Retirement celebrations are being held for:
Susan Shenk, principal at Travilah Elementary School, after 46 years of service to MCPS. Her celebration will be held at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, June 5 at Il Porto, 245 Muddy Branch Road in Gaithersburg. The cost is $45 for dinner and gift. Checks should be made payable to Travilah Elementary School and sent to the school at 13801 DuFief Mill Road, Gaithersburg, MD 20878, or pay online here. RSVP by May 24 to Patty Hairston at 240-470-4300.
Kathryn Esmay, instructional specialist in the Center for Skillful Teaching and Leading, after 39 years of service. Her celebration will be at 4 p.m. on Thursday, June 20, at Owen’s Ordinary, 11820 Trade St. in North Bethesda. The cost to attend is $20 for appetizers (cash bar). Send payment to John Jeffries, Center for Skillful Teaching and Leading, 283 Muddy Branch Road in Gaithersburg. RSVP by June 6 to Jeffries at 301-840-6740.
Board Makes Nine Administrative Appointments
The Board of Education approved the following administrative appointments at its May 14 business meeting:
- Brenda Lewis, Director, Department of Elementary Curriculum and Districtwide Programs
- Valeria B. da Silva, Supervisor, Learning Management Systems and Development, Office of the Chief Technology Officer
- Stacey A. Kopnitsky, Assistant Director, Department of Certification and Staffing, Office of Human Resources and Development
- Matthew R. McGoldrick, Supervisor, Systems Engineering and Integration, Office of the Chief Technology Officer
- Darshini S. Shah, Supervisor, Information Architecture and Data Systems Operations, Office of the Chief Technology Officer
- Nasser Zureick, Supervisor, Enterprise Resource Planning Program Management and Support, Office of the Chief Technology Officer
- Daman L. Harris, Principal, Wheaton Woods Elementary School
- Christina S. Lee, Principal, Fallsmead Elementary School
- Karin M. Wade, Principal, Travilah Elementary School
CCIC Presents at Annual Conference
On May 3, Michele Werlin, college and career information coordinator at Damascus High School, presented a workshop, How to Create an Inviting College and Career Center, at the Potomac & Chesapeake Association for College Admission Counseling Annual Conference (PCACAC). The conference was attended by several hundred counselors and college admission specialists from Washington, D.C., Maryland, Virginia, Delaware and West Virginia. Werlin discussed the importance of having up-to-date information on bulletin boards, creating an environment that supports all post-secondary choices, such as the military, trade schools and community college, and motivational posters encouraging students to do their best. Werlin has created an inviting and engaging career center through her bulletin boards, posters, college-spotlight series for parents and students, and weekly career presenters.
Elizabeth A. Bernard, reading specialist at Rosemary Hills Elementary School, died on May 1. She was 56 years old and had been with MCPS for more than 21 years.
Rickey Thompson, building service worker at Cresthaven Elementary School, died on May 7. He was 63 years old and had nearly 15 years of service with MCPS.