Outstanding Nonschool-based Support Employee and Finalists

The finalists for the 2017 Outstanding Nonschool-based Support Employee Award

2017 Outstanding Nonschool-based Support Employee a picture of andre marshall

André Marshall, Warehouse Assistant Supervisor, Financial Services, Forte Center

Whether it’s tables and chairs, science kits or wrestling mats, André makes sure schools have what they need so they can focus on students. As he has been saying for the past 28 years, “it’s all about the kids.” André is also a certified forklift trainer. In addition to training the Forte staff, he also trains staff across the division, including staff in food and nutrition, student testing and the instructional services warehouse. André is the recipient of many FCPS employee commendations, but his colleagues say what they appreciate about him the most is his infectious positive attitude and exceptional work ethic.

 

 

2017 Outstanding Support Employee Finalist

Steven Brown, HVAC Technician II, Facilities and Transportation Services, Sideburn Support Centera picture of steven brown

Steve is famous among his FCPS colleagues for many things, especially the sausage-gravy fried potatoes, and fried chicken he cooks to support Sideburn’s blood drives. Words such as, innovative, resourceful, funny, gentleman, integrity have all been used to describe Steve. Whether it’s improving HVAC cleaning processes or solving problems that leave others stumped, his primary motivation is to maintain healthy learning environments and keep schools safe for students and staff. Steve has been with FCPS for 33 years (minus two years as a retiree) and has received numerous service awards and accolades.

 

 

2017 Outstanding Support Employee Finalist

Bill Carder, Transportation Supervisor, Facilities and Transportation Services, Stonecroft Transportation Centera picture of bill cardner

Four years ago, William turned lemons into lemonade. Due to budget constraints, Fairfax County Police had to withdraw funding for a school bus safety education program, leaving Transportation with the problem of supporting this important safety program that benefits students. William suggested a golf tournament that would eventually raise $26,000 for the camp. Called the Sunshine Open, William and his colleagues have organized the tournament every year since its inception, and each year it grows in success. Now, Transportation not only has enough money to fund the bus safety program, it also covers some of the costs for training and materials and awards eight FCPS seniors with $1000 scholarships toward their post-secondary education.

 

 

2017 Outstanding Support Employee Finalist

Brenda Collins, Business Operations Assistant, Human Resources, Gatehouse Administration Centera picture of brenda collins

Brenda is a self-proclaimed ‘behind the scenes’ kind of person. She moves through her day with quiet humility, providing exemplary customer service with a friendly and calm demeanor, and pitching-in whenever colleagues need help. Brenda organizes the summer hiring of more than 100 students for the summer camps hosted at FCPS schools. She streamlined this process by guiding students through the hiring process and arranging employment processing at the schools – saving parents and students time by not requiring them to appear at Gatehouse for onboarding. Brenda is respected by her colleagues who enjoy her sense of humor and generous attitude. “When I think of exemplary customer service, Brenda always comes to mind,” said one.

 

 

2017 Outstanding Support Employee Finalist

Hank Garrett, Administrative Building Support, Special Services, Virginia Hills Centera picture of hank garrett

When Henry, or Hank as he is known to his colleagues, first arrived at Virginia Hills Center, he toured the building, introduced himself and asked if everything was in working order. When Hank heard about a window air conditioning unit in one of the offices hadn’t been functioning for several years, he had it replaced within weeks. Hank also supports his colleagues by volunteering to help them set up conference rooms, confirms the electronics required for their meetings are working and delivers the mail. He is a welcoming, conscientious employee who goes out of his way to ensure that Virginia Hills Center is a safe, clean and beautiful workspace for all.

 

 

2017 Outstanding Support Employee Finalist

Evelyn Morgan, Business Operations Assistant, ERFC, Forbes Placea picture of evelyn morgan

Signing up for retirement benefits, or thinking of retiring? Then, Evelyn, a business operations assistant with the Educational Employees’ Supplementary Retirement System of Fairfax County (ERFC) is here to help. Whether it’s explaining retirement benefits to teachers just starting their careers, or discussing the retirement process to employees in the twilight of theirs, Evelyn does so with a “wonderfully dry sense of humor,” and a straightforward approach. Her colleagues commend her generosity, and note Evelyn is always available to help out and share what she’s learned over her 20-year career.

 

 

2017 Outstanding Support Employee Finalist

Esther Schlobach, Management Technician, Information Technology, Nancy Sprague Technology Centera picture of esther schlonbach

As a shared employee between Integrated Technology Services and Project Management Services, Esther is known as a master of logistics and planning. She took the initiative to learn MyTime and ensure the pilot in her department ran smoothly. Esther is equally well regarded by the external community. “You are the one reason I always know that Nancy Sprague Tech Center will be, for every election, one of the best polling places in the county,” wrote the Chief Election Officer. She also supports the well-being of her colleagues and is a member of the Sprague Sunshine Committee. Esther is one of those employees who “believes in the value of people and is constantly in service to others,” said one colleague.

 

 

2017 Outstanding Support Employee Finalist

Karin Valentino, Adult and Community Education, (ACE) Operations Supervisor, Plum Center for Lifelong Learninga picture of karin valentino

Karin is an exemplary employee who is generous with her time and experience; especially, with junior colleagues and new employees seeking advice and guidance. She is always the first to volunteer to take on more responsibility and invests herself completely in every assignment. Karin has a deep understanding of the ACE program and its mission; ensuring students receive excellent customer service and the best possible educational opportunities. “I continue to be thankful each day for coworkers like Karin who are of such a high caliber, and hold themselves to such high standards. I hope to continue working with Karin for many more years,” wrote a colleague.

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