Outstanding School-based Operational Employee Finalists and School Recipients

The outstanding school-based operational employees recognized for 2020

2020 Outstanding Operational Employee 

a photo of long vanLong Van
Building Supervisor
Camelot Elementary School, Region 2

Mr. Van came to Camelot as a Custodian II and soon became Building Supervisor due to his hard work and dedication. Mr. Van takes pride in maintaining a clean and safe school environment which makes our school shine. He has a strong work ethic and can be counted on to get the job done. He always goes above and beyond the task at hand. He works well with his custodial staff, and they respect him for his organizational skills and work experience. Mr. Van is very kind cares deeply about the staff and the students at Camelot. He enjoys assisting them in whatever way he can, and he is always positive!

 

2020 Outstanding Operational Employee Finalist      

a photo of jayme harrisAmbareen Benisch
Administrative Assistant I
Adult High School, Plum Center for Lifelong Learning, Non-Region

Ambareen began working with the Adult High School (AHS) in July of 2018, shortly after the merger of the AHS and the Transitional ESOL Programs. As the two programs were moving into the Plum Center as their new office base; Ambareen went above and beyond to set up the office to function smoothly while supporting four administrators. Ambareen was instrumental in assisting the team to hire numerous hourly evening teachers for the Diploma Completion Program and High School Equivalency Program within two short months. As both programs continue to grow progressively, Ambareen maintains a positive, inclusive, and productive office environment for all of FCAHS. Ambareen expertly juggles her many responsibilities with positivity and professionalism using expert organizational skills. 

 

2020 Outstanding Operational Employee Finalist

a photo of Ashli Matus GeorgeAshli Matus George
Instructional Assistant
Carson Middle School, Region 1

Positive, passionate, and giving her best, Ashli embodies the message to know “every student by name and by need.” Supporting English Learners in a variety of subjects, in a population of students struggling to find their sense of belonging and purpose in new physical, cultural, and educational surroundings, Ashli is there to help them. Students flock to her for kindness, a little tough love, and academic support. She connects with students, helping them “fix” things on their own, fueling their resilience. She has the utmost patience and enthusiasm, and models respect and caring for diversity and culture. “Ashli is instrumental in helping us support students, so they can discover the mystery of the world, grow, learn, and achieve.”

 

2020 Outstanding Operational Employee Finalist

a photo of Lindsey MillerLindsey Miller
Office Assistant
Whitman Middle School, Region 3

Upon entering Whitman, your attention will be immediately drawn to the Attendance Office, the central hub where students, parents, and staff congregate to find out what’s happening! Inside, you will find Lindsey with a friendly greeting and a smile on her face. She knows all 1000 students by name and is a second mom, calling to wake them up if they’ve overslept or storing a band instrument behind her desk. She is an integral member of the Multi-tiered Systems of Support (MTSS ) team, entering discipline data into SIS, and scheduling IEP meetings. She is the news liaison and yearbook sponsor and has helped countless students get connected through technology distribution during the pandemic closure. As one staff member stated, “Lindsey is the heart and soul of Whitman!”

 

2020 Outstanding Operational Employee Finalist

a photo of Jose L. Flores MorenoJose L. Flores Moreno
Student Information Assistant
Fairfax Villa Elementary School, Region 5

Jose is the person our school family consistently counts on – every day for every child at every opportunity! His commitment to building relationships with students, staff members, and the Fairfax Villa community is insurmountable. Bringing a unique background, perspective, and contribution to our school, he demonstrates his dedication to Fairfax Villa students by going above and beyond his duties as SIA. He teaches an EduFuturo class and facilitates in-person technology courses for our Spanish speaking families. Jose also develops and collaborates on student intervention programs to address absenteeism, and spends his lunch getting to know students with special needs who utilize alternative methods of communication every day. As one of our parents said, “There should be someone like him in every school office.” 

 

2020 Outstanding Operational Employee Finalist

a photo of Stephen SperoStephen Spero
Safety and Security Assistant
Irving Middle School, Region 4

Since starting at Irving Middle School, Steve has shown a sincere commitment to his role as Safety and Security Officer. Steve is one of the first ones to arrive each day and goes out of his way to greet the students and staff with a friendly smile. Mr. Spero has brought a wealth of experience and knowledge to Fairfax County Public Schools from his previous career, where he focused on the safety, security and well-being of juveniles, and their families within Fairfax County. Steve attended Irving Middle School and is a graduate of West Springfield High School. So, in addition to being able to continue his work with young adults, he is able to do so at one of his alma maters.  

 

2020 Outstanding School-based Operational Employee School Recipients

  • Aldrin Elementary School
    • Julia Dowsett, Office Assistant *
  • Annandale Terrace Elementary School
    • Cindy Rogers, Administrative Assistant
  • Bailey’s Elementary School
    • Amilcar Elias Markez, Instructional Assistant
  • Bailey's Upper Elementary School for the Arts and Sciences
    • Lucinda Del Carpio, Office Assistant
  • Beech Tree Elementary School
    • Susan Do, Student Information Assistant
  • Bonnie Brae Elementary School
    • Tina Fitzgerald, Instructional Assistant *
  • Bren Mar Park Elementary School
    • Sadida Chaudhry, Instructional Assistant
  • Brookfield Elementary School
    • Ayako Dolen, Instructional Assistant
  • Bucknell Elementary School
    • Carrie Bruce, Instructional Assistant
  • Bull Run Elementary School
    • Coral August, Office Assistant
  • Burke School
    • Wanda Talford, Instructional Assistant
  • Bush Hill Elementary School
    • Mariam Moerno Coto, Instructional Assistant
  • Camelot Elementary School
    • Long Van, Building Supervisor *
  • Cameron Elementary School
    • Ingrid McNealy, Parent Liaison
  • Canterbury Woods Elementary School
    • Victoria Okyere, Building Supervisor
  • Carson Middle School
    • Ashli Matus George, Instructional Assistant *
  • Centreville Elementary School
    • Cindy Yoo, Food Services Kitchen Manager I
  • Centreville High School
    • Mike Vencak, Safety and Security Assistant *
  • Chantilly High School
    • Alberto Sorto, Custodian I
  • Cherry Run Elementary School
    • Mary Holden, Instructional Assistant
  • Chesterbrook Elementary School
    • Dave Troskey, Student Information Assistant
  • Churchill Road Elementary School
    • Christine Spencer Redding, Student Information Assistant *
  • Clermont Elementary School
    • Lisa Gibson, Administrative Assistant *
  • Coates Elementary School
    • Solangie McPherson, Parent Liaison
  • Colin Powell Elementary School
    • Mary McMurrer, Instructional Assistant
  • Cooper Middle School
    • Jan Ahearn, Finance Technician
  • Crestwood Elementary School
    • Gina Jackson, Instructional Assistant
  • Crossfield Elementary School
    • Charlie Kim, Custodian II
  • Cub Run Elementary School
    • Dione Neely, Instructional Assistant
  • Cunningham Park Elementary School
    • Hellen Cortez, Parent Liaison
  • Daniels Run Elementary School
    • Richelle Brown, Family Resource Specialist
  • Davis Career Center
    • Helena Akther, Public Health Training Assistant
  • Dranesville Elementary School
    • Teresa King, Assistant Building Supervisor
  • Eagle View Elementary School
    • Christina Perry, Administrative Assistant
  • Edison High School
    • Suzanne Gouger, Student Information Assistant
  • Fairfax County Adult High School (FCAHS)
    • Ambareen Benisch, Administrative Assistant *
  • Fairfax High School
    • Craig Franklin, Administrative Assistant
  • Fairfax Villa Elementary School
    • Jose Flores, Student Information Assistant *
  • Fairhill Elementary School
    • Desirae Griffin, Instructional Assistant
  • Fairview Elementary School
    • Sarah Fuller, Student Information Assistant
  • Falls Church High School
    • Judy Anderson, Administrative Assistant
  • Flint Hill Elementary School
    • Lynne Kohls, Instructional Assistant
  • Floris Elementary School
    • Adrian Connor, Instructional Assistant
  • Forestdale Elementary School
    • Mary Koduah, Building Supervisor
  • Fort Belvoir Primary School
    • James Carter, Custodian
  • Fort Belvoir Upper Elementary School
    • Salma Barsha, Instructional Assistant
  • Fort Hunt Elementary School
    • Bill Hurd, Instructional Assistant
  • Franconia Elementary School
    • Amalia Izaguirre, Assistant Building Supervisor
  • Franklin Middle School
    • Norma Delgado, Building Supervisor
  • Franklin Sherman Elementary School
    • Steve Delgado, Building Supervisor *
  • Freedom Hill Elementary School
    • Katherine Cadena-Gonce, Office Assistant
  • Frost Middle School
    • Angela Aldave, Parent Liaison
  • Marshall High School
    • Elisabeth Barrand, Administrative Assistant
  • Glasgow Middle School
    • Gloria Anchundia, Office Assistant
  • Greenbriar West Elementary School
    • Cindy Dall, Administrative Assistant
  • Haycock Elementary School
    • Blanca Larco, Building Supervisor
  • Hayfield Elementary School
    • Theresa Almeida, Instructional Assistant
  • Hayfield Secondary School
    • David Abella, Instructional Assistant *
  • Herndon Elementary School
    • Carmen Arrieta, Office Assistant
  • Herndon High School
    • Fatima Mejia, Administrative Assistant
  • Hollin Meadows Elementary School
    • Cassandra Jackson, Administrative Assistant
  • Holmes Middle School
    • Kelvin Branch, Instructional Assistant
  • Hughes Middle School
    • Myrlin Daniel, Instructional Assistant
  • Hunters Woods Elementary School
    • Ana Mercedes, Custodian
  • Irving Middle School
    • Steve Spero, Safety and Security Assistant *
  • Island Creek Elementary School
    • Janice Lowe, Instructional Assistant
  • James Madison High School
    • Victoria Noyes, Administrative Assistant *
  • Justice High School
    • Jocelyn Ayala, Instructional Assistant
  • Keene Mill Elementary School
    • Christine Franco, Student Information Assistant
  • Kent Gardens Elementary School
    • Eric Banga, Building Supervisor
  • Key Center
    • Shannon Hacker, Public Health Training Assistant
  • Key Middle School
    • Vanessa Jackson, Custodian
  • Kilmer Center
    • Hye Chae, Public Health Training Assistant *
  • Kilmer Middle School
    • Kim Gilmore, Safety and Security Assistant
  • Kings Glen Elementary School
    • Nancy Mishoe, Instructional Assistant
  • Kings Park Elementary School
    • Monica Harmon, Kindergarten Assistant
  • Lake Anne Elementary School
    • David Dilldine, Instructional Assistant *
  • Lake Braddock Secondary School
    • Denise Steene, Instructional Assistant
  • Langley High School
    • Betsy Shomaker, Office Assistant
  • Lanier Middle School
    • Lea Im, Administrative Assistant *
  • Laurel Hill Elementary School
    • Mary Trippe Everett, Instructional Assistant
  • Lees Corner Elementary School
    • Maria Ascencio, Custodian
  • Lemon Road Elementary School
    • Summer Donaldson, Instructional Assistant
  • Lewis High School
    • Linda Lloyd, Instructional Assistant
  • Liberty Middle School
    • Sharon Stemme, Administrative Assistant
  • London Towne Elementary School
    • Tryste Abu-Hassan, Instructional Assistant
  • Longfellow Middle School
    • Juana Perrault, Office Assistant
  • Louise Archer Elementary School
    • Jane Ann Satterfield, Office Assistant
  • Luther Jackson Middle School
    • Van Shawver, Finance Technician
  • Lynbrook Elementary
    • Elizabeth Caruso, Instructional Assistant *
  • Mantua Elementary Schoo
    •  Barbara Hinton, Office Assistant
  • Marshall Road Elementary School
    • Michelle Koshuta, Student Information Assistant
  • McLean High School
    • Dien Suong Le, Custodian II
  • Mosby Woods Elementary School
    • Maria Chacon-Sosa, Instructional Assistant
  • Mount Vernon High School
    • Jacqueline Ventura, Administrative Assistant
  • Mount Vernon Woods Elementary School
    • Betty Hall, Office Assistant
  • Mountain View Alternative High School
    • Angela Almond, Building Supervisor
  • Navy Elementary School
    • James Johnson, Building Supervisor
  • Newington Forest Elementary School
    • Joan DeLaurentis, Kindergarten Assistant *
  • North Springfield Elementary School
    • Marta Torres, Instructional Assistant
  • Oak Hill Elementary School
    • Billy Germain, Instructional Assistant
  • Oak View Elementary School
    • Amy Bew, Kindergarten Assistant
  • Oakton High School
    • Matt Calvert, Instructional Assistant
  • Olde Creek Elementary School
    • Tatiana Bell, Food Services Kitchen Manager
  • Orange Hunt Elementary School
    • Ann Prentice, Administrative Assistant
  • Parklawn Elementary School
    • Maria Galo, Building Supervisor *
  • Pine Spring Elementary School
    • Barbara Hiltz, Administrative Assistant
  • Poplar Tree Elementary School
    • Mary Farris, Instructional Assistant
  • Providence Elementary School
    • Pam Wagner, Instructional Assistant
  • Riverside Elementary School
    • Ana Chavez, Administrative Assistant
  • Robinson Secondary School
    • Lisa Lauria Gould, Administrative Assistant
  • Rocky Run Middle School
    • AJ Ries, Administrative Assistant *
  • Rolling Valley Elementary School
    • Mary Beth Vaughn, Student Information Assistant
  • Rose Hill Elementary School
    • Rangashri Potlouri, Instructional Assistant
  • Sangster Elementary School
    • Kimberly Schweizer, Kindergarten Assistant
  • Saratoga Elementary School
    • Connie Gibson, Administrative Assistant
  • Silverbrook Elementary School
    • Jennifer McCord, Office Assistant
  • Sleepy Hollow Elementary School
    • Mark Blecker, Instructional Assistant
  • South County High School
    • Deb Boullianne, Administrative Assistant
  • South County Middle School
    • Leslie McAndrew, Office Assistant
  • South Lakes High School
    • Leah Mitchell, Administrative Assistant
  • Springfield Estates Elementary School
    • Christy Phillips, Instructional Assistant
  • Stone Middle School
    • Richard Ward, Building Supervisor *
  • Terra Centre Elementary School
    • Tammy Bochatey, Food Services Kitchen Manager
  • Terraset Elementary School
    • Brian Linovitz, Instructional Assistant
  • Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology
    • Charles Phillips, Safety and Security Assistant *
  • Timber Lane Elementary School
    • Judy Roberts, Instructional Assistant
  • Twain Middle School
    • Ellen Giblin, Office Assistant
  • Wakefield Forest Elementary School
    • Elsy Rivera Portillo, Assistant Building Supervisor
  • Waynewood Elementary School
    •  Phyllis Boggs, Kindergarten Assistant
  • West Potomac High School
    • Paul Farrow, Operating Engineer *
  • West Springfield Elementary School
    • Nina M. Barkley, Administrative Assistant
  • West Springfield High School
    • William Langloh, Safety and Security Assistant
  • Westbriar Elementary School
    • Robin Gourley, Kindergarten Assistant
  • Westfield High School
    • Jen Brunner, Administrative Assistant
  • Westgate Elementary School
    • Amy Burk, School-Based Technology Specialist
  • Westlawn Elementary School
    • Luis Guerra, Custodian
  • Weyanoke Elementary School
    • Sandra Wiggins, Instructional Assistant *
  • White Oaks Elementary School
    • Adorin Dickson, Custodian *
  • Whitman Middle School
    • Lindsey Miller, Office Assistant *
  • Woodley Hills Elementary School
    • Idalia Navarrete, Office Assistant
  • Woodson High School
    • Jackie O'Brien, Administrative Assistant

* Denotes Pyramid-Level Recipient

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