Twenty-five staff members from 16 MCPS schools received “Best and Brightest” awards from the NAACP Parents’ Council. They were chosen by parents and students for going above and beyond in their job responsibilities. This year’s honorees are:
Ashburton Elementary School
Sarah Segal, third grade teacher
Benjamin Banneker Middle School
Troy Horsley, content specialist
Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School
Christian Pope, special education paraeducator
Bel Pre Elementary School
Valerie White, prekindergarten teacher
James Hubert Blake High School
Sandra Zinkievich, teacher
Anita O’Neill, assistant principal
Dondrell Whitmore, security assistant
Sean Gibbons, teacher
Nicole Houchens, teacher
Marcus Wiggins, teacher
Jeannette Hayes, counselor
Brooke Lee Middle School
Rodrick Hobbs, assistant principal
A. Mario Loiderman Middle School
Maria E. Flores, teacher
Col. Zadok Magruder High School
Donald Wharton, teacher
North Bethesda Middle School
Nicole Morgan, assistant principal
North Chevy Chase Elementary School
Kimberly Sexton, teacher
Paint Branch High School
David Zaleski, teacher
Kayla Freeman, teacher
Richard Montgomery High School
Mark Brown, assistant principal
Damon Monteleone, principal
Roberto Clemente Middle School
Irene Brodsky, special education team leader
Shady Grove Middle School
Edwina Kollo, content specialist
Springbrook High School
Wyman Jones, instrumental music teacher
David Moore, teacher
Wheaton High School
Andrea M. Robertson, teacher
State Recognizes Roberto Clemente Special Education Teacher
Larry March, a special education teacher at Roberto Clemente Middle School, has been recognized as an Outstanding Educator in Gifted and Talented Education as a Teacher Leader for the state of Maryland. March teaches in the Gifted and Talented/Learning Disabled (GT/LD) program. He is well-regarded by his colleagues for his ability to make rigorous instruction accessible to all students. He is also dedicated to helping students outside the classroom with after-school academic support and advocacy, and also provides ongoing home-school communication with parents. March demonstrates leadership by supporting professional development in the field of gifted and talented education, specifically for twice-exceptional students.
Honoring Coaching Legend Bob Milloy
Bob Milloy, Maryland’s all-time winningest high school football coach who retired earlier this year, was honored by the Montgomery County Council on May 16. He served as the head coach at Walt Whitman, Springbrook and Sherwood high schools. He later spent 16 years as the head coach at Our Lady of Good Counsel High School in Olney. Milloy won more games (405 victories, 124 losses and 1 tie) than any other coach in Maryland history and is tied with the most state public school championships by a coach (eight).
People On the Move
The Board of Education made nine administrative appointments at board meetings on May 9 and May 22:
- Peter Cevenini, chief technology officer, Office of the Chief Technology Officer
- Christina N. Conolly, director, Division of Psychological Services
- Lawrence D. Chep, principal, Clopper Mill Elementary School
- Matthew D. Hawkins, principal, Viers Mill Elementary School
- Courtney M. Jones, principal, Cashell Elementary School
- Jae W. Lee, principal, Carderock Springs Elementary School
- Michaele O. Simmons, director, Investigations and Compliance
- Heidi L. Slatcoff, principal, Earle B. Wood Middle School
- Daniel K. Tucci, principal, Garrett Park Elementary School
Retirement celebrations are being held for:
Linda Gausseres, instrumental music teacher at Thurgood Marshall Elementary School (after 30 years with MCPS), and Jessica Stephens, ESOL teacher at Thurgood Marshall Elementary School (31 years). The celebration will be held at 6 p.m. on Friday, June 9, at Il Porto, 245 Muddy Branch Road in Gaithersburg. The cost is $35 for dinner and gift. Send payment to Thurgood Marshall ES, 12260 McDonald Chapel Dr., Gaithersburg, MD 20878. RSVP by June 5 to Janice Moulden.
Keith Jones, principal of Summit Hall Elementary School, after 39 years with MCPS. The celebration will be at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 15, at The Inn at Brookeville Farms, 19501 Georgia Avenue in Brookeville. The cost is $50 for buffet dinner and gift (cash bar will be available). Make checks payable to the Summit Hall Social Committee and send to Attn: Wendy Stauffer, 101 W. Deer Park Road, Gaithersburg, MD 20877. RSVP to Alison Leary or Wendy Stauffer by June 9.
Chris Richardson, associate superintendent of the Office of Special Education. The celebration will be from 5–8 p.m. on Thursday, June 29, at Norbeck Country Club, 17200 Cashell Road, Rockville. The cost is $35, which includes food and gift. Make checks payable to Linda Fragoso, and send to her in Room 220, 850 Hungerford Road, Rockville, MD 20850. RSVP by June 16 to Fragoso.
John Ricketts, property control specialist for Supply and Property Management. His retirement celebration will be held from 1:30–3 p.m. on Wednesday, June 14, in the media processing room at 570 N. Stonestreet Avenue in Rockville. Cake and beverages will be available. Gift donations may be sent to Frances Robertson at the Department of Materials Management.
Martha Wright, reading initiative teacher at Rosemary Hills Elementary School, after 44 years with MCPS. The retirement celebration will be held at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, May 31, at El Golfo Restaurant, 8739 Flower Avenue in Silver Spring. The cost is $30, which includes dinner, soft drinks/tea and gift. Send payment to Elizabeth Bernard or Lisa Harris at Rosemary Hills, 2111 Porter Road, Silver Spring, MD 20910. RSVP by May 26 to Harris or Bernard.
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