Excellence Awards

Recognizing Multiple Pathways to Excellence

Recognizing Multiple Pathways to Excellence

These awards celebrate the efforts and achievements of employees whose job performance produces exceptional results that support the mission and vision of FCPS. The Excellence Awards recognize multiple pathways to results by using nomination categories based on the school system’s goals.

Award Categories

  • Growth: Contributes to the development and/or improvement of programs, services, or curriculum; fosters staff growth, effectiveness, or professional development.
  • Impact on Others: Develops successful partnerships and outreach to parents, businesses, or neighborhoods; provides community services or service learning projects; displays outstanding responsiveness, customer service, or customer satisfaction.
  • Innovation: Contributes to efficiency or effectiveness through cost savings, creativity, or problem-solving; develops new ideas that show promise for a broad impact to FCPS.
  • Student Achievement: Contributes to student success by closing achievement gaps, measuring progress/using assessments, implementing interventions, or student engagement.

Nominating an Employee for an Excellence Award

Any FCPS employee may nominate an employee for an Excellence Award. To learn more about the program or to nominate, please visit our Excellence Awards page on our Intranet site (VPN access may be required).

2017 Recipients

73 employees were recognized at this year's Excellence Awards ceremony.

Individual Winners


  • Laura Adler, School-Based Technology Specialist, Woodlawn Elementary School

  • Matthew Hupp, ESOL Teacher, Springfield Estates, Elementary School

Impact on Others

  • Berneatta Barnes, Chemistry Teacher, Edison High School

  • Nicole Bracken, School-Based Technology Specialist, Key Center

  • Pamela Galietta, School-Based Technology Specialist, Rocky Run Middle School

  • Sandy Kretzer, Coordinator IV, Technology Architecture & Assessment, Wilton Woods Center

  • Angela Newsome, Family Services Technician, Alan Leis Center

  • Sean Petitt, Food Services Kitchen Manager, Gatehouse Administration Center

Student Achievement

  • Sharlean Grinups, Health and Physical Education Teacher, Westfield High School

  • Ellen Lewis, Reading Teacher, Springfield Estates Elementary School

Team Winners


  • Advanced Academic Program Office Team

    • Elizabeth Baldwin, Lorraine Bedsole, Kelly Brown, Oscar Calagua, Donna Lynn Cooper, Margot Dickey, Maria Espichan, Jeffrey Lonnett, Kirsten Maloney, Christopher Powell, Laura Trinh

  • Enterprise Messaging Team

    • Todd LeFort, Charles Wilford, Paul Zender

  • Lees Corner Elementary School 6th Grade Team

    • Kimberly Carter, Barbara Gillison, Anna Lazarus, Christine McLaughlin

  • Westfield ASCENT

    • Cortlyn Bristol, Mary Constantino, Jessica Finley, Rory McGlinnen

Impact on Others

  • Family Fitness 4 a Cause

    • Joshua Douds, Jennifer Murray, Dorothy Van Gorder

  • Virginia Run Book Mobile Team

    • Lauren Beebe & Rebecca Wyland


  • Chantilly High School Team

    • Caitlin Franks, Jason Franks, Teresa Johnson, Margaret Sisler

  • Edison Project Team

    • Jennifer Allard, Arturo Chirinos, Rachael Domer, Traci Drew, Deborah Guillen, Jenay Leach, Rose Moore, Salvatore Olivo, Darrell Pankratz, Amol Patel, Scott Settar, Erin Sylves

Student Achievement

  • Marshall High School English IB Language & Literature Team

    • Sharon Carser-Brown, Julie Curtin, Paul Fauteux, Brenna Killeen, Patrick Mohan, Samantha Nims

  • West Springfield High School Pyramid Math Team

    • Jennifer Allard, Shetha Baez, Sherri Berggren, Margaret Clark, James Conners, Donna Everritt, Elizabeth Fawsett, Sandy Kretzer, Katrina Lumbley, Rose Moore, Nicole Novak, Carrie Pecoraro, Lauren Rhoton, Elizabeth Rouse, Mildred Souders, Jacqueline Wagner, Jennifer Walker

  • View the photo gallery from the event

  • Read the profiles of this year's recipients (VPN access may be required)

  • View this year's honorable mentions (VPN access may be required)

HR Connection

Question for Human Resources? Submit it through the HR Connection portal or call 571-423-3000 or 1-800-831-4331.

Any FCPS employee may nominate an employee for an Excellence Award. To learn more about the program or to nominate, please visit our Excellence Awards page on our Intranet site (VPN access may be required).