Excellence Awards

Recognizing Employees Committed to Excellence, Equity, and Opportunity

Recognizing Employees Committed to Excellence, Equity, and Opportunity

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.

2024 Award Categories

  • Collaboration and Partnerships: Develops influential partnerships with parents, businesses, and community organizations; fosters collaboration across schools, offices, and/or departments; utilizes internal and external resources and expertise to bolster student learning and promote the success of students and staff.
  • Equity and Cultural Responsiveness: Demonstrates cultural responsiveness in building relationships and leverages impact to address systemic equity challenges; engages in reflection to craft culturally responsive solutions that eliminate barriers; promotes equity and inclusivity for those in marginalized or underrepresented groups.
  • Innovation and Improvement: Exhibits a commitment to innovation and transformation; effectively implements new initiatives that have a broad impact on FCPS students, staff, and/or the community. 
  • Student Achievement and Success: Implements strategies to actively engage students in the learning process; creates opportunities of ownership in academic activities and discussions; promotes an inclusive and supportive learning environment where all students are valued and supported. 

2023 Excellence Award Recipients

This year’s Excellence Award Recipients were recognized at an October 11, 2023, ceremony at Fairfax High School. 

Growth Category

Individual Award Recipients
  • Kelly Herring - School Based Technology Specialist, Coates Elementary School
  • Kirsten Maloney - Coordinator IV, Advanced Academics, Instructional Services
  • Jessica Nelson - Title I Resource Teacher, Woodburn Elementary School, Instructional Services
  • Amy Parmentier - Director of Student Services, Chantilly High School
  • Carlos F. Perez - Financial Analyst I, Information Technology
  • Christina Prishack - Alternative School Teacher, School Improvement and Supports
  • Mary-Lynn Robosky - Manager, Curriculum Integration and Support, Instructional Services
  • Julie Tiss - Career and Transition Teacher, Instructional Services
  • Brad Weiner - Educational Specialist, Adapted Physical Education, Special Services

Team Award Recipients

Brookfield Literacy Leaders

  • Stephanie Carr, Anna Lyn Copeland, and Donna Johansen Cross

Data Team, Office of School Support 

  • Luke Tonia, Katrina Tran, Marissa Troiano-Yang, Peter D. Wolf, and Heather Ziab

Madison High School MAD Wings Team

  • Heather Allen, Beth Blankenship, Loveisa Clark, Miguel Fernandez, Maria Frantzen, Maya Gueron, Anita Hartley, Virginia Keel, Janice W. Metz, Penelope Panzer, Michael Rath, Derrick Rauenzahn, and Marit Rowland

Impact On Others Category

Individual Award Recipients
  • Sabrina Clarke - Food Services Kitchen Manager Sandburg Middle School
  • Kristin Dougherty - Educational Specialist, Out-of-School Support, School Improvement and Supports
  • Engy Fanos - Administrative Assistant III, Chief Equity Office
  • Elizabeth Flaherty - Student Information Assistant, Willow Springs Elementary School
  • Rebecca Gentry - Resource Teacher, Instructional Services
  • Brandi Kapusta - Office Assistant, Brookfield Elementary School
  • Chrissy Kelley - Systems of Support Advisor, South Lakes High School
  • Elizabeth Mohaupt - Substance Abuse Prevention Specialist, Special Services
  • Jenna Reeder - Educational Specialist, Staff Development and Training, Strategy, Planning, and Learning
  • George Saad - Project Liaison, Transportation Operations, Chief Operating Office
  • Tim Spicer - Health and Physical Education Teacher, Katherine Johnson Middle School
  • Jean Welsh - Project Manager, Information Technology

Team Award Recipients

Family Resource Center Team

  • Amal Elsayed, Mary Beth Harrison-Cunningham, and Lisa R. Milman

Quander Road Security Team

  • Ray Pincham, Marco R. Washington, and Jeremy Wiles

Innovation Category

Individual Award Recipients
  • Joe Houston - Coordinator III, Human Resources FASTeam, Human Resources
  • Ken Mai - Risk Analyst II, Financial Services

Team Award Recipients

Annandale Terrace TV News Sponsors

  • Jamiah Harrison, Ashley Ireland, and Maria Pezzuti

Chantilly Pyramid Spotlight on Learning: Portrait of a Graduate Planning Team

  • Anne Baker, Moonhee Doan, Meg Dombro, Kevin Feighery, Leslie Leisey, Mike Lis, Emily Phelan, Lisa Prillaman, Charlotte Quigley, Beth Robertson, Margaret Sisler, Kariann Stanton, and Emily Texdahl

On-Time Graduation Dashboard Team

  • Sania Ahmad, Lauren Crispino, Stephanie J. Gray, Erik Healey, Charles Hom, Ryan Howell, Denise Lee, Joan Lee, Brendan Martin, Sara Masluk, Trent Middleton, Heather A. Thomas, Kyle Varholak Jimenez, and Harry Wolin

Portrait of a Graduate Presentations of Learning Innovations Team

  • Christie Day, Courtney Klein, Nishi Langhorne, Jeff Lonnett, Abbey Miller, and Mary-Lynn Robosky

Student Equity Ambassador Leaders (SEALS) Coordinators

  • Raven A. Compton and Rob Kerr

West Springfield High School Spartan Tech Team

  • Betsy Fawsett, Julie Halse, Miriam S. Lynch and Jerry Mason

Student Achievement Category

Individual Award Recipients
  • Susanne Cook - Speech Language Pathologist, Lake Braddock Secondary School, Special Services
  • Kevin Greata - Assistant Principal, Fairfax High School
  • Charles Hom - Educational Specialist, Professional Development, School Improvement and Supports
  • Alisa J. Pappas - Title I Resource Teacher, Groveton Elementary School, Instructional Services
  • Quinton Tucker, Jr. - Learning Disabilities Teacher, Terraset Elementary School
  • Rebecca Van Vranken - ESOL Teacher, McLean High School

Team Award Recipients

Frost Intervention Specialist Team

  • Crystal Hurley and Hannah Warnick

2023 Individual Award Winners

Learn more about this year's recipients.

Current Employees

Current employees can learn eligibility, criteria, the nomination process, and the selection process on the FCPS Employee Hub.

Employees, Applicants, and Retirees

Submit questions or concerns, as well as upload forms and other documents through the FCPS StaffConnect portal. Human Resources representatives are also available for assistance Monday – Friday (8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) by calling 571-423-3000 or 1-800-831-4331.