Several MCPS staff members were recently honored by the Maryland Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (MAHPERD).
Deb Berner, principal of Lakewood Elementary School, won the Distinguished Friend of SHAPE Maryland Award. This award is given for demonstrating a significant contribution through leadership, advocacy and support for health, physical education, recreation, dance and/or athletics; providing support for program expansion and improvement, and encouraging and supporting professional development for those areas.
Six MCPS teachers received Simon A. McNeely Awards for excellence in teaching health and physical education: Jeff Brink, P.E. teacher at Julius West Middle School; Jason Campbell, health and P.E. teacher at Walter Johnson High School; Erin Cathcart, adapted P.E. teacher at Montgomery Village Middle School; Cecilia Chivers, health and P.E. resource teacher at Paint Branch High School; Angela Sebring, P.E. teacher at Cannon Road Elementary School; and Joe Wiegner, content specialist at Forest Oak Middle School. The award is named for Simon McNeely, who was a special education teacher and longtime member of the President’s Council for Physical Fitness and the United States and International Olympic committees.
Ashburton Teacher Awarded National Fellowship
Melissa Ruben, third grade teacher at Ashburton Elementary School, has been awarded a national fellowship by the National Center for Learning Disabilities.
In its inaugural year, the Understood Teacher Fellowship program will support educators’ work to improve outcomes for students with learning and attention issues. The fellowship includes 14 K–12 classroom teachers who are dedicated to serving these students. During the year-long fellowship, these educators will become empowered to be change agents for these students and will deepen their knowledge of how to support all learners.
Understood was created by 15 nonprofit organizations in 2014 and is managed by the National Center for Learning Disabilities. In 2019, Understood will become its own organization.
County Executive Awards Honor Former Supervisor of Fine Arts
Linda Sato Adams, the former supervisor of fine arts who retired earlier this year, has been honored with the Education Award from the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County. She was one of the recipients of the 2018 County Executive’s Awards for Excellence in the Arts and Humanities, given during an Oct. 29 event. Established in 2002, these awards honor community leaders whose work in the cultural sector has made an impact in Montgomery County.
Board Makes Administrative Appointment
At its Oct. 29 business meeting, the Board of Education approved the following administrative appointment:
Lori-Christina Webb, Chief of Staff, Ombudsman, Montgomery County Board of Education
Brigail F. Alexander, bus operator with the Clarksburg Transportation Depot, died on Oct. 19. She was 55 years old and worked for MCPS for more than 15 years.
Steven Garfinkel, teacher at Albert Einstein High School, died on Sept. 24. He was 73 years old and had been with MCPS for 14 years.
Patti S. Harner-DiCarlantonio, special education bus attendant with the Clarksburg Transportation Depot, died on Sept. 9. She was 59 years old and had been with MCPS for 11 years.