Four exemplary Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) employees were honored by the Board of Education on May 14. Honored were Pamela Wilhelm, Catherine Curtis, Patricia Changcoco and Jill Bodamer.
Wilhelm is a technology facilitator at Walter J. Mitchell Elementary School. She was nominated for recognition for her positive attitude and commitment to her students. Wilhelm has high expectations for her students and demonstrates a positive attitude in all that she does. She tirelessly supports the academic programs at Mitchell and demonstrates her flexibility each and every day. Mitchell Principal Verniece Rorie said that Wilhelm is a leader and team player. “Quiet, unassuming and humble, Ms. Wilhelm's contributions to Mitchell have been invaluable. She is an outstanding employee that consistently exhibits excellence,” Rorie wrote in a nomination letter.
Curtis is an instructional assistant at Mary B. Neal Elementary School. She was nominated for recognition for demonstrating a high degree of pride in her work and for a strong work ethic. Curtis is dependable, reliable and maintains an impressive and positive attitude. Curtis shows outstanding leadership skills and is a role model to others. When one of her coworkers needs help, Curtis is always available to support both staff and students. Neal Principal Carol Leveillee said Curtis's work always exceeds her expectations. “She has an outstanding work ethic and goes above and beyond the call of duty on a daily basis,” Leveillee wrote in a nomination letter.
Changcoco is a mathematics teacher at Mattawoman Middle School. She was nominated for recognition for her ability to help students learn to enjoy mathematics and for pushing her classes to achieve high levels of success. Changcoco goes above and beyond to maintain a supportive learning environment for her students, and creates lessons using innovative and motivating activities. She is a positive role model for students and staff, and also serves as the school's testing coordinator. Mattawoman Principal Douglass Dolan said Changcoco is an important part of the Mattawoman staff. “Ms. Changcoco is a dedicated educator who demonstrates the ability to teach, motivate and direct students while maintaining high interest and achievement,” Dolan wrote in a nomination letter.
Bodamer is a health occupations teacher at North Point High School. She was nominated for recognition for her high level of expertise and professionalism. Bodamer has created partnerships within the community that has allowed her students to participate in a variety of experiences such as observing open heart surgery. With Bodamer's high level of professionalism, she is able to establish and maintain partnerships within the community. North Point Acting Principal Michael Simms said Bodamer's work ethic exceeds his expectations. “Ms. Bodamer has high expectations for her students and that shows through the things that they are able to accomplish,” Simms 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.