Five exemplary Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) employees were honored by the Board of Education on May 8. Honored were Kathryn Stapleson, Melissa Walter, Laura Silk, Andrea Hoover and Linda McLaughlin.
Stapleson is a gifted education resource teacher at T.C. Martin Elementary School. She was nominated for recognition for sponsoring school activities, displaying long-term excellence in her position and for helping write curriculum for multiple grade levels. Stapleson coaches the school knowledge bowl and fifth-grade math teams, and volunteers at the fall and spring chess tournaments. She was selected to present on gifted education at the CCPS Educational Showcase and chairs the school's United Way campaign. Last year, Stapleson was honored by the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) with the 2011 "Teacher as Leader in Gifted Education" award from the Governor's Advisory Council on Gifted Education. Martin Principal Greg Miller said that Stapleson is an exemplar role model. "She demonstrates a high degree of pride in her work and displays an exemplary work ethic for her peers," Miller wrote in a nomination statement.
Walter is an instructional specialist at Walter J. Mitchell Elementary School. She was nominated for recognition for demonstrating a high degree of pride in her work, for supporting her peers and for displaying an extraordinary level of commitment to her work. Walter works collaboratively with teachers to ensure they have sufficient training and materials to provide the best instruction. She is the leader of the instructional team and serves as the liaison to teachers. Walter displays a high level of commitment and excellence at her work. She works tirelessly and always helps staff in any way possible. Mitchell Principal Verniece Rorie said Walter serves as an invaluable support to teachers and school staff. "Her input allows me to gain a more complete perspective. The best adjective I can think of to describe her is driven," Rorie wrote in a nomination letter.
Silk is a secretary at Mary B. Neal Elementary School. She was nominated for recognition for her efforts in the enrollment and withdraw processes for students, helping to open a new building and displaying a strong work ethic. Silk manages the main office at Neal and oversees the day-to-day operations. This school year, she has registered more than 320 students and assists in the maintenance of student information and records. She attends all trainings for school secretaries and manages student data for nearly 850 students. Silk has been at Neal since 2008 and helped prepare and open the new school. She is known to arrive early and stay late, and works extra days to make sure the front office runs smoothly. Neal principal Carol Leveillee said Silk's work ethic is second to none. "She strives to do her job with the best effort and pride. Laurie is our CEO of first impressions in the main office at Neal," Leveillee wrote in a nomination letter.
Hoover is a social studies teacher at Mattawoman Middle School. She was nominated for recognition for coordinating the school's Veteran's Day program, demonstrating outstanding leadership skills and establishing a strong rapport with staff, students and parents. Hoover was recognized in the Washington Post for the Veteran's Day program, in which veterans visited various classrooms in the school to share information about their service to the United States. She is the eighth-grade team leader and the social studies department chair. She also volunteers with the "Shop with a Cop" program that helps under privileged children and participates in Mattawoman's canned food drives. Mattawoman Principal Douglass Dolan said Hoover shows a tremendous amount of pride in her work. "Hoover's work ethic is demonstrated by the long hours she spends both before and after school preparing for her students and organizing her classroom," Dolan wrote in a nomination letter.
McLaughlin is a French teacher at North Point High School. She was nominated for recognition for sponsoring student activities, maintaining a focus for what is best for students and for displaying a positive attitude. McLaughlin is the chair of the World Languages department and Positive Behavioral Interventions & Supports (PBIS) committee and coordinates the Relay for Life efforts for North Point. She sponsors the French and Japanese clubs, and the National Honor Society. McLaughlin's lessons use differentiation, effective utilization of technology to reach all types of learners. She infuses technology into her lessons, taking her students to France via the Internet, or using streaming video to help them experience French culture. McLaughlin has high expectations for her students, but supports them as they reach their academic goals. North Point Principal Kimberly Hill said McLaughlin's high standards for herself and her students define her as a teacher and a leader. "Linda McLaughlin truly cares about her work and about her students. Her commitment to our profession is unparalleled," Hill wrote in a nomination letter.
The Board honors several exemplary employees each month.
Charles County Public Schools provides 26,700 students in grades prekindergarten through 12 with an academically challenging education. Located in Southern Maryland, Charles County Public Schools has 35 caring community schools that offer a technologically advanced, progressive and high quality education that builds character, equips for leadership and prepares students for life, careers and higher education.
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