Diana Garcia-Mejia, lead teacher for the vision preschool program at Brookhaven Elementary School, was given the Distinguished Educator of Blind Children Award by the National Federation of the Blind of Maryland. She was recognized for her effective teaching strategies that enable students to reach their full potential, her diligence in promoting Braille literacy and the skills of blindness, and her dedication to her students.
A 2013 Albert Einstein High School graduate, Garcia-Mejia was nominated by the parents of her students. She is in her second year of teaching. Outside of the Maryland School for the Blind, her classroom is the only classroom designed specifically for students with visual impairments in the state of Maryland.
She was given the honor during the group’s state convention Nov. 9-11 in Ocean City, Md. She was invited to address the parents of Blind Children Division of the National Federation of the Blind during its annual luncheon.
A retirement celebration is being held for Barbara Ahalt Roberts, position and salary administration specialist in the Salary Administration and Transactions Unit, from 2:30–4 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 29, in Café 45, 45 W. Gude Dr. in Rockville. She has been with MCPS for more than 21 years. There is a suggested donation of $20 for gift and food. RSVP to Sandra Ferris.
I would like to recognize my fellow ITSS colleague, Howard Kpakima. Howard assisted with Chromebook repairs at Key Middle School. Howard is a consummate professional and has a great attitude!
—Pia Morrison, IT Systems Specialist, Division of Technology Support
Brian Lightfoot, a building service worker at Ronald McNair Elementary School, died on Oct. 31. He was 56 years old and had been with MCPS for more than two years.