Outstanding School-based Operational Employee, Finalists, and School Recipients

The outstanding school-based operational employees recognized for 2021

2021 Outstanding School-Based Operational Employee 

wanda talfordWanda V. Talford
Instructional Assistant
Burke School, Region 4

Students refer to Ms. Talford as the “Burke Mom,” as her calm demeanor, equitable approach, and instructional skills help them to flourish. Ms. Talford is a unique and exceptional paraeducator who is recognized for her collaborative spirit, content knowledge, and behavior management skills. Her positive attitude, dedication to student success, and organizational abilities make her a regular candidate for positions of leadership, including After School Program Coordinator, new staff mentor, and Equity Team member. Ms. Talford strives to celebrate student diversity within Burke School and to enrich learning with responsive approaches. Trained in cultural proficiency practices, she provides critical support to staff in their efforts to ensure that equity is at the center of teaching throughout the school.

2021 Outstanding School-Based Operational Employee Finalist 

Afifa BoltèAfifa Boltè
Parent Liaison
Parklawn Elementary School, Region 2

Afifa Boltè has been a dedicated parent liaison at Parklawn Elementary for seven years. She believes highly in the importance of building relationships, and her fluency in Arabic and Spanish further assists in building capacity to support families and students. Afifa has strong community partnerships which help her connect parents with resources and advocate for the unique needs of our community. She is passionate about going above and beyond to educate families and ensure all students have their basic physical, emotional, and educational needs met. The Parklawn teachers and staff value Afifa as a true partner in our school’s mission: Welcome. Engage. Educate.

2021 Outstanding School-Based Operational Employee Finalist    

a photo of jayme harrisMekdesse Ellison
Student Information Assistant
Groveton Elementary School, Region 3

Mekdesse has a way of making everyone that she encounters feel welcomed. Kind, humble and hardworking are just a few of the words staff would use to describe her. Her smile and thoughtful demeanor encourage positivity in every setting she encounters. Mekdesse believes that everyone should be treated with respect and compassion, and she practices that through her daily interactions with families when enrolling students for school. Understanding that everyone’s background and situations are different, she does her best to be flexible and supportive while trying to make families feel comfortable during the enrollment process. Mekdesse is someone who dedicates herself to her work wholeheartedly and will not hesitate to offer assistance in any way she can.

2021 Outstanding School-Based Operational Employee Finalist 

Ileana Z. GarciaIleana Z. Garcia
Parent Liaison
Dunn Loring Center, Non-Region

Ileana makes a difference in her students’ lives. With a contagious smile and love for students and their families, Ileana is an inspiration. Her motto is “Changing lives, one smile at a time!”. An immigrant and mother, Ileana understands the challenges that these parents face. These challenges are what motivated her to become a parent liaison. More than just a liaison, Ileana is a cultural bridge between school staff and parents from differing backgrounds and cultures. She built this bridge through the care and compassion that she has for her students and their parents. Ileana’s work would not be possible without the help of her teammates. Through this support, Ileana is able to reach families in the most successful way possible.

2021 Outstanding School-Based Operational Employee Finalist    

Ana Julia MaxeyAna Julia Maxey
Parent Liaison
Lanier Middle School, Region 5

Ana Maxey is a dynamic, results-oriented advocate for students and their families at Lanier Middle School. She consistently goes above and beyond for our students, families, and community. Her work is defined by keeping equity at the center of everything she does. Ana works tirelessly and relentlessly to ensure all families feel connected, supported and part of the school community. She does anything she can to drive student success, family collaboration and high levels of learning for all. She embodies what it means to have a successful school and home partnership for students and to see the importance of school in the development of a child.

2021 Outstanding School-Based Operational Employee Finalist 

Celia Gomez OseguedaCelia Gomez Osegueda
Custodian II
Dogwood Elementary School, Region 1

Celia is incredibly kind, caring, hard-working, and highly respected among the staff, students, and families of the Dogwood community. She is a champion of the students and easily builds relationships with them. She is a trusted adult for many, especially native Spanish-speakers and new-to-the-country students. Celia also forms meaningful relationships with parents and families, who seek out connections with her as a trusted member of the school community. She takes pride in leading the increased cleaning and disinfection of the building to ensure that Dogwood did not have any cases of COVID-19 during the height of the global pandemic. Her care for the students, staff, and families is unmatched, she is truly a treasure to Dogwood Elementary School.

2021 Outstanding School-Based Operational Employee School Recipients

  • Beech Tree Elementary School
    • Armando Sanchez, Custodian II
  • Bonnie Brae Elementary School
    • Kay Shallal, Instructional Assistant
  • Bren Mar Park Elementary School
    • Houria Rayasse, Kindergarten Assistant
  • Bryant High School
    • Debra Richards, Finance Technician
  • Bull Run Elementary School
    • Geri Zahreddine, Instructional Assistant
  • Burke School
    • Wanda Talford, Instructional Assistant*
  • Bush Hill Elementary School
    • Kelly Hakenson, Instructional Assistant
  • Camelot Elementary School
    • Jessica Vergara, Office Assistant
  • Cameron Elementary School
    • Sabina Rahman, Food Services Kitchen Manager I
  • Canterbury Woods Elementary School
    • Debbie Rozek, Instructional Assistant
  • Cardinal Forest Elementary School
    • Amneh Hindiyeh, Instructional Assistant
  • Centre Ridge Elementary School
    • Suzann Hott, Office Assistant
  • Centreville Elementary School
    • Jean Dellinger, Instructional Assistant
  • Centreville High School
    • Fabienne Gustave, Instructional Assistant
  • Chantilly High School
    • Christy Skule, Administrative Assistant*
  • Cherry Run Elementary School
    • Dany Chiquillo, Custodian II
  • Chesterbrook Elementary School
    • M. Patricia Pence, Administrative Assistant
  • Churchill Road Elementary School
    • Christine Spencer Redding, Student Information Assistant I/II
  • Clearview Elementary School
    • Kerry Buss, Office Assistant
  • Clermont Elementary School
    • Amy Kaufman, Instructional Assistant*
  • Colin Powell Elementary School
    • Jill Apperson, Student Information Assistant
  • Cooper Middle School
    • Nancy Miner, Office Assistant
  • Crestwood Elementary School
    • Charlotte Bondurant, Office Assistant
  • Crossfield Elementary School
    • Gail Maloney, Instructional Assistant*
  • Daniels Run Elementary School
    • Araceli Nunez, Student Information Assistant
  • Davis Career Center
    • Alexandra Kolovos, Public Health Training Assistant
  • Dogwood Elementary School
    • Celia Osegueda, Custodian II*
  • Dranesville Elementary School
    • Mariela Bradley, Administrative Assistant
  • Eagle View Elementary School
    • Sarah Beatty, Instructional Assistant
  • Edison High School
    • Samuel Agyapong, Custodian
  • Fairfax County Adult High School
    • Ellen Jenkins, Finance Assistant I/II
  • Fairfax High School
    • Jennifer Spencer, Instructional Assistant
  • Fairfax Villa Elementary School
    • Karen Wells, Administrative Assistant II
  • Fairhill Elementary School
    • Amy Spector, Student Information Assistant
  • Fairview Elementary School
    • Sarah Fuller, Student Information Assistant
  • Falls Church High School
    • Glendi Cabrera Hernandez, Office Assistant*
  • Floris Elementary School
    • Rozina Patel, Instructional Assistant
  • Forestdale Elementary School
    • Jeanne Igo, Kindergarten Assistant
  • Fort Belvoir Primary School
    • Jessica Sims, Student Information Assistant
  • Fort Hunt Elementary School
    • William Hurd, Kindergarten Instructional Assistant
  • Franconia Elementary School
    • Martha McCash, Student Information Assistant
  • Franklin Middle School
    • Laurie Cacner, Instructional Assistant
  • Freedom Hill Elementary School
    • Sey-Lu Sujo Romero, Student Information Assistant
  • Garfield Elementary School
    • Fernando Molina, Building Supervisor
  • Glasgow Middle School
    • Odir Morales, Building Supervisor
  • Great Falls Elementary School
    • Heather Zahory, Public Health Training Attendant*
  • Greenbriar East Elementary School
    • Heather Williams, Administrative Assistant
  • Greenbriar West Elementary School
    • Patty Li, Student Information Assistant
  • Groveton Elementary School
    • Mekdesse Ellison, Student Information Assistant*
  • Gunston Elementary School
    • Amanda Espinola, Kindergarten Instructional Assistant*
  • Halley Elementary School
    • Nicole Kendall, Student Information Assistant
  • Haycock Elementary School
    • Marah Rockhold, Instructional Assistant
  • Hayfield Elementary School
    • Selene Galeas, Instructional Assistant
  • Hayfield Secondary School
    • Anita Mitchell, Administrative Assistant I
  • Herndon High School
    • Beverly Barr, Student Information Assistant*
  • Hollin Meadows Elementary School
    • Samuel Kent, Instructional Assistant
  • Holmes Middle School
    • Berta Stamp, Parent Liaison
  • Hughes Middle School
    • Marion Perry, Administrative Assistant II
  • Hunters Woods Elementary School for the Arts & Sciences
    • Linda Paladeau, Office Assistant
  • Hutchison Elementary School
    • Maureen Griffin, Administrative Assistant 1
  • Interagency Alternative Schools
    • Ileana Garcia, Parent Liaison*
  • Irving Middle School
    • Karen Byer-Storch, Instructional Assistant
  • Justice High School
    • Madeline Orozco, Administrative Assistant
  • Kent Gardens Elementary School
    • Eric Banga, Building Supervisor
  • Key Center
    • Anastasia Kosmakos, Public Health Training Assistant
  • Key Middle School
    • Monique Borthayre-Dignan, Parent Liaison
  • Kilmer Center
    • Sonia Byrd, Public Health Training Assistant
  • Lake Anne Elementary School
    • Sue Garrison, Office Assistant
  • Lake Braddock Secondary School
    • Julie Moore, Administrative Assistant
  • Lane Elementary School
    • Barbara Vernem, Instructional Assistant
  • Langley High School
    • Kwok W. Chan, Food Services Worker
  • Lanier Middle School
    • Ana J. Maxey, Parent Liaison*
  • Lees Corner Elementary School
    • Lynn Lull, Kindergarten Assistant
  • Lewis High School
    • Courtney Woods, Instructional Assistant
  • Little Run Elementary School
    • Marianne McLaughlin, Administrative Assistant II
  • Lorton Station Elementary School
    • Lisa O’Dell Boettinger, Administrative Assistant II
  • Louise Archer Elementary School       
    • Jane Ann Satterfield, Office Assistant
  • Lynbrook Elementary School
    • Rosie Pecoraro Rossi, Office Assistant
  • Mantua Elementary School
    • Luis Uribe Gamboa, Parent Liaison
  • Marshall High School
    • Jacob Fischer, Instructional Assistant
  • Marshall Road Elementary School
    • Yahaira Balverde-Torres, Instructional Assistant
  • McLean High School
    • Jennifer Hill, Finance Technician*
  • McNair Elementary School
    • Bashra Tanveer, Kindergarten Assistant
  • McNair Upper Elementary School
    • Preety Chirimar, Instructional Assistant
  • Mosby Woods Elementary School
    • Marcy Katzman, Office Assistant
  • Mount Eagle Elementary School
    • Dominique DeLaRosa, Instructional Assistant
  • Mount Vernon High School
    • Sinat Le, Custodian II
  • Mount Vernon Woods Elementary School
    • Carmen J. Little, Parent Liaison*
  • Mountain View High School
    • Maria Lopez Reyna, Parent Liaison
  • Oak Hill Elementary School
    • Lorraine Colavito, Instructional Assistant
  • Oakton High School
    • Scott Giambattista, Safety & Security Assistant
  • Olde Creek Elementary School
    • Lisa Goodwin, Instructional Assistant
  • Orange Hunt Elementary School
    • Ann Prentice, Administrative Assistant II*
  • Parklawn Elementary School
    • Afifa Boltè, Parent Liaison*
  • Poe Middle School
    • Patricia Ramirez, Parent Liaison
  • Poplar Tree Elementary School
    • Debbie Kopel, Instructional Assistant
  • Providence Elementary School
    • Barbara King, Administrative Assistant
  • Quander Road School
    • Elnora Rose, Office Assistant
  • Ravensworth Elementary School
    • Kim Federico, Instructional Assistant
  • Riverside Elementary School
    • Lucy Amoah, Building Supervisor
  • Robinson Secondary School
    • Maria Sonia Calles, Assistant Building Supervisor*
  • Rolling Valley Elementary School
    • Laura Vargas, Office Assistant
  • Sandburg Middle School
    • Judy Courtien, Instructional Assistant
  • Sangster Elementary School
    • Debra Hoke, Administrative Assistant
  • Saratoga Elementary School
    • Connie Gibson, Administrative Assistant II
  • Shrevewood Elementary School
    • Gloria Camacho, Building Supervisor
  • Silverbrook Elementary School
    • Lori Hollenbeck, Instructional Assistant*
  • Sleepy Hollow Elementary School
    • Yenis Rivera Araujo, Building Supervisor
  • South County High School
    • Dennis White, Operating Engineer
  • South County Middle School
    • Harold Simmons, Building Supervisor
  • South Lakes High School
    • Angel Scott, Administrative Assistant III
  • Springfield Estates Elementary School
    • Ruben Velez, Building Supervisor
  • Stone Middle School
    • Amy Copeland, Student Services Assistant*
  • Stratford Landing Elementary School
    • Nasreen Kazmi, Instructional Assistant
  • Sunrise Valley Elementary School
    • Christie Panameno, Student Information Assistant
  • Terraset Elementary School
    • Lucia Steiner, Instructional Assistant
  • Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology
    • Margaret Wilson, Administrative Assistant*
  • Twain Middle School
    • Mario Flores, Assistant Building Supervisor
  • Union Mill Elementary School
    • Leah Milla, Student Information Assistant*
  • Vienna Elementary School
    • Chao-An Ling, Instructional Assistant
  • Virginia Run Elementary School
    • Constance Hall, Instructional Assistant
  • Wakefield Forest Elementary School
    • Marina Hincapie, Kindergarten Assistant
  • West Potomac High School
    • Kitty St. John, Instructional Assistant
  • West Springfield Elementary School
    • Asma Elakari, Instructional Assistant
  • West Springfield High School
    • Kristin Salvato, Administrative Assistant I
  • Westbriar Elementary School
    • Anna Preston, Instructional Assistant
  • Westfield High School
    • Susan O’Keefe, Administrative Assistant
  • Westgate Elementary School
    • Brandy Campbell, Administrative Assistant*
  • Weyanoke Elementary School
    • Sandra Roldan Lloret, Parent Liaison
  • Whitman Middle School
    • Joanna Ocasio, Student Services Assistant
  • Willow Springs Elementary School
    • Karen Rice, Kindergarten Assistant
  • Woodburn School for the Fine & Communicative Arts
    • Thomas Edmund Karnis, Instructional Assistant
  • Woodley Hills Elementary School Tia Johnson, Instructional Assistant Stephanie Samples, Instructional Assistant

* Denotes Pyramid-Level Recipient

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