She is a very helpful and kind teacher and will help anyone who needs it."

- a Lake Braddock Student

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Malalay Khalid, Lake Braddock SS

"She was a teacher in training I believe. She is really nice and knows how to communicate with students."

- a Lake Braddock Student

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Malalay Khalid, Lake Braddock SS
 
"Great student teacher, it was awesome when she took over for a while, super competent and nice, new how to grade things and always cared about students. Please Hire."

- a Lake Braddock Student

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Malalay Khalid, Lake Braddock SS

"She was an amazing student teacher."

- a Lake Braddock Student

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Cosette Loach, Frost MS

Cosette is not only an amazing colleague and teacher, but also our News Show sponsor/coordinator.  She has found a way for more than 50 students who applied to participate & support the daily student news show. Her patience and dedication to these students is seen each episode.  Thank you Cosette for your hard work & continued efforts to build connection & community.

- Laura Reed, Frost MS

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Cosette Loach, Frost MS
 
"Cosette's news shows have been great, and the production values, the energy, and the reliability of having it every morning is a testament to how awesome she is. Thanks for running this; I know the kids love to watch it (I actually show it in every class all day) and I enjoy it as well. 😊"

-  William Beekman, Frost MS

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Ebenezer Agyemang-Kusi, South County HS

"Ebenezer Agyemang-Kusi is a new teacher to South County and he has jumped right in! Watching him teach his Adaptive PE class is captivating. He attracts the attention of each and every one of his students, and they are enjoying every second of his class - he is clearly having an impact on his students!"

- Samantha Tolan, South County HS

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Maria Quispe, Efly Anaya Quispe, Sabrina Lambert South County HS
 
"Ms. Maria Quispe, Ms. Elfy Anaya Quispe, and Ms. Sabrina Lambert are continuously providing a positive learning environment for their students. They are supportive and encouraging for all of their students, and the impact that they are having on our face to face students as well as our virtual students is palpable. Their positive attitudes and interactions are contagious, and therefore, our students are not only learning, but also having fun."

- Samantha Tolan, South County HS

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Marie Barnett, Fairhill ES

"This pandemic is hard on many but I want to recognize the degree of patience and perseverance it takes from special education teachers like Ms. Barnett. Ms. Barnett takes the definition of patience to a whole new level. Her loving care , creativity in  helping our children grasp the skills they need to learn & patience in having to repeat , wait and guide each and every child through the screen is admirable . You inspire me ! Love and appreciation for being there for us."

- Fairhill ES Parent

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Patricia Worrall, Willow Oaks

"Patricia is beyond a phenomenal mentor and colleague and deserves all the recognition for ALL she does!  She always puts others first, while multi-tasking ALL she does for our division! Continual thank you's are due to her!  Major kudos Patricia for all you are, all you do, and your "why" behind it all!!!"

- Rita Berlin, Dunn Loring Center

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Shane Thurston, Lake Braddock SS

"I have to give a shout out to my team teacher, Shane. He is AMAZING. He is so quick to set up a quick poll while I'm explaining something to the class, comes to his own BBCU classroom for office hours for his small group kids and our BBCU classroom for office hours at the same time, is always jumping in and out of breakout rooms to help the kids, and is a huge contributor to both CTs."

- Maya Nardone, Lake Braddock SS

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Elizabeth Nagagata, Daniels Run ES
 
"We had such a great opening of the school year with our Preschool Autism Classroom, and we have Elizabeth to thank! She works tirelessly to make sure her students and families get what they need. It has been a joy having her students back in the building. Way to go Elizabeth!"

- Lauren Hein, Daniels Run ES

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Elizabeth Cassidey, Daniels Run ES

"We are so thankful to have Liz as part of our special education preschool team. She works so hard to ensure that her students get what they need. With the youngest learners back in our building, it has been such a delight to watch their interactions and learning throughout the day. They had such a successful start to the school year in light of everything going on. Way to go LIZ!"

-  Lauren Hein, Daniels Rus ES

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Christine Marucchi, Wakefield Forest ES
 
"We are incredibly thankful for Mrs. Marucchi and the dedication she shows to her students.  She has been kind, understanding, and encouraging.  Our daughter has really connected with her; she feels motivated to learn and work hard.  Our daughter recently missed a small group Monday lesson (we were both in our own virtual work meetings and she simply lost track of time). When she emailed Mrs. Marucchi to apologize and ask if there would be another opportunity to meet with her, Mrs. Marucchi immediately responded with a positive message and offered to meet her one-on-one right away.  Tears turned to smiles at our house.  Her empathetic reply and extra gift of time meant so much to our daughter (and to us)!  Thank you, Mrs. Marucchi!"

- a Wakefield Forest ES Parent

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Elizabeth Moore, Lake Braddock SS
 
"Thank you for everything. You have taught me a lot and made me start to love writing and the funny and welcoming class made me come out of shell more.  I've come to open myself up a little and be more me. Thank you! you have helped me so much. ♥(ˆ⌣ˆԅ) "

- a Lake Braddock SS Student

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Ronald Budreau, Chantilly HS
 
"When I contacted Mr. Budreau to ask for help for one of my struggling students, he immediately sprang into action to help develop an individualized plan of academic and social-emotional support for her.  He made himself available every day after school and anytime on Mondays- and has continued to reach out and follow up with her and with me.  So lucky to have him as a Charger!"

- Amy Parmentier, Chantilly HS

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Susan Byrd and Anna Kvartunas, Lake Braddock SS
 
"I spent the last few days with Anna Kvartunas and Susan Byrd, teaching concurrently from their physical classrooms. Their people-first approach to our current educational model made for an absolutely meaningful experience with their students. It is really, really hard to teach students at home and in the classroom, and watching these teachers perform with grace and savvy was so inspiring. Not only were we able to build strong relationships between students and the library through this experience, we were really successful in helping them find great new books to read. Even beyond that, they taught me how to do this successfully, with infinite patience and generosity. I feel so lucky that my first experience teaching concurrently was with such amazing educators.  This week was a master class in flexibility, kindness and resourcefulness. I think every single educator in our building is an amazing human person, but there is something extra special and extra wonderful about people who go into special education."

- Sarah Pevner, Lake Braddock SS

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Kelsey Christian, Olde Creek ES

"Ms. Christian joined the Olde Creek staff this school year and has been a driving force behind the success of our comprehensive service site. She quickly established herself in her new role as CRT. She has jumped in and provided instructional coverage for one of our special education teachers on maternity leave. Her dedication and commitment to her students is on display continuously. We are truly lucky to have her here at Olde Creek!"

- Kelly Durso, Olde Creek ES

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Tara Boone, Rose Hill ES

"Tara is our Instructional Coach. The last 2 weeks she has been working with me on problem solving with my first graders. Teaching through a small screen has been a challenge. She and I have seen some amazing strategies used by our first graders. She taught them how to use their cameras to record their work. The kids love it! I love seeing their smiles and confidence grow each day they work. They are going to become very competent problem solvers and Tara Boone is a major reason why. She comes into our classroom virtually and becomes a dynamic and active participant. She has pulled students into a breakout room to help them. This is one small example of how she makes our school brighter and our students more successful. We are blessed!"

- Danny Adams, Rose Hill ES

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Jennifer Clark, Rolling Valley ES
 
"I want to thank Ms. Clark for incorporating National Princess Day into our class today.  My daughter has had a lot of ups and downs with virtual learning, and National Princess Day was a great opportunity to raise her spirits.  When she initially reached out to me, Ms. Clark asked if I had any ideas for stories or songs to share - but then I had the totally out of the box idea of bringing a princess to class to read her story.  I wasn't sure if it was allowed, but Ms. Clark was enthusiastic!  I set up the experience, and Ms. Clark invited other classrooms to join us as well.  Elsa came to visit today - she read a story, sang some of her songs from Frozen 2, and talked with some of the students and teachers.  It was an absolutely amazing experience!  My daughter's joy and smiles throughout were infectious, and even now - a few hours later - she's still so, so happy. Moments like this really help our daughter's mental health, and I really appreciate that this need is recognized and supported. Thank you!"

- a Rolling Valley ES Parent

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Willy Vallejos, Lawrence Washington, Narayan Kharel, Justin Meade, and Peter Rivera, Sideburn Support Center

"This crew of painters have been working on painting work orders at our school for most of the month of November.  They are the most pleasant and hard working crew.  They have worked around teacher schedules and have been willing to adjust at a moments notice.  They have worked well keeping our custodial crew informed of what is needed, and their work is impeccable."

- Ann Prentice, Orange Hunt ES

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Johanna Meadows, Gatehouse Administration Center

"If I don't know an answer to an FCPS question, Johanna is without a doubt the first person I ask. I could use all these adjectives to describe her like "amazing" or "fantastic" or "wonderful", but nothing ever truly comes close enough to accurately describe her as a person and a colleague. An employee recently reached out to me with questions regarding her retirement date changing and wasn't receiving the assistance she needed from the appropriate office. Knowing absolutely nothing about this particular situation, I asked Johanna for assistance, expecting her to give me reliable point of contact to direct my questions to. But she just took care of it! She asked for info from the appropriate people, had Verifications send documents the employee, and received the confirmation that the employee needed. All by herself! She just fully took a confusing situation off my plate and handled it. I'm completely mind blown. She's in a brand new position with more responsibilities, but her generosity knows no bounds. I'm absolutely so grateful for Johanna and her guidance since I've joined FCPS; I don't think I'd be as successful in my role without her."

- Shannon Laws, Gatehouse Administration Center

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Roopa Gundapaneni and Anara Kakar, Westfield HS

"From past few months Roopa Gundapaneni, production kitchen manager and Anara Kakar, cost control manager at Westfield HS cafeteria have been working diligently hard to support the Westfield pyramid production team in preparing and delivering meals to the FCPS community. Due to their sheer contribution in willing to work beyond their capacity, they have created an outstanding food services team. They overcame many hurdles like addition of new meal sites and buses, limited storage space in the kitchen, adjusting daily meal counts, learning all the meal requirements as the programs like supper and pm snacks were added and many more…..They went above and beyond the call of duty and exhibited patience, in a positive manner and always went about doing their duties with a friendly smile. Every major roadblock was met with determination and resolution. They ensured all tasks were completed in a timely and thorough manner. Their dedication, professionalism, and initiative continue to make a major contribution to the success of Food and Nutrition Services. They are extremely easy to work with and I greatly appreciate their production skills and hard work. They are our shining examples and truly great representatives of how FCPS cares about our kids and their families. Keep it up Roopa and Anara, I am proud of you!"

- Rahul Nooniwalm, Energy Zone

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Chris Moran, Lake Braddock SS

"Mr. Moran thank you for being a great guy, teacher and friend. I know I failed your class but I still am grateful for having you as my Bio teacher. Hope you have a great Thanksgiving and eat great."

- a Lake Braddock SS Student

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Danyele Magretta, Lake Braddock SS
 
"Thank you for your help."

- a Lake Braddock SS Student

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James Linkins, Lake Braddock SS

"Thank you for being a great teacher! you helped me with so much throughout my school year. you thought me so much, not just about history. the things you thought me I will use forever! Thank you so much!! Have a great Thanksgiving and Happy Holidays!"

- a Lake Braddock SS Student

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Laura Christadore and Sarah Pevner, Lake Braddock SS

"We just LOVE these ladies! We love having them come into our classes to share library information. They are so inventive with the technology during virtual learning. We miss their faces!"

- Elizabeth Moore and Julie Evans, Lake Braddock SS

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James Linkins, Lake Braddock SS

"Thank you so much for helping me and everyone else through the crazy part of last year, I hope you are doing well and getting through this year just as well. Best wishes."

- a Lake Braddock SS Student

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Carla Austin, Gatehouse Administrative Assistant
 
"I want to send a quick shout out to the wonderful, Ms. Carla Austin. Ms. Austin has been extremely helpful in supporting South County and a few tasks related to our facility. Ms. Austin is extremely responsive and continues to stand ready to support us at the school level. Ms. Austin is VALUE - ADDED to the FCPS family. Thank you for all that you do!"

- Brett Garner, South County HS

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Kat Ohlmeyer, South County HS

"Ms. Ohlmeyer is a new staff member to South County and has made an immediate impact in our school community. Not only have I heard wonderful things from students about her as a teacher, but she has done a tremendous job leading our NHS program. Ms. Ohlmeyer has reinvigorated our NHS program, even in the most challenging of times. She has a warm and compassionate communication style, which I know pays dividends as she continues to build relationships with her students. We are so thankful to have Ms. Ohlmeyer as a part of the SC family and I am excited to see how she continues to positively impact our school community. Thanks for everything!"

- Brett Garner, South County HS

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Caroline Cox, Franklin Sherman ES

"Mrs. Cox has really helped my son blossom. The way I see she manages her class everyday and the true love and attention she provides for every child in her class room is extraordinary. My second grader told me today he looks forward to seeing her teacher every morning and loves school now. I thought that was so important and motivating to him. Thank you."

- a Franklin Sherman ES Parent

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Sanjukta Mitra Som, Franklin Sherman ES

"Ms. Saliba is truly an exceptional special education teacher. She is so invested in her students that going above and beyond the call of her duty is second nature to her when it comes to meeting the needs of her students. Her students feel like she understands them and truly cares for them. She inspires them and they feel motivated to work really hard, overcoming challenges and scaling new heights, one at a time. She never misses an opportunity to celebrate her students success and provide them with positive reinforcement so they feel energized to take one new goals and milestones in their learning journey. Teachers like her make a world of difference in the lives of her students and we sincerely hope that Ms Saliba receives the recognition she deserves for the truly exceptional work that does with her students on a daily basis."

- a Franklin Sherman ES Parent

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Allyson Matthews, Willow Oaks

"Allyson's knowledge, expertise, collaboration, and responsiveness positively impacts our school's programs.  Her ongoing efforts and partnership are truly appreciated."

- Beth Levy, Eagle View ES

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Sarah Beatty, Eagle View ES

"Sarah is a gem! She has been with Eagle View for several years as an Instructional Assistant specifically supporting students and teachers in Math instruction. Sarah is very knowledgeable about Math concepts, lessons, interventions and works to support student progress. She is an initiator and has single handedly organized and launched our annual Math Nights. She has incorporated POG attributes in our most recent Math night where games centered around concepts such as Collaborator, Communicator, Global Citizen. She has recently taken on supporting classes virtually through the use of Pear deck, ST Math, and has supported our implementation of CueThink. Sarah works alongside our Math Resource Teacher and together, they have significantly increased math progress for many of our subgroups, specifically our students with disabilities. Sarah has used her love and enthusiasm for math to get students motivated and engaged. She is always prepared and willing to dive in to support students and teachers. Our Math room is one of envy for other schools! Materials and resources are extremely well organized and makes it available and accessible for teachers to support their instruction. Sarah's current path should move her towards a teaching/coaching position in FCPS. Her contributions to students and staff at Eagle View are immeasurable. She truly deserves to be recognized and celebrated!"

- Kanchana Iyer, Eagle View ES

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Ana Bauserman, Chantilly HS

"Ana is one of our parent liaisons.  To help us remain connected with our students and families who speak Spanish, she has dedicated countless hours to making phone calls, translating information and emails, and dropping everything to make a home visit with me to reach out to a student who had disengaged from virtual learning. She is an advocate for students and a model of kindness and accountability for them."

- Amy Parmentier, Chantilly HS

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Cecilia Torres, Chantilly HS

Ms. Torres is one of the most dedicated and caring educators I have ever known.  She has been instrumental in helping our English language learner students transition back to in-person instruction on Mondays.  She treats each and every one of her students with care and compassion.  While focusing on relationships, she also manages to be an amazing math teacher! When we are in face to face school, you can find Ms. Torres in her classroom every day after school helping students who have not previously found success in math courses.  She is one spectacular teacher with a heart for kids!

- Amy Parmentier, Chantilly HS

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Gwen Dillon, Chantilly HS

"Ms. Dillon serves as an instructional assistant in classes with students who are English language learners.  Virtual school has been a challenge for many students and especially difficult for our students who are newly immigrated.  Ms. Dillon has gone above and beyond to reach, teach, and support our students and she is a beacon of hope and light in what sometimes feels like a dark time."

- Amy Parmentier, Chantilly HS

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Anne Wardinski,  Lake Braddock SS

"Thank you for being supportive, a true believer, and having faith in me when I was failing during first Quarter."
   
- a Lake Braddock SS Student

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Komal Jain, Lake Braddock SS

"Mrs. Jain is an amazing Chemistry, who is kind and understanding. No Jain, no gain!"

- a Lake Braddock SS Student

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Wichuda Kulwatno, Lake Braddock SS

"You are a wonderful teacher, and I'm thankful for all the lessons that you have taught me."

- a Lake Braddock SS Student

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Brendan Ginley, James Madison HS

"I was having a less than satisfactory day one day  during class. I guess one of my friends told him because after lunch, I was waiting for my last class of the day and he came over to where I was and said that he wanted to check on me and make sure I was doing okay. I will never forget that gesture."

- a Lake Braddock SS Student

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Emily McCloud, Lake Braddock SS

"Ms. McCloud is such an amazing teacher. She is very kind and cares about all of her students. She is full of energy and engages everyone in learning. Thank you for being such a fabulous teacher!"

- a Lake Braddock SS Student

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Julie Evans, Lake Braddock SS

"Mrs. Evans is the best English teacher there is!!!"

- a Lake Braddock SS Student

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Elizabeth Moore, Lake Braddock SS

"One of the nicest teachers I've ever met she's understanding and listens and communicates with students."

- a Lake Braddock SS Student

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Jacquie Naughton, Lake Braddock SS

"Ms. Naughton is the best dedicated counselor, and is very helpful when it comes to coming up with ideas to be better."

- a Lake Braddock SS Student

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Anne Wardinski, Lake Braddock SS

"You're the best Mrs. Wardinski. Thank you for all that you do."

- a Lake Braddock SS Student

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Tre Fava, Lake Braddock SS

"Mrs. Fava is AMAZING. She is a protein shake, fit, Pre-Calc and Calc teacher who is friendly, stern, and NOT YOUR MOM nor CLEANER."

- a Lake Braddock SS Student

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Christian Bonnaffon,  Lake Braddock SS

"Mr. B is the best! Keep being awesome :)"

- a Lake Braddock SS Student

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Michael Feeney, Lake Braddock SS

"Mr. Feeney makes distance learning less stressful."

- a Lake Braddock SS Student

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Dawn Meltzer, Daniels Run ES

"Dawn took the time to deliver band instruments to students homes who were unable to pick them up at school.  This is a great example of a caring culture and we are fortunate to have Dawn in our Daniels Run community!"

- Christopher Smith, Daniels Run ES

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Alex Paganelli, Daniels Run ES

"Alex has started a Ukulele club at Daniels Run and has 70 students in grades 4-6 participating.  You haven't experienced patience until you try to get 70 students to tune their instruments in virtual setting.  Alex's level of patience is amazing and the extra time she spends with our students shows her level of dedication to our school community.  We are fortunate to have Alex as a member of our DRES community!"

- Christopher Smith, Daniels Run ES

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Isabel Diaz, Gatehouse Administration Center

Please consider this correspondence as one of recommendation for promotion or at minimum, commendation for Isabel D. Diaz, an interpreter for FCPS. Earlier this school year, I had to write fifteen Special Education IEP addenda as a Special Education teacher due to the COVID shutdown of in-person schooling. It was a process which took several weeks, and eleven of these fifteen addenda legally required an FCPS Interpreter to translate for parents. Had it not been for the expertise and professionalism of Ms. Diaz, I would not have been able to properly do my job. It is employees such as Ms. Diaz, that make FCPS a cutting edge school system.
 
-  Randy Revercomb, Luther Jackson MS

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Chris Bonnaffon, Lake Braddock SS

"Mr. Bonnaffon is always Supportive and full of awesome positive energy, and he's always willing to help students."

- a Lake Braddock SS Student

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Dennis Adams, Lake Braddock SS

"Thanks for being by far the most supportive and helpful of my teaches in the department of making school manageable for me while dealing with health issues."

- a Lake Braddock SS Student

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Anitha Krishnaswamy,  Lake Braddock SS

"I just want to thank you for everything you have done for me. Every personal meeting to help me strive to get better. Every dumb question I ask in class. Every last minute meeting call and questions. An entire review of a whole section. Making time for me to help me understand. I personally thank you, and everything you have done and will do."

- a Lake Braddock SS Student

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Michael Feeney, Lake Braddock SS

"Mr. Feeney, Lake Braddock's digital art teacher, has always been my favorite teacher. Ever since I first took his class in 9th grade, he has done nothing but help myself as well as my class grow as artists, and overall as people. He is more than a teacher to me, he is a friend. Not only is he great at teaching his course, he has great advise on anything. I recall times throughout the years I would be stressed or struggling with something whether it be in my life or academics. Nonetheless, Mr. Feeney was always there to help no matter what."

- a Lake Braddock SS Student

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Sonja Curry Johnson,  Lake Braddock SS
 
"I'm glad you're the one doing creative writing. I finally got my creative juices flowing in the lemonade of life. You also make me like more forms of writing, which is something I never thought would be reasonable let alone possible. So if there's anything I can thank you for it'd be that. Also thank you for letting my fanfic be in the first workshop."

- a Lake Braddock SS Student

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Elizabeth Moore, Lake Braddock SS
 
"Elizabeth Moore, is a good teacher because they allow us to read any book we want instead of forcing us to read a certain book. I used to hate English until I went into their class. It also helps that we are in online school and have the power of the computer to our advantage, using auto correct and etc. Over all they are good teachers who are understanding of students and their needs. I hope they stay in school and help many more kids in the future."

- a Lake Braddock SS Student

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Sonja Curry-Johnson, Lake Braddock SS
 
"Sonja is ALWAYS so supportive of her students. She holds ONE MILLION conferences when students want extra support or an extra reading of their writing. You are lovely."

- a Lake Braddock SS Students

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Daniel Patterson,  Lake Braddock SS

"He is very strict but he made a big impact on me.  An example would be when he found me crying in the hallway and he went out of his way to make sure i was ok. He walked around with me and helped talk out what was going on. I always found him as a trusted person to talk to. He always treated me fairly and kindly."

- a Lake Braddock SS Student

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Jim Linkins, Lake Braddock SS

"A very smart and productive history teacher, Always gets tasks done and always looks out for their students. Also a really funny man to talk to."

- a Lake Braddock SS Student

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Kaitlyn Rivera,  Lake Braddock SS

"I am very thankful for having you as a teacher!"

- a Lake Braddock SS Student

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Kelli Brobst, Lake Braddock SS

"She is one of the best teachers I've ever had.  I've  had her for 4 years and I've grown closer to her each year. She devotes so much of her time and money into her class and students."

- a Lake Braddock SS Student

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Oscar Melendez, Sprague Technology Center 

"A big thank you to Oscar and the IT Team. All of you are wonderful! No matter the time, no matter the day you are always willing and happy to help us. Today Oscar went above and beyond his call of duty  when he not only answered my question but guided me though the Multi-Factor Authentication and VPN Installation process. Thank you for your patience, and dedication. You made my day!"

- Saida Bouzaher, Cedar Lane School

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David Shivik, Sprague Technology Center 

"With things moving at lightening speeds it's important that TSSpecs have the data they need to make informed decisions; including keeping staff machines up-to-date.  I was needing to collect information for the school I support and was able to reach out to David for help.  David supports the SCCM system, which is the system used to manage, deploy and secure FCPS devices.  He also maintains the reports in the system.  David immediately responded to my questions, found some issues, and made the appropriate updates. I'm now able to gather the information I need to support my school.  Thanks for all you do David to support those of us in the field."

- Terri Pendleton, Kent Gardens ES

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Kaitlyn Huizing, Westfield HS

"When I shared the idea of a virtual high five, a way for students to recognize staff for the incredible work they are doing with distance learning,  Kaitlyn jumped at the chance to set it up and make this happen! She immediately created the form, a plan to post to Schoology and advertise to students via SEL period lessons and WestfieldLive.  Her enthusiasm and follow through means that over the last week, over 450 individual high fives have been submitted and emailed out to teachers and other school staff (and responses are still rolling in!)  Students are submitting specific feedback about what they love about the classes and what teachers are doing, encouragement and so much positivity.  As we've worked to send these out, teachers have replied that they were moved to tears, that this was EXACTLY what they needed on a day that was a struggle or at the end of a long week, and just this morning a teacher emailed this feedback "This was a great idea, whoever came up with it. It is good for the soul to hear something positive." Kaitlyn's commitment to ensuring students' voices are heard and staff are supported is something we all benefit from here at Westfield!"

- Margaret Sisler, Westfield HS

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Leslie Lewis, South County HS

"Leslie has been an outstanding asset to all of our teachers and staff.  She is always available for staff without hesitation.  Leslie makes everyone's problem a priority which makes every staff member feel like they matter.  Thank you Leslie for your commitment and dedication to all things South County!"

- Gary Morris, South County HS

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Michelle Devoti, South County HS

"Ms. Devoti is a dedicated, passionate and effective leader of her department.  She works tirelessly to support teachers and puts their needs ahead of hers.  She advocates strongly for her students and the students of her colleagues.  South County High School is lucky to have her on board!"

- Jeremiah Caven , South County HS

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Jenna Wood, South County HS

"The admin team would like to highlight Jenna Wood and share our appreciation for her.  Jenna graciously stepped in as a teacher of one of AP science courses after the start of the year and has been a solid shining star ever since.  Jenna communicates well and collaborates with her team member to make sure students are learning and their needs are met. Thank you, Jenna, for keeping the flame lit."

- Dana Walker, South County HS

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Meryl Pipkin, South County HS

"I wanted to send a brief kudos to Ms. Pipkin for all she is doing to help our staff grow in our Equity work. She continues to prepare thoughtful and engaging professional development for staff. Additionally, she is a super-engaged staff member and always has the best interest of our school and students at the heart of her work. Thank you, Ms. Pipkin, for everything!
Brett."

- Brett Garner, South County HS

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Ashley Perez, South County HS

"Ms. Perez is first-year Special Education teacher who has made some great connections with her students. She has created original content relating to current events and focused on cultural responsive instruction. Ms. Perez has been a great asset to our school."

- Sean Miller, South County HS

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Karen Sterrett, Floris ES

"Ms. Sterrett is a professional woman. During the 2008-2009 school year, I made her a teddy bear from Build-A-Bear. When another student treated me unkindly, she let me cuddle with Karen Bear and made that student apologize. She deserves a raise and we need more caring people like her."

- a former Floris ES Student

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Leeanne Brady, Bren Mar Park ES

"Despite the inherent challenges that teaching a first grade class entails under normal circumstances, Ms. Brady has embraced all the virtual obstacles with humor, patience and a good dose of cheer. Her  warm demeanor has endeared her to my first grader, who continues to grow his love of learning in this unique environment. For this, we are very appreciative!"

-  Kaitlyn Gallander, Bren Mar Park ES

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Sarah Hartman, Cooper MS

"Ms. Hartman has an enthusiasm for science that she transmits to kids.  My son looks forward to attending her class because she makes learning fun through her creative assignments, such as crafting jokes about scientific concepts. He also appreciates that she understands the importance of allowing the children to interact with each other socially (in an appropriate way) while learning."

- a Cooper MS Parent

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Jessica Curran, Freedom Hill ES

"Miss Curran embodies both the highest standards of technical teaching competence and practical soft skills. Put another way, Miss Curran is incredibly efficient, effective, and thoughtful as an innovative educator and leader of her classroom. Throughout the year, it was evident that Miss Curran was very strategic in her work with all students- challenging and encouraging them as necessary.  Her communication with parents is stellar, and often demonstrated just how well she knew her students through specific requests for support. My child grew immensely under her tutelage not just from an academic standpoint, but in personal confidence, grit, and adaptability.  There is no denying that covid-19 resulted in many unanticipated and unwanted complications, but Miss Curran successfully navigated those challenging times and went well above and beyond her official role to keep students connected.  Miss Curran even held a weekly book club for her class throughout the summer.  This was a kind selfless gesture that helped center my child emotionally and provided a much needed sense of normalcy.  As a family, we are grateful to Miss Curran for her dedication and empathy."

- a Freedom Hill ES Parent

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Nicholas Zapadka, Freedom Hill ES
 
"Dr. Zapadka came to FHES at a particularly challenging period, and he has demonstrated incredible professionalism and poise. He has truly brought forward a much-needed refresh and a unique culture of positivity. His open and responsive approach extends to staff, parents, and students. His door and inbox are always open, and his responses are efficient, courteous, and often tinged with polite humor. It's been incredibly refreshing to watch Dr. Zapadka carefully and mindfully shape the school day by day. He is indeed the "People's" Principal. While there is no denying current circumstances are challenging due to ongoing public health concerns, there is only confidence and deep gratitude for the way Dr. Zapadka leads FHES."

- a Freedom Hill ES Parent

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Joshua Ruccio, Bren Mar Park ES

"My son, who loves math and science, was was experiencing testing anxiety during a science test recently. He knew the material because he had studied the test and talked to my husband and I throughout the week. He was ready. Unfortunately during the test, he got upset and overwhelmed. Mr. Ruccio was able to calm my son down and joined him in a private breakout to encouraged him to finish the test. My son finished the test and felt confident in his work because of Mr. Ruccio’s caring kindness."

- a Bren Mar Park ES Parent

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Caroline Cox, Franklin Sherman ES

"Mrs. Cox has been a wonderfully positive influence in my child's education. She challenges my child to expand her knowledge, develops individual strategies for learning, and is free with praise.  She is clear about areas for growth and is clear in communicating with us where we can help support our child's education.  In a normal year I would be impressed with this level of engagement, but during the pandemic it is all the more impressive.  Each day my child is excited to start her school day and see Mrs. Cox. She is an incredibly positive influence in my child's life."

- a Franklin Sherman ES Parent

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Paul Adam and Michael Schneider, Woodson HS

"Paul and Michael went out of their way to assist me on a complex case in which I am the assistive technology resource teacher. They volunteered to print 3D tactile communication symbols for a young student with complex needs who attends another school. These tools will help make it possible for a family to begin communicating with their child and vice versa. I can't thank them enough!"

- Mollie Kropp, Woodson HS

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Justin Sumblin, Poe MS

"Mr. Justin Sumblin is a great asset to Poe Middle School.  In addition to being a beloved theater arts teacher, Justin sponsors the school talent show, plays, and performances for students to showcase their talents.  This year, during a pandemic, he went above and beyond for our school community.  He took on another role as the sponsor for the school morning news show.
Students record the news show and teachers share it with the student body in the virtual classroom.  All students enjoy hearing and seeing the school updates, fun facts, pictures, and videos. Thank you for being a teacher who cares about fostering community in all that you do at Poe!"

- Poe MS Colleagues
 

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Elva Liagouris, Gatehouse Administration Center
 
"I want to shoutout my colleague, Elva Liagouris. Being one of two new additions to the Office of Community Use, Elva has been a well-informed leader. She has taken on the role of trainer in addition to her daily duties as a Community Use Specialist. We are a smaller team, so, having two “newbies” has been quite the adjustment. Throughout this adjusting, Elva has remained a calm, patient, and goal-oriented teammate. The end goal: to have us up to speed with the daily processes of the Community Use Office, which is no small feat. Elva has had to train us in the disbursement and reconciliation process, invoicing of events and closing out, pushing, and posting payments, understanding LTC and Cultural Schools, teaching us FOCUS, FSD Finance and CashPro applications, the list goes on. It has not gone unnoticed how much time and effort she puts in to training us. She holds herself to a high standard and wants to put forth her best work and provide to us her vast knowledge base for all “things” community use. Elva, I appreciate all you do for myself and for the team. You are an asset to the Community Use Team, and we are lucky to have you!"

- Alexandra Bryan, Gatehouse Administration Center

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Jessica Mendez, Lake Braddock SS

"I enjoyed my time with my reading teacher and I like having you and I am going to miss you next year."

- a Lake Braddock SS Student

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Catherine Lukow, Lake Braddock SS

"Very helpful in times of need."

- a Lake Braddock SS Student

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Susand Howard, Lake Braddock SS

"Thank you for being such an amazing and sweet English teacher! Going to your class each gold day always brightens my day!"

- a Lake Braddock SS Student

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Rahm Bunnag, Woodson Complex

"Rahm Bunnag came to my office today to fix a broken lock. Not only was he courteous and extremely effective at his work, he also took the time to explain to me why the lock was broken and teach me about the mechanics and thought processes that locksmiths use when going about their work. It was really interesting how so many variables are considered when installing something that so many of us just take for granted, and wonderful to learn something new!"

- Alanna Dushok, Westlawn ES

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Lori Hollenbeck, Silverbrook ES

Ms. Hollenbeck is an outstanding Instructional Assistant who always goes above and beyond to support and develop her students. No job is to great and no task is to much as Ms. Hollenbeck routinely uses nights and weekends to assist in creating adaptive work for use in-person and virtual. She is full of passion, energy, and an abundant love of teaching. She is committed to developing positive relationships with students, staff, and families to fully support the team and the students’ academic success. A perfect example of Ms. Hollenbeck's extraordinary approach is her insistence with helping create and deliver packets of adapted curriculum for home use to each of her students.

- a Silverbrook ES Parent

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Jin-A Chang, Fairfax HS Academy
 
"Ms. Chang is an amazing Fashion Careers teacher at Fairfax Academy.  She participated in West Springfield High School's first VIRTUAL Career Fair by creating a video about her career in the fashion industry.  Her video was extremely well-done and will be helpful to students who are interested in exploring the fashion industry for their career.  She took time out of her busy day to do this.  Additionally, I work with a student who is in Ms.
Chang's class, and she has mentioned several times how much she enjoys her Fashion Careers class and how much she is learning from Ms. Chang."

- Rebecca Cousins, West Springfield HS

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Lea Ann Deyarmin, Gatehouse Administration Center

"I am new to the Office of Community Use and have been learning the ins and outs of certain web applications that my office uses. Lea Ann has been a HUGE help during this learning process. She is informative, patient, and an extremely reliable source for all my questions, no matter how basic. She has a very kind way of explaining these systems and making sure it is clear and understandable. She even goes as far as to offer up her personal help and assistance if I am ever confused or stuck. Thank you, Lea Ann, for your professionalism and caring nature. I appreciate you!"

- Alexandra Bryan, Gatehouse Administration Center

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Cynthia Lowry, Gatehouse Administration Center
 
"There is no one date for the wonderful experience I have when getting in touch with Cynthia to ask questions about MyTime! Cynthia is one of the most patient, kind, professional individual that I have ever dealt with in FCPS. Cynthia never lets me go without responding, nor does she leave me hanging on a question she may not know the answer to. She ALWAYS gets back to me. Cynthia is an asset to FCPS!!"

- Sue Garrison, Lake Anne ES

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Les Gray, Colvin Run ES

"Les Gray rocks! He cares so much about his students really wanting to enjoy learning and not be stressed by school. He goes above and beyond in this unprecedented time to aid his students and not let them fade in the background if they are struggling. Keep being Amazing Mr. Gray. Both my daughters are the better for knowing you!"

- a Colvin Run ES Parent

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Nasreen Shaikh, Kent Gardens ES
 
"Mrs. Shaikh is by far the most professional, kind, patient and competent SPED Teacher we have ever experienced in the FCPS.  She goes above and beyond to help children.  She immediately took action with our child as soon as we brought forth our concerns.  She makes time for every child to ensure no child is left behind.  She gives our child on a daily basis the attention they need to feel confident and successful at school. She has make an incredible impact on our family and must be recognized.  We LOVE Mrs. Shaikh!!  Best thing at Kent Gardens Elementary School!  A true GEM!!!"

- Kent Gardens ES Parents

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Jane Flegal, Willow Oaks

Jane is reflective, creative, and flexible.  She exhibits these qualities regularly Today, I  benefited from her skillset. She listened to feedback from multiple sources and was able to create a template for an instructional resources that is visually appealing, easy to navigate, and will support teachers.   Thank you, Jane, for synthesizing the many visions to create a terrific product!

- Caitlyn Saxton, Willow Oaks

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Lisa Walsh, Cooper MS

"Mrs. Walsh has been incredible in helping her students to learn algebra and adjust to distance learning in middle school. My student regularly comments how committed Mrs. Walsh is to helping students learn the material through engaging work in the classroom, games, assignments, and her office hours. As a parent, I feel her dedication too! In addition to the regular back-to-school night meeting, Ms. Walsh scheduled a bonus meeting to keep parents informed and to answer any questions. She sends weekly updates on progress and helps parents to understand the resources available. We feel fortunate to have her enthusiasm and experience help guide our student this year!"

- a Cooper MS Parent

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David Razmgar, Gatehouse Administration Center

"David has been incredibly supportive in my efforts to write and secure grants, not just this month, but over the past two years. He has gone out of his way to answer even the littlest questions, help wade through the red tape, and been upbeat, kind, and so positive. Recently I kept hitting a wall in figuring out a Lego League grant and he talked me through the process, followed up, and has gone out of his way to make it happen. Thank you!"

- Chrissy Brownson, Providence ES

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Joshua Chambers, Cooper MS

"After discussing with Mr. Chambers that my 8th grader was feeling isolated and disconnected to his school community, he found a solution for my son to participate in a program for students new to cooper.  He's made a huge difference and impact on making the situation better.  Huge thanks goes out to Mr. Chambers!!"

- a Cooper MS Parent

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Susan Poliquin, Cooper MS

"Mrs. Susan Poliquin is the best math teacher I’ve ever met!  She is a kind and understanding educator with an uncanny gift for teaching and engaging students in a remarkable way!!  Students love Mrs. Poliquin because she strikes the perfect combination, balancing academic rigor and high expectations with humor and patience.  Mrs. Poliquin sets the bar high for her students, but she also helps them get there!!  We are all extremely fortunate to have Mrs. Poliquin as our math teacher this year at Cooper MS  FCPS and Cooper MS are very lucky to have Mrs. Poliquin as part of the teaching staff!!  I enthusiastically recommend  Mrs. Poliquin for this well-deserved distinction!!  Thanks for the opportunity to comment."

 - a Cooper MS Parent

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Michael Barr, Nancy Sprague Center

"Michael was beyond heroic in his efforts with me on the phone this morning with IT issues on laptop upgrades that had to occur. He was extremely knowledgeable, humble, professional.  He spent the time needed to ensure I was assisted.  IT is truly the backbone for us now and they certainly need to be recognized for their efforts!!!"

-  Rita Berlin, Dunn Loring Center

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Elizabeth Deal, Stone MS

"Ms. Deal has done a wonderful job covering critical topics during a contentious election cycle. She's done this in a way that's been clear, informative, and neutral in terms of party affiliation. Additionally, whenever I overhear my son's class with her, I'm impressed by the way in which she interacts with the students, the way she balances instructional and work time, and the way she provides clear guidance and instruction for the work to be done. With the start of the 2nd semester, I love that she had the students reflect on their 1st quarter learning and think about ways they could push themselves in 2nd quarter. We feel incredibly fortunate to have Ms. Deal as our son's Civics teacher this year."

-  a Stone MS, Parent

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Melissa Breen, Hollin Meadows ES

"A colleague called me for help with SIS. I wasn't able to help her but emailed Melissa Breen to see if she could. Within minutes Melissa was on the phone supporting this person and walking her through SIS with what she needed. She is very knowledgeable and always willing to help with whatever she can. A huge thank to Melissa for helping a colleague that she didn't even know but was more than willing to help. I appreciate her as I know FCPS does!"

- Linda Layton, Rose Hill ES

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April Taylor, Gatehouse Administration Center

"April Taylor has gone above and beyond for our school to assist us with ADA accommodations.  It is such a busy time for her office, but she takes the time to explain the process of ADA requests.  She responds to emails and questions so promptly.  This has helped when talking to our teachers during this stressful time.  We are so fortunate to have Ms. Taylor working with us in FCPS.  She truly cares about the school division and it shows in her daily interactions and work ethic."

- Ellen Reilly, McLean HS

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Jon Mitchell, South County MS
 
"Mr. Mitchell has been supportive of his students and faculty.  He regularly touches base to ensure that faculty has the necessary supports in place.  He is connected and compassionate."

- Laura Dougherty, South County MS

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Mary Habib, Rut Ugalde, Sang Soo Lee, Elsa Armendaris, Saundra Lucke, Transportation - Stonecroft

"Mary Habib, Rut Ugalde, Sang Soo Lee, Elsa Armendaris and Saundra Lucke have shown up each day since our special education preschool program started back in person to not only drive our precious cargo back and forth safely, but aid our teachers in ensuring learning materials and toys have been sanitized. Our school team cannot thank our transportation crews enough for helping us out in the tireless amount of cleaning and sanitizing each day to ensure our students get the best learning experiences during COVID-19 restrictions. Thank you so very much!"

- Laure Grove, Terra Centre ES

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Francoise Casablanca, Groveton ES
 
Mrs. Fran Casablanca goes above and beyond as Groveton's Assistant Principal, especially as our school community strives to do our very best for our students during distance learning.  She models a strong work ethic, dedication, growth mindset, and doing whatever it takes for students, parents, and teachers to feel supported. So much of this work goes into the evenings and weekends, and Fran's willingness to go the extra mile is noticed and greatly appreciated!  Thank you for all you do!

- the Groveton ES Staff

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Michelle Miller, London Towne ES

"Michelle Miller is a second grade teacher teaching her classroom of 7 year old children over the computer due to COVID-19. She manages to keep them engaged and learning. She is kind and compassionate with her students and I feel very grateful that our 7 year old has her as a teacher this year. As a lifelong Fairfax County, VA resident, I know that most of the teachers here are really good but I think she is exceptional."

- a London Towne ES Parent

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Michele Arnold, Gatehouse Administration Center

"While working to ensure that I have coverage in my 2 alternative programs and I understand the logistics and impact of approving ADA requests, Ms. Arnold took time to thoroughly answer my questions and give me the comfort I needed as a leader to make difficult decisions during this very difficult time.  I felt that her approach and care not only put me at ease but tightens our school family in FCPS.  I am very grateful to have had her support me today."

-  Kimberly Taylor, Mountain View Alternative Learning Center

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Christina Hawley, Cooper MS

"Mrs. Hawley has been working closely with us to develop plans to help my son to make progress.  It is not easy and she listens to our concerns and worries, adapts to our suggestions whenever she can and is always willing to talk to us (sometimes late at time) to discuss solutions. She really goes above and beyond to help us to make this year the best ever for our student. We are making breakthrough here and there.  Words can not describe how much I appreciate the supports she gave to the kid.  It is wonderful to see the changes she made to our student. She also send emails ahead of time to let us know when there are changes to our schedule. That really helps our planning."

- a Cooper MS Parent
 

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Jessica Mathews and Jeni Dillon, Terraset ES
 
"Ms. Mathews and Mrs. Dillon are always going above and beyond to encourage and inspire their students. So grateful for teachers like them!"

- a Terraset ES Parent

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Leslie Leisey, Poplar Tree ES

"Dearest Leslie, a HUGE thank you to you and to your students for synthesizing and creating videos on technology tools for our ESOL students. The videos have been shared with our ESOL teachers and are being used widely. The Office of ESOL Services is grateful for your support! Students helping students - pretty awesome!  You ROCK!"

- Evie Ifantides, Willow Oaks

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Center Eric Brunner, Gatehouse Administration Center 

"I wanted to take a moment to acknowledge Mr. Brunner for his professionalism, patience and vast D&C knowledge. I am new to the Office of Community Use and was tasked with translating floor plans into our online booking system. Some questions arose when doing so and Mr. Brunner was my POC. Throughout our conversation, Mr. Brunner was extremely patient with all my questions. He even took his answers a step further by explaining some of the processes and meanings behind why something was a certain way. In this current climate of teleworking, it was very refreshing to have almost an immediate follow-up and a friendly voice on the other side of the phone. Thank you, Mr. Brunner!"

- Alexandra (Alex) Bryan, Gatehouse Administration

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Cynthia Foglio, Willow Oaks

"While this process requires a specific date, the support that Cynthia Foglio has provided to Lake Braddock has been consistently going on for a while now. In everything from instructional support to helping to monitor during PSAT Day, Cynthia jumps in wherever needed. The most recent example was her help and support as we prepare to pilot concurrent instruction. Cynthia brought not only her own knowledge and expertise, but pulled together resources from other buildings to help support us in our work. She is always available at a moment's notice and makes it a point to by present as much as possible. Additionally, Cynthia brings an uber-pleasant and calming demeanor that promotes solution based work. Lake Braddock and Region IV are incredibly fortunate to have Cynthia Foglio as a partner!"

- Tony DiBari, Lake Braddock SS

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Jenn Scott, Willow Oaks 
 
"Jenn Scott is a breath of fresh air each and every day! She is the first to encourage, lift up and support her coworkers, acknowledging their struggle and offering love, care and help. Jenn has a tough exterior but is so tender and warm that she is able to break through to some of our more guarded students with compassion unbounded. She is the first one to jump in offering help and support and will often ask what more can she do. Jenn is the model of FCPS CARES and we are so fortunate to have her as our colleague."

- Lisa Dockins, Willow Oaks

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Jessica Dunn, Irving MS

"On our first day of students arriving to school, we were short handed and Ms. Dunn, our Special Education Department Chair jumped right in to assist, despite having a full list of things to do for the day.  She assessed each of the 3 classrooms to see where she would be of most help and got to work with a specific student who was having a little difficulty acclimating to participating in school in the building. Ms. Dunn's calm demeanor and willingness to sit with the student and slowly work up to academic work showed that Ms. Dunn knew the student's frame of mind and comfort were the priority. On the second day, Ms. Dunn again stepped in - this time for a staff member who was out of school and facilitated an IEP meeting for the teacher. Ms. Dunn's  flexibility, putting students' needs first, and the willingness to simply help when there is a need highlight how Ms. Dunn cares for FCPS students and staff!"

-  Cindy Conley, Irving MS

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Anne Huber, Greenbriar East ES

"Back when I was in 4th grade, I had Ms. Huber as my teacher. She was the best! She had all of these methods, including "Turtle Method" (multiplication "method") and "Chucka Notes" (a form of bulleted notes using dashes [-] instead of bullets). Her inspiration has inspired many, including me. She was, is, and will forever be a wonderful teacher!!!!! 🙌🙌🙌"

- a Rocky Run MS Student

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Helen Canepa, Gatehouse Administration Center
 
"Helen Canepa goes above and beyond to inform FCPS employees of virtual fitness and wellness classes that help us stay healthy, reduce stress, and get stronger. She is dedicated to sharing the monthly fitness classes sign up links; compiling word documents containing the links to the recorded classes, making them easily accessible; sending out the survey after each class for our feedback, etc.  Her attention to detail is amazing.  There are countless employees who sign up for these classes, yet she noticed that my email address was not listed properly on one of the forms I submitted to sign up for a class and made sure to email me the meeting link.  She is a great role model by attending these classes and even checks in with us if we have signed up for a class and aren't logged in to make sure we did receive the meeting link. On behalf of all FCPS employees who have benefitted from attending these wellness classes, and those who will sign up for classes in the future, we are so grateful for Helen. Her energy and positivity for promoting health and wellness during these challenging times is inspiring and motivating to us all!   By working together we are stronger and can perform our jobs more effectively if we are healthy, less stressed, and have a positive attitude."

-  Glenda Lynch, Laurel Hill ES

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Scott Larson, Sideburn Support Center

"Last night Justice hosted a family town hall. Mr. Larson volunteered to support our admin staff in our presentation. Our families had lots of questions about standards of cleaning procedures. He was able to make our families feel comfortable as we prepare for return to school buildings."

- Maria Eck, Justice HS

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Todd Jones, Sideburn Support Center
 
"Last night Justice hosted a family town hall. Mr. Jones volunteered to support our admin staff in our presentation. Our families had lots of questions about the HVAC system. He was able to make our families feel comfortable as we prepare for return to school buildings.  Thank you Mr. Jones!!!!"

- Maria Eck, Justice HS

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Cindy Shaw, Irving MS

"Ms. Shaw is doing a fantastic job teaching my daughter’s Algebra 1 class. She is the only teacher who regularly communicates with parents, reaches out if something is out of character for a student, instills confidence in students, and is an excellent teacher.  My daughter is flourishing in her class.  She has an A and feels confident in her ability to do Algebra.  She has never liked math or felt confident in her abilities.  This is all due to Ms. Shaw."

- an Irving MS Parent

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Jann Canestra, Terraset ES

"In this virtual environment, where every act of kindness is felt exponentially, Ms.Canestra has extended her kindness and love to Dogwood Elementary School by sharing donated flowers to our staff on a weekly basis. She has communicated and coordinated these donations so that our Dogwood teachers feel acknowledged and appreciated....thank you, Jann!!!!"

- Mie Devers, Dogwood ES

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Brittany Powers, Terraset ES

"Ms. Powers is an educator who truly cares for not just her own students, but all students!  She has worked with business partners to coordinate the donations of gift cards for groceries for families...and not only did she do this for her school, she also extended this kindness to Dogwood Elementary. She is a classroom teacher who is working to provide care for all of her students...and this care is felt beyond her classroom environment and into our school.  Thank you, Ms. Powers, for your generosity and empathy!"

- Mie Devers, Dogwood ES

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Tina Wrubluski, South County HS

"I wanted to Thank Tina Wrubluski for all the support she has provided this year. She is an amazing, professional source of information and has gone above and beyond to ensure students under her care are getting everything and more  to support their needs.  I can depend on her to always be there with an answer to my questions; and if she doesn’t have an answer, she will find it.  I am in  awe of what she does and very, very grateful for her and what she brings to the table.  Our students are so lucky to have her, as are we."

- Samantha Tolan, South County HS

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Marybeth Bond, Lees Corner ES

"Very good teacher, it's her first year but she looks like she has more than 10 years of experience. She listen to all the students and give them turn to share all what they can."

- a Lees Corner ES Parent

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Sarah Padilla, Lake Braddock SS

"Sarah Padilla is a thoughtful and creative department chair. She took time out of her full schedule to gather words of affirmation about each of the 19+ members of the World Language department. She printed, cut, and assembled cute little treasure boxes of encouragement. Then she personally drove around and delivered each by hand- even into DC. I know it brightened my week and I appreciate her continual efforts to lift our spirits in these crazy times."

- Cheri Miller, Lake Braddock SS

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Iliana Beal, Twain MS

"Iliana has been invaluable this year in our efforts to reach out to our families. We have tasked her with being Twain's spokesperson (especially with our EL families) and she has worked tirelessly to see that our community is informed and active participants in their students' academic lives. Thank you for all that you do!"

- Steve Fitzgerald, Twain MS

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Morgan Sohl, Lake Braddock SS

'Ms. Sohl is one of the best teacher's I've ever had! She teaches my Spanish 3 class in such a fun and interactive way online. She is always so happy which makes me want to be happy as well. She also doesn't make students feel bad if they get a question wrong and helps us understand the information. It's always a joy to attend her class.'


- a Lake Braddock SS Student

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Tess Brown, Lake Braddock SS

"She was just a very good teacher and made science class fun."

- a Lake Braddock SS Student

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Virginia Tyler, Lake Braddock SS

"Mrs. Tyler has been a really nice teacher to our class and me, and has made Geometry a fun class and it is easier to understand the material the way she explains it in edpuzzles and answers our questions at any time whether it is after class or if we are having trouble with something, making Math a great class this year, similar to my Math teacher a year before with Mrs. Peters in Algebra."

- a Lake Braddock SS Student

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Corey Wright, Lake Braddock SS

"Mr Wright is one of the best teachers I have this year, even though he is not one of my core class teachers. Mr Wright is my advisory teacher, and while at first I thought advisory was going to be a little weird, he has made it fun and relaxing from day one. Mr Wright is a great listener and makes it clear that he genuinely cares about his students, even if he doesn't know us personally yet. He always seems to be in a good mood, and it creates a really nice environment in class. Overall, I'm very grateful to have Mr Wright as a teacher and I hope he knows how much we all appreciate him! He is one of the many great teachers at Lake Braddock."

- a Lake Braddock SS Student

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Corey Wright, Lake Braddock SS

"Mr. Wright is such a great teacher to talk to.  He is a good person as well as a good teacher. He was my 9th grade history teacher and is now my 10th grade advisory teacher. Through the years he has shown compassion and kindness. He always responds to email very fast and always helps when we need it.  Even though he is not a core teacher for myself I still recognize him as someone that I can always go to for help as my advisory teacher!"

- a Lake Braddock SS Student

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Tinh Huynh, Courtney Von Bostel, Jane Woo, Wilton Woods Center
 
"Tinh, Courtney, and Jane worked very hard to prepare the judge registration websites for the Fairfax County Regional Science & Engineering Fair. They were able to complete the tasks about one month earlier than usual to accommodate the request of the FCPS science team.  This will help us recruit judges earlier and be better prepared for the science fair."

- Tim Harazin, Forte Center 

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Emma Python, West Springfield ES
 
"Ms. Python has done an amazing job of creating an engaging and enriching 6th grade classroom this school year. Despite the challenges that sometimes accompanies distance learning, Ms. Python has been creative and fostered a classroom environment where my child has thrived. My child is excited to go to school every day and receives stimulating instruction and lessons. Ms.
Python's morning meetings bring joy to students through her use of music, singing, and games. This transition helps build community and get the day started. My child does not want to miss a minute of the day!  Ms. Python takes time time to learn more about her students and builds connections that contribute to their success and well-being! Thank you Ms. Python for all that do for your 6th grade students!"

- a West Springfield ES Parent

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Margie Bruce Miguel and Ines Gianella, Gatehouse Administration Center

"I wanted to send a quick note about two of your Spanish interpreters. Margie Bruce Miguel and Ines Gianella. They have both been my lifeline this virtual school year, thus far. They are friendly, professional and go above and beyond to make sure that the parents stay informed and understand the information provided. They are a huge asset to FCPS!!"

- Melissa LaBare, South Lakes HS

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Richard Hronik, Sprague Technology Center

The ISLT Planning Team would like to acknowledge Rich for his masterful technology support livestreaming our Instructional Services Staff meeting to over 400+ participants. His support was essential to facilitating this successful meeting. We thank you Rich!

- Claire Silva, Sprague Technology Center
 
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William Corey Wright, Lake Braddock SS 

"As a student, Mr. Wright's classes are always the highlight of my day. His warm, friendly personality and fun, interesting lessons have made history my new favorite class. He always makes me feel welcome and cared about, and I'm so glad that he is one of my teachers!"

- a Lake Braddock SS Student

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William Corey Wright, Lake Braddock SS

"My world history teacher, Mr. Wright, has been very understanding, kind, nice, and pretty chill this quarter which has made me more comfortable and not too worried/stressed in virtual learning."

- a Lake Braddock SS Student

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William Corey Wright, Lake Braddock SS
 
"Mr. Wright made virtual distance fun and interesting. His workload was fair not too little not too much. He's very energetic and passionate about his teaching.  I always look forward to his class and can tell he is a genuine person."

- a Lake Braddock SS Student

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Jennifer Ingersoll, Lake Braddock SS

"Ms. Ingersoll is a great math teacher. She is very kind, sympathetic, creative, tech-savvy and knows how to keep class running smoothly. She gives clear directions, helpful demonstrations, and makes difficult topics fun. I love her teaching style, slides, and attendance questions / community builders each morning. She is a great teacher, and I understand how hard she works during this virtual learning experience. She makes Algebra fun!"

- a Lake Braddock SS Student

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Robin Houlahan, Lake Braddock SS

"Ms. Houlahan is a great teacher. She is very kind, sympathetic, creative, and knows how to keep class running smoothly. She gives clear directions, helpful demonstrations, and makes long topics fun. I love her teaching style, slides, and attendance questions each morning. She is a great teacher, and I understand how hard she works during this virtual learning experience."

- a Lake Braddock SS Student

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William Corey Wright, Lake Braddock SS

"Mr. Wright is a joy. He is always happy and cheerful and is exceptionally kind. He makes everyone want to be a better person."

- a Lake Braddock SS Student

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William Corey Wright, Lake Braddock SS
 
"Mr. Wright is awesome."

- a Lake Braddock SS Student

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Dana Condemi and George Asiello, Chantilly  HS

"Dana Condemi, School Social Worker and George Asiello, SOSA went above and beyond helping a student and her family.  The student was not accessing virtual learning, so they both went to the student's home to troubleshoot the computer.  In addition, they took the student to a nearby elementary school to make sure she was able to access the network.  In addition to ensuring the student was prepared academically, Dana and George were able to get several meals for the family from the elementary school.  I am so happy to work with such caring people!"

- Sarah Fronckel, Chantilly HS

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Maria Escobar, Dunn Loring Center

"No matter when, no matter where, Maria always has a smile on her face and is willing to do whatever it takes to help and assist.  Inside the building, outside the building - anyone can see the integrity and care she takes in doing much more than just her job.  I am lucky and blessed to be able to call her a friend, a colleague, a wonderful support person she is!!!"

- Rita Berlin, Dunn Loring Center

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Erin Fisher, Lake Braddock SS

"Ms. Fisher went above and beyond to assist my student at the end of the quarter.  My student was able to raise her grade from an F (2 missing assignments) to an A.  Ms. Fisher contacted me via email and expressed her concern for my student's failing grade.  She clearly did not want my student to fail.  I replied to her and we had a nice discussion on the phone about the missing assignments.  She clarified to me what was expected by the student for the assignments.  My student has been at LBSS for 3 1/2 years and never has she had a teacher express the concern and compassion as Ms. Fisher displayed in the eleventh hour of the first quarter.  Please acknowledge Ms. Fisher for her dedication to her students."

- a Lake Braddock SS Parent

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Anthony Copeland, Westfield HS

"During these unprecedented times, true character and leadership has become obvious at Westfield High School. Since the emergency closure last March, Dr. Copeland, our principal, has made it a priority to regularly communicate with our staff and community via weekly email messages, faculty meetings and town hall meetings. His heartfelt messages of support and encouragement have helped us stay the course during these uncertain times. His open-door policy has remained unchanged for staff, parents, and students, despite not having all the answers. Faced with another uncertain school year, his unrelenting determination and unwavering support continues through messages of encouragement and visits to virtual classrooms. He understands and respects the monumental task taken by our teachers to reinvent curriculum and maintain student engagement to ensure continued quality education. Dr. Copeland and his administrative team also participated in several town hall meetings, knowing full well the challenges and emotions expressed by our community as county directives continue to change. He understands the importance of hearing our community and demonstrates professionalism and compassion when interpreting the latest recommendations.  He has always given a well thought out explanation after careful consideration of all the underlying factors. Even planned days off fall short as he continues to work tirelessly to ensure students and staff feel supported. It is through his ability to listen and respect the feelings of others that I clearly recognize strong character and leadership. A strong leader does not need to provide answers to a complex situation but maintain integrity and remain truthful and consistent in their actions. This has been clearly displayed by my principal throughout the pandemic closure! It is with grace, respect, honesty, and hard work that I define a strong leader, which I believe has been shown by my principal, Dr. Anthony E. Copeland."

- Susan O'Keefe, Westfield HS

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Yanneth McCoy, Daniels Run ES

"Daniels Run has the best parent liaison EVER!!!!! It would be impossible to list all the many, many ways that Yanneth McCoy supports ALL of our DRES families. Mrs. McCoy has gone over and above often working many, many hours beyond the ones she is paid for to help and support our families. She has gone to homes to assist with MiFi's, she has assisted families with available resources in the community including finding transportation so that our students could attend the Connected Care program from Fairfax City.  Mrs. McCoy has assisted our ESOL team with helping them make connections with families to ensure student attendance for our Monday level 1 program as well as ANY of the additional opportunities that may be available to them. Mrs. McCoy has assisted me personally with translating when I have needed it. Mrs. McCoy is a tireless advocate constantly following up with parents to make sure that they understand documentation that may be required or instructions that they are asked to follow and often does this outside of the business day. Yanneth does this all with a smile and with such grace. As I said there are so many, many ways in which she has helped families since the pandemic began I couldn't possibly list them all. I know our laptop distribution, school supply distribution, food distribution, Beep and Greet, and absolutely all of the activities that have taken place would not have been the success they were without her support.  Did I mention that we are one of two schools she supports? I know the other school (Lees Corner) is just as grateful to her. Mrs. McCoy is the true definition of the FCPS Cares program and is such an asset not only to Daniels Run and Lees Corner but to all of FCPS. We don't know what we would do without her and couldn't be more honored and humbled that she has chosen to be a Daniels Run Dragon.  From the entire Daniels Run community I want to thank, our angel, Yanneth McCoy!"

- Michael Parker, Daniels Run ES

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Jennifer Conner, Gatehouse Administration Center

"Jennifer has been my personal lifeline with HR when it comes to the mentor onboarding process.  As the Mentoring Specialist, I asked HR to background-check more than 700 new volunteer mentors from the community last year, and hundreds more were processed by HR in subsequent years.  Jennifer helps me hunt down badges, and reviews spreadsheets for me when I need to audit badge status for one of my business partners.  She is efficient, does not make mistakes, and is just short of truly amazing.  I would NOT be able to do my job without her continued support!"

- Martha Macdonald, Willow Oaks

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Shannon Laws, Gatehouse Administration Center

"Shannon is my 'go to' person when it comes to onboarding new volunteer mentors from the community!  The new 'virtual-HR' system for background checks is wonderful, but there have been a few “starts and stops”. Some of my new mentors have gotten turned around in the process, and when this happens, I know I can count on Shannon.  She reaches out to each and every “confused” mentor and guides them through the process; always treating
them with kindness, respect, and patience.   A few of them have been frustrated enough to consider dropping out of the process, but Shannon gets them back on track. She truly goes above and beyond!"

- Martha Macdonald, Willow Oaks

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Toshieba Ragland, Lake Braddock SS

"Mrs. Ragland is a very devoted teacher to all of her students. She has been intentional about creating a personal connection with each and every one of them and is a master at motivating them to grow. In a year that has challenged all teachers to reshape education for the virtual environment, she devoted even more of herself to developing high-quality SEL choice session plans for all teachers to use with 7th to 9th grade students in 4th period advisory. Her sessions on self-awareness and self-management have received very positive feedback from other teachers. Her contribution to the Lake Braddock school community is being felt across all classrooms and among all students. Thank you, Mrs. Ragland!!!"

- Ian Brodie, Lake Braddock SS

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Michelle Gotico, Lake Braddock SS

"Mrs. Gotico is a high-energy, student-centered teacher who always puts the needs of her students first. She has given so much of herself to help her students connect their experience in school to the broader world. When we learned that we would be installing a 4th period advisory block, Mrs. Gotico gave even more of herself by volunteering for the Advisory Curriculum Subcommittee because she understood the value of students’ social-emotional development, especially in a year as challenging for kids as this one. She has created high-quality SEL choice session plans about social-awareness for all teachers to use with students in 7th to 9th grade and has received high praise from other teachers who have used her lessons so far. Her effort has had a big impact on Lake Braddock students and teachers. Thank you, Mrs. Gotico!!!"

- Ian Brodie, Lake Braddock SS

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Stacey Mitchell, Lake Braddock SS

"Mrs. Mitchell is a teacher who always seems to reach students where they are. She’s very approachable, she listens, and she helps empower kids to be the best version of themselves. On top of the tremendous amount of work that it has taken to reshape education for a virtual environment, Mrs. Mitchell went above and beyond by volunteering for the Advisory Curriculum Subcommittee to provide high-quality SEL choice session plans to teachers for our 4th period advisory block. She has used her deep professional and personal strengths to develop activities and resources that facilitate the growth of students’ self-awareness in 7th through 9th grades. Her efforts have been highly praised by other teachers who are using the advisory plans she developed to benefit the social/emotional growth of their students and foster stronger relationships with their kids. Thank you, Mrs. Mitchell!!!"

- Ian Brodie, Lake Braddock SS

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David Wickham, Lake Braddock SS

"Mr. Wickham has always been very passionate about what’s best for students. When it was announced that we would have a new 4th period advisory block, he enthusiastically volunteered for the Advisory Curriculum Subcommittee to develop high-quality SEL choice session plans for all teachers to use with students in 7th to 9th grade. He is a strong believer that kids learn best when they have strong relationships with their teachers and saw this as an opportunity to facilitate that. The session plans he has created focus on helping kids learn how to develop and manage the relationships in their lives. Since the school year began, many teachers have reported that the advisory period has been the best way to develop connections between students and with teachers and Mr. Wickham’s session plans are a big driver of that success. Thank you, Mr. Wickham!!!"

- Ian Brodie, Lake Braddock SS

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Jennifer Cortesi, Lake Braddock SS

"Mrs. Cortesi has always been a teacher who develops a strong connection to her students and understands them all by name and by need. In a year that has challenged educators to entirely reshape how we educate students, she has given even more of her time and effort on top of it to develop high-quality SEL session plans for all 7th - 9th grade teachers to use at Lake Braddock Secondary School. She saw value in our new 4th period advisory block and possessed a desire for it to be the best that it could be for students. She volunteered for the Advisory Curriculum Subcommittee to provide all teachers with various choice session plans and resources they could use to promote responsible decision-making in 12- to 15-year-old students. One of the advisory lessons helped students organize their virtual materials and develop a digital assignment planner to keep track of their work. Her effort has been invaluable to our students and teachers and her session plans have received high praise from others. Thank you, Mrs. Cortesi!!!"

- Ian Brodie, Lake Braddock SS

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Angela Aldave, Dunn Loring Center

"Angie has been an amazing resource and teammate at Frost MS. Her willingness and availability to support both students, families, & staff to create connections and meaning.  I appreciate her efforts even on a Friday afternoon to ensure a student and mother could access tech support. Thank you Angie for all you are doing!"

- Laura Reed, Frost MS

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Maggie Albertson, Fairhill ES

"Mrs. Albertson is a phenomenal educator. Mrs. Albertson taught both our two sons, and each experience has been amazing. This year has been a challenge for everyone, but Mrs. Albertson brings the joy and compassion to everything she does. For the first time in his life my son loves math. And told me ‘Mrs. Albertson is the best math teacher I’ve ever had’. I am so grateful to Mrs. Albertson and her passion for teaching."

- a Fairhill ES parent

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Emilyclaire Walker, Keene Mill ES

"Mrs. Walker is an amazing teacher, that is thoughtful and truly cares for her students. Her dedication to her kiddos in class is very impressive! We are so blessed to have her as a teacher!"

- a Keene Mill ES parent

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Peter McDonough, Chantilly HS

"Mr. McDonough is a nice and professional gentleman.  During my senior year of high school, I came to him to address my concerns about how I was being treated by a student.  He pulled one the student aside to talk to us. The student stopped the name-calling towards me. Mr. McDonough deserves a raise and we need more caring people like him."

- Former Chantilly HS Student