Richmond, executive staff members, employees retire

Richmond, executive staff members, employees retire


When James E. Richmond finishes his final day with Charles County Public Schools June 28, he completes 47 years of service with Charles County Public Schools, the last 17 years as Superintendent of Schools.

Charles County's longtime Superintendent calls himself an accidental Superintendent, but the school system accomplishments over nearly two decades are the result of a self-described comfortable leader who provided a vision to develop an emerging school system. “I thank the public, the teachers and children… I thank everyone. I didn't do this alone,” Richmond said.

Richmond, who started his career in 1966 as a social studies teacher at La Plata High School, also served as a vice principal at Thomas Stone High School before being named as prinicpal of Stone in 1973. He served as principal until 1985, when he was appointed as director of school administration. He served as a regional administrator from 1994-1996 when he was appointed interim superintendent. Richmond says he still considers himself a teacher first. “This is one big classroom, and I am still the teacher.”

When asked to reflect on his crowning accomplishment, Richmond said, “I have done my very best to do the best for kids.”

Leaving at the same time as Richmond are several members of his executive and operations staff, most of whom have served with him throughout his four terms as Superintendent.

Charles Wineland, assistant superintendent for supporting services, is leaving CCPS after 49 years of service. Wineland's career with CCPS started at La Plata High School in 1964 when it opened in what is now Milton M. Somers Middle School. He was a physical education teacher in a school built without a gym. In 1971 he was hired as an assistant in transportation and later promoted to director of transportation. In 1994 he was named the executive director of supporting services and later named assistant superintendent for supporting services.

Also retiring after a 43-year career in education is Judy Estep, assistant superintendent of instruction. Estep started her career in 1970 as an elementary school teacher at Gale-Bailey Elementary School. She worked as a teacher until 1979 when she was named as vice principal at J.P. Ryon Elementary School. In 1980, she became principal of Mt. Hope/Nanjemoy Elementary School, where she remained until 1987 when she transfered to a principal position in Fairfax County, Virginia. Estep also served as a principal and special assistant to the assistant superintendent in Prince George's County, Maryland and as a principal/special assistant to the assistant superintendent for curriculum from 1992-2003. She returned to CCPS in 2003 to take a position as director of elementary education. She was named as the assistant superintendent of instruction in 2005.

James Cornette and Patty Dorsey, assistants in school administration and operations, are retiring after 49 and 43 years of service respectively.

Cornette has been working for CCPS for 49 years, first as a social studies teacher from 1964-1972 and then as a vice principal at Henry E. Lackey High School. Cornette was named principal at General Smallwood Middle School in 1976 and moved to Lackey as principal in 1985. In 1991, he was transferred to Maurice J. McDonough High School as principal. Cornette was McDonough's principal until 1997 when he took a position as an administrative services hearing officer. He started his current position as an assistant in school administration and operations in 2000.

Dorsey started her 43-year education career in Florida as a geography/American history teacher in 1968 before moving in 1978 to CCPS as a social studies teacher at Benjamin Stoddert Middle School. She was named as a vice principal at Stoddert in 1985 and also served as vice principal at John Hanson and Matthew Henson middle schools before being named as principal of General Smallwood Middle School in 1991. In 1997, Dorsey moved to the Jesse L. Starkey Administration Building as an assistant in school administration and operations.

This year, there were a number of other employees retiring who also had 40 or more years of service to children and education. Those who had filed papers by early June include:

Mary Amey — 43 years

Amey served in Virginia as an English teacher from 1969-1971; in St. Mary's County as an English teacher from 1971-1974; and in Charles County at John Hanson Middle School as a language arts teacher from 1974-2012.

Maria Arevalo — 44 years

Arevalo served in Texas as a third-grade teacher from 1966-1978; and in Charles County at General Smallwood Middle School as a language arts teacher from 1978-2013.

Denise Barnes — 40 years

Barnes served in Charles County at Arthur Middleton Elementary School as a school counselor from 1973-1980; at the former Vo-Tech Center as a school counselor from 1980-1992; and at Milton M. Somers Middle School as a school counselor from 1992-2013.

Mary Beth Boyd — 44 years

Boyd served in New York, Massachusetts, Arizona, and Baltimore in the physical therapy profession from 1969-2004; and in Charles County as a physical therapist at the F.B. Gwynn Educational Center from 2004-2013.

Linda Buckler — 42 years

Buckler served in Charles County at La Plata High School as a secretary from 1971-1997; and at La Plata High School as a financial secretary from 1997-2013.

Carol Butler — 40 years

Butler served in Virginia as a mathematics teacher from 1973-2003; and in Charles County at La Plata High School as a mathematics teacher from 2003-2013.

Jackie Grabis-Bunker — 42 years

Grabis-Bunker served in Charles County at the former Mt. Hope Elementary School as an elementary teacher from 1971-1977; at Eva Turner Elementary School as an elementary teacher from 1977-1986; at Arthur Middleton Elementary School as a program coordinator from 1986-1988; at the former Teacher Education Center as a teacher coordinator from 1988-2003; at the Jesse L. Starkey Administration Building as the coordinator of staff development from 2003-2006; and at the Jesse L. Starkey Administration Building as the director of program support from 2006-2013.

Donna Harris — 40 years

Harris served in Virginia as a special education/elementary teacher from 1973-1986; in Charles County at Arthur Middleton Elementary School as an elementary teacher from 1986-2001; and at William B. Wade Elementary as an elementary teacher from 2001-2013.

Laura Hedges — 40 years

Hedges served her entire career in Charles County at J. C. Parks Elementary School as a kindergarten teacher from 1973-2013.

Marlene Hoffman — 41 years

Hoffman served in Charles County, Maryland at the former Malcolm Middle School as a secretary from 1971-1972; and at John Hanson Middle School as a secretary to the Principal from 1972-2012.

Karen Kunkel — 43 years

Kunkel served in Illinois as a media specialist from 1970-1975; in Panama at the Department of Defense Schools as an English teacher, media specialist, and media coordinator from 1975-1989; in Charles County at La Plata High School as an English teacher from1989-1994; at Henry E. Lackey High School as a vice principal from 1994-1997; at General Smallwood Middle School as a principal from 1997-2004; and at the Jesse L. Starkey Administration Building as a hearing officer from 2004-2013.

Susan Lukas — 41 years

Lukas served in Ohio as an English teacher from 1968-1969; in Germany as an English teacher from 1969-1971; in Charles County at the former Malcolm Middle School as a language arts teacher from 1971-1972; at John Hanson Middle School as a language arts teacher from 1972-1979; at Thomas Stone High School as an English teacher from 1983-1990; and at Milton M. Somers Middle School as a foreign language teacher from 1990-2013.

Ruth Matlock — 44.5 years

Ms. Matlock served in Tennessee as an English Teacher from 1970-1980; in Charles County at Maurice J. McDonough High School as an English teacher from 1980-1984; and at John Hanson Middle School as a language arts teacher from 1985-2012.

Janis McGeehan — 41 years

McGeehan served in Charles County at Gale-Bailey Elementary School as an elementary teacher from 1972-1980; at Walter J. Mitchell Elementary School as an elementary teacher from 1980-1984; at Walter J. Mitchell Elementary School as a gifted and talented teacher from 1984-1988; at Dr. James Craik Elementary School as a gifted and talented teacher from 1988-1989; at the Jesse L. Starkey Administration Building as a gifted and talented teacher from 1989-1992; at Gale-Bailey Elementary School as a gifted and talented/elementary teacher from 1992-1997; at C. Paul Barnhart Elementary School as a reading resource teacher from 1997-2010; and at Arthur Middleton Elementary School as a reading resource teacher from 2010-2013.

Mary Anne Paesch — 41 years

Paesch served in Charles County at the former Bel Alton Middle School as a media specialist from 1972-1974; at the former Bel Alton Middle School as an English Teacher from 1974-1977; at Piccowaxen Middle School as a media specialist from 1978-1984; at the Jesse L. Starkey Administration Building as a media specialist from 1984-1995; and at La Plata High School as a media specialist from 1995-2013.

Gloria Powell — 45 years

Powell served in the District of Columbia as a business teacher from 1966-1996; and in Charles County at Westlake High School as a business education teacher from 1997-2013.

Joyce Steele — 43.5 years

Steele served in Charles County at Gale-Bailey Elementary School as a food service worker from 1969-1977; at Henry E. Lackey High School as a food service worker from 1977-1990; at William B. Wade Elementary School as a food service worker from 1990-1995; at Indian Head Elementary School as a food service worker from 1995-1998; at Gale-Bailey Elementary School as a food service worker from 1998-2000; and at Henry E. Lackey High School as a food service worker from 2000-2013.

Thomas Weirich — 50 years

Weirich served in Pennsylvania as a driver's education teacher from 1962-1963; in Charles County at Henry E. Lackey High School as a physical education teacher from 1964-1971; at Henry E. Lackey High School as a vice principal from 1971-1976; at La Plata High School as principal from 1976-1985; at Thomas Stone High School as principal from 1985-1991; at the Jesse L. Starkey Administration Building as a principal of special programs from 1991-1994; at the Jesse L. Starkey Administration Building as an adult education outreach specialist from 1994-1995; at the F.B. Gwynn Educational Center as a coordinator of alternative programs (Novel) from 1995-2002; at the former Radio Station Road Academy as a coordinator of alternative programs from 2002-2004; and at the Robert D. Stethem Educational Center as a principal from 2004-2013.

Muriel Werking — 44.5 years

Werking served in Charles County at T.C. Martin Elementary School as a speech therapist from 1968-1973; at Dr. Samuel A. Mudd Elementary School as a speech therapist from 1973-2012.

The Board of Education also honored retiring employees at a June 13 retirement ceremony. Honored were employees who have retired since June 30, 2012, and those who have already announced their retirements prior to the end of the school year. Retirees are listed below by name, last position held, location, and years of service.

  • Paula Batzer, environmental educational resource teacher, Nanjemoy Creek Environmental Education Center, 27;
  • Harriet Beck, science teacher, Westlake, 25;
  • Castello Bentley, secretary, Westlake, 10;
  • Andre Butler, building service manager, Westlake, 32;
  • Thelma Butler, food service manager, Ryon, 23.5;
  • Betty Canter, secretary in student services, Starkey, 15;
  • Berna Claspell, special education instructional assistant, McDonough, 25;
  • Laura Coffren, vice principal, Henson, 25;
  • Paula Collins, media specialist, McDonough, 33;
  • Patrick Cunniff, pupil personnel specialist, Starkey, 35;
  • Peggy Curtis, food service assistant manager, Radio Station Site-Building 101, 13.5;
  • Donna Dickson, special education teacher, McDonough, 31;
  • Vickie Falkler, mathematics teacher, Somers, 28;
  • Martha Forbes, media instructional assistant, Middleton, 23;
  • Lola Ganley, speech therapist, Gwynn, 26;
  • Karen Gesl, elementary teacher, Wade, 26;
  • Charles Gilbert, ROTC instructor, Lackey, 26;
  • Winona Gilmore, special education teacher, Mattawoman Middle School, 19;
  • Ronald Goldsmith, kitchen equipment technician, Radio Station Annex, 22.5;
  • Ann Green, special education instructional assistant, McDonough, 15;
  • Janice Hall, food service manager, Walter J. Mitchell Elementary School, 35.5;
  • Gerald Higdon, stockkeeper, Radio Station Annex, 29.5;
  • Anna Holland, instructional assistant, Somers, 11;
  • Carol Holland, instructional specialist non public, Starkey, 34;
  • Thomas Hutchinson, literacy instructional assistant, La Plata, 10.5;
  • George Irwin, Jr., technology education teacher, Hanson, 16;
  • Pamela Jacobs, attendance instructional assistant, McDonough, 26;
  • Kathleen Jenkins, high school resource teacher, Stone, 37.5;
  • Janice Johnson, physical education teacher, William A. Diggs Elementary School, 30;
  • Maria Jorgensen, food service worker, Stone, 19;
  • Barbara Kiider, food service worker, North Point High School, 13;
  • Marie LaPorte, kindergarten instructional assistant, Barnhart, 20;
  • Christine Latham, media specialist, Indian Head Elementary School, 34;
  • Beverly Lesko, reading instructional assistant, Mattawoman, 22;
  • Carletta Lyles, building service worker, Stone, 20.5;
  • Kathryn McGowan, kindergarten teacher, Eva Turner Elementary School, 34;
  • Diana Mohr, elementary teacher, Middleton, 32;
  • Karen Morford, special education teacher, McDonough, 39;
  • Barbara Morris, secretary to the principal, Middleton, 26.5;
  • Ellyn Peed, transportation system operator, Starkey, 26;
  • William Phipps, building service worker, Lackey, 6.5;
  • Angela Pierce, art teacher, Berry Elementary School, 29;
  • James Puffenbarger, painter, Radio Station Annex, 33.5;
  • Donna Ratti, executive assistant to the superintendent of schools, Starkey, 21;
  • Jane Richard, special education teacher, La Plata, 30;
  • Sharon Roberts, high school resource teacher, McDonough, 31.5;
  • Carol Russell, pupil personnel worker, Westlake, 32.5;
  • Charlotte Sampson, guidance secretary, Piccowaxen Middle School, 26;
  • Carole Schnitzler, elementary teacher, Turner , 35;
  • Diana Scott, social studies teacher, Mattawoman, 36;
  • Anita Shepard, instructional specialist, Mary H. Matula Elementary School, 36.5;
  • Janice Shifflett, food service worker, Somers, 12;
  • E. Diane Simmons, elementary teacher, Matula, 39;
  • Judith Simpson, social studies teacher, La Plata, 35;
  • Delma Smallwood, reading resource teacher, Mitchell, 35;
  • Melon Spriggs, special education instructional assistant, Malcolm Elementary School, 12.5;
  • Jacky Stauffer, elementary teacher, Parks, 35;
  • Linda Talley, elementary teacher, Ryon, 23;
  • Evelyn Thompson, literacy teacher, McDonough, 20;
  • Theresa Tipsword, special education teacher, McDonough, 37;
  • Betty Turner, reading instructional assistant, Smallwood, 6.5;
  • Carolyn Vaughn, vocal music teacher, Dr. Gustavus Brown Elementary School, 24;
  • Rosemary Venable, specialist of library media, Starkey, 32;
  • Linda Vougioukles, special education instructional assistant, Henson, 23;
  • Marjorie Watson, special education instructional assistant, Theodore G. Davis Middle School, 21; and
  • Cynthia Wilson, physical education teacher, Smallwood, 36.

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 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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