Board honors exemplary employees

Board honors exemplary employees

The Board of Education honored six Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) employees with Outstanding Classified Personnel Awards on June 10. Honored were

  • Doris Hawkins, building service worker, Milton M. Somers Middle School;
  • Darlette Smith, food service manager, Somers;
  • Kristen Sackman, special education instructional assistant, La Plata High School;
  • Roy Kline, electrician, Charles County Public Schools Maintenance Shop/Radio Station Road Annex;
  • Suzanne Alpert, secretary, Piccowaxen Middle School and Somers; and
  • Richard Day, computer analyst, North Point High School.

Hawkins is the 2014 Outstanding Building Service Employee. She has worked as a building service worker for the school system since 2006 and has been at Somers for the past four years. Hawkins was nominated for recognition by Somers staff including Principal Stephanie Wesolowski and Stephanie Walent, a language arts teacher. In Hawkins’ nomination letters, she is consistently described as dedicated, flexible and dependable. “Ms. Hawkins is one of the hardest working people in this building. She is constantly on the go, never stopping, always accomplishing one task after another. She is not only performing her own tasks and responsibilities for the day, but she can be found helping teachers, students and other support staff in a myriad of ways,” Walent wrote in a nomination letter. Hawkins is well known for her positive and cheerful demeanor and for being the first one to volunteer to assist with any task. From preparing a room for a staff meeting to rearranging furniture to set up a school assembly, Hawkins completes tasks with a smile. She strives to ensure that the school building is clean, the grounds are kept up and the school is safe each day. Wesolowski said Hawkins is the epitome of an exemplary employee. “Maintaining a large facility is no easy task, but you wouldn’t know it from the consistent positive attitude and work ethic that Ms. Hawkins demonstrates on a daily basis. She is always available no matter how large or small the request,” Wesolowski wrote in a nomination letter.

Smith is the 2014 Outstanding Food Service Employee. She began her career with CCPS more than 15 years ago and has worked at Somers since 1999. Smith was nominated by school staff for her exemplary work ethic. She is well known among staff for her ability to foster a positive work environment and maintain positive relationships among her co-workers. Smith participates in several school-related activities including job shadow day, transition dinners, open houses and also partners with the school Parent-Teacher Organization (PTO). Somers Vice Principal Belinda Shatley said that Smith is a vital asset to the school. “All students, parents and staff are treated with professionalism and personal courtesy as she meets the demands of providing breakfast and lunch to 900 students spanning three lunch shifts a day. This serves as a testament to Ms. Smith’s dedication and high standards she sets for herself and those under her supervision,” Shatley wrote in a nomination letter. In addition to her daily duties as food service manager at Somers, Smith helps coordinate catering needs for special events and programs held at the school. She also has a positive rapport among students and is flexible, dependable and professional.

Sackman is the 2014 Outstanding Instructional Support Employee and has worked for the school system since 2004. John Holmes is a science teacher at La Plata and wrote a letter on behalf of Sackman’s nomination. He said Sackman is truly dedicated to the education and enrichment of students. “I have seen firsthand that Kristen goes above and beyond what is typically expected from an instructional assistant. She willingly takes on responsibilities, especially ones of an organizational nature, which helps relieve some of the extra work,” Holmes wrote in his letter. Sackman conducts instructional activities, helps to implement Individualized Education Plan (IEPs) components for students and serves as a testing proctor, or assistant, for school exams. She consistently models a calm and caring demeanor and maintains a positive attitude while working with students and her peers. La Plata Principal Evelyn Arnold said Sackman does whatever is necessary to make sure students are successful. “Kris goes the extra mile for students and has developed a mentoring relationship with the numerous students that she works with each day. Her calm demeanor and ability to quickly assess situations has contributed to her success in the classroom, not only with our students but especially with first-year teachers she has worked with,” Arnold wrote in a nomination letter.

Kline is the 2014 Outstanding Maintenance Employee. He has worked for the school system since 2008 and has more than 30 years of experience as an electrician. Kline was nominated for his work ethic and professional demeanor among staff. He is well known for completing his job duties in an efficient and effective manner, and is thorough in all of his responsibilities. He has a thorough comprehension of job duties and understands the importance of completing assigned tasks while demonstrating a sense of ownership to each job. Lora Bennett, information technology manager for CCPS, wrote a nomination letter about Kline and said he is a great example of a true professional. “A role model is defined as a person looked to by others as an example to be imitated. Roy fits this definition as he works hard, is concerned about safety, is cooperative and concerned providing a high level of service to the students, staff and stakeholders of the school system,” Bennett wrote in her letter. Kline’s nomination was also supported with a letter of recommendation from Steve Vance, the supervisor of maintenance for CCPS. According to Vance’s letter, Kline is well deserving of recognition. “He has demonstrated dedication and commitment to Charles County Public Schools that contributes to the successful operation of our facilities,” Vance wrote.

Alpert is the 2014 Outstanding Secretary and has worked in the school system for more than 25 years. She is a full-time employee and splits her work week between Piccowaxen and Somers middle schools. Both schools submitted nomination materials in support of Alpert’s selection for the award. She is described as proactive, a quick thinker and an employee who shows great initiative. She is proficient with several computer programs and with all data processing responsibilities. Aparna Joshi, a gifted education resource teacher at Somers, said that Alpert is highly motivated and works extremely hard. “I can unequivocally state that she is one of the most efficient and organized people I have come across. She splits her time between two schools and still manages to facilitate and produce any data I happen to ask for. No request is too small for Ms. Alpert,” Joshi wrote in a nomination letter. Alpert also serves as a resource for parents and students and is well known for the pleasant rapport she maintains with staff in both school communities. According to Piccowaxen Principal Kenneth Schroeck, Alpert is compassionate and dedicated. “Working with individuals like Ms. Alpert is a true pleasure. Her love for the children, the faculty, the community and her profession are reflected in her actions. I am absolutely impressed by her willingness to help faculty, students and parents with anything they need,” Schroeck wrote in a nomination letter.

Day is the 2014 Outstanding Information Technology Employee. He has worked for the school system since 2010 and was nominated for recognition for his knowledge and efficiency. He is known for learning new skills quickly and for his ability to problem solve. Jill Warring, a systems analyst at the Jesse L. Starkey Administration Building, said that Day is truly an asset to Charles County Public Schools. “As the first point of contact for all technology issues at North Point High School, Rick efficiently maintains and manages the technology to meet all instructional needs. The teachers and staff know they can always count on Rick to quickly and efficiently resolve any problems they experience, as well as be proactive in preventing problems to keep their technology running smoothly,” Warring wrote in a nomination letter. Day demonstrates an excellent work ethic and is professional in all interactions with staff and students. He is extremely knowledgeable with technology and is willing to take on difficult tasks to support technology needs at North Point. North Point Principal Michael Simms wrote a letter in support of Day’s award nomination and said he is an example of an outstanding employee. “Rick is more than willing to help anyone who has a question or technology need; no matter how big or small. He is also very knowledgeable as to what type of equipment or technology would be best for our school. Rick is always pleasant and courteous to everyone he works with at North Point and I cannot say enough positive things about him,” Simms wrote in a nomination letter.

The Board each year honors exemplary support staff in six different job categories. The goals of the awards are to recognize exemplary employees in the areas of building services, food services, maintenance, secretarial services, instructional support, and information technology to encourage employees to provide creative and quality services that support the effective and efficient operations of the school system.

Charles County Public Schools provides 26,400 students in grades prekindergarten through 12 with an academically challenging education. Located in Southern Maryland, Charles County Public Schools has 35 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, age or disability in its programs, activities or employment practices. For inquiries, please contact Dr. Patricia Vaira, Title IX Coordinator and Section 504 Coordinator (students) or Pamela Murphy, Section 504 Coordinator (employees/adults), at Charles County Public Schools, central office building, P.O. Box 2770, La Plata, Maryland 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.


The Charles County Board of Education honored six staff members with 2014 Outstanding Classified Personnel Awards at the June 10 Board meeting. Pictured, from left, are Doris Hawkins, Darlette Smith, Kristen Sackman, Roy Kline, Suzanne Alpert and Richard Day.

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