Five exemplary Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) employees were honored by the Board of Education on November 13. Honored were Kathleen Reamy, Mary Bailey, Jennifer Walsh, Michele Brucculeiri and Kevin Wassie.

Reamy is a school counselor at Dr. James Craik Elementary School. She was honored for her willingness to take on numerous roles to help students and her coworkers, and for her dedication to the success of children. Reamy is the co-sponsor for Craik's student council and assists the students in serving the needs of the community. She serves as the chairperson for Career Day, where students learn about diverse careers held by people in the community. Reamy's efforts have helped to make the school a place where everyone shares the vision of student achievement in a safe and orderly learning environment. Craik Principal Penny Nye said that Reamy is a valued member of the Craik staff. "It is wonderful to get the opportunity to see her recognized for her hard work and dedication," Nye wrote in a nomination letter.

Bailey is a Reading Recovery teacher at Dr. Thomas L. Higdon Elementary School. She was honored for her ability to work with struggling readers and to ensure they are successful. Bailey demonstrates a high degree of pride in her work and an exemplary work ethic. She is an active member of the Higdon instructional leadership team and reading committee, and displays a high level of commitment and excellence in her work. Bailey is also well known among staff for her ability to take on any role or assignment to assist staff and students. Higdon Principal Kathleen Morgan said Bailey exudes a spirit of professionalism and genuine affection for children and their development of literacy skills. "Bailey is an asset to the Higdon teaching staff and she is truly an outstanding role model for young teachers to aspire to be like," Morgan wrote in a nomination letter.

Walsh is a speech therapist at J.C. Parks Elementary School. She was honored for her strong passion in the classroom and for the Parks community, and for lifelong learning. Walsh has innovative teaching ideas and likes to share them with her colleagues. As a speech therapist, she keeps impeccable student records that are often used for training purposes. She takes on leadership roles such as special education team leader, Relay for Life chairperson and is an active member of the Parks Parent Teacher Organization (PTO). Walsh also helps to coordinate special events and steps in to help whenever and wherever she is needed. Parks Principal Thadine Wright said that Walsh is a hard-working and valuable staff member. "Her passion and true love for the J.C Parks school family is inspirational for all who meet her," Wright wrote in a nomination letter.

Brucculeiri is a first-grade teacher at Malcolm Elementary School. She was honored for her consistent outstanding classroom performance and for the positive attitude she displays. Brucculeiri has high expectations for her students and demonstrates a positive attitude in all that she does. She is an instrumental part of Malcolm's special events committee and helps to organize activities such as Grandparents Day and the volunteer luncheon. Malcolm Principal Wilhelmina Pugh said that Malcolm benefits from the exceptional way in which Brucculeiri volunteers extra time and support. "She is a wonderful role model and helps maintain a positive school environment," Pugh wrote in a nomination letter.

Wassie is a language arts teacher at Benjamin Stoddert Middle School. He was honored for his excellent team leader skills and his willingness to help his coworkers and students. He serves as the eighth-grade team leader, and the Destination Imagination and drama club sponsor. He also works with several extra-curricular activities during the school year and consistently spends his spare time to work with students in need of additional help. Stoddert Principal Robert Babiak said that Wassie is a teacher leader who creates solutions for schoolwide needs. "He does an outstanding job and is inclusive of all students," Babiak 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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