Board honors exemplary employees

Board honors exemplary employees

The Board of Education honored five Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) employees during the Nov. 10 meeting for being the difference in the lives of children and their commitment to the school system. Honored were Pamela Batchelor, Kelly Elliton, Linda Holloman, Tynika Lytle and Katherine Schubbe.

Batchelor is a fourth-grade teacher at J.C. Parks Elementary School and was selected for recognition by Parks Principal Thadine Wright for her commitment to students, helping new teachers and for serving as the school’s liaison for the Parent-Teacher Organization (PTO). Batchelor started teaching at Parks in 2010 and has served as both a first- and fourth-grade teacher. Her lessons plans are exciting and engaging for students, but also provide consistency that challenge her students’ thinking and reasoning skills. Her interactions with students are warm and caring and she is mindful of diverse needs in her classroom. Batchelor works collaboratively with her grade-level team and offers support and guidance to new teachers. She has served as the PTO liaison for the past six years. Wright said Batchelor’s responsibility as the PTO liaison has helped strengthen the Parks school community. “It has been valuable to the parents and teachers as Mrs. Batchelor has built connections and lines of communication which have strengthened our entire school community. She is an active and valuable asset,” Wright wrote in a recognition nomination letter.

Elliton is a third-grade teacher at Dr. James Craik Elementary School and was chosen for recognition by Craik Principal Debbie Calvert for her consistent contributions to the school community and dedication to teaching and learning. She has been teaching at Craik for the past five school years and uses the latest technologies and teaching methodologies to provide enhanced learning opportunities for students. Elliton consistently incorporates ideas and strategies from professional development sessions in to her lessons and seeks out additional opportunities to enhance her teaching skills. She recently volunteered to participate in the Formative Assessments for Maryland Educators (FAME) Program and piloted a new audio system in her classroom. She also sponsors the school’s Just Say No Club and organizes annual activities that support the Craik community. In her nomination letter, Calvert said Elliton’s efforts help connect the Craik community. “In her five years as a teacher at Dr. James Craik Elementary School, Ms. Elliton consistently contributes to all aspects of the school community. For the monthly Just Say No meetings, she plans thoughtful and engaging lessons to present and often invites guest speakers to work with students to further their knowledge and enhance our communication with stakeholders,” Calvert wrote.

Hollomon is a fifth-grade teacher at Malcolm Elementary School and was chosen by her principal, Wilhelmina Pugh, for recognition before the Board for her commitment to the success of all students and for supporting a caring learning environment for children. She has been teaching at Malcolm since 1984 and is known among her peers as a consistent teacher who brings out the best qualities in her students. Hollomon has high expectations for all students and understands that the road to success is not the same for all learners. She strives to make a personal connection with each of her student’s to find something that sparks their interests and then builds on that interest to foster growth. She constantly helps her students connect their learning to real world experiences and provides exciting and engaging lessons. Hollomon is the fifth-grade team leader and supports each of her colleagues by providing support on various instructional strategies. She also eagerly shares her expertise with differentiation and the effective use of technology. In her nomination letter, Pugh said Holloman is an exemplary teacher and role model for children. “It is apparent when you walk into Ms. Hollomon’s room that she maintains a high degree of pride in her work and has an exemplary work ethic. Her room is visually inviting and evidence of student learning is front and center,” Pugh wrote.

Lytle is a pupil personnel worker with Charles County Public Schools and has been working with students at Benjamin Stoddert Middle School for the past three years. As a pupil personnel worker, Lytle helps oversee student attendance and is extremely knowledgeable of local, state and federal policies. She frequently articulates Board policies to parents about residency, school change requests, attendance, bullying, discipline and health. She is the co-coordinator and integral part of the student support team and organizes and facilitates meetings, helps place students in tiered intervention plans and provides staff development on student support team responsibilities. To support daily attendance, Lytle launched a homeroom challenge for the entire school and updates attendance rates daily with posts in the main entrance area of the school. She also coordinated a giving tree holiday gift drive in which 16 families received items such as a holiday breakfast box through school donations. Lytle also visits students throughout the school day to monitor progress and maintain personal connections. Stoddert Principal Kenneth Schroeck said Lytle has an exemplary record as a pupil personal worker at Stoddert. “She turns in all mandated documents in a timely manner. She has worked to forge extended relationships with outside agencies. She manages all meetings with the highest degree of professionalism,” Schroeck wrote in a nomination statement.

Schubbe is a business education teacher at St. Charles High School and was chosen for recognition by St. Charles’ Principal, Rick Conley, for demonstrating exceptional leadership qualities, and going above and beyond to assist her department and colleagues. She has been teaching with CCPS for the past nine years and consistently models her expectations and how students need to meet and excel those she has set forth. To help alleviate large financial literacy class sizes, Schubbe gave up a planning period to teach an additional course. As the business education department chair, she devotes a lot of her planning time to assist new teachers. She has received training through the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) to proctor an online course for MSDE in financial literacy with a class at St. Charles. Additionally, Schubbe took on the task of creating a new cross country program at St. Charles which resulted in 20 participants, a first win in school history, an in-season team grade-point average of 3.34 and a sixth-place rank in the region. Conley said Schubbe demonstrates excellent relationship building skills and is well respected by students. “Ms. Schubbe frequently promotes the achievements of her student athletes and has exemplary relationship building and classroom management within her classroom. She is an exceptional leader to her students, her student athletes and her colleagues,” Conley wrote in a nomination statement.

The Board honors several exemplary employees each month.

Charles County Public Schools provides 26,300 students in grades prekindergarten through 12 with an academically challenging education. Located in Southern Maryland, Charles County Public Schools has 36 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.

The Charles County public school system does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age or disability in its programs, activities or employment practices. For inquiries, please contact Dr. Patricia Vaira, Title IX/ADA/Section 504 Coordinator (students) or Pamela K. Murphy, Title IX/ADA/Section 504 coordinator (employees/ adults), at Charles County Public Schools, Jesse L. Starkey Administration Building, P.O. Box 2770, La Plata, MD. 20646; 301-932-6610/301-870-3814. For special accommodations call 301-934-7230 or TDD 1-800-735-2258 two weeks prior to the event.

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