The Board of Education honored five Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) employees at the Oct. 14 Board meeting, including Christine Busey, Debra Haan, Lauren Hoza, Holly Marsh and Matthew Watkoski.
Busey is a prekindergarten instructional assistant at Gale-Bailey Elementary School. She was nominated for recognition for her dedication to students and exemplar work ethic. She primarily works with special education students and creates learning activities to target different levels of learning regularly. Busey also helps with behavior management strategies and assists in data collection for students with Individualized Education Plan (IEP) goals. She was also recently nominated for a Special Education Citizen Advisory Committee (SECAC) appreciation award and has attended aspiring leadership conferences to expand her knowledge. Gale-Bailey Principal Toni Melton-Trainor said Busey’s patience and gentle guidance help her students learn. “Her support to the students in the prekindergarten program is excellent,” Melton-Trainor said in a nomination statement.
Haan is a longtime physical education teacher at Arthur Middleton Elementary School. She works with students in all grade levels and also teaches adaptive physical education to students in the Life Skills program. Haan is dedicated to student success and supports the Middleton community by not only teaching physical education to students, but assisting with the arrival and dismissal of students, serving as co-bus coordinator, creating seating charts and coordinating bus evacuations. Haan also plans the school’s annual American Freedom Day assembly and recently celebrated 40 years of teaching with Charles County Public Schools. Middleton Principal Sabrina Robinson-Taylor said Haan is an asset to the entire Middleton community.
Hoza has been teaching kindergarten at Mary H. Matula Elementary School since 2006. She was nominated for recognition for her passion for teaching and for serving as a role model for students and her peers. She is part of a nine-member kindergarten team and is committed to the success of her students. She works tirelessly to ensure that her lessons address the individual needs of each student and is known among staff for having an exemplar work ethic. Matula Principal Carrie Richardson said Hoza is an example of a teacher committed to teaching and learning. “Her approach to teaching and learning is outstanding. She is a person who, once she knows what the job requires, will take the necessary steps to ensure that she is well prepared and ready for the task. That dedication and commitment is evident in her daily actions,” Richardson added.
Marsh is an instructional assistant at Milton M. Somers Middle School. She is a member of the special education department team and was recognized for displaying a high degree of pride in all that she does. She is detail oriented and known among her peers as a team player. Marsh spends most of her work day organizing details and assisting the special education department in any task where her assistance is needed. She is professional and task oriented, and completes her work with a high level of integrity. Somers Principal Carrie Akins said Marsh is a true team player. “It is clear that Marsh takes pride in working with our teachers and students as an important and integral part of our instructional team, working to provide students with the best education possible,” Akins said in a nomination letter.
Watkoski has been teaching science and engineering at Maurice J. McDonough High School for the past six years. He was recognized for his dedication to teaching and for serving as a role model for students. He is a talented teacher and educational leader who consistently offers energy, intelligence and commitment to all students and to teaching. Watkoski also serves as McDonough’s lead for the Scholars Targeting Academic Rigor With Success (STARS) program and helped the school earn the designation of a STEM, or science, technology, engineering and mathematics, innovation school. McDonough Principal Bradley Snow said Watkoski is a passionate teacher who puts the needs of his students first. “He is steadfast in his belief that he is here to serve in the best interest of his students and to advance his passion for science and technology,” Snow said in a nomination letter.
The Board honors several exemplary employees each month.
Charles County Public Schools provides 26,500 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.
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