August 6, 2013
The ESOL/Bilingual Advisory Committee (EBAC) has named its winners of Teacher and Principal of the Year awards.
Susan Miranda, an ESOL teacher at Westover Elementary School, has been honored as the ESOL Teacher of the Year for excellence in teaching English as a new language. Miranda was given the award by EBAC in a surprise June 3 presentation at the school. The award recognizes teachers who not only excel in teaching English as a new language, but also enable ESOL students to reach high levels of academic achievement throughout the instructional day.
Yolanda Stanislaus, principal at Galway Elementary School, was named ESOL Principal of the Year on June 5, also in a surprise announcement. This award recognizes principals who have been acknowledged by teachers as having a great impact on the academic success of ESOL students.
In other staff news, Rockville High School teacher Timothy Hibberd was named a Mentoring Excellence award winner by The Washington Post’s Young Journalists Development Program. The awards recognize significant achievements and contributions of Washington -area high school journalism students and advisors. The program provides year-round skills training workshops, seminars, scholarships and mentoring opportunities to high school journalists and advisers across the Washington area.
And, MCPS school psychologists Melissa Ruiz, Rachel Hunton, Kristen Schroeder, Allison Kane and Beth Gelfand participated in a session hosted by the Maryland School Psychology Association. They provided valuable information on data collection and progress monitoring. Their input was highly valued by the staff who came from across Maryland to learn more about comprehensive school psychological services. The information was also shared with all MCPS school psychologists during professional development training. Progress monitoring is a key to insuring student success in meeting academical, behavioral or social/emotional intervention goals.