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Here in ACPS we love our employees! Here are some of the statements people shared during this school year’s “We Notice”: A​dam Mohr (Agnor Hurt Elementary School) Adam, Your interactions with students builds trust, confidence, humor, and lasting relationships. You consistently go above and beyond for our students, team, and families. Allyson Henschel (Agnor Hurt Elementary School) Allyson has great respect for children and adults. She works hard every day to help every child develop and learn to the best of their ability. Anna Balazs (Cale Elementary School) Mrs. Balazs is really nice, and she's a GREAT librarian. She encourages us to read, and she gives our assignments to do on computers. Anne Fox (Agnor Hurt Elementary School) Anne has worked with us to get him the motivation and encouragement he needs/needed to get him reading. Apirl Barefoot (Agnor Hurt Elementary School) She is kind & really smart. April Barefoot (Agnor Hurt Elementary School) I picked Mrs.barefoot because she is my teacher and she is cool and nice. April Barefoot (Agnor Hurt Elementary School) Mrs.Barefoot is supporting me to do math and she helped me learn math and make math more sense. April Barefoot (Agnor Hurt Elementary School) She is one of the best teachers ever. April Barefoot (Agnor Hurt Elementary School) Thank you for teaching me math and having great activities and tricks. I like math a lot. April Barefoot (Agnor Hurt Elementary School) She is a great teacher! She helps me with my probleMs. She is cool and good at Math and Science. April Barefoot (Agnor Hurt Elementary School) Mrs. Barefoot helps me learn more math every time I need help with math. April Barefoot (Agnor Hurt Elementary School) I want to thank her because she helps in school, Thanks to her I get to be smarter than I used to. April Barefoot (Agnor Hurt Elementary School) Ella me ayuda a prender mas de matematicas y ciencias es muy dibertida amo mucho pasar tiempo con ella. She helps me learn more math and science is very fun I love spending time with her. April Barefoot (Agnor Hurt Elementary School) She is a nice person she is a good teacher and I learned a lot because of her. Brandi Orshoski (Agnor Hurt Elementary School) Mrs. Orshoski is a wonderful teacher because she treats you as an individual and not just a part of a class. . Bree Herold (Agnor Hurt Elementary School) Mrs. Bree Herold, fondly known as "Ms. B." works with young people daily to help them achieve success socially, emotionally, and academically. Brittany Mullinax (Agnor Hurt Elementary School) Brittany puts my daughter & my concerns first. She is one of the hardest working & most genuine people I've ever met-- even when her day ends at school, she never hesitates to email me or encourage me to call after hours to talk about my daughter's progress. Brittany Mullinex (Agnor Hurt Elementary School) Thank you Brittany for being my foster mom I really appreciate you. Brittany Mullinex (Agnor Hurt Elementary School) Thank you, Brittany, for welcoming us into this wonderful Multi-age Community. You have helped in so many ways this year to teach our multi-age learners! Thank you for keeping the vision of a community of learners and a community of teachers. Cary Shaffer (Agnor Hurt Elementary School) Mrs. Shaffer has been super nice to me and I also just love to read and she would give me suggestions of books to read. Cheryl Brook Davis (Agnor Hurt Elementary School) I really am thankful that I have a teacher like her because although there is some hard times I still get to learn new things. Cheryl Brooks (Agnor Hurt Elementary School) I picked her because she is my teacher and she is cool. Cheryl Brooks (Agnor Hurt Elementary School) She instills in her students that they can do/be anything,if/when they work/try harder. Christy Lopez (Agnor Hurt Elementary School) I choose Mrs.Lopez because I love art and she is the best art teacher I've had. Christy Lopez (Agnor Hurt Elementary School) Christy works very hard to meet all students where they can be accessed. Christy creates a positive place where students, and staff, can feel comfortable expressing themselves without fear of judgement. Debbie Schafer (Agnor Hurt Elementary School) Debbie is reliable and trustworthy in all that she does each day. Her professional attitude and expertise is respected throughout the school setting. Dianne Burris (Agnor Hurt Elementary School) Dianne does so much for all of our students. She spends every minute of her day helping our youngest learners in Literacy and Math. Doug Granger (Agnor Hurt Elementary School) Mr Granger is a great principal, he can be strict but can also be very funny and kind at the same time. Doug Granger (Agnor Hurt Elementary School) Mr. Granger is a nice man who cares about many, if you need to talk to him, he'll try and clear most of his schedule so he can help you. He loves hugging and is very funny. Doug Granger (Agnor Hurt Elementary School) I just started at Agnor Hurt and he welcomed me in. Emily Mais (Agnor Hurt Elementary School) Emily has done an excellent job building a community of respect for all adults and students at our school. . Gabe Revard (Agnor Hurt Elementary School) He makes PE more fun. Gabe Revard (Agnor Hurt Elementary School) I really like how creative Mr. Rivard is with the games we play. Gabriel Rivard (Agnor Hurt Elementary School) He is kind, I like p.e. Heather Ayres (Agnor Hurt Elementary School) Heather comes to school each day with a positive outlook and hard working attitude. Heather has the ability to listen closely to others and is able to offer comforting words to both staff members that she works with as well as any of the students that she supports daily through A-BASE services. Inga Tuzun (Agnor Hurt Elementary School) Thank you, Mrs.T for being a great teacher and you have helped me learn a lot of things to make me smarter, and now I'm really smart. Jordan Grande (Agnor Hurt Elementary School) I like to say thank you to Mrs Grande because she helps me to do my work . Jordan Grande (Agnor Hurt Elementary School) Ella me ayuda a aprender a hablar ingles ya que yo no puedo ablar ingles, me encanta ir a su clase.  She helps me learn to speak English since I can not speak English, I love going to her class. Jordan Grande (Agnor Hurt Elementary School) We were impressed and grateful for the platform that you gave to our students so that they can be their most successful selves. Kathy Mallory-Chavers (Agnor Hurt Elementary School) Kathy brings a lovely positive energy into the school building with her each day and carries that throughout the day. Laurie Malone (Agnor Hurt Elementary School) She is very kind and sweet. She always looks after me. Marci McKenzie (Agnor Hurt Elementary School) I have truly never met a teacher that is so focused on not just the child, but the parent as well. Marci Mckenzie (Agnor Hurt Elementary School) As a parent, it means a lot to not worry about your child and I feel like when my son is with Mrs. Mullinex and Mrs. McKenzie I don’t have to worry. Marcie McKenzie (Agnor Hurt Elementary School) Thank you, Marcie, for welcoming us into this wonderful Multi-age Community. You have helped us in so many ways this year to teach our multi-age learners! Thank you for keeping the vision of a community of learners and a community of teachers. Marianne Baker (Agnor Hurt Elementary School) Every morning when you walk into the school Marianne is there to greet each kid and makes an effort to know each of the kids names. Marianne Baker (Agnor Hurt Elementary School) Marianne cares deeply for each student she teaches. The children enjoy working with her and they are motivated to always do their best. Mary Abernathy (Agnor Hurt Elementary School) She is a great bus driver, and is very safe on the road. She is fun to talk to and is really nice. Mia Shand (Agnor Hurt Elementary School) Mrs. Shand is a very good friend and she helps me with coding. Mia Shand (Agnor Hurt Elementary School) Ms.Shand is in the gifted room and is very fun to be with. I am one of the gifted people and I get to see her a lot. Mia Shand (Agnor Hurt Elementary School) Mrs.Shand helps me with a lot of things but just not me she helps almost everybody in the school. She is very very sweet and caring to kids. Mia Shand (Agnor Hurt Elementary School) She is really nice to kids. She does fun stuff with us. Mia Shand (Agnor Hurt Elementary School) I am choosing Ms.Shand because she teaches me about a lot of things and she is super fun as well. Mia Shand (Agnor Hurt Elementary School) I pick Ms. Shand because she has a TEK room and a bunch of computers. Also she is very nice and we have alot of fun in her room. Mia Shand (Agnor Hurt Elementary School) Whenever I see her, she is always smiling. She is always in a positive mood. Mia Shand (Agnor Hurt Elementary School) She helps me because she is good at doing things like computers anything like electronic. Mia Shand (Agnor Hurt Elementary School) Ms, Shand is a very nice person. It just seems that if you are feeling sad and you know, not your best  Ms, Shand is the person to go to. Patty Murray (Agnor Hurt Elementary School) Mrs. Murray is so sweet with working with younger kids. She really understands them and how they work and she doesn’t get frustrated when they're being a kids. Pecolia Conner (Agnor Hurt Elementary School) I picked her because she helps us with folders and she helps with lunch. Pecolia Conner (Agnor Hurt Elementary School) Pecolia goes beyond her job description to ensure that all students' social, emotional, and academic needs are met throughout the day. Pecolia's willingness to help students in our school embodies her passion and devotion for providing a nurturing learning environment where we "dream big" to reach new goals. Ruby Gordon (Agnor Hurt Elementary School) Ms. Gordon is one of the friendliest and most respectful people I have interacted with in a very long time. She is the first face you see when you enter Agnor-Hurt and she greets everyone with a smile on her face and a willingness to help out in any way she can. Sara Hahn (Agnor Hurt Elementary School) Sara Hahn's support and guidance given to the special needs children entrusted in her care is extraordinary. Every day she intuitively provides a safe, accepting and understanding environment necessary for autistic children to successfully navigate the school environment. Sarah Lincoln (Agnor Hurt Elementary School) Sarah has been supporting students with special needs for only a short time. For the short period that she has supported students with Autism especially, she has done an amazing job. Stephanie Offman (Agnor Hurt Elementary School) Stephanie, you have made this year truly wonderful! It has been such a privilege to teach and learn with you in our space. Your humor, dedication, knowledge, and kindness have made our space welcoming to all! I appreciate all that you have done to support our students and team. Stephanie Offman (Agnor Hurt Elementary School) Very excellent teacher, with her teaching method and Teaching Games. Does not ever want a child to feel left out, puts on a smile everyday to teach her students. Steve Floyd (Agnor Hurt Elementary School) Steve Floyd excels at his job! There appears to be an almost endless stream of children coming through Steve's door on a daily basis and, regardless of the situation, he remains calm, cool and collected. From the smallest of scrapes, to the loosing of teeth, to the big falls, to the fevers and headaches and bugs of all natures. Steve Floyd (Agnor Hurt Elementary School) Steve is a highly regarded member of our AHES community. He knows our students' needs, as well as staff members and sometimes family members. Steve Floyd (Agnor Hurt Elementary School) Steve has an amazing way with kids. He connects with them authentically and provides a level of integrity that helps them feel cared for in the moments that they feel most terrible. Steve Floyd (Agnor Hurt Elementary School) Mr. Floyd is the only person in the world who I appreciate so much but dread ever having to hear from him. His care for the children of A-H is so obvious, even as an observer from the lobby of the main office. Steve Floyd (Agnor Hurt Elementary School) My son, Brock, has suffered from a back condition during the last two school years. Mr. Floyd has been instrumental in providing feedback that has led to a neurosurgical diagnosis while ensuring that Brock is able to take medication and stretch. Tannya Gardener (Agnor Hurt Elementary School) Ms. Gardener's students are so lucky to have her shower them with so much daily compassion. She has incredible patience and a gift for turning all interactions into learning opportunities. Terri Bibb (Agnor Hurt Elementary School) Terri is a veteran when it comes to helping students at Agnor-Hurt Elementary School. Terri's experience is noticed especially in her newly assigned role of an A-BASE teaching assistant. TJ Johnson (Agnor Hurt Elementary School) Mr.TJ is a nice and respectful person. He will always make sure your ok and he'll have a little chat with you. TJ Johnson (Agnor Hurt Elementary School) Mr. TJ is a very nice person. He makes sure I'm ok he always checks on me. Abigale Baum (Albemarle High School) Ms. Baum has been a blessing as a teacher. As a parent, I have been struggling to get my son where he needs to be as a student and on the right academic path. Abigale Baum (Albemarle High School) Ms. Baum embodies the finest 21st-century teaching strategies in three main aspects. Adrian Lorenzoni (Albemarle High School) Adrian Lorenzoni's care for his student athletes is amazing. His care and respect for all kids, regardless of athletic ability, is so clearly modeled and sincere that the other kids on the team pick this up. Adrian Lorenzoni (Albemarle High School) Mr. Lorenzoni takes the time to get to know his students. He instills core values that will remain with them throughout their lives. Alexis Mason (Albemarle High School) I love the way Alexis interconnects teachers, ideas and students. She works tirelessly with her students and holds them accountable. Alison Neil (Albemarle High School) Ms. Neil has been an exceptional resource for me and for both of my sons, Seffian and Mace Mierisch. We have all felt overwhelmed by scheduling and college applications. Amy Sherrill (Albemarle High School) Amy is a valued member of the Albemarle High School community and ACPS as a whole. Students connect with Ms. Sherrill and stop by her office, classroom, and practice field to check in and say hello years after having been her student. Andrea Davis (Albemarle High School) Andi Davis shows great care for her students' success. Additionally, she continuously reaches out to her students' parents to share what is happening in her classroom. Bethany Doan (Albemarle High School) Mrs. Doan treats every student with the utmost respect and truly wants them all to succeed. She treats her students like people and doesn't give off the feeling like she’s here because she has to be. Bethany Doan (Albemarle High School) Since the beginning of this school year, Ms. Doan has gone over and above to ensure that our son has had a smooth transition to AHS. She is a teacher who is flexible, creative, solution-oriented, and student-centered. Buffie Holley (Albemarle High School) Ms. Holley stepped up to continue the after school AHS robotics program when the previous teacher-sponsor suddenly left at the end of the previous school year, helping around 36 students continue in the program. Catherine Coffman (Albemarle High School) Mrs. Coffman is very good at explaining mathematical concepts to students. My son, Mace Mierisch, really likes her class and this is because he learns so much! Mrs. Coffman has also been very helpful when Mace and I were struggling to make sure his grades were ok during a tough time. Catherine Coffman (Albemarle High School) Ms. Coffman cares! She is always there for her students, to help in any way possible. She is simply the best. Charlotte Wood (Albemarle High School) Mrs. Wood continuously works hard to provide meaningful opportunities and relationships for her creative writing students. She has introduced myself and countless others to internships, contests, workshops, summer camps, and other events that we wouldn't have been aware of otherwise, and she guides us with great heart and enthusiasm to achieve our ambitions. Charlotte Wood (Albemarle High School) Miss Wood is very devoted to teaching and very supportive of student learning toward achieving each student's goal. She had also devoted much of her private time for outside school activities. Christopher Lennon (Albemarle High School) Mr. Lennon embodies excellence in service and guidance. He guided our high school seniors through the lengthy journey of college choices and applications, writing letters for scholarship applications on a moment's notice, meeting our senior for interviewing tips and encouragements, and answering promptly to my queries. Christopher Lennon (Albemarle High School) Mr. Lennon worked with my son as guidance counselor through 4 years of high school. He had been a constant source of support for Ashwin. Christopher Lennon (Albemarle High School) Mr. Lennon is very patient and knowledgeable for assisting parents as well as students for courses and college planning. Corina Krishnan (Albemarle High School) Ms. Krishnan is an engaging, personable and calm person. She communicates well and thoroughly with both parents and students. Crystal Randall (Albemarle High School) Ms. Randall helps her students with more than just her school work. She helps them with homework from other classes and she acts as a counselor, helping students through things that could be going on with another student or something that’s going on a home. Deborah Smith (Albemarle High School) Our son feels supported, seen and appreciated for who he is. In a large system, this person (and really all of his teachers) manages to take time to be there day in and day out. Emily Thacker (Albemarle High School) Ms. Thacker has been the senior teacher in the AHS CBIP program (teaching the VAAP curriculum and community and life based skills to students with significant disabilities) for many years. She is the model of quiet competence, her intellect is unparalled and her ability to get the best out of students is inspiring. Erica Thorsen (Albemarle High School) She has been instrumental and amazing in making sure that there are diverse books available to students across the county. Erica Thorsen (Albemarle High School) Erica is an amazing educator. She has a talent for connecting with students, a passion for learning, an enthusiasm for new tools and resources, and a commitment to making the library a place where all students feel welcome and supported in their work. Erin James (Albemarle High School) Erin is a reflective Instructional Coach who constantly pushes herself to grow in her role. She is warm and engaging and has a real talent for connecting with people. Erin Verham (Albemarle High School) Erin strives to improve her teaching continuously. She cares deeply for the student and seeks advice and knowledge from other teachers. Frederic Anderson (Albemarle High School) Fred is warm and engaging with his colleagues and reflective and growth-oriented in his coaching practice. He is one of the most focused and effective instructional coaches I know. Ingrid Horn (Albemarle High School) Ingrid is always such a joy to interact with at AHS. In a school with 2000 students, parents, and a large amount of staff members, Ingrid always has a smile on her face. Jacquelyn Brownlee (Albemarle High School) Jacque is simply amazing and a phenomenal educator. Jacque's classroom is a welcoming place for a diverse community of students. Jane Habert (Albemarle High School) Mrs. Habert has worked with our son who has autism for the last two years. He is graduating this year, which is a huge accomplishment for our son. Jason Ver Planck (Albemarle High School) Mr. Ver Planck stepped up to assist the after-school AHS robotics program when the previous teacher-sponsor suddenly left at the end of the previous school year, helping around 36 students continue in the program. Jeannie Johnson (Albemarle High School) Jeannie is the Registrar at the high school with the largest number of English Learners. The International & ESOL Office is in constant communication with her as we register new students. Jennifer Morris (Albemarle High School) Ms. Morris has helped my daughter through some tough times this year. If it weren’t for Ms. Morris and her chorus class, not sure where we would be! She’s wonderful with the kids. John Garland (Albemarle High School) John has gone above and beyond for our family, tutoring our children during his personal time and mentoring them through the struggles they are currently facing in our family. John Garland (Albemarle High School) Mr. Garland goes above and beyond for his students offering to help outside of class as available and shows joy for the subject and the students. He also strives to maintain excellent communication with parents. Jordon Brooks (Albemarle High School) She really cares for the children in the school. As a counselor she has helped my daughter settle her anxiety and feel better about being there. Julie Strong (Albemarle High School) Everyone has that one teacher that you remember for your whole life . . Katherine Jacoby (Albemarle High School) KC is beyond awesome as an Instructional Coach. She is reflective, knowledgeable, and service-oriented, and everyone with whom she works benefits from her skills. Kay Schindler (Albemarle High School) Kay is always polite and professional when answering attendance calls at AHS. I can't imagine the volume of phone calls and emails she's tasked with daily with 2000 students in attendance at AHS! She never seems rushed through our phone calls. Kevin Keith (Albemarle High School) Mr. Keith's wisdom, creativity, enthusiasm, energy and rapport with his students is a model for teaching and impacting high school students, with or without disabilities. Kim Konold (Albemarle High School) Kim Konold exemplifies excellence because she has multiple roles and responsibilities and performs them all with care and diligence. She works tirelessly before, during and after the school day to accomplish her many tasks because she cares about the students, their well-being and their academic success. Kirsten Fuoti (Albemarle High School) Ms. Fuoti goes above and beyond to make sure the students are engaging in, and enjoying the process of learning. She sets the example for students to work hard and appreciate what they learn. LaNika Barnes (Albemarle High School) LaNika is a phenomenal educator. She has a talent for connecting with all people and a dedication to making everyone feel valued and empowered. Liz Dinwiddie (Albemarle High School) Liz is very self-sufficient, thorough, diligent. She loves all students and respects all people. Liz Dinwiddie (Albemarle High School) I feel grateful to work with Liz every time the International & ESOL Office registers a new English Learner. She is very communicative, thoughtful, and organized. Maren Lennon (Albemarle High School) Maren's care, love, empathy and concern for student's well being is exemplified in her communication with students as well as their parents. She wants every student to be successful and happy. Maren Lennon (Albemarle High School) Maren has shown such dedication with my son on trying to get him where he needs to be as a student. She is always there to talk through his school issues and trying to help figure out what we need to do to get him on the right track. Marin Lennon (Albemarle High School) Ms. Lennon has helped my child make it through four very tough high school year's. She is patient, caring, and persistent!. Matthew Clay (Albemarle High School) Mr. Clay has been an amazing advocate and teacher for my daughter. She is in her third year of Latin. Melanie Menefee (Albemarle High School) Melanie is the perfect example of not only customer service but community service. Melanie constantly goes outside the roles of her own position to make sure the school is run as smoothly as possible. Michael Gambino (Albemarle High School) Michael really takes time to teach students and has a personal connection to each of his students,his room is a safe space and he is making sure everyone is going to be the best version of themselves. Nikki Shrader (Albemarle High School) Ms. Shrader is very knowledgeable and makes a difficult subject that moves at a fast pace more enjoyable. She cares about her students and goes the extra mile. Rich Lindsay (Albemarle High SChool) Mr. Lindsay empowers us every single day to represent others and advocate for them. He always reminds us of how much power we have and helps us use it for good, to empower others. Ronni Jennings (Albemarle High School) Ms. Jennings has a deep and caring regard for her students who often have many challenges at home, school and beyond. She worries about their personal and academic struggles and earnestly strives to make them a success within their limitations. Roslyn Morse (Albemarle High School) Ros is professional, calm, respectful, and demanding of her students. She doesn't complain about her work and is appropriate with giving and receiving feedback. Ruth Trice (Albemarle High School) This teacher has such a heart for her students. She makes sure that each student in her classroom has an opportunity for success and even tries to make sure every student gets to travel overseas that is interested in doing that. Sheri Grimes (Albemarle High School) Sheri is always so friendly towards students. She will do everything she can to make sure students are safe and welcome in the AHS library. Tony Wayne (Albemarle High School) Tony always goes above and beyond to help students and staff alike. He leads by example, and genuinely cares about others as people rather than as statistics. Vada Holcomb (Albemarle High School) We nominate Ms. Holcomb because she is an extraordinary teacher! She has always provided such a caring environment that instills a love for learning that is inclusive. Her door is always open to help me as a parent or my children understand the content of study. Wendell Green (Albemarle High School) Mr. Green is such a wonderful person. He works well with my son and is always willing to help him strive and be great. Elaine Cecelski (Albemarle High School ESOL) Elaine has supported Albemarle County Schools youth for over 30 years. In her new role as ESOL Student and Family Support at AHS, she has created a safe space for students within the school to gain access to needed resources, work on college applications, or simply cope with the school day and outside pressures. Jane Habert (Albermarle High Scool) Continually strives to ensure my sons needs are met. Jane has always respected my wishes for my son and has worked hard to follow the iep, school policies, and process for change. Carole O'Neil (Baker Butler Elementary School) Carole is many times the first voice heard by our newest members of our school community. She always treats people in a welcoming, caring way. Charles Agee (Baker Butler Elementary School) Mr. Charles is one of the best aspects of the Baker Butler School environment. We love Baker Butler and there are wonderful characteristics in every department, but Mr. Charles exemplifies EXCELLENCE. Dr. Steve Saunders (Baker Butler Elementary School) Dr. Saunders has created what I believe to be a great environment for kids to learn in simply because all good organizations that are successful are so because of the tone and tempo set by its leader. Gabe Gomez (Baker Butler Elementary School) Gabe is a life-long learner. He is currently expanding his understanding of how the National Science Teachers Association recommends the pedagogy of teaching science to children to develop science concepts. Heather Franklin (Baker Butler Elementary School) Mrs. Franklin has given our daughter a fantastic experience in Kindergarten, and we are so pleased with how much she has learned, especially her reading. Mrs. Franklin has been a good communicator, and very responsive to my questions and concerns. Janice Eiden (Baker Butler Elementary School) Mrs. Eiden is a phenomenal teacher! She has gone over and beyond to accommodate my "high energy" child in her classroom, finding creative ways to engage him during lessons and during independent reading time. She partners with parents to find the best solution for her students and is always respectful in her approach. Jeff Hazlett (Baker Butler Elementary School) Jeff is a life long-learner and has taken it upon himself to research American History. He has a depth of understanding of Virginia Studies which encourages his students to immerse themselves into each time period bringing history alive and relevant to their lives. Kristina O’Meara (Baker Butler Elementary School) Mrs. O’Meara really cares for each and every student that comes to the nurses office as if they were her own child. The understanding, concern and compassion Mrs. O’Meara has for nursing and patient is highlighted each day. Lisa Beauchamp (Baker Butler Elementary School) Lisa is amazing in her role at Baker-Butler! It is always a joy to walk into the front office to see her smiling face. She is always so kind and always asks about both of my kids, including my daughter who has moved on to middle school now. Mary Beth Farhi (Baker Butler Elementary School) Mary Beth Farhi reached out to me at the beginning of the school year, as a new LTI, she embraced risk, and has since given her students incredible opportunities to learn using technology. We were partners and brought learning to her students in exciting, engaging ways. Nancy Williams (Baker Butler Elementary School) She is a dedicated teacher , I like how she interacts with her students and completely understands the their abilities, she also treat her students and parents with lots of care and respect , she can put her finger on the weakness of the student and focus on helping and she also can can distinguish the excellent student and attract him with great questions and high level homework and so she can keep all students engaged and that is what a great teacher does. Sabra Timmins (Baker Butler Elementary School) Ms. Timmins is a great teacher. She has affection for her students and provides the best educational environment for them. Stephanie Hunter (Baker Butler Elementary School) This was our first year with Baker Butler Elementary and Ms.Hunter has made it a wonderful year for our son Brody and ourselves. Brody started Kindergarten nervous for what was to come but now has become so confident in himself and ready for the next grade! Ms. Hunter was accessible and quick to address any of our concerns and we had a few since this was our first year in Baker Butler. Holly Carden (Baker-Butler) Holly is such a valuable member of our school community. She strives for excellence in everything she does. Jeanette Armstead (Baker-Butler Elementary) Mrs. Armstead is an amazing teacher assistant in our school. She helps us with our work. Melissa Kidd (Baker-Butler Elementary) Ms. Kidd is our wonderful Cafeteria Manager. She makes the best muffins and they are like true heaven. Vicki Lemley (Baker-Butler Elementary) Mrs. Lemley is our Cafeteria Assistant during our lunch time. She is really nice and helpful. Beth Roesch (Baker-Butler Elementary School) My daughter, Katie, is in Mrs. Roesch's 4th grade class at BBES. Katie has grown significantly in her ability to be responsible, engaged and respectful within the classroom setting. Cynthia Shepard (Baker-Butler Elementary School) Mrs. Shepard works with special education students at Baker-Butler Elementary School. I have yet to meet a more caring and dedicated teacher like Mrs. Shepard. Debbie Newman (Baker-Butler Elementary School) Ms. Newman listens to us just like she would a grown up even though we are little kids. She listens to our suggestions when we want to learn certain subjects and she comes up with other ideas that are very fun. DeDe Leach (Baker-Butler Elementary School) DeDe Leach has a clear love for her students and wants them to succeed in every aspect of their education. She has gone above and beyond with her patience and creativity to reach out to our son, who can be an energetic handful sometimes. Donna Rehorn (Baker-Butler Elementary School) Donna is a respected music educator in our county. I valued her as my own sons' music teacher, and then again as my students' music instructor. Hillary Hensley (Baker-Butler Elementary School) Ms. Hensley helps many kids on problems they are stuck on. She also puts the fun in learning! She is helpful in many ways and is always willing to help anybody in anything. Jeannette Armstead (Baker-Butler Elementary School) Ms. Armstead's relationships with students is excellent. She provides top notch support inside and outside of the classroom. Karen Bergstresser (Baker-Butler Elementary School) Karen show dignity and respect to each and every student she works with regardless of their special needs. Karen Hunter (Baker-Butler Elementary School) This is Karen's first year as our PE teaching assistant. She is so helpful to us, working with the students, helping clean up and setup equipment. Kristina O'Meara (Baker-Butler Elementary School) Kristina not only understand her duties but also takes active part in providing continuous care and feedback to parents. She also lets students train and care for themselves and encourages young children appropriately by active coaching. Kristina O'Meara (Baker-Butler Elementary School) I want to recognize Ms. O'meara in her efforts to care and attentiveness for sick or ill children. While she is not a teacher in the classroom, and perhaps without intent, sets an example of how to care for people when they are ill. Kristina O'Meara (Baker-Butler Elementary School) Ms. O'Meara, you help us when we are sick or injured. If we're too sick you send us home. Maria Redieske (Baker-Butler Elementary School) Ms. Redieske has been a blessing for my kid Jael. She has put her effort at all times and never left it in the process of improving academics and in his behavior. Mary Friesen (Baker-Butler Elementary School) Ms. Friesen is a hard working educator. She does her best in every aspect of a school community. Melissa Hairston (Baker-Butler Elementary School) Mrs. Hairston is the rare teacher who understands that, beyond delivery of disciplinary content, the most important thing to understand about teaching and learning is the learners themselves. She is strongly committed to creating an engaging, interactive and supportive classroom environment. Randi Welborn (Baker-Butler Elementary School) Randi goes above and beyond to meet the individual developmental needs of her students. She works to ensure they are socially and intellectually prepared to thrive in school. Sherry Kessler (Baker-Butler Elementary School) Sherry (Ms Kessler) is one of the kindest persons I know. Her positive upbeat personality is so contagious that you can't help but be happy in her presence. Stephanie Hunter (Baker-Butler Elementary School) Ms. Hunter always teaches the value of community in her classroom. Every child has a place in her classroom. Tami Roy (Baker-Butler Elementary School) Ms. Roy has done an amazing job with my child this year. Vera has grown up so much this year with the guidance of Ms. Roy and her supporting staff. Tonya Klimas (Baker-Butler Elementary School) Our child often returns from school and provides my wife and I with some anecdote from the life of Ms. Klimas. She really enjoys these personal stories Ms. Klimas communicates to the class. Vicki Lemley (Baker-Butler Elementary School) Vicky is the most positive person I know. She is always happy and never has a bad day. Colleen Cook (Broadus Wood) Ms. Cook is beyond exceptional in every aspect.. Deborah Swanson (Broadus Wood) I would like to recognize Deborah Swanson for the quality of education she provides in the Extended Enrichment Education Program at Broadus Wood. We have had the pleasure of Ms. Swason's partnership for nearly two years now. Amy Gaertner (Broadus Wood Elementary School) We are new to the area and the way Amy has handled our son in her class room and helped up and him over some hurdles has been nothing short of exemplary. We are so grateful for her kindness and expertise. Colleen Cook (Broadus Wood Elementary School) Very sweet and loving to all kids. Debbie Swanson (Broadus Wood Elementary School) Ms. Swanson co-leads the Broadus Wood EDEP. She constantly keeps the kids engage in new and different experiences. Elisabeth Chidester (Broadus Wood Elementary School) Mrs. Chidester actually has all the qualities that is why I chose excellence. She lovingly teaches my son and his classmates. Elizabeth Strauss (Broadus Wood Elementary School) Ms. Strauss exemplifies excellence in her kind approach to all students, ability to instill curiosity and excitement about learning, ability to organize her classroom and student’s behavior for learning, and her communication with parents. She has created a nurturing - yet challenging- classroom. Irene Krone (Broadus Wood Elementary School) Ms. Krone was extremely patient and helpful in dealing with our son Jacob's slow start in reading. She was honest and up front that he needed some additional practice to help push him along. Irene Krone (Broadus Wood Elementary School) Mrs. Krone has helped our daughter feel settled and welcome at a new school in a new city. She keeps the students curious and interested. Katherine Gerry (Broadus Wood Elementary School) Mrs. Gerry has gone above and beyond to help my daughter in class. She is very patient, kind, and very caring. Libby Nicholson (Broadus Wood Elementary School) I had a difficult time choosing whether Libby most signifies excellence or young people. In all actuality, she models all four values. Libby Nicholson (Broadus Wood Elementary School) Every day, Libby Nicholson comes to work with a positive attitude and an expectation that she will excite students to learn what she is teaching. She gets to know each of her students and what makes them tick. Lori Beck (Broadus Wood Elementary School) Ms Beck is ALWAYS willing and able to help in any way possible. Ruth Smith (Broadus Wood Elementary School) It’s always wonderful to come in and see Ruth greet you with a smile and ready to help with anything she can. She helps keep the front office running smoothly even when the chaos overflows into the office. Trisa Hirschi (Brownsville Elementary) Ms. Hirschi is a fixture at Brownsville and spends so much of her time with our wonderful students! Not only is she an amazing teaching assistant, she also works at BASE. She works patiently and sweetly with her students. Alyson Ingram (Brownsville Elementary School) One of my favorite things with my son is when we are snuggled up in the evening (he is trying to avoid bedtime/falling asleep honestly.) and he will tell me about his lessons with Ms. Ingram and what he learned from her. The skills he learns are so important and things I haven't always mastered as an adult. Amanda Martin (Brownsville Elementary School) Amanda noticed that the students needed a change in a building challenge. She brought in some electronics and voice recordings to enhance their learning. Amanda Martin (Brownsville Elementary School) My child is happy to go to school each day to learn and grow because Mrs. Martin makes her classroom fun, engaging, and inviting. We are so very lucky to have her in our daughter's life during these formative years. Anne James (Brownsville Elementary School) Anne James is an incredible person and librarian. I am so grateful for the way she introduced my children to a 3D printer, instills a love of books and reading, and always offers a smile and positive comment students and parents alike. Anne James (Brownsville Elementary School) Anne is an intelligent and energetic woman. She sees multiple different classes during her day and certainly her entire week. Anne James (Brownsville Elementary School) Ms. James has had an incredibly positive impact on the educational experience our daughter, Riley, has had at BES. Riley went from being a child who struggled with reading to one who devours books! We credit much of this shift to Ms. James. BASE Team Members (Brownsville Elementary School) I am please to have the change to recognize the entire team of BASE teachers at Brownsville, who actually embody all of the values listed above -- Excellence, Young People, Community, and Respect. They also have an incredible amount of patience, greeting our little ones after school, at a time when many are already on the verge of an exhaustion-fueled meltdown. Becky Ruscher (Brownsville Elementary School) My son is asthmatic - his wheezing and breathing can be difficult to manage. Thanks to Becky, I never have to worry about how he is doing at school. Bethany Robinson (Brownsville Elementary School) Mrs. Robinson is my daughter's teacher, and boy are we lucky. Not only is my child learning, she is being loved by her teacher. Cameron Fleming (Brownsville Elementary School) Every new teacher should be recognized and Cameron has represented what it means to have passion and commitment to this job. Congratulations to Cameron on a successful, wonderful year. Cameron Fleming (Brownsville Elementary School) While Ms. Fleming embodies all 4 core values, perhaps the best fit is "respect". One specific example that was very meaningful to our family was our child had a behavioral issue in class, and Ms. Fleming handled that issue in a way which showed tremendous respect for our child, for us, and for her classroom. Carmen Chandross (Brownsville Elementary School) Every day Carmen strives to create a successful environment for each student in my class. She works with each student to get him/her to think, work hard and reach his/her potential. Charles Key (Brownsville Elementary School) Mr. Key is an integral part of our school community. besides keeping our school clean and safe, he is always there to meet the many needs of our staff and students with a smile on his face. Cherie Witt (Brownsville Elementary School) I have three kids who have attended Brownsville, and they've all enjoyed Cherie's PE classes, but I am submitting this nomination specifically because of my son Jack's experiences in Cherie's class this year. Jack has been developmentally behind his peers his entire life, and we know that PE is especially challenging for Jack. Christi Wilson (Brownsville Elementary School) We met Christi this school year during the IEP eligibility process for our son, Jack. We were immediately blown away by her care for Jack and her expertise in his fairly rare case. Darci Palmer (Brownsville Elementary School) Mrs. Palmer has worked with my daughter all year and has gotten her to grade level in reading and 100 on fluency on site words. My daughter Amaya Simms has anxiety and Mrs. Palmer has worked well with Amaya getting her to her read, even challenged her on higher levels. David Scott Via (Brownsville Elementary School) David just began working with our son, Jack, on math this school year. Within days, Jack began to tell us that he was beginning to feel like he understood math better and a lot of the math anxiety/dread that had been building in Jack for years seemed to melt away. Elena Lavrentyev (Brownsville Elementary School) Ms. L is a beloved first grade teacher at Brownsville. My daughter has shined under her care this year. Elena Lavrentyeva (Brownsville Elementary School) She is always teaching individually to each child. Teaching with respect and always positive. Freda Campbell (Brownsville Elementary School) Mrs. Campbell is always courteous on the phone and in person when I bring my children to school. She never seems flustered with all of the people standing around her desk. Gwen King (Brownsville Elementary School) Gwen honestly exemplifies all of the above values, it was hard to pick just one! She provides delicious and healthy food options every single day to the students and staff of BES. My son, who never liked to buy lunch in the past, is now buying lunch 3 days a week! It's amazing! He also loves the breakfast choices and has been "forgetting" to eat at home before leaving for school ;) Gwen makes an effort to build relationships with students and staff outside of the cafeteria and is always greeted with warm hugs from people of all ages! I have a few students with allergies and/or religious restrictions, and Gwen is in communication with their families to make sure that food selections meet student needs. Gwen King (Brownsville Elementary School) For all the days that she makes my daughter feel happy to be at school and connected to the staff at Brownsville. Each and every day Leah looks forward to going to school so that she can see her "friend" in the cafeteria. Jason Crutchfield (Brownsville Elementary School) I appreciate that Mr. Crutchfield took the time to hear the concerns we had about our child. It made me feel confident to recommend a friend speak with him regarding an issue at school with her child. Jason Crutchfield (Brownsville Elementary School) I just wanted to quickly acknowledge how much I appreciate Mr. Crutchfield as our principal. I have seen him calmly handle a roomful of honestly, angry parents over changes in math curriculum with absolute professionalism. Jason Crutchfield (Brownsville Elementary School) Mr. Crutchfield has the daily smile and welcome my children look forward to seeing each day. He works tirelessly to bring the Brownsville community together and make the learning environment engaging and stimulating for the children. Jayme Pallante (Brownsville Elementary School) Mrs. Pallante changed my daughter’s life last year. I had an anxiety ridden 3rd grader who just wasn’t quite sure where she fit in with her peers. Jayme Pallante (Brownsville Elementary School) Jayme is an excellent teacher. She has done a fantastic job in my son's class of setting a classroom culture that's engaging, kind, and supportive. Karen Riordan (Brownsville Elementary School) Mrs. Riordan made the difference in our son's year. As a spirited and rambunctious kindergarten student, our son presented several challenges throughout the year, but we were both impressed and grateful for the professional, loving, and positive way Mrs. Riordan has always responded. Kelli Crickenberger (Brownsville Elementary School) My daughter Catalina has loved having Mrs. Crickenberger this year for 5th grade! Mrs. Crickenberger has given her challenging assignments specifically geared towards her interest and aptitude, in a way to stretch her to excellence in her weaker areas. Cata has truly flourished this year, thanks to Mrs. Crickenberger's individualized teaching style and positivity. Kelly Garber (Brownsville Elementary School) My son, Colin Seaman, was diagnosed with leukemia in October. Mrs. Garber was assigned to be his home bound tutor and she has been amazing and very dedicated. Kristen Hunter (Brownsville Elementary School) I had a meeting today with Ms. Hunter to discuss some concerns I had about my son. She answered my concerns as she has done in the past, thoughtfully, and I left feeling thankful that he has such a kind teacher who places a high importance on kindness and empowering the kids to do the same. Kristi Melis (Brownsville Elementary School) Ms. Melis has been involved with helping my son to improve his reading skills for the past 3 years (3rd, 4th, and 5th grades). Recently, due to a lack of significant improvement over time, she recommended testing for a learning disability. Laura Crotteau (Brownsville Elementary School) Laura is an amazingly strong and gifted teacher. Children are geared towards becoming independent and successful learners. Laura Crotteau (Brownsville Elementary School) My daughter Elisa has greatly enjoyed having Mrs. Crotteau this year! Elisa was very far behind her class in reading starting 3rd grade this year, but Mrs. Crotteau has encouraged her to read by first believing that she is capable of it! Having in-classroom fluency practice for most of the students with parents made her feel included and positively special, instead of singled-out and remediated. Teaching skills related to reading comprehension (such as underlining) helped her understand the messages in assigned non-fiction reading in class. Lauri Campbell (Brownsville Elementary School) Lauri Campbell embodies excellence each day as she interacts with our youngest students entering school. Despite a tough year personally, she has managed to bring out the best in my young son, making his kindergarten experience everything I could hope for. Laurie Campbell (Brownsville Elementary School) She is excellent in dealing with kids and their parents no matter what culture they are from. She is so embracing and understanding. Leslie James (Brownsville Elementary School) Mrs. James has created a wonderful fifth grade class in which my daughter is thriving. She is excellent at creating community among the kids, motivating them to succeed, and challenging them in a way they see has fun. Meaghan Gibson (Brownsville Elementary School) She has worked so hard this year to have her students feel connected to the school and their peers. She has worked tirelessly to instill the acknowledgment of a greater community where students look out for their peers and respect others. Mega Grissom (Brownsville Elementary School) Our family will be forever thankful for Mega! She truly is an excellent speech pathologist. In addition to bringing talent and expertise to the table, her students (and their families!) absolutely love her. Megan Sullivan (Brownsville Elementary School) Mrs. Sullivan is an amazing teacher! She has command of the classroom at all times. She is an exceptionally talented educator, highly professional, and still remains approachable at all times. Nancy Fiddner (Brownsville Elementary School) Nancy Fiddner has a gift for intuitive understanding of childhood educational development. She has connected with our son who has historically disliked school. Patty Stajduhar (Brownsville Elementary School) Patty comes to work each day with positive energy and ready to make an impact on all the learners she interacts with daily. She takes the time to listen to student's stories, check in on them and ask about what they are excited about each day. Sherry Smith (Brownsville Elementary School) Sherry never hesitates to split out her run to help with another one. Thank you for having a positive attitude and for all you hard work. Tate Moore (Brownsville Elementary School) Ms. Tate Moore is an exemplary teacher and a true blessing to her Brownsville Kindergarten class. I am so impressed by her unwavering positive energy and attitude. Tracy Jones (Brownsville Elementary School) Tracy is a treasure. She consistently shows up with a smile and a, "How are you this morning?" Tracy works directly with students within the B-Base community at Brownsville. Trevor Bricker (Brownsville Elementary School) My daughter Elisa (3rd grade) LOVES music class with Mr. Bricker! She is so proud of every project that they accomplish together, like the Flicker the Flame contest (3rd place!) and the Name that Tune performance! Mr. Bricker is a very talented musician, who is creative and so generous to share his skills and enthusiasm for music with the young people of Brownsville Elementary School. Each child has opportunities for public speaking, singing together, and showing off their own instrument skills. Tricia Spradlin (Brownsville Elementary School) I believe Ms. Spradlin's work covers all four core values of the Albemarle County Public Schools. She is very engaging with the students, and my daughter truly loves having her as a teacher. Victoria Chernauskas (Brownsville Elementary School) Mrs. Chernauskas is an incredibly gifted educator! Everything about her processes, from how she communicates with parents to how she organizes her schedule and her classroom, speaks to the thought and care she gives her work in the classroom. She truly values getting to know each of her students, and we saw this clearly this year as she returned from maternity leave around Thanksgiving. Wendy Davis (Brownsville Elementary School) Mrs. Davis is a kind, excellent teacher who has helped my child succeed this year. Kindergarten is daunting for both parents and children, but she has made the adjustment so wonderful. Brandon Collier (Building Services) Brandon is often called upon to perform services for our department. These tasks are not always straightforward and they don't always have an easy resolution. Burton Fowler (Building Services) Burton does an excellent job every day keeping our Multi-age space clean and appealing to look at. The children and teachers spend long days in this space and truly benefit from the effort and care Burton puts into his work. Charles Agee (Building Services) Mr. Charles is the epitome of community. Everybody at BBES, from parents to staff to students. Charles Agee (Building Services) Mr. Charles, you are funny and nice. You keep our school clean and safe. Charles Agee (Building Services) Mr. Charles is our school lead custodian. He works hard to keep our cafeteria and entire school clean. Chuck Adams (Building Services) Mr. Adams helps keep the school clean and he is really nice to me. We thank him for all he does. David McCauley (Building Services) Dave goes out of his way to make WAHS a positive and welcoming community for all. I especially appreciate how he supports the performing and visual arts teachers and students. Floyd Ayres (Building Services) Floyd, Thank you so much for all of your hard work at Crozet Elementary. You are much appreciated. Frank Owens (Building Services) Frank does a phenomenal job taking care of us at Crozet Elementary. Thank you so much Frank for all of your hard work! You are much appreciated. Gopal Magar (Building Services) Gopal, Thank you so much for all of your hard work at Crozet Elementary. You are much appreciated. Isaac Brown (Building Services) Kids are absolutely disgusting and yet the school is always clean and orderly. He always has a smile for the kids. Jacob Brown (Building Services) Thank you for you hard work and dedication. We in the kitchen at Hollymead appreciate you. Joe Gaines (Building Services) Thank you Mr Joe! He cleans up the lunch room and helps keep our school clean. John Ross (Building Services) John Ross is not just a custodian at our school, he is an example of someone who is selfless, and works tirelessly to make sure our classrooms are ready for students every day. He does work that is hard, and he does it with a smile. John ("Dan") Arrington (Building Services) Dan is always helpful, welcoming, and responsive to the students and staff. He is readily available and will drop what he is doing to help out. John (Dan) Arrington (Building Services) I overheard from the OA's when talking to him, "You spoil us!" "We missed you" after his return from a two day absence. His absence was noticed, and caused the OA's to comment about how they missed the various things he does quietly, but that are noticed when he is gone. Luther Braxton (Building Services) Dear Mr. Luther, Thank you for making the building clean and being so kind. Luther Braxton (Building Services) Dear Mr. Braxton, Thank you for cleaning are rooms and being so nice. In other words you get to go to a big party! Thank you! ~ Anna Liebermann. Mason Wells (Building Services) Mr. Wells is an integral member of our school community. He is always willing to go above and beyond the call of duty. Melvin Bradley (Building Services) You are such an important part of our community. Micheal Jackson (Building Services) He is always smiling and is a good guy. Nicole Ganoe (Building Services) Nicole is a hard worker who rises above when her surroundings become stressful and she gets the job done right. She is always willing to help a coworker work through a situation, and treats every interaction as a learning experience. Phul Tamang (Building Services) Phul, Thank you so much for all of the hard work you do for us at Crozet Elementary. You are much appreciated. Prem Sharma (Building Services) Prem always welcomes us when we go to visit our kids. He takes us to the place where we need to go. Ricky Howard (Building Services) Ricky is called upon by our department to take care of a multitude of tasks. From fixing desks, hanging pictures, moving furniture, fixing doors, putting together furniture, the list goes on and on! He always does everything we ask with a smile and with good humor. Robert Taylor (Building Services) Mr. Taylor goes above and beyond on a daily basis. A team player, always willing to lead. Robert Taylor (Building Services) Mr. Taylor always comes into our building with a smile on his face, ready to interact with students. Before he clocks in, you can always find him in the gym watching students enjoy their PE time. Stephanie Jones (Building Services) We are so fortunate to have Ms. Stephanie working at Red Hill. She joined our school staff during the summer and it is as if she has always been part of our community. T.J. Johnson (Building Services) He always has a smile on his face. He never says no and all the kids love him. Alora Henry (Burley Middle School) Ms. Henry respects everyone in our class. She is extremely patient and calm, even though our class is very rambunctious. Amy Hottinger (Burley Middle School) Amy is amazingly meticulous, kind, and efficient. I appreciate so much her willingness to support the often messy work that comes with supporting instruction. Andrew LaPrade (Burley Middle School) Mr. LaPrade is a teacher that understands his students and understands that middle school is hard. He helps us since he knows that middle school is hard. Andrew LaPrade (Burley Middle School) I just moved to Burley this year and I was already looking forward to band. Band has always been something fun for me and I have always enjoyed. Andrew LaPrade (Burley Middle School) Mr. LaPrade is a great teacher because he really knows how to connect with the students and make class really fun. He does more than enough by running before school jazz band and other groups. Andrew LaPrade (Burley Middle School) The feel of the classroom and Mr. LaPrade's vibe makes him seem like he has spent a majority of his life preparing to be a good teacher. I think he does that by connecting with his students better than anyone. Andrew LaPrade (Burley Middle School) Mr. LaPrade lets people, even not in band, hang out in his room during lunch and homeroom. He also is very knowledgeable about what he does, but makes class fun for everyone. Andrew LaPrade (Burley Middle School) Mr. LaPrade brings many people that usually don't talk or play with each other together. We work hard during class so we get breaks to go outside to relax. Andrew LaPrade (Burley Middle School) Andy is very nice to all of his students. He is also a good person. Andrew LaPrade (Burley Middle School) He is very nice to everyone and helps us all be good people and makes sure we put on a good performance. Blair Davis (Burley Middle School) She is always so positive and nice to me as well as the children. She works very closely with the children and I can tell she loves teaching them and making a difference in their life. Blair Davis (Burley Middle School) Ms.Davis was my math teacher in the 6th grade. Being at a new school is hard and different. Calvin Passalaqua (Burley Middle School) He is very patient and kind. He works tirelessly to ensure the cleanliness of the school. Cheryl Edgerton (Burley Middle School) Mrs. Edgerton treats every student with so much respect and as individuals. She continues to teach tirelessly and is determined until the lesson has been learned and demonstrated. Christopher Shedd (Burley Middle School) Mr. Shedd's class was fun and exiting, we did amazing projects and had a great time. He was one of the only teachers that I've had that made him feel like family. Christopher Siebert (Burley Middle School) Before class starts, it is common to find Mr. Siebert working with students (I never took part in this, but I have seen others do it) on certain skills that they want to get better at, and he has shown himself to be quite proficient in those skills, giving advise when needed. Also, when talking with his students, he attempts to do so calmly (although, on a few occasions, he has lost his temper) and offers sympathy to those in difficult situations. Craig Jennings (Burley Middle School) Mr. Jennings is a phenomenal teacher, he is excellent at what he does. He is an amazing teacher and works wonders with his students as well as there families. Craig Jennings (Burley Middle School) Mr.Jennings is always making sure that he has a comfortable environment for all the students. He always makes sure every young person is heard and respected like an adult and that no student should be ashamed of their feelings or opinion. Craig Jennings (Burley Middle School) Mr. Jennings is a great teacher who treats everyone with respect, especially his students. When he teaches his students music, he shows that he clearly cares, and he actually teaches, rather than giving everyone a packet of sheet music to study. Craig Jennings (Burley Middle School) Mr. Jennings doesn't care about what's different about you. For example, if you're a part of the LGBTQ+ community, or have a disability, he only cares about getting to know you and who you are as a person. Craig Jennings (Burley Middle School) Mr. Jennings has helped me through really tough times and I always enjoy his class. His humor and acceptance of everyone shows how he is a positive person and community member. Craig Jennings (Burley Middle School) Mr. Jennings teaches the kindest lessons to us about women's equality and equality of all. He has consistently taught me what its like to be in family like bearettes. Debbie Baker (Burley Middle School) Debbie's classes don't compromise on rigor. I have so much respect for her for holding that bar high. Evelyn Wilson (Burley Middle School) Evelyn cares about every student. She has the kindest heart. John Worozbty (Burley Middle School) Mr. Worozbty always strives to see kids doing their best as it seems to light up his day. He is always wanting to help out/include himself into students projects; as he loves to be a part of the community. John Worozbyt (Burley Middle School) Mr. Worozbyt is the best teacher! He makes coming to school so much fun. I like to eat lunch in his room with him and my friends. John Worozbyt (Burley Middle School) Mr. Worozbyt is always there for anyone who comes to him for help. When you need advice for something, you can go to him and talk through it with him. John Worozbyt (Burley Middle School) Mr. Worozbyt is very kind and he cares about how well we do in school and how we turn out as a person. He wants us to do well and you can tell that he enjoys his job. John Worozbyt (Burley Middle School) Mr. Worozbyt generously allows us to eat in his room for lunch and go to his homeroom to share movies that contain values that he believes are important in our society. Students come to him for help reviewing projects and work and he donates his time to provide helpful and constructive feedback for students. John Worozbyt (Burley Middle School) Mr. Worozbyt takes time out of his day to hold lunch in his room and hold homeroom. Even though, at least, I probably annoy him, he still does lunch for anybody who wants to come. John Worozbyt (Burley Middle School) Mr. Worozbyt constantly encourages me to do my best, and he is a bright person who always makes me feel important and intelligent. He teaches in unorthodox ways that really resonate with me because of how interactive they are. John Worozbyt (Burley Middle School) Mr Worozbyt works extremely hard and goes out of his way to assist students in their times of need. In addition, he is kind and helpful. John Worozbyt (Burley Middle School) Mr.Worozbyt is a really great teacher and is really kind when you don't understand how to do something that is being taught to us. He makes me and other classmates feel safe and powerful when we enter his class, he makes jokes and says specific scenarios that he knows we would all understand. John Worozbyt (Burley Middle School) This teacher has affected me because I can always rely on him to make class fun. When he teaches a class I always get excited because he understands how to teach people in a way that is different then most. John Worozbyt (Burley Middle School) He supports the whole of our school because he brings our hopes up, by taking us on fun trips and teaching life lessons. He is the only teacher I really know I can go to and have a fun time saying what's on my mind. John Worozbyt (Burley Middle School) Mr. Worozbyt helps a tremendous number of students while creating a sense of community throughout them. He welcomes everyone and tries to create a safe and homey environment for all the students there. John Worozbyt (Burley Middle School) Everyone's first year of middle school is always intimidating and scary, but Mr. Worozbyt definitely helped me become more confident as a person, and a student. Mr. Worozbyt is always passionate about what he teaches, and there is never a dull moment when you are around him. John Worozbyt (Burley Middle School) Mr. Worozbyt considerably embodies excellence as well as the other core values. Anyone that has seen Mr. Worozbyt can tell that he is notably passionate about kids' learnings. Katie McKinley (Burley Middle School) Katie constantly strives to make a place for all students in her class. Skill, language, disability and a million different interests all find a home in the art room. Kelsey Whelan (Burley Middle School) It's hard to pick just one category. Kelsey took over a good program and made it outstanding. Leigh Steigman (Burley Middle School) Mrs. Steigman has helped me a lot in becoming a better writer, which was something I wanted to become. She also helped me feel more comfortable with asking teachers for advice with her uplifting spirit. Lori Linville (Burley Middle School) Lori has gone above and beyond her classroom duties to help my son succeed across all his core classes. Lori Linville (Burley Middle School) Mrs. Linville embodies excellence in her teaching by using the curriculum to inspire her students to be better people, members of the community, students, and better to each other. She arrives in class every single day enlightening us with her enthusiasm and faith in our well-being. Lynette Gallagher (Burley Middle School) Mrs. Gallagher helps her students with work. She helps students get their grades up, and helps students understand what they might have gotten wrong on a test or quiz. Lynette Gallagher (Burley Middle School) Ms. Gallagher is always waking up early to help all the kids who do or don't want help. She always wants all the students to do well and work hard even if they don't. Lynette Gallagher (Burley Middle School) Ms. Gallagher is a great teacher. I am terrible at math and she has helped me pass the class. Lynette Gallagher (Burley Middle School) Mrs. Gallagher has been my teacher for the past two years, and throughout that time she has never fallen short of excellence. She goes above and beyond for her students in every way she can. Mae Craddock (Burley Middle School) She is the best. She will go to great lengths to make sure students are happy. Mark Spencer (Burley Middle School) Mr. Spencer is the best teacher I have ever had. He goes out of his way to help his students. Mark Spencer (Burley Middle School) Mr. Spencer was by far one of the best teachers I've ever had. He was kind, respectful, and an excellent teacher. Ouida Powe (Burley Middle School) Dr. Powe has taken the time to get to know and understand our daughter and has become truely her trusted advisor and friend. Ouida Powe (Burley Middle School) Ms. Powe helps with specific issues that come up every once in a while. She works hard to help resolve the issues and tries to help me work it out by myself without having to get teachers involved, which helps with my problem solving skills. Ouida Powe (Burley Middle School) Ms. Powe speaks with you about your life as a whole not just school, and helps you through hard times. She doesn't tell other teachers or students about what the person she is speaking to say unless it is life threatening to the person. Ouida Powe (Burley Middle School) Dr. Powe helps lots of 8th graders at Burley and she does a good job. Ouida Powe (Burley Middle School) Dr. Powe had helped me through so much. Ouida Powe (Burley Middle School) Ouida Powe, the Burley Middle School guidance counselor, embodies the core value of young people simply because she was the right person for her job. Whenever somebody is feeling bad, her personality alone could brighten any mood. Pete Fiddner (Burley Middle School) Mr. Fiddner is a nice and funny teacher. He makes learning fun in my honors math class. Peter Fiddner (Burley Middle School) Peter knows how to deal with people and he is a very nice teacher. Sharon MacDougall (Burley Middle School) Sharon is helpful, organized, and efficient. She has an amazing sense of humor and keeps us all on our toes. Sharon Wood (Burley Middle School) Sharon Wood works tirelessly as a role model and connection for many of our at risk students. She is well loved and seen as someone to come to for advice and help by both students and teachers. Sharon Wood (Burley Middle School) She helps me when I don't understand something, also just someone who I can talk to whenever I need to. Overall the best person I know. Stephanie Grady (Burley Middle School) I don't know how Stephanie does it! Every time I come to school I am in awe! Not only is she keeping the school running and taking care of all the business of the front end that she is responsible for, but she does it with a smile and a joy that is a beautiful thing to see in a Middle School. I know there are parents asking her to get their children out of class all day long and dropping off forgotten things or bringing lunch, putting her in the position of interrupting classes, interrupting her own work, and calling all day long for questions and concerns. Tirese Lewis (Burley Middle School) I appreciate that he really thinks and believes in the diversity of our staff, our resources, and our offerings. His is a necessary and important voice in the Burley Community. Anna Balazs (Cale Elementary School) She knows how to work with children and is always organizing events for the school. She helps the community soooo much probably helps the community the most out of all the teachers that work here. Anna Balazs (Cale Elementary School) Through all of elementary school, she was my favorite teacher. Even now, so many things in my life began during her class or in her library. Anna McQuitty (Cale Elementary School) Ms. McQuitty is an absolute joy! In every area of teaching, I have found her to be excellent. She is an amazing communicator both with the students and with the Parents. Ben Allen (Cale Elementary School) Mr. Allen has been such a joy to get to know. My 5th and 2nd grader were new to his school this year and he has done nothing but go above and beyond to help make our family feel taken care of and a part of the Cale community, despite our rough transition. Ben Allen (Cale Elementary School) He is so nice and smart. We always like when he comes into the classroom and speaks to us and it is so nice. Ben Allen (Cale Elementary School) He's so fun and flexible. He always gives you a second chance. Ben Allen (Cale Elementary School) Mr. Allen does an excellent job in leadership at Cale! He is always organized, efficient and has many creative and fun ideas that he has implemented at our school. Mr. Allen has a true love and passion for the students and makes it a point to try and connect with each. Beth Tice (Cale Elementary School) Ms. Tice I hope that you keep being a teacher for more time for I can come visit you. You are the best person because you help us talk spanish for two years and we would not be here without you, thank for the spanish. Beth Tice (Cale Elementary School) Thank you Ms. Tice for helping us to get ready for middle school and thank for all the science and math and thanks for your help now I know more about cell's and long division. Crystal Thacker (Cale Elementary School) Crystal provides thoughtful, meaningful intervention in order to promote student excellence; she balances students with academic, social, and emotional needs well while maintaining professional collaboration to the benefit of her students. This year she completely changed the structure of her classroom in order to accommodate students who transferred to our school after having negative experiences elsewhere, and she intentionally allowed them to build positive relationships with school staff so they could begin to engage positively in the learning process. Darlene Ragland (Cale Elementary School) Darlene has never met a stranger! She is the one person everyone in our school community can count on for a beautiful smile, heart-felt hello and warm hug if and when you need one. If your mood is not lifted after being in the company of Darlene, then one intentionally wants to be in a sour mood. Darlene Ragland (Cale Elementary School) Darlene has served as an aid in my child’s preschool special ed classroom and this year she has played a huge role in my child’s positive experience in EDEP. I’m convinced Darlene knows every child at Cale ES. Diana Smith (Cale Elementary School) Diana goes above and beyond to help her students and the parents with whatever concerns they have. She communicates with me better than any teacher my children have ever had in this school district. Emily Walker-Border (Cale Elementary School) Every day I come on the bus she always asks me how's your day been going? That makes me know that she cares about me and I appreciate it. Sometimes she gives me snacks she is the best bus driver I ever had and I will never forget her. Eric Stauffer (Cale Elementary School) Eric Stauffer is an amazing teacher when I go in to that gym I feel so pleased I feel like so welcomed. He has great personality and he is so funny! I think he 100% deserves to be on the list of best people in the school. Eric Stauffer (Cale Elementary School) Mr. Stauffer is really fun because he is nice and funny. I like how he comes up with new creative fun games. Gloria Gomez (Cale Elementary School) Ms.Gomez made me a very good Spanish speaker and taught me how to do an accent. She is very kind and respectful. Gloria Gomez (Cale Elementary School) Gracias Ms. Gomez para acer me aprender las cosas que aprendimos en primer grado. A mi me gusta la parte que nosotros isimos de las muleculas y como isiste el globo volando. "Gloria Gomez (Cale Elementary School) Dear Mrs. Gomez, you're the best teacher ever b\c I love how you are, your kindness, the way you are, how caring you are, let's just say your personality. I miss being with you." Isabel Vargas (Cale Elementary School) Srta. Vargas is an excellent teacher! She cares about her students and tries to make school fun, engaging and memorable. Jeannette Reynolds (Cale Elementary School) She has a big heart for what she does. The love she shows to her students is unbelievable. Jeannie Ballard (Cale Elementary School) Mrs. Ballard communicates so well with parents and cares for her students as if they were her own children. Jeannie Ballard (Cale Elementary School) I love how you always teach us in a fun way. Jeff Handler (Cale Elementary School) Mr. Handler is a very good teacher and he makes kids feel special in his class because he's very caring and patient with his students. Jeff Handler (Cale Elementary School) Gracias por tratarnos muy vien y decirnos hola y adios cuando salimos o nos metemos a la clase. El siempre se aseguraba que aprendamos muy bien. Jeff Handler (Cale Elementary School) Mr. Handler was always willing to help us if we need help and he will be passionate with us. If we did something good with a sub he will let us have a little extra recces. Jeff Handler (Cale Elementary School) He was my 4th grade teacher and he always knows how to entertain the students with his funny sense of humor. You could tell he loves all his students from the second they walk into the classroom to the second they walk out. Jeff Handler (Cale Elementary School) Jeff Handler is one of the kindest, compassionate, sympathetic, and inclusive people I have had the honor to work with. He respects ALL of the kids,and not just in his class. Jeffery Handler (Cale Elementary School) My favorite teacher in forth grade was Mr.Handler because when I needed help from him he will always help me. He always complemented me like saying I'm nice and etc. Jeffrey Handler (Cale Elementary School) 4 años en Cale , Y puedo asegurar que el señor Handler es el mejor maestro que mi hija a tenido , su dedicación es única , y la comunicación entre padre y maestro es de otro nivel con el . Jenny Coleman (Cale Elementary School) Ms. Colmen, Thank you for making me learn stuff like math that I didin't know in kindergarden. Thank you for helping me learn. John Daniels (Cale Elementary School) He helps when I'm not trying he tells me try your hardest and never give up. John Daniels (Cale Elementary School) He teaches kids new vocabulary and what the words mean, so they can use the words for the rest of their lives. John Daniels (Cale Elementary School) Mr. Daniels is very optimistic and caring with students. Mr. Daniels is helpful. John Daniels (Cale Elementary School) Mr. Daniels is nice and helps kids. John Roberts (Cale Elementary School) He is nice to little people like me and he helps the school be clean. John Roberts (Cale Elementary School) Thank you Mr. John for cleaning the cafeteria and taking out the trash and I think you should be respected by other people because you are the one who helps us clean all our mess. John Roberts (Cale Elementary School) He would clean up after us. He would help us a lot and help little kids. John Roberts (Cale Elementary School) Mr. John I like that you clean up for us and keeping the school clean. You are good with kids thank you for every thing. John Roberts (Cale Elementary School) Mr. John is an excellent janitor. He helps the community by cleaning the school, and he is nice to all the students, and helps them with their questions. John Roberts (Cale Elementary School) Mr. John cleans our school and he helps kids. He also cleans our gym and bathroom. John Roberts (Cale Elementary School) John does an excellent job taking care of our school! He is ready to help in any way. He is very friendly and always ready to brighten your day with his fun sense of humor! John is also very kind hearted and friendly towards the students and knows many of the students by their name. John Ross (Cale Elementary School) John consistently keeps the classrooms on my wing of the building pristine. He is careful and considerate with classroom materials, furniture, and student projects. John Ross (Cale Elementary School) John does an excellent job of taking care of our school. He is ready to help in anyway he can. John Ross (Cale Elementary School) John takes a lot of pride in his work and is always a friendly and caring presence at our school. John Ross (Cale Elementary School) John Ross has taken care of my classroom for, well, since I can remember! While completing all his tasks, John always has a word of positive encouragement for me. Over the years he has asked about my students and what he can do to help me! When working late and the sun has set, John walks me to my car! Just these little things make him the best custodian ever and a valued co-worker. Karen Garland (Cale Elementary School) She was my Kindergarten Teacher, Kindergarten was my first grade she was so nice to me she made me feel special she made school feel positive and safe. She was kind to me she always made sure if I was fine. Karla Reyes (Cale Elementary School) Karla is a friend to all. Her quiet yet graceful presence is warm and welcoming to students, parents, and her colleagues. Kim Kozella (Cale Elementary School) Ms. Kozella is an amazing teacher. My daughter is excited to go to school everyday and loves to do her reading homework every night. Kim Kozella (Cale Elementary School) Ms. Kozella is infinitely kind and patient with our children, while still helping them achieve excellence. Our daughter had trouble with reading upon entering Ms. Kozella's class and, with the help of the excellent Cale reading staff, has thrived and blossomed. Kimberly Hermsmeier (Cale Elementary School) She is 100% committed to excellent communication with parents about what's happening in the classroom on a daily basis. She sends an email to parents every single day explaining what the children did in school so the parents can engage with their children after school. Kimberly Hermsmeier (Cale Elementary School) Mrs. Hermsmeier has been a wonderful teacher to help transition our daughter from daycare into the more structured environment of Kindergarten! Her daily emails to parents with "today's highlights" are amazing. We know what topics are covered throughout the day and are more easily able to engage in conversation in the evenings (instead of getting a "it was fine" response when we ask about her day!) We appreciate the time it takes for her to write these. Kimberly Hermsmeier (Cale Elementary School) Ms. Hermsmeier is very caring and understanding. She always makes my day a lot better. Kimberly Hermsmeier (Cale Elementary School) Mrs. Hermsmier and Ms. Olson are a perfect team! My oldest son had the same teacher when he was in Kindergarten. Again they impressed me with their dedication and caring for each student to be the best. Kimberly Wilson (Cale Elementary School) Mrs. Wilson stands behind us as students and allows us to be ourselves while helping us work through resolving any issues with our classmates. Mrs. Wilson is kind and thoughtful and she is an excellent teacher. Kimberly Wilson (Cale Elementary School) A staff member that I think should be noticed is Mrs. Wilson, because she's so nice, she likes her students' ideas, and she works so hard to make sure we have fun in class, and she puts a lot of thought into it. She also lets us read in class, and finds fun things like Khan Academy for us to do. Kimberly Wilson (Cale Elementary School) She is always making new ways to learn for us that are educational and fun. She is amazing at her job and she is very calm and she makes me look forward to coming to school every day. Kimberly Wilson (Cale Elementary School) Mrs. Wilson is very kind and understanding. She is always very honest. Kimberly Wilson (Cale Elementary School) Thank you for getting us ready to go to middle school and helping us learn a lot. Thank you for letting us sit in comfortable chairs to sit in while we work. Kimberly Wilson (Cale Elementary School) She has helped me learn to do long division.  She has taught me about weathering and erosion and it was fun. Kimberly Wilson (Cale Elementary School) Ms. Wilson is caring for her students. Ms.Wilson makes me feel special. Kimberly Wilson (Cale Elementary School) She is my teacher currently, she is very inspirationa, she worries about people, she does her very best, she cares about all of us, she is very good at taking care of kids. She makes sure that you have a smile on your face. Kimberly Wilson (Cale Elementary School) She is always loving and kind and she is always about teamwork and community and is so kind and makes me comfortable to be around. Kimberly Wilson (Cale Elementary School) Mrs. Wilson would always be there for us. She is a really nice teacher. Kimberly Wilson (Cale Elementary School) Ms. Wilson makes me feel special. She cares about her students. Kimberly Wilson (Cale Elementary School) Ms. Willson is one of my favorite teachers because when there is a problem she helps us and she is always cheering us up when we are sad she is always happy and that is one thing I like about her and she is always there when we need her. "Kimberly Wilson (Cale Elementary School) Dear Mrs. Wilson, Thanks for being my teacher. I love being with you." Kimberly Wilson (Cale Elementary School) Mrs. Wilson is nice and she take care of us and tells us to be nice. Krystal Osboun (Cale Elementary School) When I was worried about my son's hearing, Ms. Osborn was very kind about testing it for me and was able to confirm that he was indeed experiencing some hearing loss (and I wasn't just being a crazy paranoid parent!). Lisa Jones (Cale Elementary School) Mrs. Jones is an excellent administrator and leader! She has a genuine passion and concern for all the children, their families, her faculty and staff. She will do whatever she can to support her staff's ideas for teaching the children and will support the resources needed in any way she can. Lizmer Montalvo (Cale Elementary School) She is tremendous at helping Spanish speaking parents who can't communicate in English. She is their voice when they call school. Lucy Montalvo (Cale Elementary School) I believe Ms. Montalvo has made herself available to the student and parents and has been consistent in her work with the children. Also she communicate well with me about my son. Marcela Carlock (Cale Elementary School) Marcela is an excellent teacher! She gives 100% in all she does for her students, making lessons very creative, exciting and engaging to help the students learn. She is also a great co-worker ready to share and collaborates her great ideas. Mark Rough (Cale Elementary School) My son came from a school where he felt undervalued. Mr. Rough made my son feel important and he comes home everyday with an amazing story to tell about the things they share and his grades are incredible! Mr. Rough revamped my son’s love of learning. Mark Rough (Cale Elementary School) My 9 yrs old comes home with a big smile on his face and loves school more than ever before. He thinks Mr. Rough makes school “FUN”. Mark Rough (Cale Elementary School) Mr. Rough was my 4th grade teacher when I first moved to VA from NY, he was by far my favorite too. He was always supportive even when he was having a bad day too! I miss him now that i'm in middle school and I know I wont get to see his face everyday. Mary Batres (Cale Elementary School) When I was sad she always cheard me up. When I was hurt she helped me. Mary Batres (Cale Elementary School) Mrs. Batres is an amazing teacher. She has been so good to us when it comes to keeping in contact with us regarding our daughter. Mary Pancake (Cale Elementary School) She is really nice, she teaches me a lot of stuff. She loves her job but she does not get noticed enough. Olivia Delph (Cale Elementary School) Ms. Delph works hard to meet the needs of her students. She works hard to make schedules for other teachers and kids so they can succeed in school. Pam Gardner (Cale Elementary School) Pam does a top notch job in our school office helping our school to run smoothly! She took on many additional roles as she helped to train two new office staff. She is always willing to help anyone and does it with a smile. Ronica Turner (Cale Elementary School) Ms. Turner was a great counselor. When I first came here in first grade, I had trouble meeting people. Sarah Morgan (Cale Elementary School) She taught me so many new things when I was in her class. She forgives you when you do something wrong. Seidou Kondo (Cale Elementary School) Seidou is really nice, people don't see him enough because he starts working when we leave. He is really nice, he does a really good job cleaning. Stephanie Palm (Cale Elementary School) Mrs.Palm is a beautiful person in and out. She is very compassionate and is always available to answer questions. Steve Ivory (Cale Elementary School) He's fun, caring, nice, kind, awesome, sweet,and energetic. He thinks of us the girl as his daughers, he hugs us, he cheers us up like when we are doing a p. Sue Harris (Cale Elementary School) Mrs. Harris is one of those teachers where if you raise your hand she won't make you raise it forever and that shows respect. You can really tell Mrs.Harris cares about her students no matter when or where. Sue Harris (Cale Elementary School) She is very understanding and she always knows how to teach and she never gets mad at us. She also always tried to make learning as fun as she could for us. Sue Harris (Cale Elementary School) Mrs. Harris was my teacher in third grade, and she helped me get interested on writing short stories. I hated writing them before, and now I write often. Teresa Archer (Cale Elementary School) Teresa can be found working with nearly every grade level in every pod. Her level of commitment and dedication to students and her job is unmatched to many. Terry Graff (Cale Elementary School) She always tells my parents how good I was in class. She liked star wars and she lets us play with her bb-8. Tonisha Cooke (Cale Elementary School) Tonisha brought her expertise from the social work field into her SEAD position and applied it seamlessly across all roles. Her knowledge and professionalism shared throughout this school year has been as asset to our teaMs. Tonisha’s willingness to advocate for students as well as her colleagues was something to admire as well as mirror. Travis Johnson (Cale Elementary School) Travis does an excellent job of taking care of our classrooms! He is always ready to do whatever he can to help us out. Virginia Coleman (Cale Elementary School) Mrs. Coleman is very caring and loves her job. She is very respectful to her students she's very patient and works very hard to make her students happy. Virginia Coleman (Cale Elementary School) She gives kids knowledge that they'll use for the rest of their life. She's kind, she gave out prizes when I went to her class. Virginia Slechta (Cale Elementary School) Ms.Slechta has the patience of a saint! She is always so calm and gentle with her students. She sends home hand written notes to each student from time to time that include positive traits and qualities of the students. Carlos Martinez (CATEC) Carlos is the hardest working man I know! He is always busy, whether outside taking care of the lawn, the plants, and mulching, or indoors keeping our building clean and in great shape. When we found ourselves short a staff member he started working extra hours to help out. Doris Dowell (CATEC) There is no job too large or small for "Ms. Doris" to take on and complete! The students respect and love her. Doug Keaton (CATEC) Doug Keaton is a first year Assistant Principal at CATEC. I am a first year teacher as well. Jacqueline Waller (CATEC) Mrs. Waller strives everyday to bring excitement to the class, but most importantly values and respects all of her students as well as mine. Her ability to guide, direct and inspire excellence in her students is amazing. Karen Brown (CATEC) They helped me to get my grades up, and helped me realize that being in trouble isn’t what I needed. Kim Smyth (CATEC) Dr. Smyth is an outstanding Veterinary Science Instructor! She engages students daily in hands-on, project-based activities/labs that support the curriculum and vast medical terminology that is taught in the course. Krystle Kogami (CATEC) Krystle is always willing to help in any way. She has been moved all over the building and has always kept a good attitude while performing requested tasks. Krystle Kogami (CATEC) Krystle has filled many roles at CATEC. She is a wonderful Instructional Assistant who enjoys helping the students. Leslie Chisholm (CATEC) She assures that CATEC is operational each day. She assures that all of the teachers meet their professional development requirements each year. Leslie Chisholm (CATEC) Ms. Chisholm keeps everyone organized and on-task during our weekly leadership meetings. She anticipates issues that may arise surrounding a specific upcoming event or task and prompts the group to engage in discussion to lay out the options and settle on a solution. Marlaine Hall (CATEC) Mrs. Hall took on organizing/leading the serving staff and organization of the dinning hall during CATEC Community Night. She communicated with staff members and students, and also set up a sign-up sheet about the needs for that evening. Mary Lou Boyd (CATEC) Mrs. Boyd spends time before and after school meeting with students and preparing materials to ensure that both students and instructor are prepared for a successful State Board Exam session. In addition, Mrs. Boyd works closely with the Nurse Aide Advisory Council to prepare students for the end of the year interview/HIRE Day. Shannon Tomlin (CATEC) Shannon can do anything and does everything. Her work ethic is excellent and precise. Shannon Tomlin (CATEC) Mrs. Tomlin is a compassionate, highly competent career counselor, who is confident in her ability to reach all students, parents, business and community partners. She provides students with the skills, support, and guidance necessary for students to excel academically and socially, enabling them to enter the workforce with success. Sid Trimmer (CATEC) Mr. Trimmer works with CATEC Building Trades & Electrical students. He takes the lead on various school projects, while at the same time, supporting students as they complete work order tasks throughout the building. Cathy Wojcik (Central Office) My first encounter with Cathy was November, 2018. She returned my call (the same day!) and helped to guide me, the anxious & concerned parent, through the process of the county assessment for my son. Ethel Johnson (Central Office) Ethel literally keeps our office going. As a new employee at the COB, I had a lot to learn (still do), and she has been patient with me throughout the process. Jamie Gellner (Central Office) Jamie has done a tremendous job partnering with HR for the implementation of the new time and attendance system. She has helped to write policies, coordinate meetings, maintain timelines, and prepare materials for transparency to the public, staff, and the School Board. Jenn Sublette (Central Office) Jenn has been an amazing support for the librarian group. We appreciate all she has done to listen to us, support us, and facilitate the work that we do both at the school and division level. Matt Haas (Central Office) Matt Haas is a true leader in ACPS. He is genuine and caring. Matt Haas (Central Office) I am not sure if anyone nominates the superintendent, but I did want to take a moment especially to acknowledge what I think is a brave role in banning the confederate flag through existing policy. Here in Crozet, even talking about equity with Parent Council got me an anonymous phone call from a "Henley Grandmother" hostile about the discussion. Mindy Moran (Central Office) Mindy has been so wonderful to work with. Even though she just started last summer, her enthusiasm and creativity and fun spirit are already helping to bring FA teachers together. Nick King (Central Office) Dr. King is a true champion for our young people! He is always standing in their corner and always looking to make the right decisions for them. Reeda Deane (Central Office) Reeda exemplifies excellence and dedication! She is always looking out for the best interest of our staff members and our stake holders. Reeda is very dedicated to her work and I would be hard pressed to name someone whom I've worked with in the past who had the same dedication and ethical compass when it came to her work. Rosalyn Schmitt (Central Office) I have recently been able to observe Rosalyn in action as a new member on the LRPAC. I was so impressed watching her come from a LRPAC meeting straight to a late evening Crozet Community meeting and immediately present before a crowd of (honestly a bit hostile) parents on the issue of overcrowding. Tanisha Thompson (Central Office) On a scale of 1-10 of Office Managers, Tanisha is a 20! Tanisha manages an office that is fast paced and high energy. She is kind, she is respectful and she is a working manager. Kevin Hall (Child Nutrition) Mr. Hall, Thank you providing excellent service and making an effort to reach out to the WAHS Community. Kevin Hall (Child Nutrition) Kevin is always a positive influence on the children and staff. Michelle Brown (Child Nutrition) I'm nominating Ms. Brown because she has been the nicest cafeteria lady we've ever know. She knows what we want to drink every time. Sandy Herndon (Child Nutrition) Sandy shows a diligence in her work, recognizing the needs (dietary and financial) of all the students at Scottsville Elementary School. She makes the kids feel seen, noticed, respected, equal, and even loved. Lucy Akers-Allen (CPCS) Ms. Allen is very nice and kind to everyone. One time a few people at my school had a band concert and she went to that. Annette Shifflett (Crozet Elementary School) Ms. Shifflett is, without fail, cheerful, positive, and, at the same time, organized! She is the face of Crozet Elementary and a wonderful representative for our school. Ms. Shifflett is kind and attentive to students, parents, and staff. Annette Shifflett (Crozet Elementary School) Annette is a Rock Star Office Associate. Everyone (students, teachers, staff, parents, admin, families, visitors) depends on Annette. Annie Herndon (Crozet Elementary School) Anne works with everyone - students, teachers and parents with care and compassion. She seeks out positive ways to collaborate and provide ongoing support to her colleagues and teachers. Ashley Henderson (Crozet Elementary School) Ashley is the Queen of analyzing Student Data and Schedules. She has created a strong Autism base program that entails all the research-based instructional strategies to make a difference in student learning. Atlanta Hutchins (Crozet Elementary School) Atlanta embodies community by being a community builder as our 3rd grade team leader and math lead. She is the queen of facilitating a strong PLC team that is collaborative and impactful. Atlanta Hutchins (Crozet Elementary School) Ms. Hutchin's is nice, rewards based on achievement, coaches reading very well. Barbara Albertson (Crozet Elementary School) Mrs. Albertson's classroom has been the perfect place for my fourth grader to learn and grow. She makes sure the expectations are high, but also knows when to handle things gently and it’s the perfect balance for my naturally introverted daughter. Barbara Albertson (Crozet Elementary School) Barbara embodies community by being the Queen of Responsive Classroom Approach. Her morning messages are meaningful and interactive as well as her morning meetings. Barbara Huneycutt (Crozet Elementary School) Barbara embodies excellence by the way she goes above and beyond in all she does to ensure the best learning for all her students. She is the queen of designing engaging hands-on real life learning opportunities. Bethany Maupin (Crozet Elementary School) Bethany works on a Rock Star A Base TA team! She plays a key role in the team being so amazing in providing awesome support to our Autism students. She is so kind and thoughtful - she smiles all the time that makes everyone else smile. Betsy Agee (Crozet Elementary School) Betsy is a community builder! She is the queen of thoughtful, meaningful creative projects and ideas. She is a trailblazer when seeking community and global resources to promote powerful, real-life learning opportunities for our students! The 5th grade IMPACT water project is a game changer for our students and school community. Brandy Garbaccio (Crozet Elementary School) Brandy has just completed a huge joint project where she incorporated her school community and local community by planting over 200 trees to prevent water runoff from getting into Parrot Branch Creek. This was all organized by Brandy and with the help of local community members, CES 5th Graders, and local high school students, was completed in under 2 hours. Brandy Garbaccio (Crozet Elementary School) Brandy is the Queen of providing ALL students a learning opportunity to thrive! She gives our 5th grade students access to tons of enriching learning opportunities that they think they cannot do. She guides and supports them all the way through - writing/essay contests, poetry contests and Podcasts contest. Brandy Maupin (Crozet Elementary School) Brandy works on a Rock Star A Base TA team! She plays a key role in the team being so amazing in providing awesome support to our Autism students. She is so kind and thoughtful - she smiles all the time that makes everyone else smile. Caitlin Poole (Crozet Elementary School) Ms. Poole is a new (last year) instructional teacher at Crozet Elementary. She has been innovative and energetic in her approach to enrichment - STEM projects, outside math competitions, a borrowing library in her classroom. Caitlin Poole (Crozet Elementary School) Caitlin exemplifies the ACPS gifted services model by growing out the Talent Development component and collaborating with all grade levels and teachers. She team teaches with teachers throughout the school and contributes to every grade level PLC meeting. Carolyn White (Crozet Elementary School) Carolyn works on a Rock Star ABase TA team! She is so kind and thoughtful - she smiles all the time that makes everyone else smile. Carolyn is always ready to help out wherever she is needed. Chris Kiewra (Crozet Elementary School) Chris has this amazing gift to solve our technology issues. Every time we struggle with connectivity with the internet or hardware challenges, Chris walks into the building and works his magic. Christy Wilson (Crozet Elementary School) Christy is an amazing school psychologist. She has a special talent with Eligibility meetings that makes everyone at the meeting feel heard and valued. Claire Fisher (Crozet Elementary School) Claire joined the CBase TA team recently and you would not have been able to tell she was new to this job. She is thoughtful and kind. Crystal Herndon (Crozet Elementary School) Crystal has been subbing as our cafe manager throughout this school year. She has done an incredible job with a smile on her face. David Steppe (Crozet Elementary School) David is an exceptional bus driver. He keeps all his students safe. Dawn Laine (Crozet Elementary School) Dawn is the Queen of themed, literature based and special event PE games that she learned from attending state and national PE conferences. She creates PE commercials for the morning news. Debbie Hajek (Crozet Elementary School) Debbie is a Rock Star school nurse. Her warmth and kind spirit makes everyone in our school community feel special. Debbie Hyactt (Crozet Elementary School) My kindergartener has T1D. Nurse Debbie has cared for her like she was her own. Debbie Smith (Crozet Elementary School) Debbie is an excellent bus driver - keeping our students safe. She is always willing to help out whenever they have to double up buses or do an extra route. Fannie Smith (Crozet Elementary School) Fannie is an awesome bus driver. She ensures all her students are safe with care and compassion. Floyd Ayres (Crozet Elementary School) Floyd strives every afternoon to keep our school safe and clean with a smile on his face. He is always ready to help me set up for large school event with a positive mindset. Gay Baker (Crozet Elementary School) Gay embodies young people by her exceptional warm, caring spirit of making each student and parents feel special with her classroom theme around Peanuts. Each student has an opportunity to take Snoppy home. Gina Erskine (Crozet Elementary School) Gina embodies excellence by the way she coaches and inspires all her students to do their best. She provides one to one support to each student and guides their understanding with much care and thought. Gopal Magar (Crozet Elementary School) Gopal works hard everyday with a smile on his face to keep our school safe and clean. He is always ready to help me set up for large school events and does it with a positive mindset. Gwedette Crummie (Crozet Elementary School) Ms. Crummie is the pillar of the CRES community. She is very involved with and attentive to the kids at her school. Hannah Snoddy (Crozet Elementary School) Our RTI students get so excited to go with Hannah to learn their letters and sounds. She engages the PALs students with fun and engaging phonic activities. Harnavleen Saggi (Crozet Elementary School) Rinku works with children with Autism. She started with the A-BASE department three years ago and has helped it grow with her professionalism and kindness with students. Harnvaleen Saggi (Crozet Elementary School) Harnvaleen works on a Rock Star A Base TA team! She is one of the reasons why the team is so amazing in providing awesome support to our Autism students. She is so kind and thoughtful - she smiles all the time that makes everyone else smile. Hope Caplan (Crozet Elementary School) Hope has turned our Art program around with a high level of community engagement. She grew out our art curriculum through grade level collaborations and displaying students work around the entire school building. Hope Farrah (Crozet Elementary School) Miss Farrar is a wonderful caring person who really understands her students. She attended the Crozet schools herself and is highly thought off throughout the community. Hope Farrar (Crozet Elementary School) Hope embodies community by her warm smile and spirit that she shares with our students and school community. She welcomes everyone every day and ask how are you doing and how she can help. Jamie Glorius (Crozet Elementary School) Jamie makes every VAAP student feel important, valued and successful. She works with each student with much care and compassion. Janet Key (Crozet Elementary School) Janet helps keep our special education students safe on the bus. She does it with care and compassion. Jaylen Crist (Crozet Elementary School) Jaylen embodies young people by her caring attitude to help her students to be the best they can be. When you walk into her room, her classroom atmosphere feels like a family. Jaylen Crist (Crozet Elementary School) Miss Crist is so good with her third grade students. According to my daughter she is “cool” and can even do the floss dance! She knows exactly what third grade children are into these days and does an excellent job keeping them engaged in learning. Jaylen Crist (Crozet Elementary School) Ms. Crist values all her students and works to make connections with each one of them. She has created a community where each student feels valued and respected. Jayme Rowland (Crozet Elementary School) Jayme Rowland is an excellent teaching assistant that consistently goes above and beyond for her students. She collaborates with colleagues to deliver high caliber lessons for her students. Jayme Rowland (Crozet Elementary School) Jayme has this amazing gift of being calm and helpful in all that we do. She is a parent as well and with this dual role, she is professional in all aspects of her work with our VAAP students. "Jennifer Barnes (Crozet Elementary School) JW embodies excellence by her passion and commitment to our kindergarten students on a daily basis. She is always prompt and ready to help with a beautiful smile." Jennifer Donahue (Crozet Elementary School) Jennifer is new to our Cbase TA team. She went all in to get to know each VAAP student. Jessica Gibson (Crozet Elementary School) Jessica ensures our school is safe and clean. She looks out for our students, teachers, staff and families with care and compassion. Jessica Morrone (Crozet Elementary School) Jessica embodies young people by the way she has a natural talent of working with her students with their personal problems, concerns and behaviors with care and compassion. She coaches her students up to be confident and self-determined. Judy Hatmaker (Crozet Elementary School) Judy runs to the classroom with enthusiasm to provide instructional support for our students and teachers. I always see her moving quickly in the hallways with a smile making her way to another classroom ready to make a difference in student learning. Judy Schmertzle (Crozet Elementary School) Judy embodies community by her exceptional spirit of helping everyone with grace, determination and style. Judy is always asking how she can help and supports us everywhere in the school. Justin Stauffer (Crozet Elementary School) Justin is the rock star with creating hands-on science experiments that our students truly enjoy. He strives to make learning fun and engaging with much care and thought. Katharine Werner (Crozet Elementary School) Katharine has been a wonderful addition to our school. She collaborates with all teachers with lessons - working side by side in helping students learn by pushing in the classrooms on a daily basis. Katherine Hamel (Crozet Elementary School) Katherine embodies community with her impactful leadership in being our Leadership Club coordinator and team leader. The leadership club inspires and sustains our sense of community with student voice and agency. Kevin Anstine (Crozet Elementary School) Thank you for always willing to help other drivers. When you went to an accident that was holding up a driver from finishing her run, you helped her get turned around and finish her run. Kevin Anstine (Crozet Elementary School) Kevin is an amazing lead bus driver. His leadership has kept our students safe on the bus. Kimberly Huckstep (Crozet Elementary School) Kimberly embodies community by how she is always working collaboratively with everyone to ensure our first graders are learning. Her special touch with creative lesson ideas and support is so helpful. LaDawn Lancaster (Crozet Elementary School) LaDawn embodies young people by her incredible creative, engaging word study activities that she designs and create to engage our young kindergartners to learn how to spell and use words with joy. She is always lending a helping hand to help others. Laura Baxter (Crozet Elementary School) Ms. Baxter is the queen of Responsive Classroom positive teacher language.  She makes every student feel welcome and important. Laura Foley (Crozet Elementary School) Laura embodies excellence by her amazing dedication, care and compassion for our first graders. She is always prompt and ready to help our students and teachers in any way possible with a smile. Lauren Caminati (Crozet Elementary School) Lauren was new to our school and she jumped right in with a positive and collaborative mindset. She began the year getting to know our students and teachers by attending morning meetings. Leora Brown (Crozet Elementary School) Leora has such a warm, helpful collaborative spirit with our students, teachers and ESOL families. She facilitated incredible academic support for our ESOL students with America Reads tutors and ESOL Family Literacy program. Liane Via (Crozet Elementary School) Chef Via collaborated with our students to add special items on the lunch menu such as specialty pizzas. She supports and participates in our school activities - Grandparents day, Storybook Character day, Farm to School week, National School Breakfast week - our students love it especially chocolate chip muffins on Wednesday mornings. Linda McDaniel (Crozet Elementary School) Linda is a Rock Star EDEP coordinator for Crozet Elementary. She goes above and beyond with the after school programming - gardening, maker/STEM activities, Read aloud, Art/Crafts, field trips, guest speakers and writes grants (that she was awarded numerous of times) to support this high level of enrichment for all students. Lisa Crotzer (Crozet Elementary School) Lisa works on a Rock Star A Base TA team! She plays a key role in the team being so amazing in providing awesome support to our Autism students. She is so calm and kind - she smiles all the time that makes everyone else smile. Lori Phillips (Crozet Elementary School) Lori embodies community by the way she engages student participation to build a classroom community. Every morning when I come in to greet her class with a good morning - the students respond with a creative good morning response that relates to anything special happening that day. Mara Check (Crozet Elementary School) Mara embodies young people by her warm and caring approach that gives each student a sense of belonging - she personalizes the learning space to make each student feel special. She is always ready to help out wherever she is needed. Mary Caldwell (Crozet Elementary School) Mary is new to our school. She has been wonderful in helping out wherever there is a need with a smile and positive mindset. Mary Heppner (Crozet Elementary School) Mary is new to our school. She has done an incredible job of improving our school climate activities and mentoring program from WAHS with a kind heart and a smile on her face. Patrick Maranuk (Crozet Elementary School) Patrick is a new bus driver and he is doing an excellent job. He keeps our students safe and he does it with a smile. Paul St.Pierre (Crozet Elementary School) Paul does a fine job keeping our students safe on the bus. He is willing to help out as needed when buses need to double up with a shortage of drivers. Paula Huckstep (Crozet Elementary School) Paula is a Rock Star! She designs and develops creative interactive hands-on learning opportunities for our VAAP students. She does it with much joy and excitement. Phul Tamang (Crozet Elementary School) Phul had to stand in for our lead custodian this year. He is always ready to help and a quick learner with care and understanding. Rachel Dulaney (Crozet Elementary School) Rachel rolls in and rolls out helping our students with physical therapy with care and compassion. She does it with a smile on her face. Rachel Morris (Crozet Elementary School) Rachel embodies young people by her hard work and dedication to meet the individual needs of our first graders with care and understanding. She strives to implement new methods to ensure each student's success in every aspect of a student's day. Rachel Morris (Crozet Elementary School) Thank you for creating a loving and caring classroom community where my child feels success, joy, and a sense of belonging. Taylor absolutely loves going to school every day and you are such an integral part of his happiness this year. Ron Lewis (Crozet Elementary School) Ron is such a kind, caring and amazing instructional support. He works with every teacher in grades 3-5 to provide additional academic support to our students. Rudra Gurug (Crozet Elementary School) Rudra is an wonderful Sped bus driver. He greets me daily with a smile. Ruth Kirby (Crozet Elementary School) Ms. Kirby represents thoughtfulness and community awareness. She is attentive to all students, parents, and staff. Ruth Kirby (Crozet Elementary School) Ruth created the Sunshine Committee at our school that brings sunshine to any staff member going through life changes/difficulties - job change, retirement, birth, wedding, engagement, death, health issues, etc.. Susan Anhold (Crozet Elementary School) Susan does this incredible job of building a diverse array of books in our collections. She read aloud books to all our students that represent diversity in fiction and nonfiction. Tammi Williams (Crozet Elementary School) Tammi embodies excellence in all she does as an amazing kindergarten teacher, team leader and lead science teacher. She is the ultimate kindergartner whisperer! No one knows a kindergartner like Ms. WilliaMs. Her dedication, teaching talents, growth mindset and positive leadership resonates throughout the school community. Tammi Williams (Crozet Elementary School) My student has a life threatening food allergy which requires specific classroom accommodations. Tammi happily made her classroom into a safe space for my student and goes above and beyond making sure that my kindergartener is part of the community- no matter what. Tammi Williams (Crozet Elementary School) Tammi has created a wonderful community in her kindergarten classroom this year. I could not have asked for a better teacher for my son in his first year of school. Tammi Williams (Crozet Elementary School) I have enjoyed watching my granddaughter grow into a person of excellence who not only values respect for herself but for others and their personal space. Ms. Williams has expressed this importance to her students in various situations in word and in deed. Tiffany Patterson (Crozet Elementary School) Tiffany treats every student with respect, kindness and dignity as she helps them during PE. Her warmth and understanding spirit keeps each student engaged in PE. Tracy Brown (Crozet Elementary School) Tracy is a community builder through music. She is a dynamic music teacher. Trudy Wyant (Crozet Elementary School) Trudy works hard every day to ensure our students enjoy their lunches. She is always ready to help out with PTO or school events that require the use of the kitchen. Virginia Slechta (Crozet Elementary School) Ginny embodies young people by her amazing care and compassion to ensure all students will succeed in a safe, nurturing learning environment. She launched a PBL about Spreading Kindness that has impacted our first graders to own their learning and inspired them to give back to their school community through kindness. Zach Laird (Crozet Elementary School) Zach is always flexible and willing to try something new in PE. He incorporated technology in PE with using Plickers to educate our primary grade students about health and wellness. Debbie Hajek (Crozet Elemetary School) “Nurse Debbie” is one of my son’s favorite adults at school because, in his most fearful times, she has made him feel safe and cared for. She knows both my boys and their needs, and has always been there to tend to and comfort them when they needed it. Jessica Gibson (Crozet Elemetary School) This woman goes beyond her expectations and her job she is a very pleasant person she helps you in anyway.When she’s not there you can tell. Gracie Booker (Custodial) Gracie does a wonderful job. Her hard work is appreciated. John "Dan" Arrington (Custodian) Mr. Dan is a tremendous support to our students at MLES! He encourages them to do their best each day and takes the time to get to know our students. He cares about what is important to each of them as individuals. Marquez Mitchell (EDEP) Mr. Mitchell can't be around much any more due to his own new "young people" but he truly embodies this value! I speak for a crew of mothers whose children benefited from his servant-leadership throughout last year and this at the Cale EDEP location. Marquez took the time to learn children's likes and dislikes, fears and talents, and the hidden magic in each of them. Jonny Antigua (ESOL) Jonny is often the first face that families see when they walk into the International & ESOL Welcome Center. His cheerful, positive nature makes him the ideal person to welcome visitors. Lanette Hillman (ESOL) Lanette has designed and led a superb training for our ACPS interpreters and translators. She works across schools to support them with their community outreach and engagement. Mary Morales (ESOL) Ms. Morales is the best teacher ever!!! She makes me laugh, feel better about myself, and gives good advice when needed. I will miss her next school year but hope she has fun with what she has planned. Ron Forline (ESOL) Mr. Forline takes a lot of his own time to organize and play soccer games with students, especially our Latino boys. He uses the games to learn about the students and motivate them to focus on success in school. Sabra Timmins (ESOL) Our Albemarle County has the University of Virginia and various government-related facilities and companies.Therefore, many families from overseas as well as the United States often stay here for short or long term. Deb Haas Murphy (Food Service) We nominate Deb Haas Murphy for the We Notice Award. Ms. Deb always goes over and above to accommodate our special need students, with a smile. Kara Redman (Food Services) Dear Mom,Tthank you for helping me and working hard. Love, Lilly. Karen Goodloe (Greer Elementary) Ms. Karen helps everyone find good books and makes kids feel good. Allie Wormuth (Greer Elementary School) Mrs. Wormuth goes above and beyond to help her student’s succeed. Our son has troubles reading, but is very smart. Australia Pleasants (Greer Elementary School) I’ve noticed that Australia greets kids coming through the office by name. She says hi to them, and connects with them. Australia Pleasants (Greer Elementary School) Whenever I see Australia, she greets children by name. She makes them feel noticed and important. Australia Pleasants (Greer Elementary School) Australia is a kind, outgoing, fun person! She truly seems to know every kid and something about each one. She forms relationships with the students easily and is able to help them when they need it. Bonnie Vineyard (Greer Elementary School) Bonnie is such a wonderful person to have at Greer! She is kind, warm, and so knowledgeable. She makes the kids feel better when they are not feeling well and does it with genuine warmth and empathy. Caitlin Culberson (Greer Elementary School) I've been really impressed with Caitlin's professionalism, ability and genuine care for her students. She's made my son Wyatt really enjoy school. Catherine Perrin (Greer Elementary School) Ms. Perrin is all for her students. She pays attention to their needs and emotions all in one. Chelsea Masterson (Greer Elementary School) Chelsea works with a few of our shared kids and she does an amazing job with them! She is friendly, kind, outgoing, and has amazing patience. She always has a smile on her face and is willing to pitch in during any situation. Dakota Williamson (Greer Elementary School) Dakota is such an amazing, dynamic, fun teacher! Not only does she make learning fun, but her personality makes everyone want to be around her - both students and staff! She is kind, fair, and treats all students with love and respect. She also has incredible patience! Dakota is always willing to try out new things to help all students. Darla Ullery (Greer Elementary School) Darla is always doing such kind things behind the scenes to make sure that everyone feels loved and cared about. She is extremely thoughtful and hard-working. Dave Leckrone (Greer Elementary School) Dave is fun to be around and works hard to educate all children. He is a great role model for the kids and he makes collaborating work. Deb Mayo (Greer Elementary School) I am so grateful for Mrs. Mayo. She has gone above and beyond to ensure my son gets the help he needs while pushing him to do his best. Deb Mayo (Greer Elementary School) Deb goes above and beyond for my daughter. Deb Mayo (Greer Elementary School) Deb is an outstanding teacher. She is a strong advocate for her students. Deb Mayo (Greer Elementary School) Deb truly embodies all of these core values. She is an amazing teacher! She is thoughtful in her lesson planning and truly makes her teaching adapted to what each student needs. Debbie Shelor (Greer Elementary School) Debbie wraps her whole heart around every Bright Star in her room. She works countless hours to make sure her room feels like home away from home to her students. Debbie Shelor (Greer Elementary School) I had the pleasure of getting to see Ms. Shelor in action and learn first hand from her about teaching little ones. She helped me prepare for a special time with my daughter's preschool classroom. Deonna Hackett (Greer Elementary School) Deonna is always willing to do whatever is asked of her. She seeks out ways to help all students and communicates well with teachers in the building. Donnell Hopkins (Greer Elementary School) Hop is great with the kids and will always help when needed! He not only helps support our b-base students, but has been asked on multiple occasions to help with other kids. Dorothy Spencer (Greer Elementary School) Dorothy is the Office Associate at the elementary school with the largest number of English Learners. The International & ESOL Office is in constant communication with her as we register new students. Dorothy Spencer (Greer Elementary School) Dorothy does so much, we probably don't even know half of it! She is kind, thoughtful, and caring! She works super hard and tries to make things easier for everyone else. Erika Woodling (Greer Elementary School) Erika is a kind, loving person who has such incredible patience! She always greets the students with warmth and kindness, treats all students with respect, and is always willing to help in any way. Gail Morowitz (Greer Elementary School) Gail is so loving and kind! She is fun and loves to make crafts, special friday surprises, and share things with the kids. Grace Rieman (Greer Elementary School) Grace has such a calm, easy-going, friendly demeanor! She always stays calm and collected no matter the situation. She is kind and friendly and always has a smile on her face. Hannah Allen (Greer Elementary School) Hannah is hard-working, personable, and positive. She is willing to jump in any situation and help out. Jay Kolbrener (Greer Elementary School) Jay is a kind, fun person! He includes everyone and treats everyone with respect and kindness. He is thoughtful and a great asset to Greer. Jeanne D'antoni (Greer Elementary School) Jeanne is an exceptional teacher! She is hard working, a great problem solver, and is always willing to help others and offer ideas. Jen Henry (Greer Elementary School) Jen Henry is a hard working school counselor who always goes above and beyond to work with students, families and staff to make sure every student succeeds. She has great rapport with all stakeholders and keeps a smile on her face no matter how many tasks she is juggling. Jen Henry (Greer Elementary School) Jen is constantly running from place to place to help as many students as she can throughout the day. She wears many hats throughout the school day and does so with ease. Jennifer Braxton (Greer Elementary School) Jennifer is a kind, sweet, lovely person! She greets everyone with a smile and makes students and staff feel welcome. She does so much work behind the scenes and does it with a smile. Katie Gifford (Greer Elementary School) Katie is always thinking of others and how to make things easier for other people. She is super organized, detail oriented, and kind. Kelly McConnell (Greer Elementary School) Kelly and her whole team are the definition of excellent to me. My daughter has autism. Kelly O'Connell (Greer Elementary School) Kelly is a truly amazing special education teacher! She is laid-back, fun, and kind. She creates wonderful activities, lessons, and experiences for her students. Kristie Friday (Greer Elementary School) Kristie is hard-working, willing to help out in any capacity, and has great relationships with students and staff. She truly knows each child - what works for them, what upsets them, and what they need. Kristina Hunt (Greer Elementary School) She always has patience with my son. Lauren Mackey (Greer Elementary School) Lauren is an outstanding teacher. She is kind and caring and always has her students best interest in mind. Laurie Eagle (Greer Elementary School) Laurie is a joy to work with. She is so hard working and does her best to help all students. Lori Aldridge (Greer Elementary School) Lori is great with the students and excellent in communication. Lorianna Schwartz (Greer Elementary School) Lorianna is new to our school this year, but she has been a wonderful addition to the Greer staff! She is warm and kind, and has wonderful ideas to keep the students engaged and having fun. She is super organized and has a huge toolbox of strategies to use. Meaghan Craddock (Greer Elementary School) Meaghan Craddock supports her students in a variety of ways to suit their individual needs. Not only does Mrs. Craddock support her current students, she continues to support former students and can even been found supporting students who are not even hers. Shana Thompson (Greer Elementary School) Shana is a hard-working, reliable, and kind person. She builds relationships with kids and makes them feel safe and loved. Shannon McLaughlin (Greer Elementary School) Shannon works hard to build a community within the Greer teaching staff through yoga every Thursday. She provides an outlet after a busy week for us to relax and take a breath. Shannon McLaughlin (Greer Elementary School) Shannon is an exceptional teacher. She is kind, hard-working, and fun! She is flexible and willing to try anything to help her students succeed. Shelby Hawkins (Greer Elementary School) Shelby always has a smile on her face and greets everyone with kindness! She works super hard to take care of the school and make it great for students and fellow staff members. Susan Brumbaugh (Greer Elementary School) Susie has such a great personality and a kind smile! She truly seems to know and understand the students and is able to help them. The kids enjoy spending time with her and her calm, caring nature helps them greatly. Timmy Walker (Greer Elementary School) Mr. Timmy works tirelessly to ensure that our school is a clean and welcoming community for students, teachers, and families. He is at school early in the morning to open the building and greet the day with a smile on his face. Timmy Walker (Greer Elementary School) Mr. Timmy is always very nice. He greets us in the hallways and at lunch time. Timmy Walker (Greer Elementary School) Mr. Timmy actually embodies all of these values. He is a wonderful person! He works extremely hard to take care of our school and makes sure that everything is safe and in tip top shape for the kids and staff. Toni Thorne (Greer Elementary School) Toni is extremely patient and kind. She is so thoughtful when working with students and is always working to help them do their best. Tracy Sides (Greer Elementary School) Ms. Sides has shown the value of excellence in many ways. She has done an amazing job with my son and it shows tremendously. Wes Shelley (Greer Elementary School) I have been super impressed with Wes's professionalism, kindness, and knowledge. It has been a pleasure getting to know him this year. "Meg Rader Megan Miller (Henley Middle School) Meg Rader and Megan Miller are two of the most dedicated supportive teachers. They work above and beyond to help support kids with special challenges." Allison Drake (Henley Middle School) Ms. Drake does such an amazing job going above and beyond to help students who need a little extra support. She seems to really understand their needs and (for want of a better set of phrases) makes sure they feel seen, heard, and understood. Amber Blakovich (Henley Middle School) She is such a caring and wonderful teacher. She is someone who has personally helped me with my self confidence throughout her class, and I'm sure I'm not alone. Beth Costa (Henley Middle School) I appreciate how responsive Dr. Costa is to community concerns. Brandi Stauffer (Henley Middle School) Brandi is a natural! She has the ability to think both wholistically and specifically about each and every child. Brandi is an expert at analyzing data and regrouping students so that each and every student receives what he/she needs academically. Brian Eberly (Henley Middle School) Mr. Eberly’s great attitude is contagious! He treats kids and adults with respect and is encouraging to all. Carrie Rocket (Henley Middle School) Ms. Rocket has been the best math teacher my 8th grader has ever had. She has given the kids the skills and confidence to succeed in math as they head to high school. Carrie Rocket (Henley Middle School) Ms. Rocket is welcoming, fun, and inclusive in Advisory. Cecilia Schultz (Henley Middle School) Cecilia Schultz is one of those exemplary teachers to my daughter this school year. Eighth grade is a tough year socially and Cecilia has provided constant support and her classroom is a safe space for my daughter and her friends. Chris Booz (Henley Middle School) Honestly, Chris Booz exemplifies all four of the values to the highest standard. I have worked with her as my daughter's Advisory teacher and she is responsive, compassionate, and dedicated. Chris Booz (Henley Middle School) Ms. Booz has been an amazing, fun, and inspiring teacher for my daughter to work with in yearbook this year. My daughter was put into the yearbook class by mistake, it was not one of her selected choices for yearbook, but after working with Ms. Booz this year, she has selected yearbook as her first elective choice for next year! She told me, "It's more like a job than a class," and she loves working with Ms. Booz. Chris Booz (Henley MIddle School) Mrs. Booz is insanely gifted at creating community among her students! From the first night we met her at Back to School Night, I realized we were incredibly blessed to have our sixth grader under her wings. At Back to School Night, she had a line out her door and around the corner because she took the time to shake each child's hand, often hanging on for a bit and looking them in the eyes, learning a little bit about each one. Chris Booz (Henley Middle School) Julia has really connected with Ms. Booz in Advisory this year. Julia has had some struggles and along with another teacher, Ms. Booz is her "go to" person at school with any concerns. Chris Booz (Henley Middle School) Mrs. Booz always starts off my day with a warm smile and kind words. She strives to make Henley a better place, and I always feel welcome in her class. Eliese Zawacki (Henley Middle School) Mrs. Zawacki has done a great job (according to my daughter Eavan) of bringing science alive. She does many hands on experiments to help the kids understand the concepts and seems to be so energetic about her job. Jane Webb (Henley Middle School) Mrs. Webb recognizes the need to show her students how they have progressed over their sixth grade year. She sets an example of being a good person, through sharing her own life stories and how she learned from her mistakes. Jane Webb (Henley Middle School) Mrs. Webb teaches English in a fun, kind manner. When I was in her class my writing improved greatly. Jane Webb (Henley Middle School) Mrs. Webb is a superb teacher. This year I have over doubled my knowledge about writing and the year isn't even over yet. Jane Webb (Henley Middle School) My daughter Julia says "that she is an amazing teacher, really funny, explains things well, she likes to give us chocolate, and she is really nice." I feel so fortunate that Julia got Ms. Webb as a teacher this year. Jeff Melton (Henley Middle School) Jeff values and supports all of his band students, and provides great opportunities for their musical and personal growth. Nate has loved his 3 years of band, and has made friends and enjoyed being part of the band community and being part of something much bigger than himself. Jeff Melton (Henley Middle School) Mr. Melton has an incredible love for young people and forming community around music! Our daughter was new to this feeder pattern coming into sixth grade, and he immediately reached out to us as a family to affirm that band indeed would be a great "landing pad" for a new student; he went out of his way to welcome her personally, and because of his time and attention, as well as his overall ability to make band the most fun class ever, on the face of the planet, ever, our daughter has put down roots within band as a community of friends that also provides a welcome challenge within the fine arts. Jeff Melton (Henley Middle School) Thank you so much for your work with Middle School students and for instilling a lifelong love of learning and music. Tommy and Tyler have really enjoyed their band experience. Jeff Myers (Henley Middle School) Mr. Myers has a gift for teaching that radiates through everything he does! He truly values his students, and the respect he gives them is beyond what they are used to getting from teachers. He cares about them as humans, not just as sixth graders, and because he listens so well, they quickly recognize in him a caring confidant and mentor. Jeff Toms (Henley Middle School) Mr. Toms does an amazing job building genuine and authentic relationships with students. He holds students to high expectations all the while providing external motivation and encouragement until students learn to find it intrinsically. Jenna Magistro (Henley Middle School) I am able to learn in her class very effectively as well as being allowed to listen to music. She also freely offers people to be able to come to her STING for extra help when you are struggling. Jenna Magistro (Henley Middle School) Jenna was so kind and patient to our daughter Frances as she learned how to play a new sport. Jenna Magistro (Henley Middle School) Ms. Magistro engenders a love of learning in her students, coupled with a high-bar expectation for excellence. This high-bar is exemplified by her modeling of it. Jennifer Andrews (Henley Middle School) I honestly had a hard time deciding which attribute Ms. Andrews is best at, because she's not just good with young people. She's also an excellent teacher who finds the strengths and weaknesses of her students and teaches to the students needs. Judy Thurston (Henley Middle School) She helps people out with homework, turns in late assignments, and helps with organization who need help and make sure we stay on track. I have been working with her for 3 years she all supplies we needed for school and projects. Judy Thurston (Henley Middle School) I have been going to After Study for a year and a half, and it has helped me a lot. Last year, I joined half way through the year and quickly got my grades up for the end of the year and got the help that I needed. Judy Thurston (Henley Middle School) Mrs. Thurston has helped me a lot through this year and last year she has helped me when I had my bad grades and good. She helps every kid in the class no matter what their attitude is. Judy Thurston (Henley Middle School) Mrs.Thurston helps with my grades and looks at them telling me what to improve on. She tells me what to do and helps me with my schoolwork. Judy Thurston (Henley Middle School) Mrs. Thurston helps all of us as much as she can. She provides us with what ever we need. Judy Thurston (Henley Middle School) She has a great personality and she always pushes us to be our best she makes sure we are working and not goofing off. We are always working and it is a good way to get my work done so I don't do any work at home she even give us food sometimes. Judy Thurston (Henley Middle School) All of the students that are enrolled in after study are held to the same standard any great teacher would expect of her students. I think it is very obvious that every student Mrs. Thurston helps becomes better at whatever they previously struggled with. Judy Thurston (Henley Middle School) Judy is a person of character and responsibilty to the students/staff of J.T. Karen Chisholm (Henley Middle School) Karen wrote a letter to Del. Bell in favor of the stop arm camera. Karen Spencer (Henley Middle School) Karen cares and works hard for both her students and working together with the parents. Karen Spencer (Henley Middle School) Karen trains and pushes her students for excellence. She will explain and show needed core knowledge examples with her students prior to asking the students to work on their own. Lisa Boyce (Henley Middle School) I would like to nominate Mrs Lisa Boyce for her exceptional leadership, teaching skills, relationship building, and ability to create such a fun, warm, and safe environment. Hailey has had her as a teacher throughout her entire middle school experience and I have yet to hear anyone speak so highly of a teacher. Meg Rader (Henley Middle School) Meg puts all students first and wants them to succeed. She comes into work early and attends any professional development that will help Henley students. Megan Williams (Henley Middle School) She is just the best teacher I know. SHE IS THE BEST TEACHER IN THE WORLD. Melissa Cox (Henley Middle School) My child had Ms. Cox for art and loved her class. Ms. Cox really encouraged and supported her creativity and I think my daughter has found this to be a positive emotional outlet this year as well. Misty Lynch (Henley Middle School) My daughter Peri Stevens is a Type 1 Diabetic and a student at Henley Middle School. Her medical condition requires accurate shots to be taken at school based on the amount of carbohydrates she eats. Misty Lynch (Henley Middle School) Awesome. Misty Lynch (Henley Middle School) Gentle but awesome and kind and funny. Rod Vaughn (Henley Middle School) Mr. Vaughn has great teaching techniques and I always learn a lot in his class. He has an excellent teaching style of explaining things by talking and explaining, not just by notes and online websites. Sally Logan (Henley Middle School) Ms. Logan works tirelessly to establish a calm and supportive atmosphere in her classroom. Students have the freedom and support to take on rigorous academic tasks and be contributing members of the classroom community. Sally Logan (Henley Middle School) My daughter, Sadie, has had such a positive experience in Mrs. Logan's 6th grade language arts class this year. Sadie finds the class an engaging learning environment and frequently mentions how she feels like Mrs. Logan really knows and connects with her, which I know can be especially difficult for middle school teachers who have so many students each day. Sally Logan (Henley MIddle School) Mrs. Logan is an absolute rock star! She knows how to engage middle schoolers and keep their content fun while at the same time, raising the bar of rigor for all of her students. Her research project this winter required her students to research the effects of technology on students, all with an aim of amending the HMS technology agreement. Sandy Conley (Henley Middle School) Sandy is the heart and soul of Henley. She is dedicated, caring, knowledgable, and hard-working. Susan Guerrant (Henley Middle School) Without Susan, so many ideas and projects would be left undone. She is the glue that helps me piece together all my random thoughts and ideas into an actual project or assignment. Susan Guerrant (Henley Middle School) To watch Susan give a book talk is an amazing experience. She voraciously reads Young Adult novels so that she can entice young readers to dive into the adventure, drama, comedy, or graphic novel. Tamara Bowden (Henley Middle School) Tamara is a super supportive and kind teammate. She always grants an ear to listen and a chocolate to nibble. Tamara Bowden (Henley Middle School) Mrs. Bowden handles her class with ease, while every student enjoys learning. She crafts different creative assignments that engage students. William Timmons (Henley Middle School) Mr. Timmons is an amazing history teacher with lots of knowledge. His classroom is very engaging and it feels like watching a movie, I learn more in there than any other class. Winter Gray (Henley Middle School) She is incredibly awesome and nice and all the people on my bus love her. Even the people who dont ride her bus say they love her. Katina Dudley (HMSA at Monticello High School) Katina Dudley works tirelessly to serve the students at Monticello, especially those in the HMSA program. Katina is responsive and professional and always available to provide support to students and their families. Sonia azaravich (Holleymead Elementary School) she plays music really well. Alma Lawson (Hollymead) We nominate Alma Lawson for always being amazing to the entire school. However, this year she has spent a lot of extra time in our classroom. Carmen Perez (Hollymead) Thank you for your hard work and dedication. You are greatly appreciated. Elsie Suterfield (Hollymead) Your hard work and dedication is greatly appreciated. I appreciate all you do everyday. Miguel Corrazco (Hollymead) Miguel's hard work and dedication to making Hollymead the best it can be is greatly appreciated. Cindy Hersman (Hollymead Elementary) We have been grateful for Mrs. Hersman this year for so many reasons. The love and care she has shown Nicholas this year has been outstanding. Leslie Anderson (Hollymead Elementary) Mrs. Anderson does a wonderful job with teaching the students. My twins love her and they enjoy going to school. Alma Lawson (Hollymead Elementary School) Alma is such an important part of Hollymead. She makes sure the school and everyone in it are taken care of. Alma Lawson (Hollymead Elementary School) Alma is willing to help in anyway possible. Beth Marrs (Hollymead Elementary School) Beth always enters the school with a smile on her face! She is supportive to everyone she comes in contact with, whether it being a student who needs a hug or a staff member who needs encouragement. Beth is amazing in her position as she is often placed with a new teacher coming to our school for the first time. Beth Mars (Hollymead Elementary School) Beth is an amazing helper to all the first grade students. The children love Mrs. Marrs. Cara Hall (Hollymead Elementary School) CJ is helpful to our first grade team. She loves and cares about each of our first graders. Erica Hernandez (Hollymead Elementary School) Ms. Hernandez makes learning fun and real for her 2nd graders. My son consistently describes the fun he has in her class, and I can tell he feels loved at the same time that she challenges the kids. Jen Jones (Hollymead Elementary School) Jen is the kindest person and loves all the students at Hollymead. She is always willing to help anyone in need. Kim Blevins (Hollymead Elementary School) Ms. Blevins is really understanding and easy to talk to. I enjoy having her as my teacher. Leslie Anderson (Hollymead Elementary School) Ms. Anderson is very patient and nurturing while providing the structure and framework needed for young students to be academically successful while also learning to be respectful and kind. Leslie Anderson (Hollymead Elementary School) Mrs. Anderson goes above and beyond with daily communication to support her students. As a parent of military children, it’s difficult to make sure they are where they need to be (academically and socially) and Mrs. Anderson has done wonders for my son in helping him adapt to his new environment and also keeping us informed of progress, accomplishments and daily activities. Maia Cannon (Hollymead Elementary School) Maia is a TA for our Autism based room. She is on task every second of the day; she is calm, polite, on task, consistent, intuitive, and seeks to further her education and understanding of her students. Miguel Carrazco (Hollymead Elementary School) Miguel helps our school shine in so many ways!!! He knows how to clean anything. He also is friendly and kind to teachers, parents, children, administrators, and co-workers. Nancy Brase (Hollymead Elementary School) Nancy is always willing to offer a helping hand to keep our school running smoothly. She is the smile on the end of an email when I need support. rebecca brown (Hollymead Elementary School) She is a very nice teacher. Rebecca Brown (Hollymead Elementary School) I can't just pick one school value that Ms. Brown represents. She had my daughter last year for 4th grade and the change in my child was amazing. Sandra Mitchell (Hollymead Elementary School) Sandra Mitchell es servicial, siempre está disponible para ayudar y orientar a los padres y estudiantes, se muestra comprensiva con las necesidades de los demás y actúa con empatía y eficacia en su posición. Además de eso siempre que he asistido a la oficina está de buen humor. Sandra Mitchell (Hollymead Elementary School) You are awesome. You order everything we need, listen to all our frustrations, and at times even have to deal with sick students. Sandra Mitchell (Hollymead Elementary School) Sandra extends hospitality to all who come into the Hollymead office. Whether it be new families, teaching staff or students, she goes out of her way to greet visitors and offer a friendly smile and help in any way she can. Sandra Mitchell (Hollymead Elementary School) Sandra is the most amazing and kind person that I have ever met. She is always available for staff, students, parents, grandparents and any other person in need. Sarah Freebus (Hollymead Elementary School) My daughter Lynda is a beginner of English. She had a lot of difficulties in the class because of her language. Sonia Azaravich (Hollymead Elementary School) She is super enthusiastic and handling along around 400 kids and keep them inspiring for music is not an easy task. Sonia Azaravich (Hollymead Elementary School) She plays many instruments, like flute, guitar and others. She makes me like music class very much. Susan Haney (Hollymead Elementary School) she was very nice and patient. Susan Haney (Hollymead Elementary School) Ms Haney gave Lynda and us a lot of confidence in learning English, she communicate with us frequently about the progresses and achievements of my daughter. She encouraged us. Susan Peck (Hollymead Elementary School) Mrs. Peck is the best kindergarten teacher I could ever have! She is so kind and sweet and she always helps me when I need. Terry Gallagher (Hollymead Elementary School) I would cheer for her awesome dedication and motivating kids to learn new stuff. She is a teacher per excellence. Tiffany White (Hollymead Elementary School) Thank you very much for your patience every day. It takes persistence and love to mold students so they become good citizens and build independence. Whitney Hinnant (Hollymead Elementary School) Always going above and beyond to make every student, parent and stranger feel welcome and loved. Ann Lancaster (Hollymeand Elementary School) We nominate Ann Lancaster for her perseverance for the many challenges thrown her way this year. Thanks for tackling this year with purpose and for being our FEARLESS leader. Michael Thomas (Human Resources) Michael took on his position seamlessly following Beth Churms earlier this year. This was my re-certification year and I had several endorsements this go around to attach to my certification. Maria Elena Guerra (International & ESOL) Ms. Guerra Gomez is one of the most organized and detail-oriented colleagues with whom it has been my privilege to collaborate. In the International & ESOL Welcome Center, we frequently refer to her abilities as "Maria Elena's magic. Paulina Watkins (International & ESOL) Ms. Watkins is the new Office Associate for the International & ESOL program. She is often the first voice that families hear when they call Albemarle County Public Schools. Mary Gray (Ivy Creek School) Thank you for helping all the students you have carried on your bus. You treat them as if they were you own. Calvin Passalaqua (J.P. Burley Middle School) CJ is there for everyone. He knows many of the students by name, and will sit by some of them at lunch. Stephanie Grady (J.P. Burley Middle School) Stephanie is such a bright light to work with and watch interact with other people within the school - students, staff, parents. Her voice is calm and thoughtful as she speaks with each person. Carrie Rocket (J.T. Henley Middle School) Mrs. Rocket always has a way to make difficult things seem easy for young students and she is always willing to help students who need it. Alex Koszeghy (Jack Jouett Middle School) Ms.K. works with all of the students here at Jack Jouett. Ann Clark (Jack Jouett Middle School) Ms. Clark embodies the core value of excellence because she motivates and inspires her students to learn the in the best way possible. The subject is always taught in a fun and interesting way. Ann Clark (Jack Jouett Middle School) Ms.Clark has always had fun learning opportunities and projects for my class. I love her class because of the environment she has created and the guidance she gives to all of hr students. Ashby Johnson (Jack Jouett Middle School) Ashby is a true example of how positive, dedicated, and caring leadership can serve a community in ways unimaginable! She builds many strong relationships with staff, students, families, etc. and it has very REAL and effective results. Brennan Trick (Jack Jouett Middle School) Ms. Trick is a very thoughtful teacher, and she is always teaching us in so many fun ways. She recognizes students that are doing well and she lets them know. Carrie Carter (Jack Jouett Middle School) Carrie is an amazing teacher who cares deeply for her students and has great relationships with all who have the pleasure of working with her. She is funny, charismatic and really works hard to think about the individual needs of her students. Carrie Finnegan (Jack Jouett Middle School) She is truly dedicated to her students and brings out the best in them. I am so grateful for the encouragement and support she has given my daughter Ivy over the past 3 years; without it, I don't think Ivy would have continued playing and she certainly wouldn't be thriving (she's in string ensemble!). Chastity Clements (Jack Jouett Middle School) Chastity always has a smile and a kind tone, no matter the time of day or chaos of the day. She keeps the front office of Jack Jouett running smoothly and makes entering the office pleasant. Christine Thomas (Jack Jouett Middle School) She treats my son as a person not a number she makes him feel like he is a part of something. He wants to try. Clayton Gsell (Jack Jouett Middle School) Mr. Gsell works as hard if not harder than everybody else in the building. He is always patient and kind to the students. Clayton Gsell (Jack Jouett Middle School) Daily without fail, Clayton Gsell goes above and beyond to keep this school looking and running perfectly! He is so professional, kind, nice and organized and is always on top of everything! The floors, trash cans, hallways, windows, lockers, bathrooms, outside, every area are all pristine, even the cafeteria after EACH of the 3 LUNCHES! I could go on for days! Just know this, you could literally eat off the floor after he cleans it! He does it all each and every day with a smile on his face! I am truly grateful for all he does for us as staff, the school and the students! He is a jack of all trades and does every little, and big thing, for our school! I also coach volleyball so I do travel to the other county middle schools and there is no comparison to how pristine our school is. Clayton Gsell (Jack Jouett Middle School) It is impossible to pick one core value for Clayton Gsell. As a staff member at Jouett, my days are easier and happier because he works there. Clayton Ver Planck (Jack Jouett Middle School) Clayton is an incredible counselor. She has the most tremendous patience, genuinely feels compassion for her students, and is such a valuable resource. Clayton Ver Planck (Jack Jouett Middle School) Clayton was an addition to the Staff this year and has managed to give everything to her students and any student that exhibits the need for assistance whether they are assigned to her or not. She makes each and every student feel heard and valued. Crystal Jackson (Jack Jouett Middle School) She is amazing in its self if you just really are not feeling good then she is the 1 that fix i have had a few times where my throat was hurting and she called my mom instantly to ask if i could take some ibuprofen. Emilie Cleveland (Jack Jouett Middle School) You have been a great addition to our class. The kids really benefit from working with you and I can tell you have a strong desire to help them succeed. Holly Faulconer (Jack Jouett Middle School) Holly is an amazing teacher and colleague. She works tirelessly to build relationships with students and staff while she is simultaneously working her hardest to help in any way she can. Jennifer Sims (Jack Jouett Middle School) Jen works hard to respect cultural and linguistical diversities within Agnor Hurt Elementary School. She has worked endlessly to provide her expertise in helping School Based Intervention Teams determine what times of educational supports are appropriate for English Language Learners, particularly advocating for phonological interventions to support language acquisition. Jessica James (Jack Jouett Middle School) Jessica is such an innovative teacher! She is always coming up with new ideas, tweaking them, finding ways to make them more efficient and sharing endlessly with anyone who needs her guidance and help. She is so caring, kind, compassionate, and dedicated. Joanne Hamlin (Jack Jouett Middle School) Ms. Hamlin works with all of our students in the Core math and reading classes. She helps with our detention /timeout room and the students who are in the STEP program. Julie Stavitski (Jack Jouett Middle School) Julie works well with students and I have not found one student that does not like her. Julie Stavitski (Jack Jouett Middle School) Ms. stavitski is really good at explaining things in different ways and she has us work in orojects, versus worksheets. She makes me feel excited and interested about learning more. Kathryn Baylor (Jack Jouett Middle School) Kathryn is the best. I have, for the past 16 years, grown so much, referenced her initiatives and have been inspired by her dedication. Kathryn Baylor (Jack Jouett Middle School) Kathryn truly represents ALL of the ACPS values, and has been a passionate educator since coming to work in the division. But I know that her dedication probably started in whatever school system launched her career. Laura Gomez (Jack Jouett Middle School) Ms. Gomez cares about all her students. There are so many ways in which she goes above and beyond to try and make our day. Lina Schneider (Jack Jouett Middle School) Lina is inspiring because she is becoming a MASTER at incorporating and caring for her students culturally as well as academically. Her students feel respected by her and she works tirelessly to ensure the emotional safety of all students in her classroom. Lisa Porter (Jack Jouett Middle School) Lisa prides herself in her work. She is very deligent in everything she does and always works towards excellence with the teachers, students, parents and the admin staff. Meghan Milo (Jack Jouett Middle School) Meghan Milo is constantly working to reflect on and improve her practice as a teacher. She prepares lessons thoughtfully and is intentional in her efforts to reach every student. Meghan Milo (Jack Jouett Middle School) Meghan is a wonderful colleague to collaborate with as we navigate 6th grade curriculum. She is always prepared by having direct, quick access to assessments, agendas, frameworks, etc. Melissa Taylor (Jack Jouett Middle School) Melissa has had a wonderful first year of teaching! She works tirelessly each day with some of our school's toughest students. She truly cares for them and I know that it tries her patience regularly. Michelle Palmer (Jack Jouett Middle School) Michelle puts a lot of effort in to meeting students where they are and helping them rise up to the next level. While there have been many challenges during her first year, she has never lost sight of why she is a teacher. Mindy Trammell (Jack Jouett Middle School) Mindy is a charismatic, kind, compassionate educator who works tirelessly to serve her family, friends, students, colleagues, and our school. She is nothing short of incredible and has a keen vision to help us solve seemingly "unsolvable" probleMs. She has really pioneered our PLC with vocabulary development and I really cherish her creative ideas to help all students access the curriculum. Natalie Wood (Jack Jouett Middle School) Natalie is a wonderful teacher and has been really inspiring with the incorporation of her social justice curriculum. I am fascinated by her passion for her students deeper connection to history which gives the students a full respect of the individuals and people that they study. Shannon Reilly (Jack Jouett Middle School) My son has never showed an interest in history until Mr. Reilly was his teacher it was his favorite class he almost cried when he found out he had to go to science and we couldn't go to history anymore he actually looked forward to going to school to go to Mr. Riley's class when we asked him how his day went it was always hard to get anything out of him but he was always willing to talk about Mr. Riley's class. Stephanie Hall (Jack Jouett Middle School) Stephanie is the Registrar at the middle school with the largest number of English Learners. The International & ESOL Office is in constant communication with her as we register new students. Steve Whitaker (Jack Jouett Middle School) Mr. Whitaker really exemplifes all of the 4 values for ACPS. He is so respectful of his students and makes the classroom a community for learning. Steven Whitaker (Jack Jouett Middle School) I had a hard time deciding which core value to specify as Mr. Whitaker exemplifies all four values each day he teaches and interacts with students. The way he treats his students and considers each one as an individual, however, led me to choose Respect. Tabatha Myers (Jack Jouett Middle School) Tabatha always works at the highest level. When asked to complete a task, she does not simply complete the task. Tabatha Myers (Jack Jouett Middle School) She is helpful around the classroom and has a great sense of humor. She also knows how to admit her mistakes. Tabatha Myers (Jack Jouett Middle School) She is funny and makes class more fun. She explains hard concepts in a way that actually makes sense. Tracy Goodson (Jack Jouett Middle School) Tracy is a phenomenal librarian. It is clear that she loves her work and the students in the school. Trish Pugh (Jack Jouett Middle School) She is an amazing teacher and makes everyone feel welcome and loved. Everyday when we go see her, we talk and she makes me feel like i have a second mom because the way she acts with students is special. Trish Pugh (Jack Jouett Middle School) Shes always there to help you when your feeling down or just need a boost. Shes always happy and loves what she does. Andrew LaPrade (Jackson P. Burley Middle School) Mr. Laprade respects every student the same and will never leave anyone out. He has done so much to make sure all the band trips are well planned out and make sure everyone is safe on the trip. John Worozbyt (Jackson P. Burley Middle School) He is a very good person to be around, whether that be teaching or lunch, he is kind and makes funny jokes, all while teaching us things, though it doesn't seem like that at all. Adam Seipel (LEAD) Adam Seipel is an LTI that delivers school, department, and district-wide professional development on a variety of topics ranging from equitable access, gamified learning, and Google Certification training. He puts in a tremendous amount of effort into each learning experience to make sure that the staff and students in the entire county have well-trained teachers and are introduced to state of the art learning experiences. Gary Moore (LEAD) Gary goes over and above every aspect of his job description to make sure that I, and the kids I teach, have everything we need to get things done. Not only does Gary know technology inside and out, but he'll take the time to explain what's needed in language that makes sense to those of us who aren't tech experts. Gary Moore (LEAD) Gary spent additional time supporting me in my new role as an LTI, he partnered with me in supporting our schools and often encouraged me by letting me know how well I was doing. However sometimes I would go to do something only to find out Gary had already been there! He maintains a positive attitude and a calmness that supports students, teachers, colleagues and administrators. Sandy Shaffer (LEAD) Sandy is one of the most hard-working individuals I know. She intently listens to what is needed and creates lessons to meet a learning goal. Scott Taylor (LEAD) I appreciate how much he thinks about what students need as he does his daily work. He is wonderful with the helpdesk students and does a fantastic job of teaching, mentoring, and prioritizing children. Willy Kjellstrom (LEAD) Willy is one my hardest working colleagues. He is innovative and ALWAYS finds a way to complete challenging projects. Scott Williams (Meriweather Lewis Elementary School) Scott Williams has turned a class that many in my generation dreaded into the class that is most prized by the student body. He focuses on making being healthy and active fun for everyone. Shelby Fayak (Meriwerther Lewis Elementary School) Ms. Fayak is a wonderful person and teacher, and seems perfectly suited to teaching 5th grade students. Her calm demeanor, kind and open approach, and innovative teaching have been a wonderful fit for our son. Alissa Drolshagen (Meriwether Lewis Elementary School) You are an amazing teacher. You endure 440 students ruining your supplies, yet you are still kind. Alissa Drolshagen (Meriwether Lewis Elementary School) Mrs. Drolshagen is our art teacher. Mrs. Drolshagen is funny, encouraging, happy and a very good art teacher. Alissa Drolshagen (Meriwether Lewis Elementary School) Help people understand art.Always smile. Alissa Drolshagen (Meriwether Lewis Elementary School) Ms. Drolshagen is a great teacher because she gives you a wide variety of stuff to do. Alissa Drolshagen (Meriwether Lewis Elementary School) She knows when kids are sad. She trys really hard to keep kids safe, is super nice. Andie Atkinson (Meriwether Lewis Elementary School) She is very nice.She likes books as much as I do. Andrea Atkinson (Meriwether Lewis Elementary School) You are always nice to kids and help us find the books we need. I appreciate everything you do for us, and I hope you enjoy your job. Andrea Atkinson (Meriwether Lewis Elementary School) Mrs. Atkinson is one of my best friends. She has always been there for me when I was sad. Andrea Atkinson (Meriwether Lewis Elementary School) Mrs. Atkinson is such an amazing librarian and is a great part of our school community. She is so sweet to everyone at school and helps us with projects, broadcasting the announcements, and picking out books. Andrea Atkinson (Meriwether Lewis Elementary School) Mrs. Atkinson is a good teacher because she is nice to everyone. She helped me learn how to do the announcements. Andrea Atkinson (Meriwether Lewis Elementary School) Ms. Atkinson is such a great teacher she handles bad situations very well. She is the nicest librarian I've ever met. Anne Stramue (Meriwether Lewis Elementary School) Ms.Stramue is the best teacher she helps me with math and that is what I was very bad at and she made me good at she is the best teacher ever. She loves to help kids. Anne Straume (Meriwether Lewis Elementary School) Mrs Straume is a true educator. She is able to identify the strengths of her students and utilizes those strengths and her mastery of various teaching strategies to help her students understand lessons and prepare them for success. Anne Straume (Meriwether Lewis Elementary School) Sheis really nice to kids!! She gives hard challenges!! She gives hard work. She is really smart. Anne Straume (Meriwether Lewis Elementary School) Mrs. Straume took learning to a whole new level. We learned things that we normally wouldn't learn in third grade, like etiquette. Anne Straume (Meriwether Lewis Elementary School) Mrs. Straume is an amazing teacher. She taught us so much and was so sweet to all her students. Ashle Kovach (Meriwether Lewis Elementary School) She is respectful with kids. She is a awesome school counselor. Ashley Kovach (Meriwether Lewis Elementary School) Ms. Kovach is the guidance counselor at my son's elementary school. My son had experienced a lot of difficulty for several months interacting with one of his classmates. Ashley Kovach (Meriwether Lewis Elementary School) You love everyone. You are very very nice. Ashley Kovach (Meriwether Lewis Elementary School) She understands kids. She helps as much as she can. Ashley Kovach (Meriwether Lewis Elementary School) Ms. Kovach is truly an asset to the entire community. She always looks out for the kids, but also provides counseling services to staff, parents and basically anyone who needs it. Ashley Kovach (Meriwether Lewis Elementary School) Always helping kids. Always being nice. Ashley Kovach (Meriwether Lewis Elementary School) She is very respectful and kind to every body she knows and meets. She is also really good with kids and she is very good at what she does. bob willson (Meriwether Lewis Elementary School) m.r Wilson was the best teacher when ever u needed help he would help u if u were said i wish he was still here i miss him. Bob Wilson (Meriwether Lewis Elementary School) Mr. Wilson is the Best Teacher I have ever had. He always was willing to help me , he always knew what to say, he always wore Awesome ties, he was encouraging, and he ALWAYS wore a Smile. Bob Wilson (Meriwether Lewis Elementary School) Mr. Wilson is truly a very kind person who respects everyone. You can tell that he cares for the community and if he did make a mistake he would own up to it. Bob Wilson (Meriwether Lewis Elementary School) Mr. Wilson was really good at helping kids who were having trouble with work. He also wanted us to do good and pushed us but he made things fun at the same time. Bob Wilson (Meriwether Lewis Elementary School) Mr. Wilson was the best teacher i have ever had, He is great with kids and super nice. Bob Wilson (Meriwether Lewis Elementary School) Mr. Wilson was a pretty cool teacher. He didn't give us any homework because he taught us enough stuff for one day. Bob Wilson (Meriwether Lewis Elementary School) Mr. Wilson was always so fun and smiley and he always hugged everyone (even the kids that weren't in his class). He was so passionate about teaching and he loved his job until the very end. Bob Wilson (Meriwether Lewis Elementary School) Mr.Wilson is a great teacher, and he always puts a smile on our faces. He always makes learning fun. Bob Wilson (Meriwether Lewis Elementary School) Mr. Wilson was the best teacher ever! i miss you so much. your so great and super nice. Bob Wison (Meriwether Lewis Elementary School) I think Mr. Wilson was an excellent teacher who made a lot of people happy. I think he was a great teacher who made me feel very important. Bonnie Carey (Meriwether Lewis Elementary School) Mrs. Carey is a kind and sweat person and always makes people happy. Sometimes she lets her class go outside and write or read. Bonnie Carey (Meriwether Lewis Elementary School) She is really nice to everyone and is funny. I like that she pushes us and she is good at making us learn. Bonnie Carey (Meriwether Lewis Elementary School) Mrs.Carey helps people with reading ,math ,writing. She makes learning fun. Bonnie Carey (Meriwether Lewis Elementary School) Mrs. Carey is the nicest teacher ever, if you ever need help she will help you, she teaches you so much and she makes everything fun. Bonnie Carey (Meriwether Lewis Elementary School) Mrs. Carey is a teacher unlike any other. Even with my crazy class she is always calm. Bonnie Carey (Meriwether Lewis Elementary School) Mrs. Carey is so fun and her classroom is so zen. She is very easygoing and super fun. Brandi Lynch (Meriwether Lewis Elementary School) Ms. Lynch is such a boon to the school and her students. She is patient and persistent, kind and warm. Brandi Lynch (Meriwether Lewis Elementary School) Brandi brings her A game everyday. She has managed the trifecta of special education gold. great with students, solid instructor, and organized. Caitlyn Way (Meriwether Lewis Elementary School) I like Mrs way because she loves legos. Mrs Way has a fun way of teaching and she always has some thing fun planed. Cheryl Wetmore (Meriwether Lewis Elementary School) She helps us with stuff.She helps us with the play. Christina Flamm (Meriwether Lewis Elementary School) Ms. Flamm is a T.A. Cynthia Swensson (Meriwether Lewis Elementary School) She helps me with reading and writing and spelling. Cynthia Swensson (Meriwether Lewis Elementary School) She really respect the students. Cynthia Tichner (Meriwether Lewis Elementary School) She does great serving and caring for the students. Dan Arrington (Meriwether Lewis Elementary School) He respects us. He's kind. Dan Arrington (Meriwether Lewis Elementary School) he mows the grass. he cleans up. Dan Arrington (Meriwether Lewis Elementary School) Mr. Dan he cleans the school, he dose the job that no one else would do. He is funny he always makes sure the school is clean, he is the best. Dena LaFleur (Meriwether Lewis Elementary School) Dena LaFleur is the epitome of what a teacher should strive for. She is so kind and loving to her students. Dena LaFleur (Meriwether Lewis Elementary School) Mrs. LaFleur is so nice and understanding she never yells. Mrs. LaFleur helped me so much with spelling and reading and math. Dr. Michael Irani (Meriwether Lewis Elementary School) She is the best teacher efer She is rilly nice. she is pashint. Gwen Meeks (Meriwether Lewis Elementary School) When I was in third grade, Ms.Meeks was my teacher and she was really nice and I learned a lot from her. I am in fifth grade and I still see her in the hallway. Gwen Meeks (Meriwether Lewis Elementary School) Ms.Meeks was one of the best teachers ever and she always helped me when I needed it. She never got mad or screamed really loud. Heide Robinson (Meriwether Lewis Elementary School) She is awesome because she does everything that I like and I love her. Heidi Robinson (Meriwether Lewis Elementary School) She is kind. She is wonderful. Heidi Robinson (Meriwether Lewis Elementary School) shes fun. And amazing. Heidi Robinson (Meriwether Lewis Elementary School) I was in Mrs. Robinson's class for two years (2nd and 3rd grade). She was always so happy and was an AMAZING teacher! She was always so easygoing and happy and now I know a lot of UVA sports players because of her. Heidi Robinson (Meriwether Lewis Elementary School) She respect's my space. She respect's my work. Heidi Robinson (Meriwether Lewis Elementary School) She helps us when we mess up. She has a nice tone of vocie, when we can not read she helps us. Heidi Robinson (Meriwether Lewis Elementary School) Mrs. Robinson was a super fun teacher! We learned but also had fun at the same time. I will always remember the way she taught us to add big numbers. Jamie Hinson (Meriwether Lewis Elementary School) Jamie is one of the kindest and gentlest teachers.. Jennifer Yourkavich (Meriwether Lewis Elementary School) Jen is able to work with everyone and does an outstanding job creating community within each classroom and within the school as a whole. Jen navigates the difficult social ups and downs of teaching our students how to interact with others in a positive way with humor and aplomb. John Arrington (Meriwether Lewis Elementary School) He's really nice and kind he always give you a good time. He's kind a really good janiter he's funny and he respects everybody. John Arrington (Meriwether Lewis Elementary School) Thank you for cleaning our school everyday even when it doesn't seem appreciated. John Arrington (Meriwether Lewis Elementary School) You deserve more recognition for everything you do and not complaining about it. We (the students) appreciate your hard work. John Arrington (Meriwether Lewis Elementary School) He helps kids.He cleans up. John Arrington (Meriwether Lewis Elementary School) I like that he is funny and is fun with us. I also like that if our teacher lets us help, he lets us help. John Arrington (Meriwether Lewis Elementary School) Mr. Dan is a very kind and funny adult figure. When people are passing in the halls, he always says their name and "Hey" or "How you doing?". John Arrington (Meriwether Lewis Elementary School) Mr. Dan is the nicest. He works hard everyday and he is nice too everyone. John Arrington (Meriwether Lewis Elementary School) Mr. Dan cleans up all the dirty messes that we make and still manages to have fun while doing it. He is a great janitor AND a great singer!! Thank you Mr. Dan for always being so happy and always cleaning up after us. John Arrington (Meriwether Lewis Elementary School) Mr. Dan is amazing! He cleans up the school and is super nice! He talks to us at lunch and when we see him in the halls! I am so grateful that he is at our school. John Arrington (Meriwether Lewis Elementary School) Mr.Dan is a big part of our community he is funny and kind he helps the school he is amazing.He has changed the school for the better. John Arrington (Meriwether Lewis Elementary School) Mr. Dan looks out for ALL of us ALL the time. He has to take care of some of the worst jobs in the building, but often does it with a smile. Joseph Hicks (Meriwether Lewis Elementary School) We love Mr. Hicks! My oldest had him for math & social studies during his 1st year at MLS, and we thought he was great then. Now my next is lucky enough to have him as her primary teacher this year, and we KNOW he's great. Joseph Hicks (Meriwether Lewis Elementary School) He gives the kids space. He gives the kids respect on there work. Joseph Hicks (Meriwether Lewis Elementary School) Our math class went around the school picking up trash and making a stem and leaf plot. Joseph Hicks (Meriwether Lewis Elementary School) Mr. Hicks is a great teacher because he makes boring things fun. Joseph Hicks (Meriwether Lewis Elementary School) Mr. Hicks is a great teacher because he turns what usually would be boring, into some thing that is fun to do. Judy Love-Martin (Meriwether Lewis Elementary School) Ms. Judy Love has the best western accent, and care for those who are in trouble, and those who are in need. She has cared for me for 6 years. June Beniot (Meriwether Lewis Elementary School) Ms. Beniot is an amazing teacher. She was my 1st grade teacher but now she teaches kindergarten, and I bet the kindergartners love her. June Benoit (Meriwether Lewis Elementary School) Ms. Benoit represents, for each of my kids, that warm, loving teacher who showed you the ropes. She showers real love and enthusiasm on her students, current and former, and I am so grateful that each of my kids knows her as someone who is truly interested in their successes. June Benoit (Meriwether Lewis Elementary School) Ms. Benoit is really good with kids and very polite! Very kid friendly! She listens to her kids and lets you know any concerns in advance. June Benoit (Meriwether Lewis Elementary School) Mrs. Benoit was my awesome first grade teacher. I wasn't here in Kindergarten, so in first grade I didn't know much about Meriwether. June Benoit (Meriwether Lewis Elementary School) She really nice to kids wen they are crying. She talks in a nice voice. June Benoit (Meriwether Lewis Elementary School) Ms. Benoit always made class in 1st grade fun. If you were sad she makes you happy and she would make you laugh when you were happy. June Benoit (Meriwether Lewis Elementary School) She is awesome. She hugs me. Kathryn DeAtley (Meriwether Lewis Elementary School) I am the parent of Sloane Wright, a current kindergartener in Ms. DeAtley’s class as well Sidney Wright, who was Ms. DeAtley’s K student two years ago. As a teacher myself, Ms. DeAtley by far exemplifies excellence as a K teacher. Kathryn DeAtley (Meriwether Lewis Elementary School) My daughter is shy. She went to preschool for a whole year without saying a word. Kathryn DeAtley (Meriwether Lewis Elementary School) Highly creative lesson plans, incredible attention and focus on children's needs, consistent creation and modeling (leading by example) of supportive and constructive environment inside and outside of classroom, tireless dedication to the Ducklings, outstanding communication with parents. Kathryn is the best teacher we have had the pleasure of knowing and Riggs has benefited tremendously from her love and guidance. Kathryn DeAtley (Meriwether Lewis Elementary School) She is a amazing teaer. she is awesome with kids. Kim Nash (Meriwether Lewis Elementary School) I am nominating both Kim Nash and Sue Fortune, the front office staff members of MLES. Both of these ladies are professional, respectful, courteous, and simply fun and enjoyable to talk with. Laura Scully (Meriwether Lewis Elementary School) Laura is so helpful and is always willing to listen. She is wonderful when working with the new teachers on our team. Laura Scully (Meriwether Lewis Elementary School) Mrs.Scully is an amazing teacher who respects you and who you are, but also at the same time teaching you to be a better person. Laura Scully (Meriwether Lewis Elementary School) If there is a problem you can fix it. You respect anyone work even if it is wrong. Laura Scully (Meriwether Lewis Elementary School) Mrs. Scully was perfectly strict and was also not at the same time. Laura Scully (Meriwether Lewis Elementary School) Mrs. Scully is an excellent teacher. She is nice, funny and really good at teaching. Leigh Ann Kuhn (Meriwether Lewis Elementary School) Mrs.Kuhn is always eager to help you learn something you don't understand. She also helps you be your best in everything you do. Leigh Ann Kuhn (Meriwether Lewis Elementary School) She helps people with math and she is nice. Leigh Anne Kuhn (Meriwether Lewis Elementary School) She is understanding. She does not get mad. Leigh Anne Kuhn (Meriwether Lewis Elementary School) Mrs. Kuhn helped me through a very rough 3rd grade year a kept me going. Leigh Anne Kuhn (Meriwether Lewis Elementary School) Miss Kuhn is the best math teacher, she respects every one she doesn't make a scene if u don't get it and she has the most fun things planned to do in math class. She is nice to everyone and a very kind and caring person she is the best. Leigh Anne Kuhn (Meriwether Lewis Elementary School) Mrs. Kuhn is a great teacher because she always made learning fun. She always listened to anything you needed and would make sure she helped. Leigh Anne Kuhn (Meriwether Lewis Elementary School) Mrs. Kuhn she is the best I like going to her after school program and I like being in her math class. She respects people and she helps you learn. Leigh Anne Kuhn (Meriwether Lewis Elementary School) Leigh Anne's commitment to 'one student at a time' is remarkable. Her tenacity when it comes to reaching students is one to be admired and emulated. Leslie Wills (Meriwether Lewis Elementary School) Mrs. Wills-Taylor is an amazing assistant principal and is great with students. She talks us through our problems and always works things out. Leslie Wills (Meriwether Lewis Elementary School) Mrs. Wills-Taylor is always so respectful to people. She loves being around people. Leslie Wills (Meriwether Lewis Elementary School) Ms.Wills-Taylor is an amazing assistant principal, and is great with students. She helps us share our problems, and solve them. Leslie Wills (Meriwether Lewis Elementary School) Ms. Wills-Taylor is an amazing assistant principal, and great with young children! She helps us with great things in life and problems you might have. Leslie Wills-Tayl (Meriwether Lewis Elementary School) Leslie is such a positive influence within our school community. The children simply adore her and love when she comes to visit. Lindsey Friend (Meriwether Lewis Elementary School) She was a great teacher and taught us everything we needed to know. Mary Potter (Meriwether Lewis Elementary School) She is really funny and she helps us with math and does really fun projects. Mary Potter (Meriwether Lewis Elementary School) I think Ms. Potter is a very good teacher. She explains concepts very well and in a manner that is easy to understand and utilize. Mary Potter (Meriwether Lewis Elementary School) Ms.Potter is a very good teacher. She has to handle being a college student and a teacher at the same time. Mary Ellen Potter (Meriwether Lewis Elementary School) Ms. Potter is a young teacher who really looks out for us kids. She looks out for us by going back and reteaching something if we are behind in it or need help on that subject. Mary Ellen Potter (Meriwether Lewis Elementary School) Ms. Potter helps me with my math class she always pushes us to do our best. In class she makes learning fun. Mary Ellen Potter (Meriwether Lewis Elementary School) Ms. Potter teaches is the most fun ways. She makes me excited for math, and that is something Mr.G couldn't even do. Mary Ellen Potter (Meriwether Lewis Elementary School) Ms.Potter is a very good teacher she is always pushing us to our limits. She makes teaching very fun. May Baldwin (Meriwether Lewis Elementary School) Mrs baldwin is always working hard. she has the power to help kids with fights. May Baldwin (Meriwether Lewis Elementary School) Always helping people.She's always being good and nice. Meg Franco (Meriwether Lewis Elementary School) Mrs. Franco is an incredible educator. She works hard to making learning fun for her kindergarteners. Meg Franco (Meriwether Lewis Elementary School) Meg Franco goes above and beyond and teaches from the heart. She teaches patience and perseverance. Meg Franco (Meriwether Lewis Elementary School) Meg creates a unique and exciting environment for all of her students. She challenges them to be their best in all that they do. Meg Franco (Meriwether Lewis Elementary School) She understand's kids.She help's kids when thare sad. Meg Franco (Meriwether Lewis Elementary School) she is nice to kids. and she respects kids. Meg Franco (Meriwether Lewis Elementary School) She is kind nice. And thoughtful. Meg Franco (Meriwether Lewis Elementary School) Mrs. Franco was my kindergarten teacher. I am so glad that she taught me in my first year of elementary school. Melissa Slater (Meriwether Lewis Elementary School) When I get hurt she respects that I need help. She respects that I get in fights with others. Michael Irani (Meriwether Lewis Elementary School) It has been such a pleasure working for Dr. Irani. Mike Irani (Meriwether Lewis Elementary School) He is nice. He is a good principal. Mike Irani (Meriwether Lewis Elementary School) Dr. Irani is a great principal and I bet he's a great person at his home. Mike Irani (Meriwether Lewis Elementary School) Five years ago Emmy attended kindergarten orientation and you mentioned that it would be your first full year at Meriwether and that you would still be at MLS when this class was in fifth grade. Wow - how time flies! Can they all really be going into fifth grade in August?!!! Emmy has grown so much during her years at Meriwether. Nikia Ewell (Meriwether Lewis Elementary School) Nikia works extremely hard to make sure all of her student’s voices are heard,honored and respected. She always works to think about how other people are feeling. Nikia Ewell (Meriwether Lewis Elementary School) She is nice. Nikia Ewell (Meriwether Lewis Elementary School) Ms. Ewell is kind and she thinks about others. She listens to you when you have something to say to her. Nikia Ewell (Meriwether Lewis Elementary School) Ms Ewell is a wonderful and fun teacher for forth grade. She always looks out for the students hearts, and is one of the youngest teachers. Patti Stewart (Meriwether Lewis Elementary School) She respect's your space. She respect's our work. Patti Stewart (Meriwether Lewis Elementary School) She helps us with writing! She is a great teacher. She is always there for us. Rachael Shamey (Meriwether Lewis Elementary School) Rachael is the most kind, caring and compassionate young teacher I've met. She intuitively connects with each personality in her class and thoughtfully designs a learning plan for each. Rachel Shamey (Meriwether Lewis Elementary School) Ms. Shamey has done such an amazing job with our son. She has done amazing things to customize classwork to serve his needs. Rachel Shamey (Meriwether Lewis Elementary School) she is nice. she helps. Rachel Shamey (Meriwether Lewis Elementary School) Ms. Shamey has been a wonderful role model and teacher for our son, Timothy. Not only is she an excellent and caring teacher, but she fosters a culture of respect and consideration among her students. Rachel Shamey (Meriwether Lewis Elementary School) She helps kids read. Richard Morris (Meriwether Lewis Elementary School) Thank you for taking care of the students you carry everyday. Getting them to school and home safely. Richard Morris (Meriwether Lewis Elementary School) Mr. Rick was my bus driver since my first bus ride. Richard Morris (Meriwether Lewis Elementary School) Mr. Rick is one of the kindest people I now .He teach's us about the plants on are bus ride. Sarah Jackson (Meriwether Lewis Elementary School) Shes nice. And really fun. Sarah Jackson (Meriwether Lewis Elementary School) Shes very good at teaching. she is good at making kids quiet. Sarah Jackson (Meriwether Lewis Elementary School) She is good at teaching young kids and I like her. I like the math she taught me. Scott Williams (Meriwether Lewis Elementary School) He lets us use the equipment and lets use play games like blob tag the games he wants to play. Scott Williams (Meriwether Lewis Elementary School) He's nice and fun and let's us play game that I like and other people like. Scott Williams (Meriwether Lewis Elementary School) Mr. Williams is an excellent teacher because he comes up with fun games to play while we learn. Scott Williams (Meriwether Lewis Elementary School) Mr. Williams is a great teacher because he lets us modify the game after we play it. Scott Williams (Meriwether Lewis Elementary School) He calls me a dancing machine and I like that. He is a good teacher. Scott Williams (Meriwether Lewis Elementary School) He respect's other people's conversation. Shelby Fayak (Meriwether Lewis Elementary School) Mrs. Matthews is a very good teacher and very nice to everyone. She explains things in a easy to understand way and is very understanding. Shelby Fayak (Meriwether Lewis Elementary School) Mrs. Fayak is an AWESOME teacher. She is happy, encouraging, experimental, funny, kind, and is always excited to try new things. Shelby Fayak (Meriwether Lewis Elementary School) When I work with her she is really respectful and she doesn't rush things over with me she takes time until I understand. She has taught me a lot this year. Shelby Mathews (Meriwether Lewis Elementary School) She does a great job teaching us the information we need to know. Shelby Mathews (Meriwether Lewis Elementary School) Mrs. Mathews always helps you when you don't understand something. She also comes up with some super fun ways of learning, is always patient and understanding, and she always makes things that challenge you just enough. Shelby Mathews (Meriwether Lewis Elementary School) Dear Mrs.Fayak I love how you always respect us while we are learning. Shelby Matthews (Meriwether Lewis Elementary School) Mrs. Matthews is an outstanding teacher and role model. She goes beyond sharing information and finds creative ways to work with kids so they are excited about subjects they previously felt they were not good at. Shelby Matthews (Meriwether Lewis Elementary School) Mrs. Matthews is so good at helping everyone participate. She also puts together so many fun activities that make school more interesting. Shelby Matthews (Meriwether Lewis Elementary School) When I am working on a test or a work sheet she will help me by respecting me. Mrs Matthews respects my classroom and everything and everyone in it. Shelby Matthews (Meriwether Lewis Elementary School) She is very good at teaching. She is also good at writing." Steve Giss (Meriwether Lewis Elementary School) Mr.G was an amazing teacher. He taught me to learn in a whole new way. Steve Giss (Meriwether Lewis Elementary School) He was a great teacher. He had the the best line between fun and education. Steve Giss (Meriwether Lewis Elementary School) Mr. G was the best math teacher I have ever had and he made our gifted math class fun. He has taught me almost everything in math that I know and it was so sad for me and my friends that were in his class, when he passed away. Steve Gissendann (Meriwether Lewis Elementary School) Steve gave his all to his profession and did his best to make our community and the world a better place. He will be missed. Tanya Baugher (Meriwether Lewis Elementary School) Tanya shows upmost respect for students, their dignity and rights. She is in tune to what the school day experience is like for students from all abilities and socio-economics. Walter Morris (Meriwether Lewis Elementary School) He looks out for me he moved a mean person to the front that was bullying me and he is kind and he is really good at bus driving. Yvonne Smith (Meriwether Lewis Elementary School) I know Ms. Smith is new to teaching, and with friends and families who are teachers, I know that the first full year can be both energizing and overwhelming -- so it seemed extra important to celebrate some of the cool stuff I've seen her doing. I've been impressed by and appreciative of Ms. Smith's determination to connect with each of her students; to understand what makes each one tick and to give them chances to incorporate their enthusiasms into their classroom experience; and to find new or personalized techniques for keeping them interested and/or on task .-). Yvonne Smith (Meriwether Lewis Elementary School) I love having Miss Smith as my teacher! I love doing girls the run with her and a few other teachers and students! She is doing a great job teaching us the stuff we need to learn! I have enjoyed doing math and other activities with her! I also have been enjoying that we take turns creating our morning meetings! She also has been willing to participate in the morning meetings for example she did knockout with us that is a basketball game. In my opinion she is the best teacher. Adam Southall (Monticello High School) Mr. Southall has been a great help for me to keep in tune with ther ever changing world of teenage girls. My daughter finds him easy to talk with and he is a great sounding board. Adam Southall (Monticello High School) Mr Southall has been incredibly attentive to Caroline's needs. He has listened to her and done so much to help her get what she needs. Anthony Smith (Monticello High School) Mr. Smith goes above and beyond to help students. He is always understandingand he doesn't leave anyone behind. Anthony Smith (Monticello High School) Mr. Smith is always there when we want to talk! He helps us so much and it's impossible to fail his class.. Ashae Bush (Monticello High School) Ashae is one of the most amazing educators in our school system! She comes to school each day determined to, in her words, "turn [her] compassion on full blast." She is in the business of removing obstacles for students, and of helping kids who are disinterested and disheartened at school feel like they have a chance at success. Ashae Bush (Monticello High School) Thank you for always motivating me to do better I love your positive attitude and how you always care, worry about all of your students. You make every one feel special thank you for everything Ms.B . Ashae Bush (Monticello High School) Ms. Bush works hard to make sure that students and parents feel part of a learning community. She has reached out to me more than any regular classroom teacher about my son’s progress and challenges at school. Ashae Bush (Monticello High School) She is great at working with teenagers. She does so much for her students. Berkley Wentz (Monticello High School) Thank you for your hard work in our attendance office. You work so hard everyday checking in our young students and taking calls from our parents. Christopher Stanek (Monticello High School) Mr. Stanek strives to make his classroom a positive learning environment for every student. He shows respect and patience even to those students who aren't always respectful to him. Dean Eliason (Monticello High School) Dean Eliason embodies a quiet, confident humility that values others above himself. His room is a revolving door of students coming to check in, share a story, get some advice, or just play guitar with him. Gary Gibson (Monticello High School) Mr. Gibson is a very supportive person to all. He is always willing to help with computer issues and all Technology problems we have here at MHS. Gwendolyn Reynolds (Monticello High School) Ms. Reynolds has had the pleasure of teaching all 3 of the Kinlaw girls and we couldn’t be more pleased with how she’s treated/taught them. She’s not only been their teacher, she’s been a role model for our young ladies and they all love her. Gwendolyn Reynolds (Monticello High School) Ms. Reynolds has had the pleasure of teaching all 3 of the Kinlaw girls and we couldn’t be more pleased with how she’s treated/taught them. She’s not only been their teacher, she’s been a role model for our young ladies and they all love her. Hank Atkins (Monticello High School) Mr. Atkins embodies a servant's heart here at Monticello! He can frequently be seen taking on the tasks that are out-of-the-spotlight, and it's well known that Mr. Atkins will do whatever is necessary for the greater good of the students. He is a hard worker who cares deeply for his relationships with students and with his teachers. Hannah Bailey (Monticello High School) Mrs. Bailey shows exellence by helping her students succeed. John Kinney (Monticello High School) He helps me with my work and puts up with me. John Skelton (Monticello High School) Mr. Skelton exemplifies excellence in his unwavering support of his students, his enthusiasm for learning, and his ability to get the best out of his students on a daily basis. Mr. Skelton stays positive and encouraging all the while challenging his students in his AP Human Geography class to think "outside the box" and take risks in their writings and abilities. Katina Dudley (Monticello High School) Ms. Dudley works all the time to ensure HMSA academy student fully understand what is being learned. She also brings in a sense of community by making everyone come together to truely feel like a family. Kelli Howard (Monticello High School) Thank you for your hard work in our attendance office. You work so hard everyday checking in our young students and taking calls from our parents. Kelsey Terpay (Monticello High School) She helps with other students. Laura Gaskins (Monticello High School) Laura has been an AMAZING counselor for my senior and my freshman at Monticello! She is such a great listener and always there for us. She is extremely responsive and resourceful -- always ready to help whether it's academic or emotional concerns. Lauren Williamson (Monticello High School) Lauren provides engaging and rigorous instruction for students with each unit. She is one of the few teachers who gets project work right. Lisa Haney (Monticello High School) Lisa met with me and the IEP team to understand the 'bridges of understanding' for my son to comprehend honors Alegra II. What came away from that meeting, last year, was that Ms. Haney has stayed EVERY week, one day a week after school to work 1.1 with Ben to ensure that he is understanding the current subject material. Lynn Waidelich (Monticello High School) Lynn Waidelich has been an incredible asset to our Freshman Seminar team this year! Her work with CRT has raised the bar for how our whole team thinks about Freshman Seminar and social/emotional learning. On any given day, she is meeting with students individually, writing handwritten notes to kids that identify their strengths, comforting students who just need to cry, and helping kids find joy as they "do school. Margaret Hess (Monticello High School) Margaret is just amazing with the special needs community. She is proactive, innovative, communicative and absolutely strives to push her students to excel. Maria Salazar (Monticello High School) Ms. Salazar is at the front desk of MHS and she is always there to greet you with a smile and support for your day. Meghan Streit (Monticello High School) she always want us to think about our future and always to except the present and try and make the best of any situations. Meghan Streit (Monticello High School) Mrs. Streit has turned our class into the strongest, best community at our school. Meghan Streit (Monticello High School) Mrs. Streit is amazing! She absolutely loves her students and helps us learn. She makes learning fun and most importantly she shows that she cares for us individually. Mike Jennings (Monticello High School) Mr. Jennings helped us make a baseball bat and took off his time to do this and brought the tools here to Stone-Robinson to help us. This was a project for our Genius Hour and if Mr. Jennings didn't come from Monticello to help us, we couldn't have made it. Nikki Eubanks (Monticello High School) Ms. Eubanks takes time to make a meaningful connection with her students each time she sees them. For my son, who came to MoHS from a very small school, Ms. Eubanks helped him feel “seen” and appreciated on a daily basis. Nikki Eubanks (Monticello High School) Mrs. Eubanks is always friendly with her students and always has a smile on her face. She is always interacting with her students and she is one of the people that I trust most at MOHS. Patricia Demitry (Monticello High School) Patricia stepped into an incredibly large role earlier this school year as our principal intern during a time of transition for Monticello, and while the task was daunting, she calmly and systematically brought her standards of excellence to everything that she touched. Her love for kids drives her decisions, and she is not afraid to think outside the box (and every time she does, awesome stuff happens!). Paul Shepherd (Monticello High School) Paul Shepherd brings an impressive background to his English classroom at Monticello, but much more impressive than his training and experience is his absolute commitment to getting to know students and equipping them with the tools they need to be successful in life. He's an author and a poet who is not afraid to toss the standard curriculum out the window and just help students craft the resumes they need to land a first job. Paula Loving (Monticello High School) Paula has been a huge emotional support for my daughter who has had a very miserable last several years in school. She has been a huge positive in the school day, very emotionally supportive, she reaches out via text and email with me to check in and has worked very hard to help keep my daughter moving forward in school. Paula Loving (Monticello High School) Ms.loving is a caring person who’s presence has had a drastic impact on my life. She means a lot to me and she’s always there to help me improve my flaws and better my behavior. Reed Gillespie (Monticello High School) Reed plays a crucial role in leading our school well. His role in administration requires a keen eye for detail as well as a broad, 30,000' perspective, and Reed achieves the balance between the two well. Rick Vrhovac (Monticello High School) Mr. Vrhovac has brought a coach's heart to the leadership of this school. His passion for seeing students succeed encompasses his every move and decision, and the joy that he brings to the job is evident daily. Rita Taylor (Monticello High School) Rita was instrumental this year with Cinderella's Closet. When asked for assistance, she was right there. Sam Wright (Monticello High School) When you come into MHS Sam is one of the many smiling faces that you see. He is always willing to help and go above and beyond when it comes to needing a substitute or just an ear about the day. Shamika Terrell (Monticello High School) Mrs. Terrell has been an excellent role model for my daughter. My daughter came in as a new student in the 11th grade and she knew very few people. Shamika Terrell (Monticello High School) If you were ever to meet Shamika, you would first notice her big smile. After being greeted with a big smile, she will want you to feel welcome. Shannon Cruthirds (Monticello High School) Shannon is a fantastic educator and instructional coach. She is insightful and challenges me to improve my teaching practice. Veronica Price-Thomas (Monticello High School) Coach PT, thank you for everything you have done this year. Thank you for giving me a chance to be one of your learning athletes. Virginia Scott (Monticello High School) Ms. Scott has gone out of he way to bond with my daughter during a very difficult year for her. While staff was developing an IEP for my daughter, Ms. Scott was the only one of her teachers to attend the meetings. Wanda Maupin (Monticello High School) Wanda Maupin is the most honorable, caring, respectful, and efficient bus driver I've ever had in all my years of school. That also includes elementary school of course. Jennifer Timms (Monticello High School) Ms. Timms is always there for her students. I she sees them in the hallway she will stop and check on their well being." Lynn Waidelich (Monticello High School) Dr. Waidelich is awesome, so I nominate her for the We Notice Award." Lynn Waidelich (Monticello High School) I want to nominate Ms. Waidelich because she is always helping us, and she is always happy, she help us when we need something she is a amazing teacher and person." Lynn Waidelich (Monticello High School) Dr. Waidelich is not only an amazing teacher, but an amazing person! She provides a safe place to talk about literally anything." Lynn Waidelich (Monticello High School) I, Lissete Albarran, nominate Dr. Waidelich for the We Notice Award! She is a supportive and very kind teacher and almost like a best friend." Lynn Waidelich (Monticello High School) Dr. Waidelich has always wanted to help us through our problems while opening us to new ideas and ways to see the world." Marco Escobar (Monticello, Burley and Walton) Music defined as universal language, is like a bridge that allows people to get together. Mr. Escobar as a talented violinist and conductor is capable of infusing his passion for music to teach students with different backgrounds and skills to make music and build community. Janet King (Murray Elementary) Mrs. King is the bright spot in every kids morning. She greets each child by name and gets their day started off on a happy note. Carla Dodson (Murray Elementary School) Mrs. Dodson is super efficient. She knows all the answers and the few times she might not she finds out within minutes. Carla Dodson (Murray Elementary School) Mrs. Dodson and Mrs. King are exceptional people. They both show such genuine care for all of the students that as a parent I feel my child is very fortunate to have them looking out for her. Courtney Dillard (Murray Elementary School) Mrs. Dillard makes history interesting. I remember when I was in school history was about memorizing dates and so I never appreciated the narrative aspect of history. Don Healy (Murray Elementary School) Mr. Healy just gets kids! He has an incredible way of engaging them without talking down to them. He makes learning an adventure and fosters a sense of wonder in his students. Ellen Patterson (Murray Elementary School) Ellen tailors instruction and activities to meet her students' needs. Emilie Pastorfiel (Murray Elementary School) You made 2nd grade such a wonderful fun learning environment. Especially thank you for looking after Simon so well. Janet King (Murray Elementary School) Miss Janet is always happy to help whenever a parent enters the front office area. As a new parent to the VLMurray community, I was anxious and nervous to have my children start school there, in the middle of the school year. Janet King (Murray Elementary School) Janet is always professional and friendly, willing to help in whatever manner she can; but you always get the sense it is out of a desire to do so not from duty. When vetting schools we decided on Murray in large part to the sense of community we felt from Janet and the other office staff. Janet King (Murray Elementary School) Ms. King knows the name of every student that attends Murray Elementary as well as their siblings and parents. She greets all students in the morning with a positive comment and sends emails to check on them when they're sick. Janet King (Murray Elementary School) Mrs. King is an amazing support staff member for the school. My daughter says she is also really nice! She greets students by name and with incredible energy and a smile first thing in the morning. Janet King (Murray Elementary School) Ms. King approaches each day and each student with exuberant optimism and love. She goes out of her way every day to make each child feel special and Murray is lucky to have her. Janet King (Murray Elementary School) Janet is just the brightest star that shines down on the students and overwhelmed parents. She is ALWAYS willing to help in any way and make students feel so special. Janet King (Murray Elementary School) Janet is unfailingly upbeat, on top of everything, energetic, a positive influence on students and staff alike. She performs her best at all of her various duties and is always welcoming, happy, caring, and shares her attitude with everyone. Janet King (Murray Elementary School) Ms. King embodies a responsive school environment. Every morning, she warmly welcomes each student by name as they enter. Janet King (Murray Elementary School) Mrs. King and Mrs. Dodson are exceptional people. They know every students’ name, they genuinely care about the health and safety of all students, and they could not be more kind or helpful. Janet King (Murray Elementary School) Ms. King always has a smile on her face and a kind word. She's usually the first person you see as you walk in the school and her bright smile welcomes you and immediately makes you feel part of the Murray community. Janet King (Murray Elementary School) Janet King is the fountain of energy at Murray Elementary school. She is endlessly positive and outgoing, is constantly supportive of both students (and parents!), and is detail oriented and responsive in the front office. Janet King (Murray Elementary School) Ms. Janet knows every single kid in the school and their parents. She is very excited about making sure all kids are happy at school and reach home safely. Janet King (Murray Elementary School) In actual fact, Janet King embodies all the values to an exemplary status. I would settle on community but equally have examples in other values. Jen Donalson (Murray Elementary School) Jen continues doing remarkable work, reaching all students she works with. Jen Donalson (Murray Elementary School) Jen is my third grade teaching partner and everyday I witness her showing respect to her students and to her colleagues. Jen Donalson (Murray Elementary School) Jen Donalson has been a superb and model teacher over the course of my child's elementary school year. She fosters learning and has enabled our child to strive for high educational goals in a way that is meaningful and fun. Jessica Reon (Murray Elementary School) Thank you for being Pierce's teacher. While he might grumble about spelling and book reports, he's really gotten so much better at writing and spelling this year. Jillian Ratliff (Murray Elementary School) Jillian demonstrates excellence in her work with her students. Persistent, creative, encouraging as she assists her students in academics and peer interactions. Katherine Tillar-Hughes (Murray Elementary School) When I ask Pierce and Simon about their day the only things I hear about are Recess and Gym. Thank you for making gym the great physical outlet that they need in their day. Ronald Wingate (Murray Elementary School) Thank you for being such a good role model for your drivers. You have their respect and they look up to you. Sara Haas (Murray Elementary School) Thank you for challenging the kids. I appreciate all the effort that you put in so that the transition to 6th grade goes smoothly. Valerie Parks (Murray Elementary School) Miss Parks has been responsible for an amazing acceleration in my son's progress in the Pre-K program at Murray. Not only is she extraordinary in her work as a special education teacher during school hours, but she is also dedicated to her students and their parents in a way that is above and beyond what is reasonably required of her. Andrew Sherogan (Murray High School) Mr. Sherogan embraces his students and lifts them up while encouraging them to take chances with new ways to express themselves. Mr. Sherogan has worked tirelessly with students to provide a safe environment where all students feel his genuine caring and support in their endeavors. Chad Ratliff (Murray High School) Mr. Ratliff was very supportive and helpful during a difficult time this spring with our son. He was understanding, kind, and forgiving. Erin Ackenbom (Murray High School) Ms. Wise-Ackenbom has been an instrumental part of helping to create a garden at Murray High School. She and her husband have spent many hours outside of school helping with weeding, planting, harvesting of produce, and maintenance of the garden. Fran Racette (Murray High School) Fran's lessons are carefully planned with students skill set in mind. She empowers students to be their best and share their talents. Noel Purdy (Murray High School) Noel is an amazing human. She takes her professional duties very seriously and always checks in with students when they have been out sick. Amani James (Post High) Amani is such a kind and sweet young lady that works hard each day. She makes sure the students have an enjoyable experience, and is always willing to lend a helping hand. Dianne Gobbie (Post High) Dianne is always willing to lend a helping hand to students and staff members. Dusty Garwood (Post High) Dusty has been such a blessing to Post High this year. He is kind to everyone, and the students and staff adore and appreciate him. Rebecca Tichner (Post High) Becca is a kindhearted person who treats our students with dignity and respect. She is knowledgeable in the special education field, and is always willing to lend a helping hand. Shay Copeland (Post High) Shay is a driving force of Post High. Her knowledge of the students, tied with the knowledge of working with students with disabilities makes her a wise and caring employee. Shennel Cowherd (Post High) Shennel is a kind and caring person who treats our students with dignity and respect each and every day. She is always willing to lend a helping hand, and the students and staff adore her. Jeannette Reynolds (Post High/VIA) Jeannette helps all SPED drivers. She gets on the floor to show the driver the proper way to install a harness or car seat. Ali Summers (Red Hill Elementary School) Mrs. Summers is a truly gifted teacher. She has has a wonderful way of encouraging her students to excel in all academic areas. Alicia “Ally” Summers (Red Hill Elementary School) Mrs. Summers has an ability to connect with each and every student providing them support and encouragement. For Jadynn, she has been a phenomenal role model and mentor. Angela Rutherford (Red Hill Elementary School) Angela gives 100% every day for her students and teachers. She helps the students strive to do their best and the teachers to find the best resources to teach their students. Angela Rutherford (Red Hill Elementary School) Angie is like a busy bee pollinating each PLC with her wonderful knowledge, attention to detail and caring for students and staff. No matter what the challenge or puzzle piece that has to find a perfect fit, Angie is there to make things better. Angela Rutherford (Red Hill Elementary School) Angie has been an incredible leader in our school. She is supportive, knowledgeable, and student-focused. Angela Rutherford (Red Hill Elementary School) Angie wears many hats in addition to being the Data Coach at Red Hill Elementary. She not only takes on small groups of her own to ensure the success of all of our students, she does so much behind the scenes as well. Beth Kavounas (Red Hill Elementary School) She was the teacher that made my mind want to learn. Bird Dierking (Red Hill Elementary School) Bird is an awesome teacher! She is so kind, caring and committed to helping the children she works with. She gives her all to my child and she gets just as excited as we do when we see progress. Bird Dierking (Red Hill Elementary School) I can't say enough about her! She is the greatest and most caring teacher. Bird Dierking (Red Hill Elementary School) Miss Bird has shown an abundance of love and patience in helping children with learning and emotional challenges and by example, she inspires it in others. Her kindness and joy are much needed in this world. Bird Dierking (Red Hill Elementary School) Bird, you can always be counted on to have a cheerful demeanor and a smile on your face. Your determination to persevere, ability to patiently stay the course, and encouraging attitude has been greatly appreciated. Carolyn Powell (Red Hill Elementary School) Ms. Powell has a tremendously caring heart when it comes to taking care of our preschool children and assisting the teachers with the many needs of the program. Her flexibility is a huge asset to the ever-changing daily needs of our youngest learners. Debbie Rondeau (Red Hill Elementary School) Debbie has always put the needs of our students first. She has devoted the past two years to studying about how to better address the needs of our challenging students in her SMART goal. Holly Shiflett (Red Hill Elementary School) Holly goes the extra mile to make sure the student is at his or her best potential. She is super friendly and all of her kids love her. Jennifer Garrett (Red Hill Elementary School) Jenny, No words can explain how much of a excellent job you do with the kids. I have learned so much from you and wish you all the best. Margaret Page (Red Hill Elementary School) Mrs. Page is a phenomenal teacher in the school and off grounds. She focuses on her students and their families. Margaret Page (Red Hill Elementary School) As a leader in our school community, Mrs. Page exhibits genuine care and understanding for her students. She cares for their success both academically and socially. Mason Wells (Red Hill Elementary School) Mr. Wells takes great care of our building and most importantly, he takes great care of our pre-kindergarten classroom and our youngest learners. He takes time to talk with the children, show them how some things work, and even fixes our broken toys. Matthew Killham (Red Hill Elementary School) Tuesday is a very shy little girl but Mr. Killham helped her overcome this with his support. His kindness helped her face her fears and make friends with many of the 2nd Graders in her class this year. Michelle Creasy (Red Hill Elementary School) Ms. Creasy's professionalism and ability to assist at a moment's notice is highly appreciated. Our office can be a busy place with numerous visitors and needs throughout the day. Nancy McCullen (Red Hill Elementary School) She is my daughter's go to person at school her (safety net). My daughter has had a rough year and Mrs.McCullen has been awesome with her. Sharell Jackson (Red Hill Elementary School) Sherry has been a tremendous addition to our Pre-kindergarten program. She shows an inordinate amount of patience and gentleness when working with our students. Sylvia Jenkins (Red Hill Elementary School) My daughter started Pre-K and from day one of meeting Mrs. Jenkins I had absolutely no worries. Seeing the way she interacted with the students and Sophia took to her, it put my mind at ease. Sylvia Jenkins (Red Hill Elementary School) Ms. Jenkins is caring, invested, kind, and compassionate with the children in her class. She makes her kids feel welcome and comfortable, which is perfect for pre-k as an introduction to organized learning. Sylvia Jenkins (Red Hill Elementary School) Mrs. Jenkins goes above and beyond to make sure that she takes great care of all her Students. She is the BEST. Tyler Croson (Red Hill Elementary School) Thank you! You always help me if I need help. You make me feel like I’m safe at school. Tyler Croson (Red Hill Elementary School) Tyler embodies the highest ideals of education. She is always eager to help the students in her class problem solve and allows them to express their individuality. Veronica Brennan (Red Hill Elementary School) Veronica is a wonderful addition to our Red Hill staff. Her quiet, gentle and respectful demeanor with the students in her class have served to create a supportive learning environment. Allison Nader (Scottsville Elementary School) As the saying goes.. Catherine Bartee (Scottsville Elementary School) Catherine always sets high expectations for learning and behavior at school. She is an asset to our school! Catherine always enters and leaves the building with a smile on her face and a cheerful attitude! She works really hard in and outside the classroom to develop relationships with students and assist them with improving their education and life. Cathy Russo (Scottsville Elementary School) Dear Mrs. Russo, I appreciate your hard work being a teacher so I want to thank you for alwes being there and showing people kindness. In other words you get to go to a big party!! Thank you again ~ Anna Liebermann. Cathy Russo (Scottsville Elementary School) Dear Mrs. Russo, Thanks for reading. I can't wait to recycle more in the community, can't wait for our next book. Cathy Russo (Scottsville Elementary School) Thank you for being a terifick teacher. From, Raigann. Christy Batten (Scottsville Elementary School) Christy does her work quietly and effectively every day to help our youngest students excel. She is patient and kind and is a huge asset to our school. Christy Batten (Scottsville Elementary School) Christy has been a Bright Stars TA for 18 years and can recall facts about each student with whom she has worked. She has the unique ability to build lasting positive relationships with students and teaches with a compassion that is unmatched. Christyne Fayard (Scottsville Elementary School) Ms. Fayard has made an amazing impact on my life. Without the tools, she gave me in second grade, I would not be where I am today; in the eighth grade heading off to high school. Elizabeth Cox (Scottsville Elementary School) Elizabeth works tirelessly to provide well thought out, fun, creative lessons for her students. She is a team player! Elizabeth embraces new ideas and wants to do well. Heather Morrison (Scottsville Elementary School) Thank you for teaching me to read. From, Lena. Janet Lilly (Scottsville Elementary School) Ms. Lilly is still new to the position, but has worked hard to learn the skills necessary to do well. She cares about our community and our school and it shows in her daily work. Jenna Scambos (Scottsville Elementary School) Jenna is working so hard to develop relationships with the students in the Click and Connect program. She is thoughtful, kind, and genuine. Jim Loffredo (Scottsville Elementary School) Mr. Loffredo is an awesome teacher who takes pride in his students. He communicates and keeps parents in the loop on what the children are doing and learning in the classroom. Karen Mayry (Scottsville Elementary School) Patience, creativity, imagination, kindness, tireless; active in Scout community! Thanks for all you do Ms. Mayry. Katie Tobey (Scottsville Elementary School) Hey Mrs. Tobey I wanted to reach out to you and tell you how grateful I am for you being able to teach me back then because what you taught me back then, it helps me now. Hope your years at Scottsville are great soon you will be having my little sister Kayleigh. Kim Passerell (Scottsville Elementary School) Kim has a special way of making students and staff alike feel valued in her presence. She is full of compassion, diligence and love. Kristie Obrecht (Scottsville Elementary School) Dear Ms. Obrect, Thank you so much for teaching us library it was so much fun this past year. Love Leigha. Kristie Obrecht (Scottsville Elementary School) Thank you for letting us read books and being nice. From, Lena. Kristie Obrecht (Scottsville Elementary School) Dear Mrs. Obrecht, You are so good at being a teacher!! From, Raigann. LeAnna Dalton (Scottsville Elementary School) Mrs. Dalton is the perfect example of a teacher. She has made my daughter feel comfortable and secure at school. LeAnna Dalton (Scottsville Elementary School) I am beyond thankful for the opportunity to work beside you everyday! Your continued support, encouragement, and enthusiasm makes my job as a teacher fun, even on challenging days. Leanne Dalton (Scottsville Elementary School) This teacher goes above and beyond her duty as a teacher to provide the best learning environment for her students. If a student is having a hard time with a subject, like reading or writing, she is able to figure out how to teach them in a way they can comprehend and strive in the subject that they have been struggling with. Luther Braxton (Scottsville Elementary School) Mr. Braxton is an extremely hard worker and keeps the school in tip top shape; often working additional hours to make sure jobs are completed. He gets along well with our students and teaches them respect and the importance of hard work. Luther Braxton (Scottsville Elementary School) Luther works so hard to keep our school clean and is always ready to jump in and help us in any way needed. Luther Braxton (Scottsville Elementary School) Mr. Braxton is always putting others before himself. The students just love him. Luther Braxton (Scottsville Elementary School) Mr. Braxton works tirelessly to make sure that things are done well and done right. He always thinks about what is best for kids and the school. Luther Braxton (Scottsville Elementary School) Mr. Braxton is always there to help out in the school in any way needed. He goes above and beyond his duties to make sure things are done to help students and staff. Meghan Wilson (Scottsville Elementary School) Meghan has an open mind and a welcoming spirit. She radiates positiviy and her love for people adds joy to the ACPS community. Meghan Wilson (Scottsville Elementary School) Megan is awesome to work with. Michelle Valentino (Scottsville Elementary School) The reason Jennifer deserves to recognized is because she always keeps us parents involved in what's happening in the classroom. My son has alot of food allergies and she is always on top of it. Mrs. Nader (Scottsville Elementary School) Mrs Nader is Jaceohn's teacher. He just loves her. Reva Allen (Scottsville Elementary School) Dear Ms. Allen, THANK YOU HELP ME. BY, CAMRON. Reva Allen (Scottsville Elementary School) Mrs. Allen, thank you for giving us treats to us. Love, Dane. Reva Allen (Scottsville Elementary School) Dear Ms. Allen, Thank You being our teacher. and keeping us safe and doing projects." Sandy Billies (Scottsville Elementary School) Thank you for teaching. Sandy Herndon (Scottsville Elementary School) Sandy, whether in school or out, always puts the well-being of the kids first. She is a warm and comforting presence, makes a constant effort to ensure all of the kids get their food and have time to eat it, and addresses any concerns quickly and effectively. Sandy Herndon (Scottsville Elementary School) She is always kind, but firm with the kids. They love and respect her. Sandy Herndon (Scottsville Elementary School) Sandy always puts kids first. She works long hours and does everything possible to make sure that they get good nutrition. Sharon Ayres (Scottsville Elementary School) Ms. Ayres has dedicated many years to the good of this school. She consistently encourages both kids and adults at our school to do their best. Sharon Ayres (Scottsville Elementary School) I don't know how you do it all at "Grand Central Station, but somehow you always get the job done with a smile on your face. I love how welcoming you are to our students, especially when we surprise you with a poetry reading! We are grateful to have you here at SES. Staci England (Scottsville Elementary School) Dear Ms. England, Thank you for being our principal and taking care of us.Thank you for teaching us. Theresa Miller (Scottsville Elementary School) Dear Ms. Miller, I love you cus you make me safe I love you so much. Thomas Scott (Scottsville Elementary School) Mr. Scott truly cares for all students that ride his bus. He is respectful to others. Tom Green (Scottsville Elementary School) Mr. Green is a valued member of our team! He brings great knowledge to our 5th grade team. He has high expectations for all students. Tracy Armstrong (Scottsville Elementary School) Mrs. Armstrong demonstrates excellence in all areas and is the perfect example of how a teacher should be. She is caring, compassionate, understanding and goes above and beyond to help her students."Vivian Fewell (Scottsville Elementary School) Dear Mrs Fewell,Thank you for taking care of us and thank you for helping us when we are hurt ." Vivian Fewell (Scottsville Elementary School) Nurse Fewell cares for our kids! She does this not only by dispensing medicine and caring for their cuts and scrapes, but also by inviting them for lunch bunches and encouraging them in their schoolwork. She works hard to make our school a better place. Vivian Fewell (Scottsville Elementary School) Ms. Fewell works diligently each day to ensure the health and wellbeing of every student in our school. Though she is the only nurse—she welcomes each person into her office with love, dedicates equal time to all symptoms, and has a special way of making each person feel valued. Emily Turner (Social Services) Shoes, clothes, money for bills, if there is a need for a family; Emily knows how to find and put her hand on the resources. She has always been willing and ready to make contact with families and help meet their immediate needs. Donna Lambert (Special Education) Thank you very much for your patience every day. It takes persistence and love to mold students so they become good citizens and build independence. Kristen Kress (Special Education) Thank you very much for all you do each day. It takes persistence and love to mold students so they become good citizens and build independence. Lisa Thomas (Special Education) I am so happy you joined our team this year. You fit right in! Thank you very much for your patience every day. Liz Bromberger (Special Education) Thank you very much for your patience every day. It takes persistence and love to mold students so they become good citizens and build independence. Jon Kirby (Special Services) Kirby is a valuable team member that keeps us on our toes! He is always willing to lend a hand and step up to any task presented. Travis Gibson (Special Services) Travis is THE kind one! He begins each day with a positive attitude and a warm smile. He is never short on showing respect to all he encounters. Allie Weir (Stone Robinson Elementary School) Allie-Roo is an AWESOME teacher! She makes a difference every day with her enthusiasm and passion for her students and co-workers. Amy Patchett (Stone Robinson Elementary School) Amy works tirelessly with some of our most energetic students, always with a smile and positive attitude. Her patience and consistency is amazing, and watching her work is such an amazing thing. Amy Patchett (Stone Robinson Elementary School) She worked with our son, who had several behavioral issues, with calm, patience, and compassion. His actions can challenge those qualities in many people, but she was always consistent. Amy Patchett (Stone Robinson Elementary School) Amy has been a great asset in my classroom. She has gone above and beyond to assist me with one of my students. Angie Foreman (Stone Robinson Elementary School) I love when you teach me about new books and my favorite book was the "Switcharound" and I love chapter books and I love nonfiction books too. Angie Foreman (Stone Robinson Elementary School) Ms. Foreman helps us learn better in all subjects. Angie Foreman (Stone Robinson Elementary School) Mrs.Foreman is a good teacher. She helped me get better at reading. Angie Foreman (Stone Robinson Elementary School) When I come in Ms. Foreman's room she always asks "how is your day going?" When I leave her room she always says "have a nice day" and it makes me smile. Angie Foreman (Stone Robinson Elementary School) Angie always goes above and beyond to show kindess and respect to her students and fellow colleagues. Ashley Redmond (Stone Robinson Elementary School) Mrs. Redmond works with the A base students. Her kindness, patience, compassion, understanding and all around empathy towards each student is unsurpassed by any other. Ashley Redmond (Stone Robinson Elementary School) Ashley embodies all of our core values in the work that she does each day, but I'm most impressed with how she cares for ALL young people at our school. She goes above and beyond to help each child find success, whether in the classroom academic setting, or the lunchroom social setting, or helping with service projects. Ashley Redmond (Stone Robinson Elementary School) Ashley is a great special education teacher! She has help me tremendously this school year with one of my students. She didn't have to help, but volunteered with great ideas and resources. Chris Erskine (Stone Robinson Elementary School) Mrs. Erskine is a great Spanish teacher. She taught me many new Spanish words. Cindy Anderson (Stone Robinson Elementary School) Ms. Anderson is always willing to help and assist with various tasks and does so with kindness. Cindy Anderson (Stone Robinson Elementary School) Cindy works tirelessly to get things done for all of us here at Stone Robinson! She works as a great team with Susan in the front office to welcome all guests and visitors with respect and empathy. Her willingness to find solutions to specific problems speaks to her desire and amazing work ethic. Cindy Anderson (Stone Robinson Elementary School) Ms. Anderson always goes above and beyond to help in any way she can. If she does not have the answers she will find the person who does. Cindy Anderson (Stone Robinson Elementary School) Ms. Anderson is consistently friendly and helpful on every occasion that I meet with her in the front office, or talk with her on the phone. I am so impressed with her kind and professional nature. Cindy Anderson (Stone Robinson Elementary School) Cindy is such a pleasant person and has been so kind and helpful to me in navigating all the school "rules", especially when it comes to parking/ early pick-up and drop off. She takes a genuine interest in how my son and family enjoy SRE. Cindy Digges (Stone Robinson Elementary School) I luv Ms. Diggs she is great w/ my little Shy Shy , she has a feeding tube an Ms. Diggs has to hook her up twice a day an she is a handfull . Cindy Digges (Stone Robinson Elementary School) Nurse Digges is a constant support for my 4 rough and tumble boys. In addition to providing bandages and ice, Nurse Digges provides smiles and comfort to SRE students. Cindy Diggs (Stone Robinson Elementary School) Ms. Diggs takes her time on making sure that everyone is OK. She trusts you and helps you when you need help. Cynthia Digges (Stone Robinson Elementary School) Cindy is the best school nurse! She always shows compassion and care for any little thing that comes her way. Always treating the students (and other staff members) with love and respect in all that she does. Deborah Sellers (Stone Robinson Elementary School) Deborah has gone above and beyond to help me in so many ways with a student. I appreciate all the work she has put into place to help me and the student. Denise Bachman (Stone Robinson Elementary School) Ms. Bachman is a dedicated educator who is always finding new and creative ways to engage her students. She has embraced her new role as SBIT Chair and is doing an amazing job! Her exceptional communication skills have led to more connected and involved families. Diane Goodrich (Stone Robinson Elementary School) She knows all her students and greets everyone kindly and if someone needs help she will help them without question. Don Landis (Stone Robinson Elementary School) Thank you for us getting prepared for middle school. Don Landis (Stone Robinson Elementary School) Don is a great guidance counselor! He is always willing to go above and beyond to keep a student or staff member. Elizabeth Shifflett (Stone Robinson Elementary School) Ms. Shifflett is a superb teacher. She is a calm and caring source of information to her students. Elizabeth Shifflett (Stone Robinson Elementary School) Ms. Shifflett always makes sure that everyone feels safe and included. She also makes sure that everyone is always kind. Erin Thelen (Stone Robinson Elementary School) Erin is kind, warm and welcoming. My son is extremely fond of her ! Erin has unwavering patience and has such a nice way with her students. Florentino Perez (Stone Robinson Elementary School) Mr. Tino is always kind, helpful, and smiling in all that he does to make Stone Robinson a better place! His energy and positive outlook are always appreciated, and he goes out of his way to get things gone. Jennifer Durrett (Stone Robinson Elementary School) "Ms. D" shows and embodies all of the core values for our division, but I always think about the word "respect" with her. She shows respect to her students at all times, and expects that in return. Jennifer Rooney (Stone Robinson Elementary School) I want to recognize all of the VAAP team (Chris Erskine, Liz Wood, Tammy Miller, and Jessica Davis) by saying how valuable they are, and highlighting the outstanding patience and love they show to each of our students on a daily basis. They have been through some challenging times this year with staffing, but I always see a loving hand, a funny smile, or hear a positive comment from them. Jennifer Rooney (Stone Robinson Elementary School) Jenny has been a special education teacher at Stone Robinson Elementary School for 7 years and has worked in the Albemarle County Schools for a total of 14 years. This brings a tremendous amount of knowledge and expertise in her field. Jenny Canalicho (Stone Robinson Elementary School) Mrs.Canalichio makes my day better because she is so nice and helps me on my work and what I need she a really good teacher. Jenny Canalicho (Stone Robinson Elementary School) I am nominating Ms. Jenny because she is always super nice to all her students and every time I see her in the hallway she always smiles at me. Jordan Black (Stone Robinson Elementary School) Prior to my son entering Jordan Black's classroom, we were informed about her wonderful abilities as an educator. We could not agree more. Karen Hathaway (Stone Robinson Elementary School) Mrs. Hathaway embodies all of the ACPS’s core values, but particularly in excellence by facilitating meaningful, hands-on learning opportunities for every student in her 1st grade class. She is the perpetual teacher and utilizes unique opportunities to teach students throughout their entire day. Karen Heathcock (Stone Robinson Elementary School) Ms. Heathcock is really smart in math. She always knows so much that I haven't yet learned and she is a great teacher. Karen Huffman (Stone Robinson Elementary School) Ms. Huffman is really nice and caring and she makes learning fun. Karen Huffman (Stone Robinson Elementary School) Ms. Huffman is the best teacher ever. She makes me smile when I'm sad. Karen Huffman (Stone Robinson Elementary School) Ms. Huffman respects the other teachers and the students. She is just very respectful, kind and nice. Karen Huffman (Stone Robinson Elementary School) When I go to class in the morning, Ms. Huffman always says "Hi Conner how was your night"? It brightens my day. Karen Huffman (Stone Robinson Elementary School) Mrs. Huffman always takes time to teach me stuff and never gets frustrated if I don't get something. Karen Huffman (Stone Robinson Elementary School) This teacher knows what she is doing. She stays on task on what she is supposed to teach. Kasity Cawthorne (Stone Robinson Elementary School) Kasity is a gem! She has been a breath of fresh air to my family (and especially my son). Kasity never fails to smile and maintain a positive attitude-this certainly brightens my days. Kasity Cawthorne (Stone Robinson Elementary School) She is the best babysitter there ever was. She is good with young kids. Kelly Oehler (Stone Robinson Elementary School) Mrs. Oehler is such a great teacher and an overall great person. She helped me excel in all in all subjects. Kelly Oehler (Stone Robinson Elementary School) She is amazing she makes math fun and honestly, she's a great person behind her job itself. She's bright and makes school not so boring she is also just a wonderful person she was my favorite teacher growing up she also handles issues better then the rest of the teachers here she also makes sure you always have a smile on your face and do anything to make you understand the subject that you are on. Kelly Oehler (Stone Robinson Elementary School) Our son is ahead academically and Mrs Oehler has really made an effort to challenge him while keeping learning interesting. She arranged a class play about weather and had the kids perform the show twice (with one evening performance) along with a dress rehearsal and it was a wonderful way to incorporate learning about weather and reading and having fun - just one example of how she goes the extra mile to do the best for the kids. Kelly Oehler (Stone Robinson Elementary School) Kelly is always helpful within our teaching team. She is eager to answer questions, share resources, and give up her time to teach us a few things that have helped me become a better teacher. Kelly Oehler (Stone Robinson Elementary School) Our family loves Mrs. Oehler! Not only does she make learning so much fun for the students, but she completely gets my daughter, Lily. Relationships are so important and Mrs. Oehler has spent time to get to know Lily and understand her strengths and weaknesses. Kelly Oehler (Stone Robinson Elementary School) Mrs. Oehler was my first grade teacher. She made learning fun! I like the books she read to us and all the little jokes that she made. Kim Martin (Stone Robinson Elementary School) My daughter, Waverly, had Mrs. Kim Martin last year for 3rd grade. Mrs. Martin get to know each student and family, then figures out how each student learns the best. Kim Martin (Stone Robinson Elementary School) Ms. Martin helps our community by cleaning up the maker space and outside on the playground. Kim Martin (Stone Robinson Elementary School) Ms. Martin is very nice. Kim Martin (Stone Robinson Elementary School) Ms. Martin is helpful and funny. She is kind and always helps me with stuff. Kim Martin (Stone Robinson Elementary School) Kim works tirelessly to create a positive, uplifting, and motivating sense of community in her classroom. Because of these efforts, her students are able to achieve great things. Kim Martin (Stone Robinson Elementary School) Ms. Martin is sweet and she gives us everything we need. She's a dream teacher. Kim Martin (Stone Robinson Elementary School) Thank you, Ms. Martin, for starting the school store with your class. I like shopping for toys at the school store. Kris Elsie (Stone Robinson Elementary School) Ms. Elsie helps me all the time. If I am stuck she is there if I need help. Kris Elsie (Stone Robinson Elementary School) Ms. Elsie is really nice. She always has a positive attitude and she is always really nice. Kristen Williams (Stone Robinson Elementary School) She brought me a card signed by the 5th grade.She visited me at the hospital and I enjoyed it. Kristen Williams (Stone Robinson Elementary School) Mrs. Williams has done an awesome job supporting me with my students. I appreciate everything she has done for me, my class, and the staff at SRES. Kristen Williams (Stone Robinson Elementary School) Ms. Williams is very nice and kind. She helps us with CARES. Lillian Houchens (Stone Robinson Elementary School) Integrity - It's necessary for a teacher to be honest with his/her job role and responsibility. Students always follow what the teacher does and reflect on them. Lisa Davis (Stone Robinson Elementary School) Not only is Lisa a great teacher, but I think she truly cares about the students. She is always staying in contact to make sure that the student is staying on course. Lisa Davis (Stone Robinson Elementary School) Thanks for helping us out and being a teacher. You are fun and hard working. Lisa Davis (Stone Robinson Elementary School) Ms. Davis always makes sure that everyone is heard and that everyone is being kind 24/7. She is always respectful and helps others be respectful too. Lisa Davis (Stone Robinson Elementary School) Ms. Davis teaches me the things I need to know. Lisa Davis (Stone Robinson Elementary School) Ms. Davis helps me to understand VA Studies and she is always patient with me when I don't quite get the content that is being taught. She is always kind and respectful and was a valuable asset to my education. Lisa Davis (Stone Robinson Elementary School) Ms. Davis knows a lot about the community and she respects the community. Lisa Davis (Stone Robinson Elementary School) Mrs.Davis is the best teacher ever. When I am sad she always makes me laugh or smile. Lisa Davis (Stone Robinson Elementary School) She always helps me when I am stuck on something. Lisa Davis (Stone Robinson Elementary School) Mrs. Davis is always there to help me when I need help and always knows how to put things in a understandable way and she is always caring. Lisa Davis (Stone Robinson Elementary School) She always helps me when I get stuck. Always is generous. Lisa Davis (Stone Robinson Elementary School) Ms. Davis is very helpful. She supports me so that I can do my best. Lisa Spradlin (Stone Robinson Elementary School) She gives me a hug every day and it brightens my day. Liz Shifflett (Stone Robinson Elementary School) My teacher, Ms. Shifflett, is so so so so so so good at her work. When you are crying or upset she will help you. Luke Noble (Stone Robinson Elementary School) Mr. Noble is always there for me. He is nice and funny too. Luke Noble (Stone Robinson Elementary School) The reason that I am nominating Luke Noble is because he is always uplifting and he is very easy to talk to if you have a problem. He is always willing to help you if you asked and he is always happy. Luke Noble (Stone Robinson Elementary School) He always takes his time to explain the learning if we don't get it. When we misbehave he always has a calm tone with the kids he is teaching. Mabel Morris (Stone Robinson Elementary School) Mrs Morris is my daughter Jasiyia's Special Education Teacher. She loves her so much. Mabel Morris (Stone Robinson Elementary School) Mable and her VAAP team (Jennifer Turner and Dedra Bogden) show an amazing amount of love and compassion for our students on a daily basis! I always see Jen and Dedra helping out in many different ways throughout the day, and Mable's loving direction for all students continues to build confidence and support in her classroom. Michelle Brown (Stone Robinson Elementary School) Michelle does a great job with our student (and staff) needs on a daily basis, from always having a kind word for each kid, to making coffee each morning for our teachers. Her positive attitude and helpful spirit are much appreciated and makes a positive impact in our cafeteria. Ona Kircher (Stone Robinson Elementary School) Mrs. Kircher is a fun art teacher because she gives us fun art projects that we can do she is a good art teacher. Pam Dean (Stone Robinson Elementary School) ""A good teacher can inspire hope, ignite the imagination, and instill a love of learning."" -Brad Henry This quote describes Mrs. Dean all too well. Patricia Grant (Stone Robinson Elementary School) Trish tirelessly gives of her time to creatively and consistently meet the needs of all of her students. Robin Fairchild (Stone Robinson Elementary School) Even when students do something wrong Ms. Fairchild helps them understand what they dikd wrong and she still respects them and is kind to them. Robin Fairchild (Stone Robinson Elementary School) Mrs. Fairchild always knows how to make me laugh when I want to cry, smile when I want to frown and just makes me so happy and helps me with all my probleMs. She always gives good advice and helps me through difficult times. I think she is the best teacher ever and she makes me want to learn math everyday, for hours at a time. Robin Fairchild (Stone Robinson Elementary School) Ms. Fairchild helps me during math and it make smile every day. Rosaura Gonzalez (Stone Robinson Elementary School) Rosaura is a great assistant principal!! She goes above and beyond for our students, staff, and parents. Rosaura Gonzalez- Muniz (Stone Robinson Elementary School) Rosaura totally embodies all of the school's values (excellence in all that she does, building community with all members, and showing respect for all) but especially LOVES working with young people. Her energy, positive regard for each student, and compassion are evident in her work and words with each student. Sarah Walker (Stone Robinson Elementary School) Sarah is a great teaching assistant!! She always goes above and beyond for staff and students. Sayyeda Mariam (Stone Robinson Elementary School) Ms. Mariam is a teacher that inspires hope, ignites the imagination, and instills a love of learning in her students and others. She is a great teacher and leader. Susan Reuschling (Stone Robinson Elementary School) Susan sets an exemplary model of respect and positivity when a visitor first enters our building at Stone Robinson! Her calm and pleasant tone helps inform families of where to go, what to do, and how to get things done. She is always polite helpful to all staff members. Susan Reuschling (Stone Robinson Elementary School) Ms. Reuschling is a kind and helpful part of our school community. I love that our visitors are greeted with her warm smile when they enter the building. Susan Reuschling (Stone Robinson Elementary School) I want to recognize Ms. Reuschling because she is consistently helpful and kind in all of my interactions with her on the phone and in the front office. The front office is a busy and high traffic area, however Ms. Reuschling always makes each visitor feel welcome and important. Susan Reuschling (Stone Robinson Elementary School) Susan is a constant bright smiling face in the office of SRE. She is patient and kind, answering all my questions and helping me to navigate being a new parent at SRE. Terri Higgins (Stone Robinson Elementary School) I have had the pleasure of working with Terri for the past 5 years here at Stone Robinson and want to share how much she does above and beyond the call of duty as the Bright Stars coordinator for our students! Her work ethic, professionalism, and integrity are incomparable! Terri's coordination of the Toy Lift Drive for our school is always well organized, thoughtful, and inclusive of our wider community. Tino Perez (Stone Robinson Elementary School) Mr. Tino works hard to keep our school community clean and safe. He always has a positive attitude and says hello with a smile. Tommy Landseadel (Stone Robinson Elementary School) Mr. Landseadel is the best PE teacher since I was in bright stars. He has taught me to be healthier. Tommy Landseadel (Stone Robinson Elementary School) He is a great teacher and he helps when you are in trouble with the P.E. Trish Grant (Stone Robinson Elementary School) Ms. Grant is an exceptional colleague. Whether planning a community reading event or writing grants for our school, Ms. Grant always goes above and beyond. Jefferson Davis (Stone-Robinson Elem) JD is overall extremely welcoming. Every time I go onto the bus I know that I will enjoy it because he  makes conversation flow easily. Kim Martin (Stone-Robinson Elem) Ms. Martin embodies what it means to be a teacher. She goes above and beyond everyday for anyone she can, however she can. Liz Wood (Stone-Robinson Elem) Liz continues to be a valuable member of our community even though her daughter graduated last year. She continues to contribute to our families in need and helps with our fundraising projects. Tal Thompson (Stone-Robinson Elem) Tal is an AWESOME teacher and co-worker. He is willing to help any teacher or student at any time. Laura Sexton (Stone-Robinson Elementary) It has been our daughter's first year at Stone-Robinson, and we are so grateful she has spent it in Mrs. Sexton's classroom as our daughter has loved learning with her this year. Mrs. Sexton's classroom is warm and welcoming for her students. Susan Reuschling (Stone-Robinson Elementary) She is new to our school this year . She is a very skilled, knowledgeable and calm individual. Angie Foreman (Stone-Robinson Elementary School) She helped me win I am stuck on a word and she is always nice and help full and is always there for me and is amazing and she helps me with my reading and is always letting us do awesome stuff like this one time she bout the moon to the room. Cindy Anderson (Stone-Robinson Elementary School) Cindy is another AWESOME office associate! She also has a smile on her face all the time and goes above and beyond to get things done. Cindy and Susan are an AWESOME team. Cindy Digges (Stone-Robinson Elementary School) Cindy is our AWESOME nurse!! She goes above and beyond her job to help students and staff members. Cyndi Digges (Stone-Robinson Elementary School) If I am here she will be there to help me and tack car of me and she will call my mom if needed and if not she will send me back to class and if I need medicine if I need it. Diane Goodrich (Stone-Robinson Elementary School) Ms. Goodrich is a great librarian! She helps me find books when I need help. I enjoy when she reads stories to us. Erin Thelen (Stone-Robinson Elementary School) "Ms. Erin helps me. Her symbol is an elephant. Ginny Haney (Stone-Robinson Elementary School) Ms. Haney teaches me a lot and she helps us. Karen Huffman (Stone-Robinson Elementary School) Ms. Huffman is a great science teacher. She makes things clear and easier to understand. Kasity Cawthorne (Stone-Robinson Elementary School) Ms. Kasity goes outside to play with me. I love Ms. Kasity. Lili Houchens (Stone-Robinson Elementary School) Ms. Houchens is a really good teacher. She is kind to me. Luke Noble (Stone-Robinson Elementary School) Mr. Noble is kind and makes me laugh. He has a good sense of humor. Mabel Morris (Stone-Robinson Elementary School) Mabel is an AWESOME teacher and person. She always has a smile on her face and is willing to do what it takes for her students and friends. Michelle Brown (Stone-Robinson Elementary School) Ms. Michelle is really nice and always says "you're welcome" when I say "thank you". Michelle Brown (Stone-Robinson Elementary School) Michelle is a great Cafeteria Manager!! She goes above and beyond for the staff and students here at SRES. Robin Fairchild (Stone-Robinson Elementary School) Ms. Fairchild is positive. She makes everybody's day better because she is kind and helpful. Sarah Walker (Stone-Robinson Elementary School) Ms. Walker ties shoes and teaches us too. She's really kind. Susan Reuschling (Stone-Robinson Elementary School) Susan is an AWESOME office associate! She always has a smile on her face and goes above and beyond to get the job done. She and Cindy are an AWESOME team! Thanks Susan for all you do. Tommy Landseadel (Stone-Robinson Elementary School) Mr. L teaches me new things about how to keep yourself healthy. He is kind and makes me laugh. Sheila Avery (Stony Point) Ms. Avery has been a staple of our two boys' after school lives at Stony Point for the last 5+ years. We have always appreciated her caring attitude, the consistency with which she does her job, and the flexibility she has shown at times which has been immensely helpful to us as parents. Keren Heckathorn (Stony Point Elementary) Mrs Heckathorn has been so devoted to work with her students in meeting their needs and improving their grades. She is also very patient with me and always taking time in answering whatever questions I have for her. Ashley Seawell (Stony Point Elementary School) In third grade I hated school, but then I got Ms. Seawell as my teacher. She has taught me that school and learning can be fun. Ashley Seawell (Stony Point Elementary School) Mrs. Seawell is a very kind teacher who has been supportive and caring for all her students. She makes sure that class isn't boring and includes fun activities. Joelle Pugh (Stony Point Elementary School) Joelle is a kind, compassionate teacher. She embodies patience, perseverance, and calm. Julia McGill (Stony Point Elementary School) Mrs. McGill takes into account every student's way of learning and what each personality is when making lessons. She encourages every student to try their best, and she knows when a student has met their limit. Kendra Butler (Stony Point Elementary School) Mrs. Kendra Butler is an amazing teacher. Both of my kids had her during the two school years they attended Stony Point. Kristy Heinrich (Stony Point Elementary School) Kristy is a TA in my daughter’s preschool classroom. She waits outside the front doors to get the preschoolers from the drop off line. Rod Watkins (Stony Point Elementary School) Rod helps any time I need something! He serves selflessly without recognition. Every time I have a show, he helps set up and put away instruments, sets, props, risers, chairs every time with a smile! He goes above and beyond. Joseph Price (Sutherland Middle Schol) Both of my sons have had Mr.Price as their history teacher for 6th grade. I have never heard them speak so highly of a teacher before. Augustine Hester (Sutherland Middle School) Ms. Nay Nay is an extremely hard worker and will do anything that is asked of her. She is soaking up a lot of information and working hard to learn as much as possible in a short amount of time. Betsy Noble (Sutherland Middle School) Mrs. Noble truly cares about the students she works with. She looks at the student’s individual strengths and encourages each student to reach his or her full potential. Betsy Noble (Sutherland Middle School) Betsy is always willing to go the extra mile for the kids and the ABASE team. Her relationship with the students is such that they will do anything for her. Bill Briesemeis (Sutherland Middle School) Bill's boundless energy, enthusiasm, and love for his students is evident every single day. He has a special way of teaching and relating to his students which brings out the best in them. Denika Gum (Sutherland Middle School) I can't say enough good things about Ms. Gum's dedication to her students. She is extremely organized and has helped my son see the benefits of this important life skill. Denika Gum (Sutherland Middle School) Ms. Gum is determined to get the best from her students, sets high standards, and gives students the support they need to meet those standards. Diana McCullough (Sutherland Middle School) Words alone cannot express our gratitude for all the time Ms. McCullough spent working with our daughter and other students to develop their enthusiasm for learning and to reach their full potential. Ms. McCullough is an excellent teacher, mentor and friend to each of her students. Heidi Morse (Sutherland Middle School) Ms. Morse is a great teacher who is warm, accessible and caring. She is approachable, not only to students, but to parents. Heidi Morse (Sutherland Middle School) Mrs. Morse has demonstrated such dedication to her students, and to their parents, beyond any education professional I've ever encountered, although I would nominate all of the team if I could, they are truly special to us! My son and I are equally grateful to have someone we both have come to love and trust, to guide him through middle school. Mrs. Morse truly has a heart, a passion, and an abundance of love for these great kids that all have such unique challenges, and we are forever thankful that we landed at this school - we only wish we could keep her all the way through 12th grade! She has worked to creatively solve issues with behavior, through encouragement and reinforcement, and to provide all students with unique experiences and opportunities as a part of their education. Heidi Morse (Sutherland Middle School) Ms Morse understands the challenges associated with special needs of her students. She focuses on the goal while understanding the journey may be convoluted and even messy. Karen Warlick (Sutherland Middle School) Ms. Warlick is a very empathetic teacher. She feels for her students and their parents. Kate Syms (Sutherland Middle School) Kate Syms is a wonderful teacher who has the special ability to care for and about kids. She is consistently able to reach students and works with them in a way that helps them grow as both students and people. Mary Montalbine (Sutherland Middle School) Ms. Montalbine is an inspiring teacher, committed educator with high academic standards. Matthew Porter (Sutherland Middle School) Matthew is new to our team, and we couldn't be more thrilled with how fast he has built relationships with the students and become a valued member of our team. The students love him and want to be with him. Megan Wood (Sutherland Middle School) Megan is genuine, approachable, accessible, responsive, and respectful. From the start, she asked parents, volunteers, and students for their input about the school, including what works and what could be improved, and she has taken that input and her own observations of needed improvements to make positive changes--from lightening the paint and improving the grounds at the front of the school, to implementing a new approach to the homeroom period, to improving elective offerings. Sheena Brill (Sutherland Middle School) Sheena is an excellent teacher and my son, CJ, is very lucky to have her! Although I know her job is very difficult with many moving parts, she radiates an air of sweetness and caring, happiness, organization, and confidence that brings out the best in all those around her. I really appreciate how responsive she is to questions, suggestions, and emails concerning my son. Steven Medford (Sutherland Middle School) Mr. Medford is an ABASE teacher who is new this year to our ABASE team. He is dedicated, loyal, and a faithful member of our team. Tim Jones (Sutherland Middle School) Mr. Jones cares deeply about students and has worked to build relationships with them. He goes the extra mile and offers the benefit of the doubt in order to provide kids a chance to do well. Wynne Taylor (Sutherland Middle School) Wynne has mentored countless young broadcast engineers throughout his tenure at Sutherland. He holds them to a high standard, which they nearly always meet. Cathy Cobb (Transportataion) Ms. Cathy goes above and beyond in making sure our students are safe while in her care. When we go on field trips, she is always accommodating to our needs and always has a smile on her on face. Aaron Hammer (Transportation) To be quite honest, Aaron embodies all 4 values. He is now my son's bus driver and he is what I was hoping for. Amanda Rogers (Transportation) Ms. Amanda is very caring and polite. My kids spent over 1. Amanda Rogers (Transportation) Cares very much about safety and well being of the children in her care. Amanda Rogers (Transportation) Mrs. Amanda is the best school bus driver! She is always positive every day with everyone, mostly positive with the kids on the bus. She gifts the kids with treats often and promotes positive reinforcement teaching with the children. Amanda Rogers (Transportation) She is wonderful with the kids an parents very respectful, but is a stickler for the rules an safety of her kids . She will let you know how your kids are doing on her bus an if they’re not following the rules there are consequences. Amy Jones (Transportation) Amy Jones is a blessing to the kids and parents. She becomes a part of your family. Amy Jones (Transportation) Ms. Amy, to me you aren't only my bus driver, you're my parent. I just want to thank you for teaching me so many different things since the day I was born. Bill Mack (Transportation) Mr. Mack is a very kind and caring Bus Driver. He goes above and beyond to help his students on his bus. Bill Mack (Transportation) A child's first and last contact related to school each day is the bus driver. This person can start the day off on the right foot and turn around a bad day. Brenda Watkins (Transportation) Brenda Watkins is an outstanding employee. This lady is often forgotten or overlooked because she is a bus driver. Brenda Watkins (Transportation) Miss Brenda has been a wonderful bus driver for my daughter, Maude (3rd grade, Red Hill Elementary). Maude has mild cerebral palsy and uses crutches to walk. Brenda Watkins (Transportation) Mrs. Brenda is the greatest bus driver, she goes above and beyond to make sure every student is kept safe at all times. Candace Dodson (Transportation) Lynn always has a smile in the morning and a positive attitude that spreads to my boys each and every morning. I am greatful for the love and care she gives and the safe atmosphere she provides during transportation to and from school. Cara Bickers (Transportation) Mrs. Cara fits into all of these categories so overall she is excellent. She says we are all her kids and she makes us feel safe on the bus. Carl Fardy (Transportation) I apologize - I don't know Mr. Carl's last name! He is the bus driver for Western Ridge. He has an air of confidence that works well with the kids. Carol Mr.Bickers (Transportation) Mr. Bickers is always looking out for students beyond what is needed - several times this year he did things beyond what was necessary. Cathy Cobb (Transportation) Cathy has been my daughter's bus driver since kindergarten. From the very first day, she has been loving and caring to her. Cathy Cobb (Transportation) She’s nice, sweet, caring. Cathy Cobb (Transportation) Mrs. Cathy is the best person I know she is extremely kind even when others kids are being extremely rude. Mrs. Cathy is just all around the best person you could ever know. Cathy Cobb (Transportation) Cathy is always there for her students, in more ways than just a safe ride to and from school. She is way more than a bus driver to the kids and the parents. Cathy Cobb (Transportation) Dear Miss Cathy thank you for making sure we are safe you are the best bus driver ever. Charlene Austin (Transportation) Thank You! Thank you for all the extra you have done for me (picking up paperwork). Cindy Jones (Transportation) Ms. Jones, Thank you for getting us to school and home safe everyday. Cindy Jones (Transportation) Cindy Jones is a true leader. She respects her employees, and she listens to her employees. Cindy Jones (Transportation) She cares about her drivers and all the students at MOHS she has a heart of gold. Cindy Jones (Transportation) Thank You! Thank you for always being there to lend a driver. Clarence Feggans (Transportation) Clarence makes sure my daughter gets to and from school safely. Thank you Clarence, for all you do. Clarence Feggans (Transportation) Thank You! Thank you for coming to work when you are feeling miserable. Thank you for stepping up and helping with field trips when it’s not your thing. Claudia McNeil (Transportation) Claudia has honestly been the most amazing driver for my son. She genuinely cares about the impact she has in my child’s life. Curtis Dowell (Transportation) Mr. Curtis always picks our son up with a smile on his face. He takes time to have a chat with William every morning and William loves riding the bus with him. Danny Belew (Transportation) I had the pleasure of working with Mr. Belew as part of our 2018 Summer Immersion Excursion (SIE) program. He was an exceptional bus driver, safely transporting students to and from SIE every day, as well as on our weekly field trips. David Steppe (Transportation) Dave has gone above and beyond assisting and ensuring both of my daughters arrived at school & home safely. We have a longer driveway and do not live right on the road so everyday Dave waits paitently to ensure our daugthers get in the house safely. Debbie Holland (Transportation) Mrs. Holland is a safe driver, makes sure parents or other guardians are at the bus stop in the afternoon for the younger students before letting them off the bus, waits in the morning so all the students can get on the bus (she knows who has arrived yet and takes extra time to wait if necessary), and provides treats every Friday rewarding good behavior. She really cares for the kids and makes it a very welcoming and caring ride to and from school. Debbie Spears (Transportation) Debbie is the lead bus driver for Cale Elementary School. She has led her team with a "can do" positive attitude, day in and day out, even when challenges such as driver shortages, last minute changes, employee emergencies, and more have arisen. Debbie Spears (Transportation) I see her every day and she always cheers me up before the day starts. Debbie Spears (Transportation) Every morning Ms. Debbie cheers me up when I get on the bus. She knows every child, and shows us all she cares. Delores Thompson (Transportation) Miss. T, goes out of her way to make parents feel comfortable before kids start riding her bus. Denise Davis (Transportation) shes funny. And fun. Diane Critzer (Transportation) Diane goes above and beyond for all her drivers. She will drop everything at a drop of a hat to meet her drivers needs. Frederick Dilelio (Transportation) he gives us candy. he,said nice to me. Hope Johnson (Transportation) Hope has been a consistent positive presence in my daughter Addison's life. Since the first day of the school year, I feel 100% confident putting her on the bus with Hope. Hope Johnson (Transportation) Ms. Hope Johnson has shown sincere commitment to our children since the very first day of school. She personally contacted parents and made a point to gather as much pertinent information about them as possible. Hope Johnson (Transportation) We are so grateful to have Ms. Hope as a friendly face to start and end the school day. She is very caring, understanding, and dedicated to ensuring the kids have a safe, controlled, and provides a positive ride to and from school. Hope Johnson (Transportation) Our bus driver, Ms. Johnson, is dedicated, timely (every day!), and professional. I can't always get my one daughter out the door on time and she does this everyday (at an earlier hour, even) with 3 children! She is quick to address any concerns with the students on her bus and to communicate with parents. Howard Norton (Transportation) Mr. Howard of bus #146 is a great bus driver. He communicates well with parents and has a great rapport with his bus riders. Isabella Critzer (Transportation) Every day, Lulu takes care of our special needs children, greeting them each morning with a smile. She knows each of the students on her bus, and knows what works for them, and what doesn’t. Jackie Morris (Transportation) Jackie gets to know not only the kids she drives but their families as well. She knows the siblings of the students she drives, is aware if for some reason you might be late getting to the stop (pregnant, recent injury). Jackie Morris (Transportation) She is very caring with young people and is always looking out for them and making sure they're all right. Jackie Morris (Transportation) Ms. Jackie is always really nice and never forget our birthdays. She is the best bus driver I ever had. Janet Hearns (Transportation) Janet, you set standards for the young people of ACPS and you exhibit this value in such a way that you are respected by not just your students, but all students of ACPS that cross your path. Jefferson Jefferson (Transportation) I want to recognize Mr. JD, my bus driver, for this award. He is kind, hard-working, and fun! He always makes sure we (the kids) are safe on our way to school. Karen Byers (Transportation) Ms. Karen is a very kind individual who takes pride in her role in raising up all of our children in the community every morning & every afternoon. She greets every child with a smile everyday while transporting them to & from school safely. Karen Byers (Transportation) We have only known Karen a short time due to my daughter recently transferring busses but from the 1st day she has treated my child as her own. Every morning and afternoon we are greeted with a smile and she takes the time to get to know us on a personal level. Karen Byers (Transportation) Where do I even start?! Ms. Karen makes sure my kid makes it to and from school safely! Her number one concern and priority is always with those children. She arrives every morning with a smile on her face to great my child and always makes her feel so special. Karen Byers (Transportation) Ms Karen takes her job of safety transporting our children with the due seriousness it deserves. I am so glad our buses will soon be equipped with cameras to help her enforce the respect other drivers should be showing at all stops. Karen Byers (Transportation) Ms. Karen has been my grandchildren's bus driver since each one has started school at Cale E.S. Karen Chisholm (Transportation) I love how good of a driver you are (you might get that from Jimmy). I love that you are strict but still give respect to the students. Karen Chisholm (Transportation) You keep kids in line but you are still nice. You have respect for all of the kids you drive and help. Karen Chisholm (Transportation) As a bus driver concerned about the safety of her students, she made a petition that she then brought to the general assembly, and got the law changed. Her work will keep a lot of students safer. Karen Chisholm (Transportation) Karen has extreme job performance qualities, examples. perfect attendance (even though not always feeling well); 100% on time arrivals at student stops and schools they attend; she has only middle/high school routes, but will help cover afternoon elementary route where and when needed (sometimes sacrificing her lunch). By knowing the West side of the county roads and the routes for middle and high schools, she easily covers other routes (due to drivers being absent or being open routes) utilizing other drivers and seating compasity; sometimes putting students of one route onto four buses. Karen Chisholm (Transportation) Thank You! Thank for having faith in me. Thank you for always willing to help out your coworkers when needed! And thank you for helping out with all of the field trips that you help with. Kathy Mayo (Transportation) For years now we have been fortunate enough to have "Ms. Kathy" transport our youngest child to school. During that time we have observed how she vigilantly watches over all of the children, while safely operating her vehicle. Kelli Washington (Transportation) Ms. Kelli treats all of the students with care and respect. She makes sure the young ones feel safe and are secure on the bus, and helps the older ones to feel more independent. Kevin Anistine (Transportation) Mr. Kevin, how all the children in Westhall lovingly call him, is one of the most caring people I have ever met. Personally, I would want no one else driving my kids to school each day. Kevin Anistine (Transportation) Kevin is the first and last employee to interact with my children everyday and everyday I know that they will get to and from school not only safely but also knowing that there is always someone who cares. Whether it’s dressing up for Holidays and handing out treats, checking in when he knows someone has had a tough day, playing music or telling a joke I always can tell that he’s been a part of their day by the giant smiles on their face. Kevin Anstine (Transportation) Mr. Anstine always picks up his students at the correct time, and if a student isn't there, he will wait a little bit. He sometimes sees students who have missed the bus and then drives back for them. Layne Hicks (Transportation) Mr. Hicks displays excellence in every aspect of his job. His friendly and warm demeanor make the bus a welcoming place for the many children he cares for to and from school. Layne Hicks (Transportation) Mr. Hicks has an extremely important role in the lives of many families. Every school day we entrust him with the safety of our children. Linda Critzer (Transportation) Diane shows by example how to be the best that an Area Transportation Supervisor can be. She drives a morning and afternoon route but continues to get her own work done at her office. Linda Pace (Transportation) She is a very sweet and caring driver to my daughter, Jasiyia Monroe, and she has a heart of gold. I really enjoy her transporting my child to and from school each day. Linda Pace (Transportation) She is always pleasant to talk to and shows great enthusiasm for her job and the children. Lucy Mackall (Transportation) We nominate Lucy for the We Notice award. She shows our children unconditional love and care on a daily basis. Marian Fuller (Transportation) Ms. Fuller is a great bus driver. She keeps us safe and is very kind. Mary Abernathy (Transportation) I appreciate that you safely get me home and school every day of the year (this includes Tuesday when there was a sub). Mary Clark (Transportation) Thank You! Thank you for always being willing to help double out runs even if you are the last to know. Mary Dollens (Transportation) Miss Mary shows a completely genuine, unconditional sense of caring for the preschoolers on her bus. She is a testament to how you select and manage your drivers. Mary Dollens (Transportation) Miss Mary is an excellent bus driver who really cares about the kids. Her professionalism allows me to leave for work assured that my children are under her care. Milissa Geer (Transportation) Thank You! Thank you for being flexible and willing to help out your coworkers when needed. Thank you for helping out with field trips. Monica Hunt (Transportation) Monica is a kind and caring person who is always helping students and staff on a daily basis. She is always willing to lend a helping hand, and the students and staff adore her. Monica Hunt (Transportation) Monica drives my son, who has autism, epilepsy, is non verbal, etc. She upholds the safety, comfort, and kindness even without the acknowledgment of my son. Natasha Lewis (Transportation) She treats me with respect on the bus. Natasha Lewis (Transportation) She is a really nice bus driver and she gives us candy too. Natasha Lewis (Transportation) She is kindful. She is respectful. Nathan Brown (Transportation) Mr. Brown exemplifies the value of Excellence in a number of ways. He goes well above and beyond his duties as a bus driver. Patricia Gibson (Transportation) Pat goes above and beyond for my boys on a daily basis by providing safe transportation and a positive, caring atmosphere to and from school. Paul Shoop (Transportation) Paul has been our family's bus driver for the past four years, and has always shown a great respect and kindness towards both of my daughters. His positive attitude, fun spirit, and caring manner is evident in all that he does each day. Ray Heron (Transportation) "Mr. Ray" is an excellent example of how you can be a positive role model for children outside of the classroom. He treats the children on his bus with kindness and compassion while holding them to high, but attainable, behavior standards. Ray Heron (Transportation) Mr. Ray works very hard to make our school bus a safe place and faithfully takes our children back and forth each day. He develops personal relationships with the students and implements positive behavior reinforcement measures. Renee Devall (Transportation) Renee is an excellent example of someone who goes above and beyond in order to get the job done. The students ALWAYS come first. Renee Devall (Transportation) I was in line at the grocery store, late. I mentioned to the cashier that I was struggling to schedule all of my son's (age 16)appointments. Renee Devall (Transportation) Renee consistently gives of her personal time and energy to doing whatever is helpful for students with severe disabilities who are having behavioral or emotional problems on the bus. She will attend any meeting and go to any reasonable extent to make rides to and from school successful. Renee DeVall (Transportation) I have had the pleasure of working with Renee on several committees. I always appreciate her dedication and perspective. Renee DeVall (Transportation) Renee is the best! She is always willing to help the work study team and offers help whenever she sees the need. Rich Cieslewitz (Transportation) Rich was the first person I met in Transportation when I started working in ACPS, and I could not have asked for a better contact. Every time I speak with him, Rich is always cheerful and quick to laugh. Rick Morris (Transportation) Rick always makes my kids feel very safe. Every morning he high fives my son and greets both children with a smile. Rick Morris (Transportation) Mr. Rick has been our bus driver for 4 kids between 2009 and the present. He's always been warm-hearted and willing to make it easy for kids to get to the bus and stay safe on the bus. Rodney Demore (Transportation) We nominate Rod for the We Notice Award. Rod has been an amazing addition to our Hollymead Team! His sense of safety is beyond standards. Roy Mitchell (Transportation) This is the first year Roy has been a driver for Post High and he is absolutely wonderful. His flexibility and quick thinking makes our day flow smoothly and we appreciate him so much. Ruby Justus (Transportation) Ms.Ruby has been a wonderful, passionate bus driver for Bus 50 students. My daughter Brinley would rather ride the bus home every single day versus have me pick her up from school. Sandy Hernandez (Transportation) Ms. Sandy is an excellent bus driver. She not only gets the kids to and from school safely, but she is consistently kind and generous. Shannon Kelly (Transportation) Miss Kelly is wonderful with the children-- they are excited to get on her bus. On mornings that are a bit more emotional for the younger children, she has actually called parents to give them an update on how well their child was doing once they were down the road (call after bus was stopped, of course). Tammy Young (Transportation) Thank you for getting me to and from school safe every day. You are a great bus driver I always feel safe on your bus. Tammy Young (Transportation) She is very caring and makes a positive example for all. She does her job and others a lot of the time. Tammy Young (Transportation) Tammy does a great job. She backs her school 100%. Thomas Scott (Transportation) Mr. Scott is the all time favorite bus driver! Just ask any child and they will tell you they all want to ride Mr. Scott's bus. Thomas Scott (Transportation) Thank You! Thank you for always working with me to help with drivers and student issues. Tom Garrison (Transportation) "Mr. Tom" drives the "handicapped" bus out to Stony Point Elementary School. I am a TA in the PreK - Severe/Profound classroom and he hands the kids off to me. Tom Scott (Transportation) Mr.Scott is a very nice guy who works really well with my son. He is patient with kids on the bus. Tom Scott (Transportation) Dear Mr. Scott, You are the nice one I love you tack us to school I just love you so I hope you can see us drive. I see rainbow in the sky. Tom Scott (Transportation) Thank you for taking me to school and home safely. By, Cole Thomas. Tom Scott (Transportation) Even though my daughter isn't riding the bus this year, you still greet us with the biggest and warmest welcome every time we see you! You make such a difference in all of our student's lives. You are often the first smile they see in the morning and I want you to know how much we all appreciate it. Vytas Kavolius (Transportation) Mr. K. truly embodies all four values. Wanda Maupin (Transportation) She is a nice person who respects all her students. I love how she always greets us and talks to all her students. Wanda Maupin (Transportation) Mrs. Wanda is an amazing person. She is nice, respectful, caring, and social. Wanda Maupin (Transportation) Ms.Wanda is a caring driver. She like every driver has to look after the students making sure we get to and from school safely. Wanda Maupin (Transportation) La señora Wanda ella tras de ser una buena manejadora,sociable y agradable persona, es un excelente ser humano, que ella siempre trata de ayudar a todo el mundo, bueno siempre y cuando sea bajos sus reglas. Su servicio es excelente siempre esta con su radiante sonrisa y con una actitud positiva dia a dia. Winter Gray (Transportation) She loves the students. I've never had happier kids post-bus than with her. Winter Gray (Transportation (Bus 45)) Miss Winter exemplifies all ACPS values (excellence, young people, community, respect). She greets the children and their families with a smile each day. Kevin Anstine (Transpotation) Kevin is a wonderful lead driver he is there for his staff a hundred percent he listens and respects you he helps out when needed. Adolfo Albarran (Walton Middle School) Thank you for all of your hard work!! Every time I speak to you, you are always happy and friendly. All of us are thankful for the work that you do!  ¡¡Gracias por to do Su trabajo duro!! Cada vez que te hablo, siempre eres feliz y amable. Amber Eustler (Walton Middle School) I like how helpful and kind you are. You've really helped me improve my ELA skills by challenging me in different ways. Amber Eutsler (Walton Middle School) Ms. Eutsler understands us and she's not uptight. She's calm and cool at the same time. Amber Eutsler (Walton Middle School) Thank you so much for welcoming me to the 6th grade team! I appreciate knowing that I can turn to you for help whenever I need it and I have really enjoyed getting to know you this year. Amber Eutsler (Walton Middle School) Amber is an excellent teacher, co-worker, and friend. She has been a major reason why Walton has seen the success it has over the last few years. Ashlee Bellamy (Walton Middle School) Ashlee has been a fantastic addition to Walton. She does a great job working with her students and helping them grow. Ashley Roberts (Walton Middle School) Thank you so much for your help this year! I appreciate knowing that with a simple email I will have the support I need. Barbara Parrish (Walton Middle School) Thank you for all of your hard work at Walton! You are always a bright spot - happy and smiling - and I appreciate it! We are all thankful to have you in our community. Becca Bauer (Walton Middle School) Ms. Bauer is a great teacher for band she knows how to play all of the instruments well too, help if the sound is not coming out correctly. She is also super friendly. Becca Kindler (Walton Middle School) Ms. Kindler is great at helping others and making everybody do well in class. Ms.Kindler also does lots of fun projects to make sure we have fun while learning the information we have to. Bill Doar (Walton Middle School) Bill has grown a lot as a teacher since coming to Walton. I always value his insight and ideas and he has done a great job trying to get the 7th grade on the right path all year long. Clay Conner (Walton Middle School) Ms. Conner is very nice and respectful. She always makes us laugh about the funniest things. Corey Jackson (Walton Middle School) Thank you for everything that you do at Walton! You are happy and positive and friendly toward all. Daniela Marden (Walton Middle School) Ms. Marden got a great project at our school called the dream project. Daniela Marden (Walton Middle School) Thank you for making my day each and every day. Thank you for being an adult that I know I can trust in the school. Debra Skolnick (Walton Middle School) Mrs. Skolnick is a caring, fun and amazing math teacher. She always helps us when we need it and even though she has to teach all three grades she is always ready when my class comes in. Debra Skolnick (Walton Middle School) Debbi is definitely one of the best teachers I have ever had the pleasure of working with. She is able to work with students on multiple levels and get the best out of all of them. Douglas Bloor (Walton Middle School) Mr. Bloor is amazing with kids! He knows how to be funny, but also serious. Dustin Harris (Walton Middle School) He is kind and patient with students. Dustin Harris (Walton Middle School) Mr. Harris always brightens up our mornings and makes math a very fun subject. He helps all of us understand the information and stuff we need to know. Dustin Harris (Walton Middle School) Thank you so much for your help during my first year at Walton. Frances Wood (Walton Middle School) Frances is one of the hardest working people I know. She is always willing to lend a hand and help out with any thing I need. Frances Wood (Walton Middle School) Ms. Wood is just amazing. She treats my kids like her own. Frances Wood (Walton Middle School) I cannot thank you enough for all of your support during my first year at Walton. You have helped me learn, grow and become a stronger team member and I appreciate it!! You always make sure I have everything I need to be the best teacher I can for my students. Heather Kepple (Walton Middle School) Thank you so much for all of your support and friendship during my first year at Walton! I love being able to brainstorm with you and my lessons are better for it. Jeanne VanDyke (Walton Middle School) Jeanne is easily one of the hardest working people in the building. She has a very difficult group of students to work with, but does a great job with them. Jennifer Drumheller (Walton Middle School) Mrs. Drumheller has been a great teacher role model for my daughter. She has made this year the best one. Jennifer Drumheller (Walton Middle School) Mrs. Drumheller, thank you for everything you have done for me this year. Thank you for giving me the confidence to take my SOL without any struggles. Jennifer Graham (Walton Middle School) Jennifer is one of the best teachers that I have ever had the pleasure of working with. She has high expectations for her students and helps those that struggle succeed. Jennifer Graham (Walton Middle School) Jennifer goes out of her ways to help kids. She provides extra time for my son and many other kids in the class. Jennifer Graham (Walton Middle School) Mrs. Graham has done a great job preparing the 8th graders for high school. She has conducted early morning tutoring sessions with the kids who need extra resources. Jennifer Graham (Walton Middle School) She respects her students to the point where even the rowdiest respect her. She believes in and supports every single student who walks through her door. Jennifer Graham (Walton Middle School) Ms. Graham cared for every student and made every student feel welcome in her classroom. She made learning fun for everyone, and her dedication and passion towards the student's success was amazing. Jenny Drumheller (Walton Middle School) Ms. Drumheller goes above and beyond to engage her students. My child loves math due to her efforts. Jenny Drumheller (Walton Middle School) She really understands how to keep kids engaged and focused on learning. Jenny Drumheller (Walton Middle School) Ms. Drumheller has taught both my daughters math, Algebra 1 and Geometry. She is an excellent teacher. Jillian Ratliff (Walton Middle School) Jillian has been very influential in the success of our son at Murray. She checks in every day with a report on our son’s day, so we can all be on the same page as far as academics and well-being. Josh Walton (Walton Middle School) Josh is an excellent administrator and leader. He has had some really difficult things pop up this school year, but he has handled them like a true professional. Josh Walton (Walton Middle School) This man has led our school through many numerous difficult situations with excellence and integrity. He is the kindest man I have ever known and the best boss I have ever had. Josh Walton (Walton Middle School) Thank you so much for the opportunity to be part of the Walton Community! Since the beginning, I felt welcomed and supported and this has helped me be a better teacher for my students. Karen Collier (Walton Middle School) Thank you for all of your support during my first year at Walton. It has meant a lot to me knowing that I can turn to your with questions. Karen Collier (Walton Middle School) Thank you Karen for all the help you are always willing to give without ever a grumble – Care and Share, SPED stuff, needed info on kids ….. Kathryn Durkee (Walton Middle School) Ms. Durkee is a wonderful teacher, she makes sure that every student has a great time learning the information. Ms. Durkee is also great at doing fun games for review and making everyday something that not every teacher does. Kathryn Durkee (Walton Middle School) She is the best teacher and is honest. Kathryn Durkee (Walton Middle School) She is an incredible teacher and tries really hard to keep our class in line. Lolita Curry (Walton Middle School) Lolita is one of the hardest working people at Walton. She is willing to help anyone out and really does a great job connecting with some of Walton's most difficult students. Lutrice Cooper (Walton Middle School) I cannot thank you enough for all of your support during my first year at Walton. You have helped me learn, grow and become a stronger team member and I appreciate it!! You go out of your way to make our school a welcoming place for all while still holding our students to high standards. Lutrice Cooper-Sim (Walton Middle School) I could select all values for Ms. Cooper. What stands out the most to me is how personable, warm, and caring when she is working with parents and students. Lutrice Cooper-Simpson (Walton Middle School) She knows the names of every student in the whole school and cares about each one. She greets each child with a smile and asks how she can help them. Lutrice Simpson (Walton Middle School) Lutrice is one of the the hardest working people I know. She is always able to answer my questions and willing to help out with anything. Lutrice Simpson (Walton Middle School) Lutrice always has a smile on her face, and she is always there for all of the students. Lutrice has made my daughters experience at Walton awesome. Makenzie Crawford (Walton Middle School) Mrs. Crawford is such a great councilor. She has helped me in so many ways this year and last year when I was in 6th grade. Makenzie Crawford (Walton Middle School) You are amazing, Makenzie! You always think about kids and what is needed best for them to be successful – both emotionally and academically!! You put in all the over and above effort kids need. Meghan Payne (Walton Middle School) Megan has been a great addition to the Walton community. She is willing to help out and has great relationships with students. Melvin Bradley (Walton Middle School) Mr. Bradley is a wonderful custodian at our shool. He cleans up every day to make sure we have a great learning experience with a clean school. Mignonetta Thomas (Walton Middle School) She work in the regional jail with students 18-22. She has been doing this job for many years. Mike Hansell (Walton Middle School) As always, Mike is a key member of Walton. Students love his class and he has countless former students that still care about him. Natalie Capps (Walton Middle School) Ms Capps is fabulous at her job. She cares about the students, and provides fun and enriching activities to keep them excited and engaged in school. Natalie Capps (Walton Middle School) Mrs. Capps is really kind to all students. She wants everyone to succeed. Natalie Capps (Walton Middle School) She works hard with her class. She lets us experience different board games. Natalie Capps (Walton Middle School) Fabulous does not begin to describe all of the things that you do for our staff, our students, our learning, our high standards, our extra curriculars, and me! I began appreciating you from the first time I met you as the new-teacher mentor and it just keeps getting better! Every time we talk, I come away with bigger and better ideas to help me become my best which helps our students become their best. I am thankful for your help, your support, your kindness and your friendship and look forward to working with you for many more years. Natalie Capps (Walton Middle School) Mrs. Capps has become an important mentor in my middle school experience. She is ALWAYS available to any student through 1-on-1, in groups and via shared document review. Natalie Capps (Walton Middle School) Natalie is definitely one of the hardest working people at Walton. She has great, high level activities and is willing to work with any student that shows interest in what she is providing. Orion Pelausa (Walton Middle School) I appreciate being able to brainstorm with you about student success. Paula Brown (Walton Middle School) Ms. Paula Brown is an amazing person. She is caring for when we go to middle school. Paula Hoffman (Walton Middle School) Great teacher, great person. She puts so much into her students. Paula Hoffman (Walton Middle School) As always, Paula is one of my absolute favorite people to work with. She is here for the students and is always a great sounding board when issues arise. Rebecca Bauer (Walton Middle School) She is the best teacher I have ever had. Rebecca Bauer (Walton Middle School) Thank you so much for holding our students to high standards! I love watching Molly's musical talent grow and know that so much of it is your influence. Rebecca Kindler (Walton Middle School) I am so thankful that you are my daughter's teacher. Rebecca VanDerJagt (Walton Middle School) Becca is the hardest working teacher at Walton. She has great ideas, insights, and is one voice that I always listen to and respect. Richard Maxwell (Walton Middle School) Mr. Maxwell is very fun. We got to code different things to make different things. Richards Maxwell (Walton Middle School) You teach us a lot in a very fun way, in both classes. you let us design, give us good instructions, and helps all of the students with their creative design/programming probleMs. Thank you very much for being a good teacher. Sherica Jones-Lewis (Walton Middle School) Dr. Jones-Lewis has made such an impact on so many students life by showing that she will not give up on guiding them the path to success despite the fact they do not want to meet their potential because of the effort. Sherica Jones-Lewis (Walton Middle School) Thank you so much for the opportunity to be part of the Walton community! I appreciate all of your kindness and support. I admire the care that you extend toward all of our students while still holding them to high standards. Sherica Jones-Lewis (Walton Middle School) Sherica has been one of the best additions to Walton since I've been here. She has brought new ideas and a passion and energy that our building had lacked for years. Susan Rigby (Walton Middle School) Thank you so much for all of your support and friendship! You have made my first year at Walton wonderful and welcoming and I appreciate it. Susan Rigby (Walton Middle School) Susan is someone that I have worked with for years and really respect. She has great insight and ideas. T. J. Steger (Walton Middle School) Hi Mr. Steger, You are my favorite teacher that i had ever had! You are so funny, like think that every one loves you." T.J. Steger (Walton Middle School) Mr.Steger has made a great impression on my daughter, he has been there to help with many athletic obstacles/injuries for my very competitive athlete. Mr. Steger is a great role model and I enjoyed having him as my daughters teacher. T.J. Steger (Walton Middle School) He's made me laugh and he pushes to be my best in P.E. T.J. Steger (Walton Middle School) He helps everybody and is very welcoming and funny. TJ Steger (Walton Middle School) Mr. Steger, thank you for everything you have done for me in the past three years. You have had an incredible impact on my life, and I appreciate that. TJ Steger (Walton Middle School) Mr. Steger is very good with the kids who need help. He also is very nice to kids. Tree Williams (Walton Middle School) Ms.Tree is always there when kids are having a bad day. She is also a great art teacher and is a great drawer. Tree Williams (Walton Middle School) I appreciate the creativity and excellence that you have brought to Walton. Victoria Selmer (Walton Middle School) When my son was out for a week with walking pneumonia, Ms. Selmer offered to stop by our home and go over the concepts my son had missed. Victoria Selmer (Walton Middle School) What a third block!! Your willingness to continue working with our neediest kids and maintain a positive disposition is commendable. Victoria Selmer (Walton Middle School) Thank you for making this year so enjoyable, thank you for being an adult that I know I can trust in the school, Thank you for all of your help with my work and for making me into a better student and person. Thank you for your sense of humor that can make all of us laugh and for always laughing at our dumb jokes. Will Mattics (Walton Middle School) Your positive and upbeat personality gets kids to do the reading work that needs to be done! You are a wonderful colleague, Will. Will Morin (Walton Middle School) Will builds great relationships with students. He is willing to listen to them and help them grow, but yet continues to push them to think at a higher level. William Morin (Walton Middle School) Thank you for making this year so enjoyable, thank you for being an adult that I know I can trust in the school. Thank you for all of your help with my work and for making me into a better student and person. Adam Mulcahy (Western Albemarle High School) Adam Mulcahy is doing a great job encouraging the kids to respect and enjoy the outdoors as well as showing them the important values of a good education and work ethic. In leading the ESA program, he adds the possibility for hands on learning and helps them manage the balance between being indoors and outdoors in a stressful school environment. Amanda Williams (Western Albemarle High School) Ms. Williams did a great job making our experimental Leadership class a fun experience for everyone. This was the first year the application process was taken out of the Leadership class, so we had a class of 37 freshmen, which is pretty hectic. Beth Methany (Western Albemarle High School) Ms. Methany is always kind, smiling and reliable. I trust her completely with my child. Beth White (Western Albemarle High School) Ms White is an exceptional educator who is the epitome of the phrase "collective responsibility." She masterfully leads teams through the SBIT process; listening to parents, students, and teachers in order to guide discussions that result in the implementation of strategies and supports that best support students and their families. Brian Ball (Western Albemarle High School) Mr. Ball is always there to help and knows exactly how to answer any question posed to him. He makes every class engaging and fun, while still teaching us the material that we need to know. Caitlin Pitts (Western Albemarle High School) Caitlyn Pitts did a magnificent job of bringing together students from multiple schools into a top-notch ensemble of actors and technicians to produce the play Sound of Music. Many weeks went into the production of the play. Caitlin Pitts (Western Albemarle High School) Ms. Pitts truly shares her love and caring with all her students and directs them to excellence in that she pulls talents out of them which no one has done before. She sees their perfection and gets them to see it in themselves. Cameron Koon (Western Albemarle High School) Mrs. Koon genuinely wants to help all of her students and she makes everyone feel welcome in her classroom. She's also a fantastic teacher and takes her time and energy to make sure that everyone understands. Cameron Koon (Western Albemarle High School) Ms. Koon worked tirelessly to help my son get out of a semester long mess he created. It was recommended that he dropped the class, but he ended up getting good grades after both he and the teacher persevered. Cameron Koon (Western Albemarle High School) I hope Ms. Koon is having a great maternity break. I just wanted to take a moment to acknowledge what a great job she does as a teacher. Candace Cone (Western Albemarle High School) Ms. Cone is a wonderful teacher who always strives to help her students in any way that she can. She makes every class enjoyable with interesting and enriching information. Candace Cone (Western Albemarle High School) Madame Cone embodies excellence because she's a great teacher and encourages all of us to do our best. I came into Western not really wanting to pursue French because of my experience with past French teachers, but Mme. Candace Cone (Western Albemarle High School) Madame Cone is a teacher that I’ve been lucky enough to have for the four years that I’ve been in high school. Her teaching style and her class in general has encouraged me to grow, succeed, and gain an appreciation for French language and culture. Candace Cone (Western Albemarle High School) Willing to help students and is always kind. She also has sympathy for individual students and she comes to work on time. Candace Cone (Western Albemarle High School) Madame Cone, as everyone taking her french class knows her by, is always inclusive during class. She makes sure to mention everyone at least one in writing assignments and includes everyone during in class speaking activities. Carol Stutzman (Western Albemarle High School) She works well to teach the material in many different ways so that all of her students understand it. She also makes chemistry enjoyable and works with National Science Honor Society to bring science to all aspects of the school. Carol Stutzman (Western Albemarle High School) Ms. Stutzman embodies excellence because she is one of the most knowledgeable teachers I have met at Western and is always looking to help her students. I feel comfortable going to her to ask questions because she does not judge them and always is able help me understand why instead of just memorizing the answer. Carroll Bickers (Western Albemarle High School) Mr. Bickers has been the face of WAHS athletics, study hall, lunch duty, traffic duty & many other jobs over the years. He has always been friendly, kind and respectful to students and parents alike. Carroll Bickers (Western Albemarle High School) Mr. Bickers is someone both my girls will remember fondly from their days at Western. He always greets kids and parents with a friendly smile and somehow seems to know every student's name! When my daughter had surgery and was on crutches, Mr. Bickers was always willing to help her juggle her bookbag, lunch, and crutches, and was sure to ask how her recovery was coming along. Carroll Bickers (Western Albemarle High School) Goes out of his way to get to know all of his students and to maintain a relationship throughout their 4 years at WAHS. Always has a smile on his face and tries to brighten all of his students days. Carroll Bickers (Western Albemarle High School) Mr. Bickers embodies excellence, young people, community, and respect. He has solidified relationships with almost every member of the Western Albemarle community. Caryn Brock (Western Albemarle High School) Ms. Brock does an exceptional job working with our most disadvantaged students in the counseling department. In addition to being a kind, compassionate adult, Ms. Brock also takes the time to counsel students and makes that the focal point of her work at Western. Caryn Brock (Western Albemarle High School) Supporting a young person as they grow and learn can be difficult at the best of times. When challenges arise, simply getting through a school day can feel impossible. Christine Stutsman (Western Albemarle High School) No mater what Chris is asked to do she always does it with a smile on her face. She is an amazing cheer coach as well as an amazing nurse. Christine Stutsman (Western Albemarle High School) Mrs. Stutsman always works hard to make sure that everyone on the cheer team is the best that they can be and also reminds us that sometimes we have to overcome obstacles to get to that point. Christine Talmadge (Western Albemarle High School) Mrs. Talmadge exemplifies excellence because she is amazing at what she does. She has taught me so much and helped me to be pretty good at a difficult thing. Claudia Bendick (Western Albemarle High School) Mrs. Bendick is one of the smartest people I have ever met. She is so knowledgable about her subject and obviously cares so much, which makes class 1,000 times better. Claudia Bendick (Western Albemarle High School) Ms. Bendick is an extremely kind, loving and caring teacher. She has helped me through personal struggles and has helped me push past them to exceed in the classroom. Clay Grimes (Western Albemarle High School) Mr. Grimes was a very fun teacher to listen to in class. I would always be so happy when he taught in my history class because his way of explaining events in the past and why they happen resonated with me in a way I can't fully explain. Clayton Grimes (Western Albemarle High School) Grimes (a.k. Dan Bledsoe (Western Albemarle High School) He is extremely approachable and always helps with problems whether they have to do with his class or not. Dan Bledsoe (Western Albemarle High School) Everyday he makes his class fun and interesting while also making it a challenging class. He provides the perfect mix of work and fun and I look forward to the class everyday. Dan Bledsoe (Western Albemarle High School) Mr. Bledsoe's class is probably my most challenging class. I have been able to see real improvements in both my writing and study skills. Dan Bledsoe (Western Albemarle High School) He works really well with the students and always makes sure that they know the material. He also doesn't just teach the lessons, but he connects them to current events and to things that the students can relate to. Dan Bledsoe (Western Albemarle High School) Mr. Bledsoe is good with getting his students interested in what we are learning about. The class is always relatable and connected to outside events. Dan Bledsoe (Western Albemarle High School) His class is hands down my favorite, and I feel that the information we have learned will stay with me my whole life. I used to not like history that much, but now history is one of my favorite subjects. Dan Bledsoe (Western Albemarle High School) Mr. Bledsoe - Thank you for making History one of my favorite subjects this school year. I have always struggled with History and never really liked it, but now that I'm in your class I really enjoy it! Your class is so amazing to have in the morning, it always starts off my day on the right foot." Daniel Bledsoe (Western Albemarle High School) He is really fun with his students, and we always have a good time in class. But he still manages to teach us our material so that we do well on his challenging tests and essays. Daniel Bledsoe (Western Albemarle HIgh School) You made this year a lot better because you were always willing to have fun in class while still making sure we were learning and understood everything. Daniel Bledsoe (Western Albemarle High School) Mr. Bledsoe is the best teacher I have ever had. He challenges me to work hard and improve myself. Daniel Bledsoe (Western Albemarle High School) Mr. Bledsoe has been a great teacher for me this year because of his challenges to us students and his friendliness to me. Every time I went into his class, he was always willing to talk to me and we would sometimes talk about sports. Daniel Bledsoe (Western Albemarle High School) My daughter has probably fussed the most about your class and learned the most. I smiled internally at many of her earlier "complaints" because I think many were areas where she needed to grow and has in your class. Darah Bonham (Western Albemarle High School) He truly cares about each and every student, comes to all school activities and participates, is very kind, and helpful and respectful of all and very smart. He is a super principal, and I am so glad he is in this role at my child's school. Dawn Tinder (Western Albemarle High School) Mrs. Tinder is able to maintain an undeserved amount of respect towards her students despite the many challenges that they may sometimes present her; in addition, she is respectful of conversations that stem from different opinions, even if they aren't her own. Dawn Tinder (Western Albemarle High School) Mrs. Tinder!! You have made my first year at Western so fun and amazing. You are an amazing teacher and you are nice to each and every one of your students. Dawn Tinder (Western Albemarle High School) Thank you for making every class fun, even if we have to take a lot of notes. I like that you make sure that we get time to go outside and enjoy nature. Dawn Tinder (Western Albemarle High School) Dawn creates a fun but respectful atmosphere in the classroom. she is able to make bio enjoyable but also very informative and she is always kind, understanding, and approachable. Dawn Tinder (Western Albemarle High School) Ms. Tinder does an amazing job of making my daughter feel valued and respected. She goes out of her way to help her students in a way that many don't. Denise Moore (Western Albemarle High School) Denise is always helpful, always smiling. Makes everyone feel welcome at WAHS. Denise Moore (Western Albemarle High School) Ms. Moore is the ultimate team player. She is willing to do anything that is asked, and takes the initiative to do things when she sees that there is a need. Dennis Barberio (Western Albemarle High School) Mr. Barberio is always there to help kids who need special help, or anyone who needs anything! And he also brings food and treats to the kids when they have after school affairs. He is very kind and thoughtful. Dennis Barberio (Western Albemarle High School) Mr. Denny always works to help out other people and students, no matter what time it takes out of his schedule. He sets up tech for students in the musicals so that they can functionally hear what is going on on stage from backstage, which is a huge help. Dennis Barberio (Western Albemarle High School) Denny strives to bring out the best in my daughter who is a student of his. His has gone out of his way to ensure that she reaches her full potential as a student and as a member of the school and society at large. Dennis(Denny) Barberio (Western Albemarle High School) Mr. Denny (as the students call him) goes way above call to make sure all the students' needs are taken care of every day. He buys and makes food, so no student goes hungry. Donna Crabtree (Western Albemarle High School) The quiet, consistent voices are often overlooked. Yet those voices tend to be the ones whose day to day presence provides important support for the whole. Dottie Akers (Western Albemarle High School) Ms. Akers is a kind and relatable teacher who always lightens my day. I enjoy all of the in-depth conversations and projects we have in class, and I appreciate the teaching method she uses. Dottie Akers (Western Albemarle High School) Ms. Akers makes every student feel listened to and encourages our independent thinking while also keeping our class in line. She makes everyone want to attend English class and is entertaining in her teaching, I want to come to school just so I can go to English! She makes us all feel understood and makes us feel like better writers, if every class were as engaging as hers school would be a lot more beneficial. Emily Barnes (Western Albemarle High School) She made me feel welcome in this school and made my transition a lot easier. She was really nice to me when I came in March last year and made me feel better about coming to this school. Emily Barnes (Western Albemarle High School) Emily has been a champion for our son since he arrived at Western. And she has done it with thoughtfulness, and just the right amount of push when and acknowledgement. Erik Gauss (Western Albemarle High School) Mr. Gauss is the most caring, intelligent, and helpful math teacher I have ever known. Math never worked out well with me and I'd get bad grades, but Mr. Gauss took his time to make sure that all students were understanding the material and was always available for questions. Erin Rittenhouse (Western Albemarle High School) Ms. Rittenhouse eased our transition into a new school by taking time and by being thorough with us. She really listened to Maggie’s interests and recommended courses based on her background, interests, and aspirations. Fanny Smith (Western Albemarle High School) Thank you for all your hard work this year. You did a great job splitting out routes and doubling up runs. Forest Garrison (Western Albemarle High School) Mr. Garrison is great at what he does, he makes my child feel very safe and secure. His doors are always open for the students. Frank Lawson (Western Albemarle High School) Mr. Lawson embodies excellence because of his enthusiasm and love for what he teaches. I've had him for two years in a row now for dual-enrollment classes, and I choose to stay in his classes not necessarily because of the content, but because of how he teaches with so much excitement. Frank Lawson (Western Albemarle High School) I had him for health/PE last year and he was an amazing teacher. He was patient with the students but also firm when necessary. Gloria Green (Western Albemarle High School) Gloria is a role model of kindness and service. She goes out of her way to help so many people in our school. Greg Mullins (Western Albemarle High School) Greg, my son's case manager, consistently goes "above and beyond" to facilitate my son's achievement. Greg is always eager and available to come up with new ways to see my son succeed. Greg Mullins (Western Albemarle High School) Mr. Mullins exemplifies excellence in every single interaction with students, co-workers, and parents. Since joining the team at WAHS Mr. Mullins has exuded professionalism and is a role model for both students and other teachers. Greg Mullins (Western Albemarle High School) Mr. Mullins believes in all students and takes his role as educator/coach/role model with the greatest degree of responsibility. He is a leader among his colleagues and is truly in the kid business. Harriet Forrest (Western Albemarle High School) The way in which Mrs. Forrest helps her students is astounding. She goes above and beyond in so many unexpected ways. James Walsh (Western Albemarle High School) Mr. Walsh is my AVID 10 teacher, and he helps me succeed in and out of class. He also likes to create fundraisers in order for AVID to go on field trips and explore colleges. James Walsh (Western Albemarle High School) He goes out of his way to make our lives as easy as possible, and is just a generally great person. James Walsh (Western Albemarle High School) Mr. Walsh is an amazing soul! He always just says hi to me in the halls even though i am still not in his class. He is always supportive and tells you what he thinks. James Walsh (Western Albemarle High School) Mr. Walsh is a stand up guy, and he is an excellent role model. He and I share a good number of opinions and views about the world. Jason Collier (Western Albemarle High School) Mr. Collier has made the difference in Henry graduating high school. If it weren't for him, Henry may not have made it. Jessica Kompelien (Western Albemarle High School) Mrs. Kompelien is a literal queen and, even though I'm not very good at English, her class is such a good time. She's really funny and makes writing and doing work really fun. Jessica Kompelien (Western Albemarle High School) I believe Mrs. Kompelien embodies all of the values possible. She's an exceptional English teacher who is always there to help, and is also very good with students. Joel Hartshorn (Western Albemarle High School) Mr. Hartshorn always help the band class feel like a community. He's always supportive and has a great relationship with his students. Juliene Iwatsubo (Western Albemarle High School) Miss Iwatsubo teaches math to both of my sons, one a highly motivated member of ESA, the other a much less motivated student struggling to adapt to the new environment (after moving from living in another state with his father) and not having medication to help him manage his ADD. She has been very understanding, patient and encouraging and she seem to relate exceptionally well to young people's struggles to meet their own expectations as well as other's. Kelly Burnette (Western Albemarle High School) I really enjoy her class because she always knows how to make it fun. She always has something fun for the class to do. Kelly Burnette (Western Albemarle High School) Ms. Burnette consistently builds quality relationships with her students here at Western. She goes above and beyond the normal responsibilities of a teacher and truly notices and cares about EVERY student that attends WAHS. Kevin Matheny (Western Albemarle High School) Mr. Matheny teaches respect to his students by respecting him, his equipment and their fellow students. Mr. Matheny is a respectful man who respects his students, therefore his students respect him back. Kim Powers (Western Albemarle High School) She was very understanding and never made me feel stressed about class and explained everything very well. She also would support me in all my work and helped me throughout the year. Kim Powers (Western Albemarle High School) Kim has inspired Maya's artistic side, and given her a really fun and positive creative outlet. I love hearing Maya's stories about her photo class and seeing the pictures she brings home. Krissy Dawson (Western Albemarle High School) Ms. Dawson is a bright spot for our daughter. She treats her with respect and genuinely cares for her. Kylie Patel (Western Albemarle High School) Mrs. Patel works really well with her students. She makes the class environment fun and relaxed. Kylie Patel (Western Albemarle High School) Mrs. Patel manages to be both a sweet person and an awesome teacher!! She loves math and handles everything that is thrown at her like a pro. Kylie Patel (Western Albemarle High School) Ms. Patel makes herself available to help all her students as much as possible.  She truly wants them to understand the material and is very supportive. Laura Chatterson (Western Albemarle High School) Laura Chatterson is one of the most supportive people I have met. She is encouraging, and supportive of all her students, her fellow teachers, and our whole community. Lauren Downie (Western Albemarle High School) WAHS wouldn't be WAHS without Ms. Downie. She is kind, compassionate, and, most importantly, entirely focused on our students and their learning and success. Lauren Downie (Western Albemarle High School) Ms. Downie has been our daughters case manager for three years and has consistently been a champion, advocate and support for her. She is committed to our daughters success and works to find creative solutions for her challenges. Lauren Downie (Western Albemarle High School) Ms. Downie has led her team in the implementation of innovative practices through special education, and has collaborated with multiple educators in our school to impact the most students possible. She utilizes data-driven decisions to guide the work that she does, and has had substantial outcomes in student success and self-efficacy. Lisa Grove (Western Albemarle High School) Lisa is an awesome leader who strives to make all members of our department feel welcome and valued. She not only listens to our concerns, but also takes action to find solutions. Lorita Yancey (Western Albemarle High School) I love walking into school everyday being greeted by Ms. Yancey's smile. Lorita Yancey (Western Albemarle High School) Lorita is the most positive, caring, and helpful individual in our building. So grateful for her presence. Lynn Define (Western Albemarle High School) I greatly appreciate Mrs. Define's involvement in creating the structure of the new Freshman Seminar class and her teaching of it. I think that the information that the students are learning is important and very much undervalued and underappreciated by many of the students and parents. Lynn Define (Western Albemarle High School) I love Ms.Define and she has definitely made my year 100 times better. I feel like she is one of my only teachers who I can really talk to and be myself around. Lynn Define (Western Albemarle High School) You have definitly been one of my favorite teachers at WAHS and you have made my first year amazing. I love how you roast our class and put up with our craziness. Lynn Define (Western Albemarle High School) She worked really hard to make class fun. She also cares about each individual student, and helps them do better especially when they struggle. Lynn Define (Western Albemarle High School) Mrs. Define has put up with our senioritis and is still always cheerful and ready to push us to learn. She has always been extremely nice and helpful to students and our individual needs. Mark Posovsky (Western Albemarle High School) During my time as a lonely high schooler, Mr. P was the only person who noticed my suffering and helped me through my depression. Michael Redmond (Western Albemarle High School) Coach Redmond has helped me not only become a better athlete, but he has also helped me become a better member of our community. I have a lot of respect for him, and he is always fun to be around. Michael Redmond (Western Albemarle High School) Mr. Redmond has always been really personable, appreciative, and motivating. Back when I took PE with him, he helped out anyone and everyone when they needed help on something. Michael Shutt (Western Albemarle High School) Mr. Shutt 100% gets us. He just does. Michael Shutt (Western Albemarle High School) Mr. Shutt is constantly finding new ways to connect with students, able to create content and projects that resonate with the students, all the while teaching them valuable lessons and information on the subject. Michael Shutt (Western Albemarle High School) Mr. Shutt did a really good job adjusting to the new school quickly and becoming pretty close with the students. He kept class fun and interesting which was nice. Michael Shutt (Western Albemarle High School) Mr. Shutt is responsible for by far the most absorbing and interesting class I have ever taken in high school. US government has the potential to be a severly boring class, but Mr. Shutt does a fantastic job of opening the class beyond textbook and worksheets but to actual relevant life experiences. Michelle Karpovich (Western Albemarle High School) Mrs. Karpovich is an exceptional teacher. When someone is confused or someone has a question, she gives a clear answer and explains topics in depth so that students really understand things and don't just memorize them. Molly Miracle (Western Albemarle High School) Mrs. Miracle completes everything she does with grace and kindness. She is a master of everything - from the best Government (and possibly History) teacher in the school, to the head leadership teacher. Molly Miracle (Western Albemarle High School) Mrs. Miracle is one of the most supportive, wonderful and hard working teachers I have ever met. She plans so many activities that brings the school together and helps bring young leaders together from all around the community. Monica Laux (Western Albemarle High School) Words are not enough to describe all the Monica does for our school community. She works tirelessly to create programs to make us better educators through CRT. Monica Laux (Western Albemarle High School) Ms. Laux is such an amazing teacher and person. She knows how to teach her students effectively and I've learned so much from her. Monica Laux (Western Albemarle High School) She takes every lesson above and beyond. Every book we read she brings to life and is just the best teacher I have ever had. Monica Laux (Western Albemarle High School) Ms. Laux is pretty hip to be honest. It is not uncommon for her to understand the slang of my generation, which can help assure that there is no miscommunication between her and her students. Monica Laux (Western Albemarle High School) I just wanted to take a quick moment to thank Ms Laux for her contributions. I am thankful that my child has had the opportunity to take her Women/s Studies course, it has been very valuable. Nancy Mehlich (Western Albemarle High School) Nancy goes out of her way to bring artists into our school to work with students and other teachers. This year she brought Amos Kennedy, a fun, eloquent, thought provoking artist into our school to do a large scale printing project with students. Phil Gahring (Western Albemarle High School) Mr. Gahring has made my year so much better. He was looking out for me the entire year. Richard McLernan (Western Albemarle High School) Mr. McLernan is entirely focused on helping young people meet their nutritional needs while also being a supportive adult and all around good dude. Every year he hooks me up with awesome Grateful Dead CDs that keep me happy and stoked driving to work each and every day. Sandy Keyser (Western Albemarle High School) As a single mom I was very aware that moving my son with Down syndrome across the country to a new school would be an adventure and with that adventure would come it’s fair share of challenges. What I wasn’t prepared for was the overwhelming level of support we would receive. Sara Dahl (Western Albemarle High School) She is an amazing teacher and very patient with her students. She shows students how to respect each other and makes sure that they respect each other, in and out of the classroom. Sarah Terrill (Western Albemarle High School) Sarah is an amazing colleague and teacher. I am so lucky to be able to work and plan with her every day. Scovie Martin (Western Albemarle High School) Mr. Martin goes beyond the classroom in his excellence. While he masterfully teaches APUSH, debate, and practical law, he helps students with more than just schoolwork. Scovie Martin (Western Albemarle High School) Mr. Martin commands respect from his students by being in this teaching profession for a long time. He is also a genius when it comes to American History and is very understanding to taking extra time outside of class to communicate with student's troubles in the class. Scovie Martin (Western Albemarle High School) Mr. Martin is an excellent teacher, I feel that I have learned so much from him this year and have really grown as a student because of him. Shanna Lovaglio (Western Albemarle High School) I have never so thoroughly enjoyed an English class as much as I have this year. Mrs. Lovaglio's enthusiasm for the literature she teaches inspires students to want to read and absorb as much as they can from the work. Shanna Lovaglio (Western Albemarle High School) I think that Mrs. Lovaglio exemplifies respect because she always shows respect towards her students and treats us in the appropriate way that high school students should be treated. She listens and takes our feelings into consideration when making and giving us assignments. Shelby Poole (Western Albemarle High School) Shelby Poole is a phenomenal counselor who works tirelessly every day to ensure her students needs are being met. On top of her regular counselor duties she coordinates scholarship opportunities for students and manages the SAT's that are administered at Western. Susan Lohr (Western Albemarle High School) Ms. Lohr is really good at teaching, even when students are trying to distract from class. She's really funny, nice, and it's important to her to make sure that we learn everything. Taylor Holder (Western Albemarle High School) Ms. Holder is very passionate about her job, which makes the class more entertaining because she wants to teach the stuff that she teaches. She is also very relaxed, so if you forget to do something she will give you time to make it up. Taylor Verell (Western Albemarle High School) Ms. Verell has been instrumental in helping me establish the B-BASE program at Western and exemplifies excellence every single day. She builds quality relationships with our Special Education students and goes above and beyond the normal responsibilities of a teaching assistant on a daily basis. Vrathip Phanthavng (Western Albemarle High School) Thank you for being very kind to me and continuing to help me during tough times. You are truly the best. Vrathip Phanthavon (Western Albemarle High School) Ms. Phanthavong somehow manages to bring our Freshman Seminar together, despite the fact that most of us dislike each other. She is always nice to everybody and even though we don't like the content of the class, she manages to make it fun. Vrathip Phanthavon (Western Albemarle High School) I chose Ms. Phanthavong because she is a really great teacher. She is very passionate about her job and manages to make English more fun than it should be. Vrathip Phanthavong (Western Albemarle High School) Ms. Phanthavong, thank you so much for being such an amazing teacher and coach. You have made this year at WAHS so great and made freshman seminar a little more bearable! Thank you so much for all that you do! Love, Lillian. William Schaffer (Western Albemarle High School) Strong community requires strong leadership. A strong leader is one who provides a consistent example of integrity, thoughtfulness, and intelligence. Yohanis Kassa (Western Albemarle High School) Mr. Kassa is an amazing teacher who brings a positive attitude into every class and helps all students understand the concepts. He has made my year better by helping me find different biology topics that I enjoy and by always greeting me in the morning. Yohanis Kassa (Western Albemarle High School) Yohanis Kassa is one of the best teachers I have ever learned from. He always comes to class with a positive spirit and is ready to help everyone learn! Mr. Kassa's teaching methods make the class enjoyable and make it easy to understand the material. Yohanis Kassa (Western Albemarle High School) Mr. Kassa, cares deeply about his students, not only how they learn, but about them as a whole person. He makes learning biology exciting and fun for youth. Molly Miracle (Western Albermarle High School) Mrs. Miracle is one of the only teachers at western that follows the new homework policies. There has never been a student that complaines about the work load or any required assignments. Molly Miracle (Western Albermarle High School) As a parent of a senior who is taking a few AP classes, the stress of it all is magnified. Yet, somehow Mrs. Miracle seems to be the calm in the storm for both my daughter and I. Contessa Amell (Woodbrook Elementary School) Tessa has a warm, caring and enthusiastic attitude. She treats her students with respect and kindness and extends that same attitude to all of the staff members as well. Contessa (Tessa) Amell (Woodbrook Elementary School) Tessa is a bright light in our Woodbrook community. It's been wild ride with the introduction of multiage pod learning. Danielle Joseph (Woodbrook Elementary School) I want to appreciate Ms Joseph’s energy and creativity in the classroom. I recently got to see part of a lesson she was teaching and was blown away by how engaged she kept the children and how she managed not only the learning objectives but the students behavior and emotional needs all at the same time. Jennifer Underwood (Woodbrook Elementary School) Jennifer works tirelessly to better understand how to respect students, their families, and staff at WES. WES Thursday PD is focused on culturally responsive teaching. Jennifer Underwood (Woodbrook Elementary School) Jennifer's relationship building with young people & families is amazing. She pours her heart into making sure families have a great year & to know that she has their back. Jenny Burgess (Woodbrook Elementary School) Jenny works hard every day to recognize and respond to the needs of the students. Even when she is out of her comfort zone she finds a way to reflect, learn and try again. Jessica Kelsey (Woodbrook Elementary School) Jessica jumped right into class in the middle of the year. She took on the challenges in the room and made them opportunities to learn and grow. Joe Gaines (Woodbrook Elementary School) Mr. Joe goes above and beyond the role of a custodian. Just knowing he is going to be there makes coming to work a little more enjoyable. Katie Fife (Woodbrook Elementary School) Katie goes above and beyond everyday to make sure her students and colleagues feel supported and cared for. She is willing to do whatever it takes to help further her students progression in both academics and personal character. Lindsey Friend (Woodbrook Elementary School) Ms.Friend always makes people happy and can alaways put you in a good mood she has the best hair just thought i would put that out there but it's true she has the best hair and she was the best teacher have ever had. Lindsey Friend (Woodbrook Elementary School) Ms. Friend was a great teacher! She knew how to have fun with us. I liked how we had flexible seating in her class! She let me and my friend, Dahlia, be creative and be ourselves. Lisa Molinaro (Woodbrook Elementary School) I have never met anyone with as much passion in their heart as Lisa. Passion for her students, her staff, and her school community. Megan Short (Woodbrook Elementary School) Megan Short has been a consistent, reliable, friendly force in my kindergartener's life this year, and I want to recognize her for this. My daughter looks forward to seeing Ms. Megan in the mornings. Pamela Macpherson (Woodbrook Elementary School) I believe Nurse Pam deserves this recognition because Woodbrook Elementary went through a fantastically huge change this year, and our school numbers increased by almost 200 students. Yet, Nurse Pam has fought everyday to make sure the clinic runs smoothly, ad that the children, sometimes in the midst of very emotional moments, are well taken care of. Sharon Buscher (Woodbrook Elementary School) Sharon takes care of us all so well at Woodbrook. She brings a powerful mix of expertise, humor, good sense, and love to her work counseling students and their teachers. Sibylle Hunt (Woodbrook Elementary School) Sybille Hunt has consistently supported community engagement with families by creating the Tuesday evening knitting/community circle. Ms. Hunt's vision is to create a community of families to support our students academic achievements. Skye Tung (Woodbrook Elementary School) Skye works very hard. She is caring and she get results. Susan Pollack (Woodbrook Elementary School) Ms .Pollack teaches with such a kind heart. Whitney Hinnant (Woodbrook Elementary School) Mrs. Hinnant went above and beyond this year to schedule time outside of the school day to have personal face-to-face meetings with each family represented in the classroom in lieu of 1st quarter parent conferences. Being new to our school, she felt it was important to be intentional in this effort to learn our school and new demographics. Whitney Hinnant (Woodbrook Elementary School) Ms.Hinnant goes above and beyond to work with young children to give them the best head start they need to become smart, confident and successful children. Whitney Hinnant (Woodbrook Elementary School) I am recognizing Whitney Hinnant for her unwavering commitment to young people. My daughter has Whitney for kindergarten this year, and I will be forever grateful to her for giving my daughter such a positive start to her educational life. Yolanda Gonzalez (Woodbrook Elementary School) Yolanda is the model of excellence at Woodbrook. As an Office Associate, she is in charge of many necessary moving parts of the school including. attendance, after-school activities, volunteer check-in and tracking, parent contact info, front monitor picture updates, T-Pass, powerschool, the master calendar, front office management AND she does lunch duty for 4th and 5th grade. Florence Sadler Mrs. Sadler was a nice kinder-garden teacher. She was always respectful to everyone and still is. Orion Pelausa He was an amazing history teacher. Racheal Dulaney We have been very impressed with "Miss Racheal" and her skillful assessments of, recommendations for, and work with our son. Not only is she unfailingly cheerful, enthusiastic, and easy to communicate with, she is also really, well, SMART about what she observes in him and what his challenges are. Sylvia Jones For many years volunteer Sylvia Jones has helped run the concession stands at AHS softball and basketball games. She's at nearly every game, from before the start till after the end, making sure things run smoothly, and she doesn't get a thing in return, except the appreciation and thanks from the coaches and parents.
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Leadership Awards, Professional Development Programming, Community Workshops Characterize Accomplishments of Baker-Butler’s New Principal

Seth Kennard, Baker Butler PrincipalSeth Kennard, a principal of the year for Alexandria City Schools and a recipient of the Washington Post’s Distinguished Educational Leadership Award, has been named the new principal of Baker-Butler Elementary School. Kennard succeeds Dr. Stephen Saunders, who will become the next principal of Greer Elementary School on July 1.

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Cale Advisory Committee Will Hold Its Public Comment Meeting Tonight, June 18, at 6 p.m. at Albemarle High School

Cale Advisory Committee MeetingThe community advisory committee that is reviewing the naming of Cale Elementary School will hold its second meeting on Tuesday, June 18, in the Albemarle High School auditorium beginning at 6 p.m. This meeting is for the express purpose of hearing comments from members of the public about the committee’s charge to apply school division values to the naming of schools.

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Albemarle County School Board, Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Virginia in Partnership to Expand After-School Programming for Elementary, Middle, and High School Students

Boys and Girls ClubAt its meeting last evening, the Albemarle County School Board approved a 40-year lease with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Virginia that could double the number of students who participate in the Club’s after-school program. Currently, 150 elementary and middle school students are enrolled in programs at Jouett Middle School and at the Club’s Cherry Avenue facility in Charlottesville.

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Western’s Darah Bonham Is Named New Principal of Albemarle High School, Effective July 1

Darah BonhamThe Albemarle County School Board has appointed Darah Bonham, currently the principal of Western Albemarle High School, as the next principal of Albemarle High School, effective July 1.

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Albemarle’s Longest-Serving Principal is Leaving Cale Elementary School to Join the Division’s Center for Learning and Growth

Lisa JonesLisa Jones, the Albemarle County school division’s longest serving principal, will leave her post at Cale Elementary School on June 30 to become the division’s Student Services Officer with the Center for Learning and Growth and the Special Education Department.

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More than 1,000 Albemarle County Seniors Are Graduating This Year With Two-Thirds Receiving Advanced Studies Diplomas; CATEC Students Earn Nearly 2,000 College Credits

GraduationThe first of more than 1,000 seniors in Albemarle County Public Schools will graduate tomorrow evening when Murray High School opens graduation ceremonies for the division’s four high schools. Murray’s graduation of 29 seniors begins at 6 tomorrow night at Burley Middle School. Also this week, some 265 Western Albemarle High School seniors will receive their diplomas at exercises on Friday night on the school’s athletic field, beginning at 8.

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First Meeting of Advisory Committee on Whether Elementary School’s Name Should Be Changed Is Tuesday, May 28

Cale Elementary SchoolThe inaugural meeting of the advisory committee that will make a recommendation on whether the name of Paul H. Cale Elementary School should be changed will be next Tuesday, May 28, at 6 p.m. The committee will meet in Room 241 of the County Office Building at 401 McIntire Road in Charlottesville.

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First Meeting of Advisory Committee on Whether Elementary School’s Name Should Be Changed Is Tuesday, May 28

Cale Elementary SchoolThe inaugural meeting of the advisory committee that will make a recommendation on whether the name of Paul H. Cale Elementary School should be changed will be next Tuesday, May 28, at 6 p.m. The committee will meet in Room 241 of the County Office Building at 401 McIntire Road in Charlottesville.

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Three Elementary Schools, Murray, Stone-Robinson and Woodbrook, Will Have New Principals on July 1, All of Whom Have Served as Principals in the Division

New ACPS PrincipalsAlbemarle County Public Schools announced today that three elementary schools will be receiving new principals on July 1. The schools are Murray, Stone-Robinson and Woodbrook, and in each case, the new principal is serving or has served as an elementary school principal in the division.

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Dr. Stephen Saunders Appointed as Greer Elementary School’s Next Principal, Effective July 1

Dr. Stephen SaundersDr. Stephen Saunders, who has served as the principal at Baker-Butler Elementary School for the past five years, has been appointed as Greer Elementary School’s next principal, effective July 1. Saunders will succeed Jill Lee, who is relocating.

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EDEP Now Hosting Registration for 2019-20

EDEPThroughout the month of May, Albemarle County Public Schools’ Extended Day Enrichment Program (EDEP) is hosting online registration for the 2019-20 school year. EDEP offers after-school childcare for students in Kindergarten through Grade 5. Registration dates vary by school and space is limited. For specific registration dates and information about tuition and fees, financial assistance, and more, please visit our 2019-2020 Registration web page.

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Join Tonight’s School Board Meeting Live

Live StreamThis evening’s School Board business meeting begins at 6:30 and you can join the meeting in real time. The agenda includes an update on the new anonymous reporting app and the new state law prohibing tobacco and e-cigarette possession by anyone under the age of 21, proposals on how to reduce student stress in the learning environment and how technology is being integrarted into the curriculum. Also featured will be the two students headed to the Intel International Science Fair next week.

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“Best Everything” Folk Tale From Broadway, London, Debuts at Monticello High School This Week With an Important Message for Audiences and Some Unusual Twists to the Production

Once On This IslandOn Broadway, it earned Tony Award nominations for Best Musical, Best Original Score, Best Direction, and Best Choreography. In London, it was the Best New Musical, and it later won a Tony for Best Revival of a Musical. On the Monticello High School stage this weekend, these stunning creative contributions will come not from professionals, but from students, a first for a local high school spring musical.

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Western Albemarle Is Piloting New Anonymous Reporting System Beginning This Monday, May 6; System Will Be Expanded to All Schools in the Fall

Anonymous AlertsBeginning this Monday, May 6, members of the school community at Western Albemarle High School will be able to use a web application to anonymously report threatening, abusive or unsafe behavior at school. Western is piloting the new system, Anonymous Alerts, through the end of the current school year prior to the division making the app operational for all schools in the fall.

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Summer School Registration Now Open

Summer School RegistrationOnline high school registration for summer school classes opened on May 1. Summer school begins on Monday, June 10 and concludes on Friday, July 26. All courses are online and physical education also can be taken onsite, from June 10 through the 28th at Western Albemarle and between July 8 and the 26th at Albemarle. For information on summer school course offerings and fees or to register for a class, visit:

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Community Members Being Sought to Join Cale Advisory Committee Reviewing the School’s Name, Including Two Members Who Do Not Currently Have Children in the School

Cale Elementary SchoolFollowing the School Board’s adoption of a new division policy on the naming or renaming of school facilities, applicants are being sought to serve on a community advisory committee that will conduct the first review under the revised policy. In October, the School Board directed Superintendent Dr. Matthew Haas to “review our current policy on the naming of school buildings and facilities for the purpose of adding school division values to the criteria for such naming.

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Albemarle County Public Schools Students Earn 55 Awards at Regional Science Fair, Including Both “Best in Show” Honors

Virginia Piedmont Regional Science FairAlbemarle County Public Schools students earned both Best in Show Awards at the 38th annual Virginia Piedmont Regional Science Fair recently held in John Paul Jones Arena at the University of Virginia. Overall, students from Albemarle, Western Albemarle, and Monticello high schools received 49 awards at the show, including 11 first place awards in the 15 show categories. Students from Sutherland Middle School received six awards in their division, including a first place in Electrical & Mechanical Engineering.

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CATEC Director, Dr. Daphne Keiser, Appointed to Senior Leadership Role With Albemarle County Public Schools Leading Teacher, Administrator Recruitment

Daphne KeiserDr. Daphne Keiser, now the top administrator at CATEC as its director, has been appointed as the Director of Educator Quality for Albemarle County Public Schools. Dr. Keiser’s appointment is effective July 1. In her new senior leadership role, she will report to Lorna Gerome, the Director of Human Resources.

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Student, Teacher, Assistant Principal, and Soon-To-Be Principal, Ashby Johnson, Will Succeed Kathryn Baylor as Jouett’s Leader

Ashby JohnsonAshby Johnson, who attended Jack Jouett Middle School and later returned as a teacher, a coordinator of the school’s globally-recognized college preparatory program, and then assistant principal, has been appointed as the school’s next principal by the Albemarle County School Board. Johnson’s appointment is effective with the start of the new school year on July 1.

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Students join School Leaders to Discuss New Anti-Racism Policy

Charlottesville Podcast NetworkSchool Board member Katrina Callsen, Assistant Superintendent Dr. Bernard Hairston and Dr. Kimalee Dickerson, are joined by three of the leadership academy students who helped to draft the division's new anti-racism policy, Lizzy Elvgren, Gauri Prakash and Cyrus Rody-Ramazani. The new policy was the subject of Sunday's hosted by Rick Moore on WPVC-FM.

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We Notice Recognition Program – Nominations Now Open!

We Notice 2019The County Student Advisory Council, in partnership with the Department of Instruction and Human Resources, invites students, parents and employees to recognize a special staff member for their work. This is an opportunity to share appreciation for our teachers, office staff, building service team members, teaching assistants, cafeteria workers, school nurses, and bus drivers.

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Summer Fine Arts Academy Opens Online Registration for Performing and Visual Arts and Creative Writing Programs

Summer Fine Arts AcademyOnline registration is now open for the sixth annual Fine Arts Academy, which will offer music, theater, visual arts, and creative writing camps for rising seventh through 12th grade students this summer. Program activities run from Monday, July 8, through Friday, July 12, at Albemarle High School.

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Albemarle County Public Schools Will Host Kindergarten Registration on Wednesday, March 20

2019-20 Kindergarten RegistrationKindergarten is where the fun begins! Albemarle County elementary schools will host Kindergarten Registration on Wednesday, March 20. Kindergarten Registration is an opportunity for parents to receive assistance with the enrollment process, present required documentation, and learn more about our kindergarten program. For more information, call 434-296-5820. Para asistencia bilingüe, llame 434-296-6517.

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Superintendent Dr. Matthew Haas Says Symbols Associated With White Supremacy & Hate Groups Will Not Be Permitted in Schools

Superintendent Dr. Matt HassAlbemarle County Public Schools Superintendent, Dr. Matthew Haas, said today that symbols, lettering or insignia of organizations or groups associated with white supremacy, racial hatred, or violence are not permitted in schools. This includes, but it is not limited to, such representations that support or promote the Ku Klux Klan, the Confederacy, Neo-Nazism, or other hate groups.

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Next Public Hearing on Proposed Budget is Apr. 9

Public HearingFollowing a series of upcoming budget work sessions by the Board of Supervisors, the Board will hold a public hearing on the county’s proposed budget for 2019-20, including schools, on April 9. Both the Board of Supervisors and the School Board are expected to formally adopt budgets later in the month.

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ACPS Spelling Champion Successfully Defends Her Title; Will Compete in Regional Bee for Fourth Consecutive Year

Spelling Bee ChampionHenley seventh grader, Layla Bouber, successfully defended her title as the Spelling Bee Champion for Albemarle County Public Schools at the school division’s 14th annual Spelling Bee. For the fourth consecutive year, Layla qualified to represent the county in the Daily Progress Regional Spelling Bee, which will take place on Saturday, March 9, beginning at 10 a.m. at Albemarle High School.

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Superintendent Haas’ 2019-20 Funding Request “Builds on a Strong Foundation,” Seeks to Raise Value of Connections Between Schools, Businesses and Albemarle County Residents

Funding Request PresentationCiting the interconnections between schools, business and service organizations, and community residents, Albemarle County Public Schools Superintendent, Dr. Matthew Haas, presented his 2019-20 funding request to the School Board last evening.

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Alcaro, Paige Elected to Board Leadership Roles

New School Board Leadership RolesAt its annual organizational meeting this month, the Albemarle County School Board selected its at-large member, Jonno Alcaro as the 2019 Board Chair. Graham Paige, who represents the Samuel Miller District on the Board, is the new Vice Chair. Alcaro succeeds Dr. Kate Acuff, who served three years as the Board Chair and will continue to serve on the Board as its Jack Jouett District representative. The Board also decided upon committee assignments for the new year. The Board’s next meeting is Thursday at 6:30 p.m. in the county office building on McIntire Road to receive Superintendent Dr. Matthew Haas’ funding request for the 2019-20 school year. For all meeting updates, visit:

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To Support Student Participation at Jan. 10 Meeting, Albemarle County School Board Moves up Public Comment Period

School Board Public CommentFor its first School Board meeting in 2019, the Albemarle County School Board is moving up the public comment period on its agenda.

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Jouett's Model AVID Program is Revalidated

AVID ProgramIn 2013, Jack Jouett Middle School became one of the few schools in the world to earn select status for the quality and effectiveness of its academic skills and college preparation program, AVID (Advancement via Individual Determination). Over 90 percent of AVID students are accepted into four-year colleges and often are the first in their family to attend college. As one of the most powerful programs for closing achievement gaps, AVID is in more than 6,000 schools around the world, serving over two million students. Only 198 of these schools earn demonstration status as model programs. Recently, Jouett’s revalidation as a demonstration school was the subject of local news broadcasts.

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Albemarle County Public Schools Receives More Than 4,500 Community Responses Identifying Budget Priorities for the 2019-20 School Year

Budget Survey ResultsFor the second straight year, attracting and retaining high-quality teachers is the top goal for those Albemarle County residents who responded to the school division’s annual budget survey. The online survey attracted more than 4,500 responses to a question about the most important objectives for the 2019-20 school year budget.

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Teachers, Students, Staff, and Community Members Contribute to Superintendent’s 100-Day Report, Focusing on Role of Schools in Lifting All Students to Greatness

100 Day ReportAlbemarle County Public Schools Superintendent, Dr. Matthew Haas, presented his 100-day report to the School Board this evening, outlining how his listening tour will shape his priorities this year.

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Nominations for the 2018-2019 Golden Apple Awards Open Through February 4; Program Honors Teaching Excellence & Community Outreach

Golden Apple AwardsNominations are now open for the 2018-2019 Golden Apple Awards, a program designed to honor outstanding teachers in public and private schools in Albemarle County and Charlottesville City. One winner is selected from each school, and eight winners also will receive a $1,000 Golden Apple Grant, which can be used for classroom materials or to support the recipient’s professional development.

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Albemarle County Public Schools Graduates Again Exceed State & National Scores on SATs, College Readiness Benchmark

SAT ScoresAlbemarle County Public Schools graduates once again turned in strong performances on the College Board’s Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT), with 2018 scores surpassing both state and national averages on the reading, writing and mathematics tests and on the Board’s college readiness benchmark.

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Albemarle County Public Schools Selects Experienced Teacher, National Tech Leader, as Its Chief Technology Officer

Dr Christine DiggsThe Superintendent of Albemarle County Public Schools, Dr. Matthew Haas, said today that, following a nationwide search, Dr. Christine Diggs has been appointed as the division’s new Chief Technology Officer. Dr. Diggs said she long has been impressed by the innovative programming in Albemarle County Public Schools and by the opportunities she has had to learn more about the division from collaborating with its technology professionals at national conferences.

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Albemarle County Public Schools’ On-Time Graduation Rate Tops Statewide Rate for 11th Consecutive Year

GraduationThe on-time graduation rate for Albemarle County Public Schools once again exceeded the statewide rate in Virginia, according to a report issued this week by the state department of education. An on-time graduation means that a student completed his or her high school studies within a four-year period.

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Dr. Bernard Hairston Appointed Assistant Superintendent for School Community Empowerment

Dr. Bernard HairstonAlbemarle County Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Matthew Haas announced today that Dr. Bernard Hairston, the school division’s Chief of Community Engagement, has been appointed Assistant Superintendent for School Community Empowerment. In his new role, Dr. Hairston will be responsible for expanding the participation and input of students, teachers, administrators, staff, and community partners in developing school division policies, programs, and budget initiatives to meet School Board priorities.

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Albemarle County, Charlottesville City Schools to Join Together to Ensure That “Racism and Discrimination Will Find No Home in Our School Communities”

Dr. Matt HaasAlbemarle County Public Schools Superintendent, Dr. Matthew Haas, said today that both the county and city public school divisions can be a regional and perhaps national model for ensuring that “racism and discrimination will find no home in our school communities.”

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CATEC Receives $50,000 Grant to Expand Local Business Partnerships and Provide Students With More Job Opportunities

CATEC LogoA $50,000 grant from the Virginia Department of Education will fund a new summer program designed to expand opportunities for students at the Charlottesville Albemarle Technical Education Center (CATEC) to earn paid apprenticeships while they also are earning academic and professional certification credits.

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Watch What Superintendent Haas Told 1,300 Teachers to Start the New Year

Dr. Matt Haas 2018 AddressAlbemarle County Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Matthew Haas met with nearly all of the school division’s 1,300 teachers on August 14, the first time in 20 years such a meeting has taken place. Noting that the school division recently was ranked in the top two percent of all school divisions in the nation, Dr. Haas talked about the impact teachers have on the academic achievement of students.

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Leadership Awards, Professional Development Programming, Community Workshops Characterize Baker-Butler’s New Principal
ACPS and Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Virginia in Partnership to Expand After-School Programming
Western’s Darah Bonham Is Named New Principal of Albemarle High School, Effective July 1
Cale Advisory Committee Will Hold Its Public Comment Meeting Next Tuesday, June 18, at 6 p.m. at Albemarle High School
Albemarle’s Longest-Serving Principal Is Leaving Cale Elementary to Join the Center for Learning and Growth
More Than 1,000 Albemarle County Seniors Are Graduating This Year
First Meeting of Advisory Committee on Whether Elementary School’s Name Should Be Changed Is Tuesday, May 28
32 ACPS Students From Six Teams Selected for Destination Imagination’s Global Competition
Albemarle, Charlottesville Communities Honor 40 Teachers in 18th Annual Golden Apple Award Celebration
Three Elementary Schools, Murray, Stone-Robinson and Woodbrook, Will Have New Principals on July 1
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