Jeanne McCormack, school psychologist at Fields Road Elementary School and Quince Orchard High School, has been named Maryland State Psychologist of the Year. The award is given by the Maryland School Psychologists’ Association (MSPA).
McCormack has served several schools during her six-year tenure with MCPS. She is praised for her dedication to the profession through assessment, consultation and intervention, including individual and group counseling. She often goes above and beyond to support the academic, social, physical and emotional well-bring of students. She offers an annual presentation to Quince Orchard parents, for instance, that focuses on topics of interest to them, including anxiety, ADHD, executive functioning and 504 plans. She also routinely develops BIP at a Glance plans, which document behavioral intervention plans so that teachers have a quick, easy-to-understand reference.
McCormack has also been a pioneer within the Montgomery County School Psychologists’ Association (MCSPA). She helped to strengthen existing subcommittees and helped create two new ones—Information Management, which developed and manages the MCSPA website, and Professional Relations, which solicits charitable donations for projects and events that raise mental health awareness. Last year, she developed the idea for a Mental Health Fair, which was a resounding success.
She has also organized and led several Professional Learning Communities for school psychologists who work with the high school population. She has mentored two newly hired school psychologists, and will work with a third this spring.
She will now go on to compete for the National School Psychologist of the Year Award, which will be given this summer.
Retirement celebrations are being held for:
A retirement celebration is being held for three employees at Eastern Middle School—Jeanette Simmons (18 years of service), reading teacher; Anneatha Reed-Williams (27 years), science teacher; and Yoly Bonnet (41 years), administrative secretary, at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, May 15, at McGinty’s Public House (upstairs), 911 Ellsworth Dr. in Silver Spring. The cost to attend is $20 and includes appetizers (cash bar). Send checks payable to Eastern Middle School, 300 Univeresity Blvd. East, Silver Spring, MD, 20901, c/o Wanda Mendoza by May 10. Contact Mendoza for more information.
A separate celebration will also be held for Yoly Bonnet from Eastern Middle School. That celebration will be held at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 23, at El Golfo Restaurant, 8739 Flower Avenue in Silver Spring. The cost to attend is $30 for dinner and gift. If you are unable to attend, send the amount of your choice to be added to the gift. Send payment to Jennefir Lamb, Eastern Middle School, 300 University Blvd. East, Silver Spring, MD, 20901. RSVP by May 17 to Lamb. Bring an 8.5 x 11 sheet for the memory book if you would like to add a page.
Cynthia McGlone, secondary program specialist, and Alan Sull, special education teacher, both at RICA, at 4:15 p.m. on Wednesday, June 5. McGlone has been with MCPS for 30 years; Sull for 23. Their celebration will be at RICA, 15000 Broschart Road in Rockville. The cost to attend is $40 for dinner (catered by Fontina Grill) and gift. Pay online here, or send cash or check to RICA, 15000 Broschart Road, Rockville, MD, 20850. RSVP to Lenore Gelman at 301-251-6941 by May 29.
Board Makes One Administrative Appointment
The Board of Education approved the following administrative appointment at its April 9 business meeting:
Jennifer L. Craft, Supervisor, Curriculum, English Language Arts and Secondary Literacy, Office of Curriculum and Instructional Programs
Tyrone A. Jones, plant equipment operator at Benjamin Banneker Middle School, died on April 8. He was 36 years old and had more than 12 years of service with MCPS.