The ESOL/Bilingual Advisory Committee (EBAC) has named its winners of Teacher and Principal of the Year awards.
The awards recognize teachers—one each at the elementary, middle and high school levels—and a principal who have demonstrated excellent teaching and leadership qualities in guiding students with limited English proficiency. The awards were established in 1987.
This year’s ESOL Teachers of the Year are: Hattie S. Yoo of Oak View and New Hampshire Estates elementary schools; Michelle Hunsberger of Gaithersburg Middle School; and Christopher Wilhelm of Northwood High School. The ESOL Principal of the Year is James Allrich of Argyle Middle School.
Brookhaven Speech Pathologist Honored for Service to Students, Colleagues
Joy Williams, a speech pathologist at Brookhaven Elementary School, received the Honors Award in recognition of her excellent service to students, as well as her support of colleagues as a mentor and trainer.
The award was presented by Pamela DeFosse, supervisor of Speech and Language Services, on June 6. She noted Williams’ leadership, excellence and generosity. Williams has been at Brookhaven for 13 years. She provides speech-language services to students in the Preschool Education Program (PEP). She has also provided numerous professional learning opportunities for other practitioners—speech pathologists, special educators and related service providers throughout MCPS. She has conducted workshops for PEP parents and been a trainer for Social Emotional Foundations of Early Learning (SEFEL), teaching Pre-K general and special education teachers. She has also supervised numerous graduate interns who subsequently came to work for MCPS; mentored many first year speech-language pathologists and served as Clinical Fellowship Supervisor.
Redland Middle School Celebrates Five Brides-to-Be
Redland Middle School celebrated five staff members who are getting married this summer. The school held a bridal shower on June 5 for Corinne Galanko, English teacher; Ashley Gingrich, chorus and band teacher; Erin Martin, special education teacher; Amanda Segrist, math teacher; and Jess Thomas, special education teacher. Cupcakes in the shape of a wedding dress were served; they were baked by former Redland student Blair Stout, who just graduated from High Point University. Three weddings are in late June; one is in July and one in August.
Congrats school testing coordinators! Yet another year of quality testing successfully completed because of your dedication to your students and your extra hard work. It has been our pleasure to support you along the way!
—Donna Blaney, supervisor, Testing and Reporting Unit
A huge thank you to everyone on the Editorial, Graphics & Publishing Services team! Their can-do attitude, excellent quality and service makes them tops in MCPS.
—Linda Adams, Partnerships Unit
Joyce L. Stuart, cafeteria worker at Gaithersburg High School, died on May 23. She was 77 years old and had more than 26 years of service to MCPS.