FCPS CARES - September 2022

By Department of Human Resources
September 03, 2022

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

To view past submissions, please visit our previous submissions page

FCPS CARES of the Month Recipients

Central Office

Jay Bagley, Sprague Technology Center

"Jay Bagley has gone above and beyond in his role at Desktop Management. This year, we are in a security enhanced environment, and Jay has helped us rapidly package software for teachers and students. He has spent hours (plenty were after hours) helping us get situated for the beginning of the year. Our Graphics Arts, Math and Engineering classes would not have been ready to go without his great work ethic and diligence in getting software ready and available in Software Center. Thanks for all your hard work, Jay!! The TSSpecs, SBTS, teachers and students at West Po appreciate all you do!"

- Sejal Parekh, Sprague Technology Center

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Region 1 (Pictured)

Ebtesam (Sam) Ibrahim, Dranesville ES - View the Celebration!

"Ms. Sam, as my students call her, joined our school community full time post pandemic. She consistently goes above and beyond to help teachers in any way that she can even when she has a million things on her to do list. She will always offer to put her duties aside to help us get things done without hesitation. Not only is she such a tremendous part of why our building sparkles, but she is also a major reason why we all smile. Sam takes the time to get to know about us, our lives and our students. As part of a Positivity Project school and the Other People Matter Mindset, my students try very hard to impress Ms. Sam with their cleaning skills so that she doesn't have to do an ounce more. She consistently comes in to thank the students and explain just how much their kindness and responsibility means to her. They love the visits, and she knows their names! She is just a delight to be around. Her hardworking ethic is seen and appreciated by both staff and students!"

Rena Rose, Dranesville ES

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Region 2

Katherine Zacur, Haycock ES - View the Celebration!

"Ms. Zacur is our daughter's special education teacher. She supported our daughter through an emotional time at school with her reading. That evening Ms. Zacur informed us as to what happened, how she supported our daughter, and some ideas of proactive strategies to implement. The days following, Ms. Zacur went out of her way to keep us abreast of our daughter's progress and well-being. We also know Ms. Zacur is covering two jobs and would like her to know we as a community, especially our family, are so grateful to have her as our child's teacher."

- a Haycock ES parent 

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Region 3

Annette Garrett and Kathryn DeVille, Woodley Hills ES 

"Today, my wife and I attended the local screening meeting for our kindergartner. Ms. Garrett chaired the meeting, and from the very beginning, our minds were put at ease. We were incredibly impressed by the diligence, patience, and expertise shown by the team; certainly, this is a testament to the leadership of Ms. Garrett who did not make us feel rushed, listened attentively to our concerns, and reiterated that our voice mattered. We would like to express utmost gratitude to the school's LSC team for their attention to detail and level of cultural sensitivity. As older (and more experienced) parents, we felt extremely reassured that our student will be provided all services that are available to be able to meet her specific needs. Thank you, Ms. Garrett, for providing us with a thorough overview of the process!"

"Today, my wife and I attended the local screening meeting for our kindergartner. As parents with older children this was a new experience and came with great anxiety and additional stressors. We were incredibly impressed by the diligence, patience, and expertise shown by the team, and specifically in Mrs. DeVille's reassurances. Her narrative and feedback were thorough, she listened to our concerns and apprehensions, and shared her observations in a cohesive manner. We would like to express utmost gratitude to the school's LSC team for their attention to detail and level of cultural sensitivity and attention to detail."

- a Woodley Hills ES parent 

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Region 4

Stephanie Broyles, Robinson SS - View the Celebration!

"During the first week of school, a student unexpectedly had two seizures on two different occasions. Ms. Broyles immediately took action, ensuring she cared for the student’s medical needs, communicated with the team to ensure next steps were in motion, and demonstrated genuine care for the student as an individual.   She approached the situation with such a sense of calm, she was a model for all staff supporting this student. It was abundantly clear Ms. Broyles had developed a relationship with the student, knew the student’s individual needs, and knew the appropriate course of action, and did not hesitate."

- Carly Zook, Robinson SS 

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Region 5

Jason Sachlis, Westfield HS - View the Celebration!

"Mr. Sachlis goes above and beyond for his students. As a history teacher, he is known for his challenging but interesting classes. My daughter still shares stories of things she learned in his classes, and his approach for challenging his students to learn and really develop their abilities to think. For students who know him, he's a trusted member of the Westfield HS staff, whom they can go to, to share stories and ask for advice. When other staff at Westfield sometimes struggled to recognize, respect, and honor the diversity of our student body, Mr. Sachlis reinforced to his students that all are welcome, and if turned away elsewhere in the school, his room will always be a safe space for them to visit for reflection, silence, or prayer, whichever they want or need. When he's not in the classroom, he spends a great deal of time encouraging and coaching students on the football field as well. We really appreciate all he's done for our own daughter as well as the Westfield student body."

- a Westfield HS parent

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Other FCPS Cares of the Month Recipients

James Bensinger, Franconia ES 

"Mr. Bensinger took time on a Sunday afternoon to stop by Clermont Park and root on some of his students who play on the same baseball team. As I understand it, he had watched another student's sporting event BEFORE this game and he had plans to attend a sporting event of yet another student AFTER the baseball game. My son, who played in the game, reminded me all week that his teacher was going to be there. He was really excited and I was really impressed to see him sitting in the stands and talking to the boys afterwards. It meant a lot to us for Mr. Bensinger to go out of his way to take an interest in the things that his students do when they're not being students."

- a Franconia ES parent 

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Nigisti Gerezgiher, Pulley Career Center

"Ms. Gerezgiher has done, and continues to do an amazing job with her students at the Greenspring Retirement Community jobsite. She supports her teacher and students in the classroom and at the jobsite. Ms. Gerezgiher supports the differentiation of instruction so her students can access their community worksite safely.  She does this on a daily basis, and is a vital member of the Pulley staff and community."

Peter Kelly, Pulley Career Center

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Emily Gary, Pulley Career Center

"Ms. Gary has done, and continues to do an amazing job with her students at the Greenspring Retirement Community jobsite. Ms. Gary has several students that need behavioral supports, and she is able to differentiate and support all of her students so they can access their community worksite safely. She does this on a daily basis, and is a vital member of the Pulley staff and community."

Peter Kelly, Pulley Career Center

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Kerri Hutchins and Kathi Sheffel, Willow Oaks Admin Center

"I am a foster parent in Fairfax County and recently received a set of 4 and 5 year old sisters into my home. I received generous guidance and support for their school enrollment from Kerri Hutchins and Kathi Sheffel in the FCPS Foster Care Liaison's Office. Their compassionate demeanor and thorough knowledge of the system was reassuring and helped me understand the process. They advocated for my foster daughters' unique needs, including a streamlined kindergarten enrollment for the older child at my son's school and an application for HeadStart for her younger sister. I am deeply grateful to the expertise and emotional support that I received from this important, but often unrecognized office. Thank you for your tireless support of these vulnerable children!"

- a White Oak ES parent 

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Frank Sarfo, Little Run ES 

"I just wanted to point out the amazing person that Mr. Sarfo is. My daughter started out the school year in a full leg cast, and Mr. Sarfo would make a point to meet us at the car and push her wheelchair into school. This is definitely not in his job description, but he made my daughter to happy each morning when he greeted us with his warm and welcoming smile. Thank you Mr. Frank!"

- a Little Run ES parent 

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Jen Lynch, West Springfield ES 

"Jen brings a wealth of knowledge to our Wellness Team. She is always professional, objective and helpful. She is quick to provide support to students, staff and families in our WSES community. She is an incredible school social worker and we are lucky to have her."

Kimberly O'Connor, West Springfield ES 

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Walter Breeden and Steve Ruff, Edison Support Center

"The Bryant AIM trailers had a serious water leak originating from one of the classroom windows, it impacted the use of the room. Ray and Steve took time assessing and planning the repairs which included window replacement and the removal/replacement of drywall. While determining the source of where the water was coming in, they checked the roof and discovered it was adding to the problem. They immediately resolved the roof problem. Ray and Steve were courteous, polite, and considerate of our staff and students. They did an amazing job keeping the space organized and then cleaning up beautifully when they were done. Thank you Edison Satellite, Ray and Steve as great."

Beth Melillo, Bryan AIM

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Naima Fanou, Belvedere ES 

"Ms. Fanou was called to a classroom to respond to an emergency where she had to call EMS and perform CPR. The patient was stabilized and transported thanks to Ms. Fanou's quick thinking and training. She is a superstar who is a pleasure to work with and asset to the Belvedere ES Team!"

- Cindy Mckee, Belvedere ES

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Jamiah Harrison, Annandale Terrace ES 

"Jamiah has proven to be a great asset. She is a great team player and very patient with her kids. Watching her grow into her role as a music teacher is such a great experience. Music is her passion and wants to be able to install that with her students. She has an amazing personality and will definitely keep reaching for the stars in her career."

- a Annandale Terrace ES parent

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Ana Mack, Carl Sandburg MS

"Ms. Mack is a wonderful professional, always ready to help and in the case she does not have the answer for a question, immediately she looks for it. Very expeditious, nice, and an extraordinary colleague."

- Eugenia Williams, Sandburg MS 

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Stacia Todd, Sandburg MS 

"Mrs. Todd has made my transition to Carl Sandburg Middle School so much easier. She is positive and encouraging and ready to jump in to ensure that the students have what they need to be successful. The students and I are fortunate to have her in our 7th grade English and Advisory classes! Thanks Mrs. Todd!!!!"

D. Kellie Healy, Sandburg MS

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Evelyn Harocopos, Pimmit Hills Early Childhood Center

"Evelyn has gone above and beyond during the start of this school year! She has been spending countless hours preparing and supporting the new preschool classroom in addition to teaching her own classroom! She sets a positive tone for the staff she works with and is a true exceptional leader within her building!"

Courtney Wolfson, Willow Oaks Admin Center

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Katherine Lodge and Rebecca Mason, West Potomac HS 

"Katherine and Rebecca are both trained community-building circle leaders as part of our restorative school project. Their instincts are to best serve their students and their colleagues. They greatly enhanced and expanded the power of tier 1 classroom circles with concrete practices to reach EL learners in their respective classrooms and throughout the school."

- Mike Henrich, West Potomac HS 

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Cali Loewenberg, Fort Hunt ES 

"Over the last four weeks, Cali has worked hard to make her classroom a safe and caring environment where her students feel seen and heard. She has gone out of her way to create opportunities for her kids to not only establish strong connections with her but also with one another. It is a joy to be in her class and witness the family-like dynamic she has created. Fort Hunt is lucky to have such a caring and kind teacher."

- Jenny Baker, Fort Hunt ES 

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Jennifer Vieco, Fort Hunt ES 

"I can’t think of a person more deserving of this award than Jen Vieco. While I have worked with Jen for five years now, I feel so privileged to be able to see her in action on a daily basis this year. She is so attentive to the needs of the students on her caseload and they have already grown so much this year because of Jen’s guidance. Not only is she a support academically for these lucky students, she is also an emotional support to them as well. Her calming and loving demeanor are the reasons her students thrive day in and day out. She is also a fantastic sounding board and I appreciate her insights and recommendations to help meet the needs of our students. Thank you Jen for everything. The students and I appreciate you more than you know. As a student told you this morning, “you definitely deserve this.”

Cali Loewenberg, Fort Hunt ES 

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Jamiah Harrison, Maria Pezzuti, and Ashley Ireland, Annandale Terrace ES

"Ms. Harrison, Ms. Pezzuti and Ms. Ireland are the three AMAZING teachers that lead the ATTV (Annandale Terrace TV) morning news live each day. They work with a group of 4th and 5th graders that rotate their jobs to run the program each morning by being the anchors or the tech support. These group of students are not only successful with the support of these teachers but also teaching them to be the leaders of the student body with their special responsibilities.  ATTV news is the best way to start off each morning with the live weather report, lunch menu announcements, birthday recognitions, and any important school wide announcements. This month, as we’re celebrating the Spanish Heritage Month, Ms. Harrison has been recording short video clips of the students and staff from their Spanish speaking heritage to show on the morning news where they are from, what they love and why they are proud of their culture. As many of the students at ATES are non English Language speakers, this extra step makes students and staff excited to see who will be the special speaker that will share their culture each morning. Thank you Ms. Harrison, Ms. Pezzuti and Ms. Ireland for your dedication and celebrating the Spanish Heritage Month in a very special way! You three truly demonstrate how you deserve to be recognized for the FCPS CARES by being responsive to Culture, promoting excellence in Academics, demonstrating positive Relationships, and Enriching Experiences for ALL STUDENTS (and staff!)"

Essel Linton, Annandale Terrace ES 

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Brandon Robertson, Willow Oaks Admin Center

"I know you all have heard from me before regarding Brandon Robertson in OAR but I wanted to send you another email containing a reason why he is awesome. Last week, we were administering VGAs to our grade 3-6 students. Brandon and I often collaborate on testing and he gives me excellent feedback every time I have a question. Brandon made it a point to come out and visit our school to observe how we administer VGAs. He commended us on our efficiency and planning but also stepped in to help students navigate the testing platform when they were having difficulties. He also sought our feedback regarding data distribution. I am consistently impressed with his efforts (and calm demeanor) when so many schools are calling for help during these testing windows. I know you all are extremely busy so thank you for taking the time to read this. Brandon and the rest of the OAR team have empowered me to help my fellow STCs in the Langley Pyramid."

Christopher Litz, Falls Church ES 

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Juan Meza, Sideburn Support Center

"Mr. Meza has been extremely helpful over the past year with solving problems related to our field. He is always quick to respond and if he doesn't know an answer he gets in touch with someone who does. Working with him has made my job easier and has allowed us to give a better experience to our students during PE class."

Josh Hecht, Kilmer MS

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Marissa Troiano-Yang, Willow Oaks Admin Center

"Marissa is endlessly optimistic and collaborative. Today she invited me to pop in on a school planning meeting at the very last minute. Knowing we both support the school with their goal, and I had had a meeting earlier with the school team, we ensured the support they received from our office was efficient and effective. Marissa affirmed, assessed and advanced the school team's thinking around their data collection, analysis, and documentation for a strong MTSS. Thank you, Marissa, for being so inclusive and solution oriented."

Katie Baxter-Gagen, Willow Oaks Admin Center

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Blanca Reyes Chicas, Davis Career Center

"What a blessing it is to work with Blanca. She is always willing to help anyone and everyone. She goes beyond to ensure that translation piece is equitable to parents and while at the job site with our students. She is the back-bone at our school. Blanca is the definition of a team player that continuously shows, flexibility, collaborating on all fronts, and assisting in problem-solving, all along having a positive attitude (she is always smiling) She never seeks to be recognized. Thank you for being such an amazing co-worker and a partner in crime at the Davis Career Center."

Brianna Graves, Davis Career Center

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Teresa Vazquez-Salvadores, Lake Braddock SS 

"Teresa went above and beyond by taking time on a Saturday to assist the SBTS and Parent Liaisons with a Parent Academy. Not only was her translating skills invaluable, but her positive and warm demeanor helped create an inviting and caring environment for our families. She also contributed a teacher perspective that we would not have had without her. We are lucky to have her at Lake Braddock!"

Kim Hammond, Lake Braddock SS 

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Walter Bagwell, South County HS 

"Mr. Bagwell coordinated our Best Buddies Movie Night, which saw students with significant and multiple disabilities teaming up with non-disabled peers to bond with one another. Along with their parents, students sat together as they watched a movie, ate popcorn, and enjoyed a Friday night together. It was amazing to see how well the students connected with one another. Way to go, Mr. Bagwell!"

Kambar Khoshaba, South County HS 

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Geneva Ardalan and Christianna Carreno, Westfield HS 

"Geneva Ardalan and Christianna Carreño have been working SO HARD to celebrate our Latino community here at Westfield High School. They recently hosted a meeting of Hispanos al Camino Exitoso with an attendance of over 130 Latino students!! They have flooded our school hallways with inspirational quotes from Latinos in both English and Spanish. They have organized morning announcements celebrating the achievements of Latinos in our country, and they have submitted AWESOME Latino music to be played throughout the school during passing periods. Our Latino students are so blessed to have these teacher-leaders at our school, who work so hard to celebrate our Westfield Latino culture and community! Thank you, Geneva Ardalan and Christianna Carreño, for making our Latino students feel included, seen, and valued! ¡SOMOS Westfield!"

- Lisa Cathro, Westfield HS

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Sierra Ross and Kaitlyn Marenyi, Forest Edge ES

"Our first year teaching third grade and you two are great team members. I love your passion and strategies of teaching these amazing students on how to grow and learn. Thanks for all your hard work!"

Dania Choueiri, Forest Edge ES 

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Sarah Zamfir, Forest Edge ES 

"This is a shout out  to Sarah Zamfir for always being a team player and always doing it with a smile on her face. She always jumps at an opportunity to help others and I really appreciate her beautiful energy around the school. We love you Sarah!"

Dania Choueiri, Forest Edge ES 

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Becky Cruz, Forte Transportation Training Center

"Becky is a great teacher. I learned a lot from her and learned responsibilities of an FCPS employee. She tried her best to teach each student, and our students were very happy."

- Hannah Jung, Lorton Transportation Center

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Becky Cruz, Forte Transportation Training Center

"I’m happy that I spent 2 weeks in the training center with Ms. Becky Cruz. Really, you are an amazing PERSON, not just an excellent TEACHER. You truly care about your students. You feel our fears. You really helped me personally understand when I was struggling. Thank you for your patience with each one of us in our class. You helped me see what I could be. You are the best teacher ever! I will never forget you."

- Olivia Elshatanoufy, Lorton Transportation Center

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Becky Cruz, Forte Transportation Training Center

"I really want say thank you very much for what you've done for me. You are the Best teacher in the world. May God bless you and your family."

Meaza Legesse, Lorton Transportation Center

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Becky Cruz, Forte Transportation Training Center

"I enjoyed being in this class, Ms. Cruz is very professional, very kind, and very understanding when explaining what we had to do. She's a great person. Thank you Becky Cruz."

- Tammy Mack, Lorton Transportation Center      

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Dean Brooks, Gatehouse Admin Center

"Mr. Brooks went above and beyond to ensure that all arrangements for an upcoming recruitment trip I am attending were ideal, cost-effective, and efficient. I so appreciated the care Mr. Brooks demonstrated to ensure we are able to recruit incredible talent for our students in FCPS!"

Katie Aldridge, Gatehouse Admin Center

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MaryElizabeth Ertel, Mountain View HS 

"I’d like to send a shout to my new SBTS Mary Elizabeth. She wears many hats and supports many roles. I appreciate her assistance in guiding me through the Schoology Passback as well as troubleshooting the kinks. Taking time out of her busy schedule to help me (without an appointment) is just another way she shows FCPS cares. I look forward to our future collaborations. Thank you for all you do!"

- LaToya Prescod-Williams, Mountain View HS 

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Sidney Monday, Glen Forest ES 

"Sidney is our 4th grade fearless leader this year. She has taken on the role of CT Facilitator and an Inclusion classroom teacher after just joining GF last year. She is always willing to help others and led our CT yesterday with patience (we had a lot of questions!), poise and was knowledgeable about the information discussed. Thank you Sidney! You rock and are appreciated!"

- Rachel Pipitone, Glen Forest ES 

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Patty Washington, Willow Oaks Admin Center

"The staff at IAS continues to amaze me. I appreciate the opportunities I had to build such meaningful relationships. These relationships now go beyond the IAS immediate family into the non-traditional school family. I’d like to thank Patty Washington for helping me set up my Schoology Passback  in partnership with my current school SBTS Mary Elizabeth. Our school settings are unique. It’s nice to be able to reach out to other non-traditional sites to see how things are being implemented.  As they say “many hands make light work.” Thank you again for your support Patty!"

- LaToya Prescod-Williams, Mountain View HS 

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Megan Tipton, Forest Edge ES 

"Ms. Tipton (along with the rest of my admin) have been a great support and resource this year. She has greatly helped with my transition from a new county and different grade level. I appreciate how she will stop by to make sure my class and I are doing alright, and is a great resource whenever I have questions or need ideas. Thank you for being there"

Meagan Eckl, Forest Edge ES 

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Rae Easton, Glasgow MS 

"I can’t even tell you how grateful we are to Ms. Easton. In 5 weeks, one statement my son said corrected his entire prior history of “despising” and “being awful at” math. He asked me to meet him at his bus stop to tell me good news. He handed me a pile of Reese’s (thank you!) and was full of praise and “I love math now!” and “I’m staying after every week with Ms. Easton!” I have tears in my eyes right now. Thank you so so so much!"

- a Glasgow MS parent 

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Laura Idol, Forest Edge ES 

"Laura is such a wealth of knowledge! She shares many ideas and resources on how to best support students. Her positive attitude makes her an amazing coworker!"

- Jennifer Eu, Forest Edge ES 

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Stephanie Guffain, Forest Edge ES 

"Thank you Stephanie for your dedication to our school, our students and teachers. We are so thankful to have you coaching all of us and helping us see so many assets!"

Jillian Zuber, Forest Edge ES 

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George Coe, Jeff Feinstein, and Tangy Millard, West Potomac HS  

"Mr. Coe, Mr. Feinstein, and Dr. Millard were EXCELLENT "sharks" for our A.P. European History joint-stock company project. They listened and asked detailed questions of our young historical entrepreneurs that made the experience one to remember! Thank you so much!"

- Matthew Carlock, West Potomac HS 

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James, WD, and Raymond, Gatehouse Admin Center

"Shout out to Jimmy, Willie, and Jock from Facilities who recently completed a work order for us. They were very pleasant and professional to work with. When the job was done, they cleaned the space and everything looks brand new! Thanks, Jimmy, Willie, and Jock!"

Mark Greenfelder and Sandy Vigen, Gatehouse Admin Center

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Juliet Swanson, April Bynum, and, Elisabeth Gillette, Forest Edge ES 

"These ladies have made my transition here very smooth. Thank you!!"

- Gretchen Lyon, Forest Edge ES 

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Hank Garrett, Virginia Hills Center

"Hank is incredible! He is always there with a smile and a kind word and will drop everything to help when he is needed. Today, he impressed me even more than he has already in my two months since joining the staff at Virginia Hills. I have been suffering from painful migraines over the past month and realized that the fluorescent lighting overhead is likely one of my triggers in my new office space. After sending an email to him, I was shocked to see Hank show up at my desk within minutes to assist. He quickly assessed that one of the bulbs over my desk had burnt out and required replacing, and he helped me install a blue light blocking device that is already making a difference. There is nothing better than coming to work migraine free and knowing that I will likely stay that way and be able to do the work that I love doing. Some superheroes carry ladders instead of wearing capes. Thank you, Hank Garrett!"

Sarah Painter, Virginia Hills Center

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Susie Ellis, Sprague Technology Center

"Susie was very patient and knowledgeable in helping me solve a complex staffing issue which was affecting one of our teacher's access to much needed resources. This is not the first time that she has helped me resolve an issue and each time she has exercised the same grace and patience. I truly appreciate her and believe she is the epitome of an outstanding member of the FCPS community that contributes to creating a caring culture.  Thanks Susie!"

Patty Washington, Willow Oaks Admin Center

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Bryce Benson, Woodson HS 

"Over the past few weeks, Bryce has come to support one student in Cat B multiple times when the student is in crisis. Every time he comes to support, Bryce has a very calm demeanor and provides clear instruction and consistent reinforcement while working to de-escalate the student. It is obvious the student trusts Bryce. I am impressed with his flexibility with needing to leave his classes when we need support from Bryce. I am grateful I am able to learn from him on how to better support this student. Thank you so much for your time and help!"

- Eileen Reap, Woodson HS

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Kevin Crenshaw, Woodson HS 

"Kevin has come to support one student in Cat B numerous times this year when the student is in crisis. His flexibility with needing to leave his classes and/or his planning periods is very impressive. Every time I observe Kevin working with this student, I am impressed with his calming presence and it is very obvious he has a great relationship with the student. It is so clear the student trusts Kevin. I am excited to learn from Kevin and how to better support this student. Thank you so much for your time and help!"

- Eileen Reap, Woodson HS

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Jose Miranda, Edison Support Center

"Kudos to Jose Miranda out of the Edison Support Office. He is always quick to respond to our HVAC needs, here at Twain MS. He is always efficient and a pleasure to work with. We appreciate his professionalism and expertise. We are lucky to have Mr. Miranda working for FCPS!"

- Charles Miller, Twain MS 

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Stacey Kiggins, Willow Oaks Admin Center

"Stacey embodies the spirit, passion, and knowledge that inspires others. In her role, Stacey shines through her work in curriculum, instruction, and equitable practices. Recently, Stacey held a curriculum revision meeting with teachers that reflected her thoughtful planning, expertise, and commitment to doing what is best for kids. Stacey is a supportive and encouraging teammate and I feel lucky to call her a colleague."

Meghan Mascelli, Willow Oaks Admin Center

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Denise Bridgeman, Sandburg MS

"Ms. Bridgeman has consistently gone "above and beyond" as one of the SPED Chair Leads to ensure I have the support I need as a first-time middle school special education teacher. She has made herself available at all hours to answer my questions and to assist me with handling challenging situations. Thank you Ms. Bridgeman!"

- D. Kellie Healy, Sandburg MS

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Michael Symanski, Pulley Career Center

"Michael serves Pulley as our Employment and Transition Representative (ETR). His dedication and efforts has made it possible for all of Pulley's students to have community work experiences this year. Pulley is an amazing place, in large part to Michael's efforts and student-centered approach. Thank you, Michael."

- Peter Kelley, Pulley Career Center

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Doug Entwisle, Pulley Career Center

"Mr. Entwisle supports our Building and Trades team, which includes community work experiences for our students at Lee District Recreation Center.  Even with multiple staff absences on this team, Mr. Entwisle supported students on the worksite on his own.  I want to recognize him for these efforts as he was putting our students first.  He always puts our students first. Thank you, Mr. Entwisle.  Your professionalism and dedication to Pulley and our students is amazing."

- Peter Kelley, Pulley Career Center

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Natasha Saunders, Willow Oaks Admin Center

"Natasha is a new coordinator to Secondary ELA, but in the short time in her role, she has demonstrated incredible empathy, compassion, and support for her team. Natasha goes out of her way to listen to colleagues, to encourage out of the box thinking, and to build confidence and comradery amongst everyone she works with. Natasha is a great leader who puts students first and asks tough questions about how to stay true to the work. I am grateful for her knowledge and for her support of ELA."

Meghan Mascelli, Willow Oaks Admin Center

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Aly Al-Shammari, Gatehouse Admin Center

"When I have had the occasion to talk to Aly on the phone, she is always cheerful and embodies a "can-do attitude. Most recently I had the occasion to be helping a FCPS employee set up a password and the employee was having difficulties completing the steps. The employee happened to be calling from HR and they reached out to Aly, who got on the phone, and was more than willing to help them complete the process and ease the employee's frustration."

Vince Wang, Sprague Technology Center

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Matt Carlock and Mike Landis, West Potomac HS 

"Huge thank you for the ideas and support on creating the new DBQ! Lots of talking and brainstorming got it done!"

Brian Bishop, West Potomac HS 

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Tami Brumett, Stone MS 

"Since last Spring, Tami has been very helpful, attentive and proactive in helping us decide the best option for enrolling our daughter in French, since it's not offered at Stone Middle School. She was instrumental is making the best possible accommodation. Tami always exceeded our expectations in the timeliness of her responses, often after business hours. Tami's dedication and commitment to students is obvious. She truly embodies the high standards of excellence of Stone MS and FCPS."

- a Stone MS parent 

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Peter Wolf, Willow Oaks Admin Center

"Once again, Peter is supporting West Potomac as we track students who need additional intervention and enrichment during the Learning Seminar Period. He not only created the framework of an effective request procedure, but enabled several formulas to use the sheet as a communication tool about our students progress efficiently. Thank you, Peter!!  Region 3 is lucky to have you!"

- Janet Babic, West Potomac HS 

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Guillermo Alleyne, Stone MS 

"Mr. Alleyne believes in students! He walks in the doors of Stone MS every day with a full heart ready to accept students and challenge them to greatness. Often, Mr. Alleyne is challenged to interact with students in crisis at school and through the crisis Mr. Alleyne provides support and guidance. Additionally, Mr. Alleyne is creative. He works alongside the science team creating new relevant engaging lessons for students that include videos, experiments and sometimes  "stranger things". Thank you Mr. Alleyne for exhibiting a caring culture for our students.

- Sonya Williams, Stone MS 

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Marissa Bricker, Stone MS 

"The start of the year, school counselors at Stone Middle school were re-assigned a new caseload. In the first couple of weeks of school, Ms. Bricker has dived into the work with her students and families. She has built relationships and advocated for students needs. What has meant a lot to the leadership team is her follow through. She follows up with all stakeholders involved in a situation insuring that students have the supports they need to be successful Stone Panthers."

- Sonya Williams, Stone MS 

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Alison Neun, Stone MS

"Ms. Neun has stepped up to a new challenge this year as the leader of our Panther Leadership team. Before the start of the school year, Ms. Neun organized several leadership students to help during teacher return week. These students helped in workrooms and teachers who had classroom relocations. On our open house at the start of the school year, she lead students creating welcome signs and once again greeting new Stone families. Ms. Neun sends two to three students daily for the building wide announcements. Those students are poised and professional due to Ms. Neun's leadership. She has taken this leadership group challenge and run with it. Back to School night she was here with 30 student leaders who were wearing leadership gear, smiling and offering assistance to our parents navigating the hallways. With Ms. Neun's guidance, the students in leadership are already preparing for various activities in the building and community that foster a caring culture."

- Sonya Williams, Stone MS 

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Michelle Campbell, Lorton Transportation Center

"My son is in Kindergarten and rides bus #2 with Ms. Campbell. I just wanted to thank her because I believe she is an amazing bus driver. First of all, my son was in Preschool starting in fall of 2019. Ms. Campbell would wave at my son every morning. When the pandemic hit and school continued in person again she continued to wave at him as usual. On his first day of Kindergarten, she recognized him! I find her firm but very fair putting the children's safety first! She got the kids to line up away from the curb for their safety and had Kindergarten line up first. Children need structure and organization and she is just that! I cannot thank her enough and just wanted to let her know how much my son and I appreciate her. Thank you Ms. Campbell!"

- a Kings Park ES parent 

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Tracey Skahen, Gatehouse Admin Center

"Tracey is an amazing colleague. She is always willing to lend a hand, no matter what the task. We have seen her jump in on several initiatives lately and take on additional roles and responsibilities and she never complains, never says "it can't be done." If you ask her for assistance, she will 100% drop what she is doing to help you. Her attitude reflects her commitment and dedication to FCPS and to a job well-done. She is a terrific teammate and we are very grateful to work alongside her."

- Michelle Claude, Gatehouse Admin Center

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Angie Hudgins, Great Falls ES 

"This is Ms. Angie's second year as the dining room assistant at Great Falls ES and she is truly the best! She comes in to help out wherever it is needed prior to her shift and never expects anything in return. "Do you need something built? Something moved?" She's on it! She never complains about pitching in and is constantly asking what else she can do to help. That doesn't even include how she maintains the cafeteria! She keeps the students safe and happy while they're with her during her lunch break. Ms. Angie has been an amazing addition to Great Falls ES and we are so fortunate to have somebody like her on our staff."

- a Great Falls ES employee 

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Adam Bowen, Sprague Technology Center

"Adam helped me work through a subtitle translation issue to make our community videos accessible to more families. I'm very grateful to him for his patience and ideas!"

Janet Babic, West Potomac HS 

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Uzma Baig, South County HS 

"Uzma Baig is new to South County High School, and she is supporting our staff, students, and community as our School Health Aide. Uzma has been pulled into a number of emergency situations that she has handled with grace and care. She jumps into every situation quickly, and she provides her support and expertise efficiently. Uzma is incredibly empathetic and supportive, and we are lucky to have her assisting our community at South County!"

Samantha Tolan, South County HS 

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Rosina Donaldson, West Springfield HS 

"Rosie Donaldson, ADSA extraordinaire, shows that FCPS cares by being an amazing support for the Great Beginnings Summer Institute for the special education cohorts. Rosie helped us find the best rooms in the school, coordinate easy and secure access to the building, ensured that technology worked, and that ADA accommodations were easily made. Rosie generously allowed us to book many rooms at WSHS which allowed for most of the special education cohorts to be located in one place, this meant that teachers that were hired later on were able to get into the correct Summer Institute sessions more quickly and efficiently than in the past.  We couldn't have done it without you Rosie! Thank you again!"

Diana Ree-Reeder, Willow Oaks Admin Center

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Marianne McLaughlin, Little Run ES 

"We appreciate Marianne's ability to step into a variety of roles in the absence of staff members. Her knowledge of her role and responsibilities along with the organization of her work has supported her ability to provide guidance to the admin team. Her willingness to spend hours mentoring and providing support to her FT/AA colleagues contributes to the overall success of the school and pyramid. Marianne has very positive relationships with students, staff, and families. We are so grateful that she is on our team!"

Christie Yarn, Little Run ES 

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Katie Park, Westfield HS 

"I want to thank Katie Park for her time and dedication on helping me train and transition to my job as Transcript Assistant. I really appreciate her willingness and availability to help answer all my questions. Thank you Katie!"

- Marlyn Adames, Westfield HS 

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Mark Luther, Fairfax HS 

"On the first day of school, August 22, I unfortunately broke my ankle. This meant I would be out of commission for 4-6 weeks. I am nominating my ADSA, Mark Luther for the FCPS CARES award because of his hard work and leadership that he has displayed over the last 4 weeks. My accident happened at the worst possible time of the year for me but Mark immediately took the reins of the Activities Office. His leadership, ability to stay calm and level-headed, and his positive attitude allowed me to not stress about work and to spend time healing. Mark was able to immediately help coaches and teachers because of the positive relationships he had already formed with the FHS teachers and coaches. A specific example of Mark's ability to lead was this past Friday night, September 16th was our football home opener at FHS. Mark took on double duty because of my injury. He worked with coaches, students, administrators, and community members to make this event extremely successful and this was comforting for me!"

- Nancy Melnick, Fairfax HS 

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Sarah Aicher, Churchill Road ES 

"After being in virtual school due to health concerns, our daughter is back at FCPS in person. The last time she was in a regular school setting she was 4 years old.  We were very worried about the transition. Ms. Aicher has been a pure angel and an absolute support for our daughter. She has helped with her transition and is very aware and helpful with all the health problems our daughter has. We could have not gone through such a smooth transition without her. We feel very blessed to have her as our daughter's teacher!"

- a Churchill Road ES parent 

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Cynthia Choate, Gatehouse Admin Center

"Big thanks to Cindi! She is responsive and works to ensure our schools are staff appropriately. She has been very helpful and professional as we have worked to get our schools staffed! She deals with my many questions timely and respectfully and makes me feel supported. I appreciate the extra effort she takes!"

- Kevin Morris, Stratford Landing ES

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Armando Ramos, South County HS 

"Mr. Ramos works hard and efficiently every day as he completes his custodial responsibilities. He is a vital member of our SoCo team, as many people often comment about the exceptional work performance. Although he is quiet by nature, his attention to detail speaks loudly! He takes pride in being a Stallion, and it shows every day that he's at school. Thank you for your impeccable work ethic, Mr. Ramos!"

- Kambar Khoshaba, South County HS 

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Sam Gero, South County HS 

"Mrs. Sam Gero creates a positive culture within the math department at large, as well as with her students in her classes. She is ALWAYS smiling and bringing joy to those around her. We are lucky at SoCo to have such a warm-spirited person like Sam!"

Kambar Khoshaba, South County HS 

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Kris Kang, Lees Corner ES 

"My kindergartener was having a difficult time with separating in the morning. Ms. Kang went above and beyond to help her feel more comfortable. She made herself available every morning to take her into her classroom. She made my daughter a special paper heart to hold for comfort. She stayed with my daughter for a few minutes in the classroom to help her transition to a fun activity. My daughter is now skipping into the school every morning. We are so grateful Ms. Kang took the time to help her through the first few weeks!"

- a Lees Corner ES parent

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Michael Davis, Frost MS 

"On August 22, the first day of school, Frost Middle School experienced an actual fire in the main office during lunch time. While others were helping to evacuate the building, Mr. Michael Davis, our Safety and Security Specialist, moved quickly to extinguish the fire. Not knowing if there were fire extinguishers in the electrical closet where the fire originated, he ran to another room and grabbed two extinguishers. He then entered the smoke-filled main office and discharged both extinguishers.  Unsure if that was enough, he found two more extinguishers, re-entered the closet and discharged those, ensuring the fire was out. Mr. Davis had to go to the hallway between emptying each of the four extinguishers, because the smoke in the main office was so heavy, it was very difficult to breathe. Mr. Davis’ quick thinking and brave actions are the reason that the fire was contained to the electrical closet and that more damage was not done to the building. He acted without pause in a dangerous situation and is surely a hero at Frost Middle School!"

Anthony Harris, Frost MS 

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Eileen Oviatt, Woodson HS 

"Eileen is in a new role at school this year. Her willingness to always assist Cat B staff and students at any time and the relationships she has built with staff and students is extremely obvious every time she is observed throughout the day. Eileen handles student behavior in a very natural way that keeps all staff and students calm during crisis calls. It is a joy to learn from her!"

Eileen Reap, Woodson HS 

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Catherine Rubin, Wolftrap ES 

"Ms. Rubin is your quintessential teacher who goes above and beyond! In her second grade class she prioritized building positive, caring, and inclusive relationships with her students. She built such strong relationships with her class and she volunteered to loop them into third grade to continue fostering those relationships. Students who used to struggle in school are now thriving because of Ms. Rubin. Wolftrap Elementary is a better school because of her!"

- a Wolftrap ES parent 

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Judy Courtien, Sandburg MS 

"Judy Courtien consistently goes above and beyond her duties as an instructional assistant. She shows so much care for our students, so much thoroughness in her planning, and so much consistency in her teaching. Mrs. Courtien makes teaching and case management a breeze and is truly a joy to work with! You are such an asset to our school. Thank you."

- Mary Fouse,  Sandburg MS 

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Diane Dickerson, Newington Forest ES

"My kindergartner Malia was having a very bad day. Mrs. Dickerson met us in the office and helped me get Malia to class. Mrs. Dickerson was professional, kind, responsive and very patient with the 2 of us. Im convinced Malia went with her because she felt like she could trust her. Thank you Mrs. Dickerson, your kindness meant a lot to our family! You are amazing."

- a Newington Forest ES parent 

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Jill Halter, Mountain View HS 

"I met Jill for the first time when I visited Mountain View yesterday. Jill was incredibly welcoming and even went out of her way to find me a space to facilitate a Zoom meeting. The tone that Jill set created a warm and welcoming environment that I saw all around the building. In 17 years, I cannot recall a better experience coming to a school. Jill, being the first person most people interact with at Mountain View, is an absolute treasure!"

Anthony Hanrahan, Willow Oaks Admin Center

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Deanna Miller,  Mountain View HS 

"I want to thank Deanna for inviting me into her classroom to help me grow my professional understanding of how an alternative high school operates. Deanna is a remarkable teacher and I am truly impressed with her commitment to her students and a commitment to inquiry-based learning. Deanna’s instruction embodies what we want Social Studies education to look like in FCPS! I look forward to partnering with her on the VDOE Performance Based Assessments and learning more from her!"

Anthony Hanrahan, Willow Oaks Admin Center

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Juliana Teixeira, Wakefield Forest ES 

"Juliana has gone above and beyond to make the start to this school year the best experience for our students.  She is caring and compassionate toward our students, always looking for ways to help them be successful throughout the day. Her energy and enthusiasm are contagious."

Cynthia Cook, Wakefield Forest ES

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Brianna Jacobson, Annandale Terrace ES 

"My child for the first time in a long time is very excited about school, he says she is kind and respectful and he is learning a lot. She shows interest in her students and is kind with parents too. She seems to be very dedicated!"

- an Annandale Terrace ES parent

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Sedeka Turner, Gatehouse Admin Center

"Sedeka Turner is a Rockstar! I’m so thankful of all the support she has provided me and my school over these past few months. This was a hiring season unlike no other, and she remained calm, responsive, proactive and strategic. I appreciate her patience and professionalism and her care for FCPS and my school. Welcome back, Sedeka!"

- Kevin Morris, Stratford Landing ES

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Miranda Stitzel, Sunrise Valley ES 

"Ms. Stitzel encouraged her kindergarten students to write her letters over the summer. She included a self addressed envelope on the last day of school and promised to write back. My son wrote her twice over the summer and each time she wrote back encouraging him to write more. He was so thrilled. She is an amazing teacher who goes above and beyond for her students. We were lucky to have her for kindergarten last year (2021-2022)."

- a Sunrise Valley ES parent 

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Catherine Campane, Flint Hill ES 

"Catherine is new to Flint Hill this year. As a social worker, she is only with us on a part time basis. Since she walked in the door she has been so knowledgeable and helpful! In a very short time Catherine has been able to build relationships and connect with staff and families to offer support. She goes above and beyond in all she does and has been an amazing addition to our team! We are so grateful to have Catherine with us at Flint Hill!"

Amy Williams, Flint Hill ES 

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Zahir Shah, Gatehouse Admin Center

"Zahir was attentive, kind, and pro-active when it came to addressing my HR submission and paperwork. I know that supporting a county as large as FCPS can be overwhelming, yet Zahir was prompt and supportive, emailing me to let me know the status of my submission, calling me to gain clarity, and most importantly processing everything as quickly as possible. I am grateful for positive experiences like that one I had with Zahir."

- Meghan Mascelli, Willow Oaks Admin Center

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Sedeka Turner, Gatehouse Admin Center

"Sedeka went above and beyond to help me during my onboarding process. I needed to complete the hiring process under a very tight timeframe to ensure my benefits remained current. Sedeka personally made sure I was able to complete each step of the process in a timely manner, and connected with other HR professionals to ensure that my paperwork and clearances went through on time. She also checked back in with me each day to confirm details and reassure me that my hiring was progressing. She made a very stressful situation so much easier. I couldn't be more appreciative of her hard work and dedication to her job. Thanks, Sedeka!"

Vicki Mansuy, Freedom Hill ES 

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Suzanne Ratliff, Stonecroft Transportation Center

"Suzanne and the Marshall HS transportation team has worked hard putting a lot of time and effort finding a bus commute that will be able to accommodate the medical needs of my special needs son. Knowing that my son is able to get to and from school with his needs being met is something that I can hardly find the right words to say how much I appreciate Fairfax County Public Schools."

- a Marshall HS parent 

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Nicholas Montgomery, Sideburn Support Center

"Nick has been out to our school multiple times to fix both major and minor issues. Everyone who encounters him always reports back to the office how kind and helpful he is. We know he will take the time to listen to our questions and explain the issues involved so we know for future reference. He goes above and beyond each time and stands out as an exemplary model of an FCPS employee making a positive impact daily!"

- Deborah Phillips, West Springfield ES 

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Adriana Loza, West Potomac HS 

"Ms. Loza is consistently going above the call of duty to support teachers and students at West Po. Her calm demeanor and pleasant attitude is consistent daily. Ms. Loza sets high expectations for her students and supports them in meeting their goals. She is the blueprint for someone who cares."

- Tiffany L. Wilson, West Potomac HS 

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Alexander Lantis, Willow Oaks Admin Center

"Alex shows that FCPS Cares by giving freely of his own time and knowledge in supporting the Great Beginnings Mini Session on September 12th. He co-facilitated a conversation around understanding IEP goals and setting up data collection systems for the newest special education teachers in FCPS. Giving our teachers time to really dive into  IEP goals allows the teachers to better understand their work and for a greater degree of student success! We owe Alex a debt of gratitude for sharing his thoughts and experiences on IEP goals and data collection. We couldn't have done it without you, Alex!"

- Diana Ree-Reeder, Willow Oaks Admin Center

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Jillian Lynch, Willow Oaks Admin Center

"Jillian shows that FCPS Cares by giving freely of her own time and knowledge in supporting the Great Beginnings Mini Session on September 12th. She co-facilitated a conversation around understanding IEP goals and setting up data collection systems for the newest special education teachers in FCPS. Giving our teachers time to really dive into IEP goals allows the teachers to better understand their work and allows for a great degree of student success! Jillian's valuable insights and experiences also allows the content to be made real and more easily applicable for our participants! Thank you so much, Jillian!"

- Diana Ree-Reeder, Willow Oaks Admin Center

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Andrea Shaw, Willow Oaks Admin Center

"Andrea shows that FCPS Cares by giving freely of her own time and knowledge in supporting the Great Beginnings Mini Session on September 12th. She supported the presenters by acting as a moderator, to allow them to fully focus on sharing their knowledge and strategies. Andrea also helped participants access resources, both on and offline. She also gave honest and thoughtful feedback for the session afterwards so that it can be adjusted and improved for future sessions. We couldn't have done it without you, Andrea!"

- Diana Ree-Reeder, Willow Oaks Admin Center

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Noelle Branch, Canterbury Woods ES 

"Noelle Branch is a natural at teaching. She knows what to do when a class gets out of hand, and is funny and smart. She is so kind and caring. I love that she will listen to you and give a smart opinion whenever you need it. She is mostly poppy and energized except for the end of the day."

- a Canterbury Woods ES student 

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Amber Kleeschulte Richard, Willow Oaks Admin Center

"Huge shout out to Amber for jumping in today to help cover a class when a teacher had an emergency and we had no one to cover. She was here for a meeting and when she heard about our issue, she offered to stay and help for a couple of hours, without hesitation. Truly "Kind and Caring" thank you Amber!"

- Tim Slayer, Fort Hunt ES 

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Christina Kim, Lorton Transportation Center

"Hyunju (Christina) is always willing to share her technological talents with OTS. She frequently creates team meeting videos and retirement videos and every year, we count on her to create amazing informative and fun videos for our in-service meeting. She has wonderful ideas to make hard to learn tasks understandable and fun! She is a HUGE asset to our office and we could not do our meetings without her."

Carole Phelps, Lorton Transportation Center

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Emily Phelan, Chantilly HS 

"Emily Phelan exemplifies what it means to do a job with expertise and kindness. When I worked with Emily at Chantilly, she answered all of my questions, gave great input for my lessons and made me look at curriculum with various points of view. Now that I have moved to a new school, she still answers many of my questions. As I get used to my new team, I sometimes need quick support with technology and friendly communication from a valued former colleague. She always makes me feel valued and appreciates all of my comments, good and bad. FCPS is lucky to have Emily!"

Trish Heatherly, Jackson MS 

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Aelaa El-Sabbahy, Woodson HS 

"Aelaa has been extremely helpful and willing to work with me to implement a speech therapy teletherapy model at Woodson High School. She has been so eager and enthusiastic in ensuring that her students are successfully receiving their speech services using this model. I am so grateful for cooperation and support."

- Rachel Silien, Willow Oaks Admin Center

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Christopher Lester Daniels, Michele Phillips, Roxanne Wolfe, Leena Langalia and Brittany Martinez, Lorton Transportation Center

"The transportation team at Lorton Center have been incredible helping the Social Studies team painstakingly plan for a successful in-person return of Finance Park and Court Tours programs for our eighth grade students. They have been extremely flexible and responsive to the needs of the program in the midst of challenges their team faced with bus driver shortages. The team appreciates their enthusiasm and support for the programs while dealing with the MANY questions and emails sent their way. These programs would not be possible without the hard work of the transportation team and their efforts do not go unrecognized!"

- Jessica Park, Willow Oaks Admin Center

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Meg Mascelli, Willow Oaks Admin Center

"C&I is lucky to have Meg as a part of the team! In addition to all the hard work she puts into changing the world through the MS English curriculum and support she provides, Meg never fails to make her office mates smile and laugh with her optimism and humor. Meg Mascelli is a glittering presence on the west wing of the 4th floor at Willow Oaks."

- Jessica Park, Willow Oaks Admin Center

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Oscar Calagua, Willow Oaks Admin Center

"This FCPS Cares is long overdue. Oscar has been an amazing partner for the Social Studies team helping make Finance Park a reality. Oscar has helped pull enrollment numbers for each middle school the past few years when Finance Park was virtual. His partnership continues this year meeting with us to walk us through EDSL and SIS. He has gone above and beyond his job description to help us out. His partnership and time do not go unrecognized!"

- Jessica Park, Willow Oaks Admin Center

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Heidi Flanagan, Gatehouse Admin Center

"It is not an easy task to highlight a specific experience that stands out with Heidi because she provides excellent services every time when we asked for support. Transitioning to the central office, after spending years with schools, Heidi capitalized on her school knowledge, and supported the Office of Auditor General (OAG) with a spectrum of variety of initiatives, administering the fraud, waste, and abuse hotline, facilitating the OAG-led training opportunities for the entire FCPS (which is a major under-taking from cradle to grave. OAG provided almost 10 trainings in the past three years!), just to name a few. Heidi ensures everything happens at the right time, and the right place. Without her help, it would be easy to forget all the procedures that we need to do!  Heidi is also an employee of integrity and passion to support the mission of OAG. To encourage a caring culture, Heidi will think of a creative welcoming questions, every time at our staff meeting, "Which of the five senses would  you say is your strongest?" "What has someone borrowed but never given back?" This is one of the reasons why the OAG members feel more like family, we enjoy the time that we work together. We appreciate Heidi's hard work, attention to detail, strong work ethic, and caring heart for others!"

- Esther Ko, Gatehouse Admin Center

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Jessi Zellars, Gatehouse Admin Center

"Jessi really helped walk me through a payroll issue during my maternity leave. She was friendly, knowledgeable, and efficient in helping to resolve the matter. Thanks!"

Jessica Schuhart, Willow Oaks Admin Center

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Jennifer Owens, Sprague Technology Center

"Jennifer has helped us work through a very tricky issue with the Library catalog system. She has been very patient, and her expertise has helped us in working on a resolution."

Derek Knizner, Sprague Technology Center

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Muhammad Darab, Justice HS

"Major shout out to Mr. Darab! Thank you for taking the time to support a student in our prayer room. Your communication with that student, as well as his father shortly after, supported the relationship of the family with the school and demonstrated great respect for our cultural diversity here at Justice High School. Many thanks also for the time you took talking with assistant principal Ms. Lally. Your support of our school culture, respect for diversity, and consistent work to build bridges here at Justice High School makes us a better place. You’re a valuable part of our community!"

Colleen Lally, Justice HS 

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Lisa Kim, Lorton Transportation Center

"Lisa started this school year as a sub-attendant on my bus (1151). She is an exceptional attendant, and overall wonderful person! She attended to the students' needs on the bus with her calm and kind personality. She truly CARES about the students as well as her co-workers. Lisa is ALWAYS cleaning and helping keep the bus in order. I look forward to working with her again in the future."

Barbara Davis, Lorton Transportation Center

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Ariana Larson, Westfield HS 

"Ms. Larson jumped into action to support a Westfield student who was finding it hard to begin the school year.  She quickly built a relationship with the student and became their trusted adult. In addition, she used school resources to build a community of trusted adults and has followed up with the family and student. Thank you Ms. Larson for being amazing, so glad to have you as part of the Westfield Bulldog Community!"

Westfield HS Community Member

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Eric Fleming, Instructional Programs Support Center

"Eric truly helped us start the school year on a positive note! We were able to hire two new low incidence teachers in the last week of summer break, however, both were unable to start on the first day of school. Eric jumped right in and helped our teachers and support staff welcome students on the first few days. Once our new staff arrived, he helped transition her into her role; providing calm and consistent support for our students and the rest of the team. Thank you to Eric for helping our team when we needed it most!"

Heather Bousman-Stanczak, Johnson MS 

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Samuel Wood, Sprague Technology Center

"Sam helped me to navigate tech issues this morning with such patience and expertise. His IT knowledge and his customer service skills are to be commended. We are very lucky to have him in FCPS! Thank you, Sam!"

- Laura Thieman, Willow Oaks Admin Center

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Melissa Sullivan, Waynewood ES 

"A school bus driver found a laptop on the bus that belonged to a student at our school and gave it to the main office team at Waynewood. Melissa found out that it belonged to a student at our school and personally delivered it to our main office to make sure that the laptop made it back to our student safely. I really appreciate the extra care in helping us get it back quickly and safely. Thanks Melissa!"

Laurie Marichak, Hollin Meadows ES

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Zoya Lucas, Helai Pougailes, Deborah Donovan and Krystle Bowers, Daniels Run ES

"The Daniels Run ESOL Team is constantly going above and beyond to make sure that all our students and families feel welcomed and included in our school community. They participate in our Welcome Walk so that they can meet students and families at their homes, they work with language services to ensure that teachers and families have the interpreters needed for conferences. They are so reflective and constantly looking for the best practices in working with their students and the teachers in our building. They are always so welcoming whenever new students arrive at Daniels Run and go out of their way to make sure they feel welcome and supported. They have on countless occasions visited families and students at their homes if needed. I just can't say enough about their efficacy and commitment to their students and their craft. We are so incredibly fortunate to have this team of wonderful educators and individual people on our staff and working with our students and families. We can't thank them enough. While I may be the one completing this form I know ALL of our staff would be joining me in this recognition."

Michael Parker, Daniels Run ES 

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Henry Miller, Sideburn Support Center

"Henry is a vital part of our FCPS team! Whenever we need something at Fort Hunt ES, we call Henry and he either comes himself to help out or sends the right person to get the job done. And he does it with a smile on his face! We appreciate everything Henry does, not only for our school, but the whole FCPS community."

Debbie Trenchard, Fort Hunt ES 

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Charmaine Pritchard, Fort Hunt ES 

"Charmaine is always willing to help! She gives off a positive energy and has a can-do attitude. She turns challenges into learning and growth opportunities. She cares about the well-being of the students and staff. I can’t even count how many times she has spent the majority of her lunch time in the cafeteria making sure the students feel comfortable. Thank you Charmaine for all you do, I feel so thankful you are part of our Fort Hunt family!"

Ana Arias, Fort Hunt ES 

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Emily Phelan, Chantilly HS 

"Emily and I have worked closely for several years in the Chantilly Pyramid and now across the county. She has been an invaluable resource for me as I had transitioned from ES to HS. I can always count on Emily to provide exactly the right answer when I need it. She has also been helpful to a former employee who recently moved to Bryant. I am grateful for Emily's friendship and partnership in our efforts to support students, parents, and staff."

Liz Caligiuri, Bryan HS 

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Denise Downing, Lorton Center

"Ms. Downing is AMAZING and is one of the hardest working people I’ve EVER encountered. She is very professional, communicates effectively, and is extremely passionate about her job. We at Justice HS truly appreciates her leadership and we're grateful for all she does for this community."

Tiffany Narcisse, Justice HS 

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Jennifer Skarke, Willow Oaks Admin Center

"Words can't express how grateful we are for Jen's support as we started the school year. While we were fortunate to hire two new low incidence teachers the week before school began, our new staff weren't able to join the team officially until after the first day of the school year. Jen jumped in immediately and shared her expertise to prepare materials, connect new teachers to resources, organize classrooms, and coach the members of our team. Not only did she work  with one particular classroom until the teacher came on board, but she also participated in our school-wide training and team-building opportunities. I know it wasn't easy to step away from her current job responsibilities to help us get started, but she did so with a ready smile and a "can-do" attitude. Our students and staff are off to a great start because Jen gave so much of her time, energy, and encouragement."

- Heather Bousman-Stanczak, Johnson MS 

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Marcy Fisher, Union Mill ES

"Marcy Fisher has been a fabulous collaborator since day 1! I was excited to be reunited with her at Union Mill, having worked with her in previous roles at a former school. Marcy is attuned to the needs of her students and aware of their strengths and areas of growth. She quickly supplied visuals to support a student successfully access specials, for which we have seen great growth in a few classes. Additionally, she is responsive to discussion and collaboration across staff and family members. She quickly supplied a handful of strategies for another student to be implemented the same day in order to refocus and structure success. Thank you for being such a caring, dedicated and positive teacher and role-model!"

Manda Tirado, Union Mill ES 

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Jum Ok Lee, Forte Transportation Training Center

"Ms. Lee had demonstrated a higher level of care for the special education students on her route to Robinson Secondary School. Based on her interactions with the individual students during arrival and dismissal, it is abundantly clear she genuinely cares for the students, has worked to build relationships with them, and is acutely aware of their individual needs. There are quite a few students on this route with high level needs and she treats them all with the same high level of care and attention."

- Carly Zook, Robinson SS

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Guillermo Estrada Ribero, Stonecroft Transportation Center

"Mr. Ribero had demonstrated a higher level of care for the special education students on his route to Robinson Secondary School. Based on his interactions with the individual students during arrival and dismissal, it is abundantly clear he genuinely cares for the students, has worked to build relationships with them, and is acutely aware of their individual needs. He is always willing to support school based staff as students board and exit the bus. He will regularly communicate to staff if a student had any challenges during the ride or any changes in their mood or demeanor. Mr. Ribero went above and beyond when he assisted staff with a medical emergency as the student exited the bus. No questions asked, he was there to make sure the student was safe and seamlessly worked as a member of the team."

- Carly Zook, Robinson SS

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Dana Griffith, Stonecroft Transportion Center

"Dana always goes above and beyond to support our drivers. She works endlessly to fix routes, make changes, supply drivers and attendants with everything they need. Always with a smile on her face! Dana is the best type of role model for any FCPS employee. She loves her job and it shows, how do I know this, because as a co supervisor I watch Dana not only spend her day working hard but then goes home on her free time to respond to the numerous emails we still receive after hours. She is the most dedicated employee I have met. She does all this while still being kind and compassionate to everyone she comes in contacts with. FCPS transportation should know just how lucky they are to have her on their team."

- Rachel Jacobs, Stonecroft Transportation Center

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Tim Roberson, Woodson IT Center

"Tim and Ryan from the Information Technology Department went above and beyond to organize, set up, and teach me about our improved news broadcast system. They were informative, thorough, thoughtful, and patient, offering any assistance we needed now and in the future. It is clear that they care!"

Nicole Oberdick, Sangster ES 

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Ryan Northcutt, Woodson IT Center

"Ryan and Tim from the Information Technology Department went above and beyond to organize, set up, and teach me about our improved news broadcast system. They were informative, thorough, thoughtful, and patient, offering any assistance we needed now and in the future. It is clear that they care!"

Nicole Oberdick, Sangster ES 

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Troy Newlon, Graham Road ES 

"I reached out to Troy, Student Information Assistant, this past summer to ask for his help in supporting a family dealing with complex stressors getting two children enrolled. His caring, expertise, and warmth made all the difference. I am beyond grateful for the kindness he brings to his job and the sensitivity he has toward all families. In addition, I had just started my own job, so he took time to explain the process of registration to me and walk me through how he could help the family. Thank you, Troy!"

Laura Thieman, Willow Oaks Admin Center

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Baber Maqbool, Sideburn Support Center

"Mr. Maqbool and his team have provided exemplary service to Crestwood ES. Baber Maqbool's commitment  while overseeing the installation of two new RTUs at Crestwood Elementary School was extraordinary. His demeanor was professional and pleasant and he always demonstrated a caring attitude about Crestwood Elementary. He made himself readily available to assist and answer questions. If he was unable to make the correction Mr. Maqbool ensured that the request was resolved. On behalf of the staff and students at Crestwood Elementary School, I am nominating Mr. Maqbool and his team for the CARES award."

Marguerite Saitta, Crestwood ES 

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Katie Keier, Hollin Meadows ES 

"Ms. Katie and Ms. Keita are ALWAYS so patient, kind and comforting in morning drop offs. They make my child and I feel safe and secure when departing."

- a Hollin Meadows ES parent 

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Carl Harris, Lake Braddock SS 

"Carl Harris has created and is implementing a very unique style and atmosphere to his Advisory class this school year. While he finds some days challenging, he is committed to changing his students lives for the better. He will accept nothing short of them becoming the best version of themselves. Not only is Mr. Harris teaching core values, he requires his students to show how these impact their own day to day lives. Mr. Harris not only spends GOLD afternoons with his class, he seeks them out individually EVERY morning either before school or during 1st or 2nd period. Mr. Harris prides himself on making contact with parents and guardians for all his Advisory students as he knows the value of engaging every family. Mr. Harris is eager, determined and relentless in supporting his students academic, behavioral, and social-emotional needs."

- Amy Soos, Lake Braddock SS 

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Mairead Bauer, Canterbury Woods ES 

"Ms. Bauer is a librarian for Canterbury Woods Elementary school. Ms. Bauer is kind, caring and knows a lot about books. She always knows what some kids like to read. She is very funny and has great story reading skills."

- a Canterbury Woods student 

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Peter Komlofske, Hayfield SS

"Mr. Komlofske helps me feel comfortable at school. He understands the mental of middle schoolers, and he is most definitely more than a math teacher. He is my number one person to go to if I need anything. Therefore, I am recognizing Mr. Peter Komlofske."

- a Hayfield SS student 

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Arman Nikmorad and Philippe Cloutier, Sprague Technology Center

"Thank you Arman Nikmorad and Philippe Cloutier from Integrated Digital Technology Services (IDTS) as you worked incredibly hard to ensure FCPS offered an excellent experience for one of the first Community Conversation with Dr. Reid! This was a cutting edge opportunity as we had a hybrid format, it was critical that the sound and virtual experience would be as strong as possible. Both Arman and Philippe went to great length to cover all the details. It was also noted that both gentleman had to wrap up the equipment in about 80 heat as the AC went off at our facility, then they loaded their truck and had to get back to 'the shop' to ensure the material was properly returned. Thank you both for your positive attitude and clever and quick thinking to ensure this was a top-notch experience for everyone!"

- Ann Smith, Key Center School

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Beth Curtis, Key Center School

"Many thanks to Ms. Curtis for helping to prepare and offer a hybrid event for one of Dr. Reid's first Community Conversation. Ms. Curtis was able to work with Arman Nikmorad and Phillippe Cloutier from Integrated Digital Technology Services (IDTS) to offer an excellent experience for everyone! This was a cutting edge opportunity and it was very important that everything go smoothly, Ms. Curtis worked with Arman and Phillippe to ensure the virtual experience would be efficient for all involved. Additionally, Ms. Curtis helped problem solve the school community so that everything was in place for the event, including materials to help with child care. Thank you Ms. Curtis for the support and implementation!"

- Ann Smith, Key Center School

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Donna Kruse, Canterbury Woods ES 

"Donna was the SIA at North Springfield ES where she did an amazing job year after year putting the students, teachers and parents at the top of her list. This past summer Donna was promoted to the AA position at Canterbury Woods ES. With everything that is required to change jobs and schools, Donna has continued to help North Springfield with student registrations and all critical SIA duties. She has done so with a smile and without hesitation. Donna is a wonderful example of team work, dedication, and selflessness."

- Chad McRae, North Springfield ES 

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Blanca Guardado, Alan Leis Center

"Ms. Guardado has gone above and beyond to help and use resources for myself and my family. I recommend she is recognized for her work ethic and her integrity. Thank you."

- a Pine Springs ES parent 

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Stella Holloway, West Potomac HS 

"Ms. Holloway is a SPED teacher and Case Manager that normally has a full load. In spite of this, she stepped up to organize and administer the Math Inventory to her students as well as another teacher's. Her positive attitude and willingness to cover another class during a time of need shows she cares."

Tiffany L. Wilson, West Potomac HS 

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Carolina Dotel, Falls Church HS 

"Carolina and I just became suit mates; her office is directly across from mine. Carolina is our parent Liaison.   She answered a call one day and it was a student who was belligerent, loud, rude, and offensive. Carolina handled the call with the upmost grace, love, and attention despite how she was being talked too. I never knew how much her job involved, but I do have a newly found respect for her! She is a saint!"

Luciania Freeman, Falls Church HS 

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Nanci Kurtz, Lynbrook ES 

"While many children are fortunate to have Mrs. Kurtz as a classroom teacher at Lynbrook Elementary, my daughter is blessed to have her as a reading tutor. Mrs. Kurtz goes above and beyond to get to know my child’s interests, strengths, and needs. She plans engaging and responsive lessons that meet my daughter where she is and take her the next step forward. Mrs. Kurtz has helped her build confidence, discover favorite characters and books, and make progress in both reading and writing. Going to read with “Ms. Nanci” is a time she looks forward to, and for that I am eternally grateful!"

- a Lynbrook ES parent

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Scott Dreier, Nick See, and Semeul Hackett, Sprague Technology Center

"The beginning of the year can be a stressful technology experience in general. Add to that new laptops for teachers at a giant Secondary School, plus network challenges, and it's overwhelming. Our TSPECs are amazing. They are always calm, polite, explain things extremely well and are always patient with all students and staff. They never seem bothered when we interrupt them a million times a day. We could not function without you all!"

- Maya Nardone, Lake Braddock SS 

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Karla Santos and Juanita Rogers, Twain MS 

"Karla Santos and Juanita Rogers joined the Twain family in December 2021, and quickly became the dynamic duo. They strive daily to the meet the demanding needs of a busy office, triaging everyone’s needs on the phone and in person, while following safety protocols. The myriad of tasks they complete includes greeting visitors, checking in/out students, answering phones, helping teachers, and filling in when called upon. They have a can do and will attitude and get it all done with a calm and gentle demeanor. Recently, they both helped our families that were not able to attend our Tiger Fest event (Orientation) fill out forms to ensure our students would have a schedule and locker. Even with the high volume of families coming in, they made sure each visitor got the quality of care and attention needed to feel valued and included in the process. Overall, Karla and Juanita's positive attitudes, helpful approach, and ability to take on new challenges serves as the catalyst that creates a vibrant and welcoming environment that permeates the entire Twain community. They have formed and maintained warm, respectful, relationship with students, staff, families, and other members of the Twain community. Twain is very fortunate to have Karla and Juanita as the faces of Twain, always ready to extend a friendly warm welcome to FCPS students and families!"

Brenda Mejia, Twain MS 

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