Rebecca Willis, school counselor at Glen Haven Elementary School, has been recognized as the 2018 Maryland School Counselor Association (MSCA) Elementary School Counselor of the Year. She was selected for her invaluable support and commitment through her understanding of individual needs, demonstration of leadership, collaborative relationships, equity building and data analysis. Willis is a passionate and dedicated advocate for the counseling profession and for her students. She fosters meaningful and collaborative relationships with staff, students, families and the community. Her desire for all to succeed is contagious and her mentorship is unparalleled. Willis was also recognized as the 2017 MCPS Elementary School Counselor of the Year.
Takoma Park Principal Wins Award for Supporting Arts Programs
Alicia Deeny, principal of Takoma Park Middle School, has received the Alvin and Louise Myerberg Arts Leadership Recognition Award. Principals are nominated from across the state of Maryland for their value and support of arts programs. Deeny was one of three principals (along with principals in Prince George’s and Howard counties) recognized for their support of and excellence in art programs. She received $500 to support arts programs at Takoma Park.
Deeny supports her arts programs by holding them to the same standards as all classes at the school. She supported and fully funded the recreation of a general/choral music program at her school in 2013, as well as the creation of theatre classes and a dance team in 2016. She encourages and allows her arts teachers to think beyond the basics and gives them autonomy to create modern, rigorous and engaging arts classes that include current technology and techniques, and she continues an eight-period day to allow all students to have the opportunity to take arts classes.
The award was given during the Arts Education in Maryland Schools’ Alliance awards luncheon and panel discussion on March 3, at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.
Retirement celebrations are being held for:
Maggie Ciotti, paraeducator at Harmony Hills Elementary School, after 33 years of service. The celebration will be held at 5 p.m. on Friday, May 11, at Argyle Country Club, 14600 Argyle Club Road in Silver Spring. The cost to attend is $40 for celebration, dinner and gift. Send payment to Paul Teixeira-Obaidy at Harmony Hills, 13407 Lydia St., Silver Spring, MD 20906. RSVP by April 18 to Teixeira-Obaidy.
Betty J. Collins, former director of the Department of Instructional Leadership, after 49 years of service. The celebration will be held from 6–9 p.m. on Friday, April 20, at Green Farm Maintenance Facility, 8301 Turkey Thicket Dr. in Gaithersburg. The cost is $40 for celebration, hors d’ouevres and gift. Make checks payable to Leslie Montenyohl, Carver Education Services Center, Room 259, by Wednesday, April 4.
Mary Jane Campbell, special education paraeducator at Northwood High School, died on Feb. 14. She had been with MCPS for more than 16 years. She was 70 years old.