Board honors outstanding employees

Board honors outstanding employees


The Board of Education honored five Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) employees during the Nov. 12 Board meeting, including Julie Boucher, Sue DelaCruz, Diane Ryan, Meredith Elrod and Carmencita Bell.

Boucher has been teaching at Dr. James Craik Elementary School since 2006. She teaches second grade but has also taught first grade at Craik. Boucher is a team mentor, who assists novice staff. As the chairperson of the Volunteer Luncheon Committee, she welcomes parents and shows appreciation for their assistance. Over the past three years, she has organized luncheons, entertainment and made personal gifts for each volunteer. In a nomination letter, Craik Principal Penny Nye wrote, “She exemplifies a true professional. She is always ready to have professional conversations that lead to effective teaching strategies, team improvement and to embrace change.”

DelaCruz is a pupil personnel worker (PPW) at Dr. Thomas L. Higdon Elementary School and Piccowaxen Middle School. DelaCruz connects with students and works to coordinate services to ensure students have what they need to be successful in their learning. As a PPW, she seeks out opportunities to support the school, staff, students and community by coordinating with government and local agencies. DelaCruz also serves as a member of the school’s Student Support Team (SST) and crisis teams at Dr. Higdon. “Mrs. DelaCruz exudes a spirit of professionalism and genuine affection for children and their overall development. [She] is an asset to the Higdon community and Charles County Public Schools,” Higdon Principal Kathleen Morgan wrote in a nomination letter.

Ryan has worked as a prekindergarten special education instructional assistant since 2005 at J.C. Parks Elementary School. Ryan is a member of the school’s math committee and initiated a math incentive program at a local McDonald’s. She presents activities at the school’s math family night and volunteers her time to support disadvantaged families during the holiday season. In a nomination letter, Parks Principal Thadine Wright wrote, “Mrs. Ryan’s long-term excellence in her position as a prekindergarten special education instructional assistant is worthy of recognition and celebration.”

Elrod has taught fourth grade at Malcolm Elementary School since 2009. She has been consistent in her delivery of instruction. Elrod examines the curriculum and finds ways to revise her lessons to challenge her students. Her students are routinely proficient on the Maryland School Assessment (MSA) and exceed the county average on benchmark assessments. Elrod provides teachers with support on various instructional strategies and has also provided assistance to special education teachers. She also volunteers and supports schoolwide initiatives. Elrod is an exceptional teacher who brings out the best in all her students according to Wilhelmina Pugh, Malcolm principal.

Bell is the longest serving member of the Benjamin Stoddert Middle School administrative team. She has been a teacher and administrator at Stoddert for 13 years and has served as math department chair, testing coordinator and Edline coordinator. Bell has taken on the tasks of faculty attendance and substitute coverage for the entire 2013-2014 school year to allow other members of the administrative team time to complete formal classroom observations. “Bell is the first staff member in the building every day. She is often the last to leave. [She] is very loyal to the Stoddert community,” Stoddert Principal Robert Babiak, wrote 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 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 Connie W. Armstead, 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.

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