Jordan Springs Elementary School Kindergarten Teacher Summer Greene and School Counselor Terry Martin have helped my daughter a ton and she adores them. When my daughter first started kindergarten I was worried because she has a slight yelling (when upset) problem, but thanks to the teachers and counselors that helped her learn how to deal with those problems, she is pushing through and getting better!
Orchard View Elementary School Assistant Principal Alan Cline has been a wonderful addition to our school's administration. While new to his role and the school, he brings experience, dedication and innovation. Mr. Cline has not only embraced his first year as assistant principal, but has been a champion for teachers, students and families as we navigate our way through this first year of full-time, in-person learning during this turbulent time of the pandemic. Mr. Cline truly cares about the success of the students and aims to find ways to measure success and build confidence while supporting the teachers and staff. The care he has for the OVES community and the dedication to a job well done is truly appreciated and is creating a lasting impact.
On a daily basis, Dowell J. Howard Center Lead Alternative Education Teacher Christie Patton gets the best out of the students for whom she is responsible. I've watched her for several years explain to her students that life is a challenge. She also encourages them to never give up and tells them they can do better each day. The skill set she has with these students is amazing and is something that cannot be taught. You have to have the heart for it. Simply put, Mrs. Patton is the real deal.
Thank you to Greenwood Mill Elementary School First Grade Teacher Tricia Archer for being such a wonderful first grade teacher to my son! Many days he came home repeating kind words you said to him or proud to share that he served as an example of good behavior. You have done so much to build up his academics and confidence! We were so blessed to have you as his teacher!
James Wood Middle School Sixth Grade Math Teacher Krista Williams has provided numerous hands-on, dynamic learning opportunities for our team's learners this year. In particular, she took the time/effort to plan and implement a full morning of learning at the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley for our Bulldog Black team members - the first field trip that many of our students had taken since the pandemic struck over two years ago! Her efforts daily, as well as her planning for the MSV trip, have given our students many opportunities to apply their learning in creative and innovative ways. She is a wonderful teammate and colleague, and her efforts complement the skills and concepts that our other core teachers introduce. She is also very supportive of her fellow teammates.
James Wood Middle School Sixth Grade Social Studies Teacher Christa Summers works collaboratively with the other teachers on the Sixth Grade Black Team to deliver content and expand/enrich students' understanding of the connections between history and the other content areas. In particular, she has been instrumental in helping build students' writing skills. Ms. Summers continually asks her students to write with a purpose, and she provides targeted instruction to show students how to communicate effectively for a variety of reasons. As the English teacher of these students, I know that our students wouldn't be demonstrating the writing growth that I am seeing without her efforts.
James Wood Middle School Sixth Grade Math Teacher Justin Hose has been a wonderful mentor to all of our students. One group of students, in particular, has benefited from Mr. Hose's generous gift of his time. He often works with these students during his lunch period, sometimes helping them with math review, and other times providing a time and place to relax and connect through playing chess with him. These efforts have had a positive impact on our team's students. Mr. Hose's willingness to go above and beyond the regular classroom hours with his students has helped create a bond among our team's students/teachers, and it demonstrates to students that he genuinely cares about their success.
James Wood Middle School Seventh/Eighth Grade Science Teacher Lesley Patterson has done so much for students and staff to build morale and school pride, from the various "themed days," to creating a yearbook, to organizing a Student-Faculty Games Day, and finally....planning the Eighth Grade Dance. She has done it all! Every student at JWMS has benefited from her time/efforts, and her positive impact cannot be fully captured in words. Ms. Patterson has played a vital role in providing ALL of our JWMS students with opportunities to show their school spirit and make social connections during the school year. Her countless hours spent organizing and implementing school-wide events has made a huge positive impact on our building and the students/staff who work within it.
Aylor Middle School Eighth Grade Science Teacher Danielle Clingerman went above and beyond to ensure that my son was successful in her class. Each time a quiz or test was assigned, Mrs. Clingerman would personally send me an e-mail to let me know how to help him study. She frequently made study materials for us to use to study as well. We sincerely appreciated her efforts, but what I appreciated most was that she took the time to talk to my son and get to know him as a person.
Orchard View Elementary School Third Grade Teacher Kelly Brittin and Special Education Teacher Sarah Edmondson are amazing angels disguised as teachers. Third grade has been interesting for our son. He has faced in-class challenges head on, as well as dealt with medication changes to manage his epilepsy. I cannot say enough about how responsive and understanding both his teachers have been. In the fall, they notified us to the possibility that he might be having new seizures while at school. That prompted further testing and starting a new medication. They have kept me updated with behavior changes they saw after he started the new medication. They wrote letters to his neurologists and offered to fill out any observational paperwork related to the medication change. None of these actions are anywhere in their job description! They continuously keep me updated on his classroom progress and how he is doing with meeting his IEP goals. We couldn’t have asked for better angels and we will miss them both in 4th grade! Thank you for the tremendous amount of work you do every day, not only for my son, but all the kids who are lucky to be taught by you!
Indian Hollow Elementary School Special Instructional Assistant Brittney Hansen is amazing with the kiddos. She is so patient and kind. She is also a great staff member and a team player. Brittney has encouraged the staff at our school all year long with positive messages, random treats, and uplifting posters in the hallways. She has leant a listening ear to me many times when I needed it. She is such a thoughtful person who always strives to do right by everyone she meets, adults and students alike.
Indian Hollow Elementary School Special Education Teacher (Long-term Sub) Heather Kelly has been an awesome addition to our school. She works so well with the students and is so patient with them. She is a trustworthy individual that the kids can look up to. She truly cares about the students and strives to do her best every day. The students are lucky to have her around and I’m lucky to have her as a teammate.
James Wood Middle School Art Teacher Elizabeth Bange has been a continuous support, inspiration and mentor to my daughter. She has always looked forward to art class because of you!
James Wood Middle School Sixth Grade History Teacher Brittany Culp always responds to all my questions and concerns and has given us the support that we needed. She was the only teacher who returned messages or that I could reach out too and knew I would get a response. She’s organized and makes learning fun! Wouldn’t have made it through this year without her! My daughter enjoyed having her as a teacher!
Sherando High School Counselor Carmen Thompson is always quick to respond to my questions about graduation requirements or a change in class schedule. She has helped my family navigate dual enrollment possibilities to make sure that our students graduate high school with everything they need to be college ready.
Greenwood Mill Elementary School Third Grade Teacher Kayla Hopkins has made my daughter feel comfortable and has challenged her to learn new skills this year. My daughter was nervous to begin at a new school this year. She was welcomed to the building and has enjoyed her third grade year. She has learned and grown throughout the year and we are very happy about her attending Greenwood Mill.
Evendale Elementary School Fourth Grade Teacher Cathy Plumb has completely changed my son’s outlook on school. She is such a kind and nurturing teacher and genuinely cares about her students' successes. Up until this year, my 10 year old has not been the biggest fan of school, but that all changed when he started 4th grade; and I strongly believe that is because of his wonderful teacher. Mrs. Plumb has provided my son with a patient and kind environment that he thrives in, and we will be forever grateful for her.
My son has had a wonderful experience in independent living this year with James Wood High School Career and Technical Education Teacher Kristi Riggleman. He shares all the experience with us and even has started some cooking at home. It is so nice to see a high school student not only excited about learning, but able to apply skills in real life. Thank you for taking the time to get to know my son and encouraging him to try new things. It takes a special teacher to make learning fun and he has a lot of fun in your class.
Stonewall Elementary School Fourth Grade Teacher Cassie Bell puts her whole heart into everything she does! Her passion for teaching does not go unnoticed! My daughter has had an amazing fourth grade year. She has grown so much academically and personally thanks to her teacher, Mrs. Bell. My daughter is excited to go to school every day because Mrs. Bell makes learning so fun and engaging!
My daughter was very nervous for her first grade year. Shortly after starting the year, she was excited to attend school every day. Stonewall Elemenary School First Grade Teacher Carrie White made my daughter's year memorable and helped her to grow so much, both academically and personally. She is an amazing teacher and we are so lucky to have had her as our daughter's first grade teacher.
Armel Elementary School Third Grade Teacher Jamie Pasquale has been a shining light this entire school year. My daughter had a really tough year in second grade with the situation surrounding COVID and virtual learning. She started this year, third grade, below grade level in all subjects. Mrs. Pasquale is constantly encouraging her students to be the best they can be and pointing them towards the direction of success. Whatever academic concerns we've shared with Mrs. Pasquale, she's always willing to adapt and try new things to help her students succeed. My daughter has made an abundance of academic advancements this school year. I'm incredibly thankful for Mrs. Pasquale and the special education team for their efforts this year.
Armel Elementary School Fourth Grade Teacher Tiffeny Garcia has been a perfect match for our daughter this year! She has been thriving all year and we have Ms. Garcia to thank. Thank you for all of the effort you have put forth this year to make your classroom a safe and inviting home away from home for your students. Teaching is hard work! Well done!
I am thankful for Frederick County Middle School Counselor Mario Giamporacro. The transition to middle school can sometimes be difficult, however Mr. MG makes this easier for them. He sees potential in students that not everyone sees. He helps those sixth graders more than he realizes. He has helped my son more than I could ever thank him for. Thank you for everything you do for our kids.
I am thankful for Frederick County Middle School Principal Jerry Putt showing my son grace. You were always available and listened to my concerns and questions. You are what we need more of in leadership. Thank you. I look forward to my son's next few years.
The connection I built with Millbrook High School English Teacher Kristin Gilbert was one that I'll never forget. I had her for 10th grade English and I now have her for 12th grade English. When she found out I decided to graduate early, she pushed me harder than any other teacher and reminds me of how far I’ve come, each and every day. Senior year has been full of ups and downs, but she was the first one to check on me every morning and make sure I smiled at least once before leaving school for the day. She’s been my shoulder to cry on and listening ear and always has her arms open for a warm good morning hug. She always prioritizes her students’ mental health and does quarterly check-ins to make sure we’re all doing okay. She is also always open to new teaching ideas and wants our feedback on what learning style works best for us. She plans fun activities, so we can have the best experience while still learning what we need to, and she never fails to make every class something to look forward to. She is one of the teachers who’s influenced my future, and set a strong example of the type of teacher I want to be one day. She tries her best to create a special bond with each of her students and reminds us each and every day that we aren’t alone and she’s a safe place for anyone who needs to talk. I’m so thankful for the endless amount of “Never forget- you’re amazing” notes she’s written me, and all of the times she’s been the one who wiped my tears away and reminded me of how strong I am and that everything would be okay in the end. Not only does she care for her own students, but she supports and builds relationships with anyone she can. She works almost every ticket booth at every sporting event and always tells us how proud she is to be our teacher. Anyone who has had her as a teacher knows, she’s a special one and deserves all of the recognition in the world.
Orchard View Elementary School Third Grade Teacher Kelly Brittin has a love for her students that is beyond compare. Our son has truly come out of his shell this year thanks to the love and family atmosphere Mrs. Brittin has built in her classroom. She understands him as an individual student and goes above and beyond when it comes to communication. We love hearing about his successes and even funny little stories while in her care. We can’t thank her enough for the best year.
There is something being unnoticed at James Wood High School. Every morning, two teachers show up and prep their classrooms and then by around 7:00-7:15 a.m. they show up and help the cafeteria staff. They prep food, put away stock, refill the lines at breakfast, talk with the students, cover cafeteria duty and the list goes on and on. When the bell rings, they tell us to have a great day and they go teach. When lunches start and it’s their lunch time, they always check with us first and if we need help they jump right in. During COVID they volunteered their time and worked with the cafeteria staff every day for all those months. This is not a duty they are assigned to do. They did it because we needed help this year because we were understaffed. When we became fully staffed, they stayed. Our staff has had a hard year and they really helped us through. In the beginning, I said something was being unnoticed at JW. That is because they never wanted anyone to notice. So please notice James Wood High School Math Teacher Brian Sullivan and Art Teacher Richard Moore. Thank you both for everything.
Millbrook High School Band Teacher Jamie Tucker has made high school fun and educational for my children. High school band provides a safe space for many students. Mr. Tucker makes participation in band fun and educational. He has built a family atmosphere that accepts all students at any level. He’s passionate and works hard to make the program the best it can be.
Our daughter has had an amazing year, all thanks to Middletown Elementary School First Grade Teacher Elizabeth Nail and the school staff. Mrs. Nail has challenged our daughter this year, pushing her to learn more and be the best she can be! She fosters an environment that supports students in their education and helps them learn to be responsible and motivated! We are so grateful for Mrs. Nail and all she has done for not only our daughter, but all of her students this year! Middletown is blessed to have such amazing teachers!
Middletown Elementary School Kindergarten Teacher Melissa Barb is a blessing to our children and definitely a teacher our family will remember forever! We have had the pleasure of having Mrs. Barb as our oldest daughter's 1st grade teacher three years ago and now our younger daughter's teacher this year! The way she cares about her students shows in the smiles on our daughter's face when she comes home excited to tell us about all the stuff she learned. Mrs. Barb teaches in a fun and engaging way that kids will remember and enjoy! She also takes the time to stay connected with us at home so we know how our daughter is doing! Thank you, Mrs. Barb, for all you have done to help our girls grow! We love you!
Orchard View Elementary School Kindergarten Teacher Ashley Shiflett is a kind, caring and warm-hearted person. My son attends her kindergarten class this year and I have seen such a great improvement with him. We've had some rough bumps with his behavior but we worked as a team and I have seen a big improvement in him. He started kindergarten not knowing fluent English and very low academically for his age. I will always be thankful because he loves attending school every day because Miss Shiflett makes such a great environment. Miss Shiflet does not point out the bad in him but the great and how we can improve. I admire her dedication because it's hard taking care of other kids while you have to concentrate on the one with behavioral issues. Again I will always be thankful for starting a great year that has such an impact in my son's life. God bless you always!
Middletown Elementary School First Grade Teacher Meghan Gore was a perfect introduction to in-person learning and made my son's transition from virtual Kindergarten easy and seamless. He was able to make plenty of new friends after beginning his elementary years in online learning.
James Wood High School Special Education Teacher Amanda Feaster is the best team-teacher. I am so grateful for her input in my classes and how amazing she is with her kids that need extra services. She goes above and beyond for her students and is so loved for that.
I want to thank Orchard View Elementary School ESL Teacher Katelyn Troupe for her dedication and hard work with ESL students. My son attends her ESL class twice a week and loves it. He always looks forward to Tuesdays and Thursdays when he has ESL because he enjoys it so much. Miss Troupe is caring and kind. He loves her so much. I know starting school with not being fluent in English is difficult. I have seen such a great improvement academically in reading and speaking fluent English in such a short time. I personally have gone through ESL in elementary school and let me tell you it really impacts your life because ESL teachers help you understand and help you pronounce words every time no matter how many times we mispronounce them and they don't judge you that English is not your first language. I am so thankful for all ESL teachers. Again, thank you Miss Troupe!
James Wood High School Social Studies Teacher Stewart Belkin is going to leave behind a legacy that will be difficult to follow once he retires. However, it is something that current and future teachers should aspire to emulate. As a Sociology teacher, he leads discussions on various topics without trying to impose his views or opinions on the students. In the current societal climate we live in, this is a skill that needs to be taught to all teachers regardless of the subject they teach. Mr. Belkin has made the class interesting and our son is excited each time it is in his day. Our son knows he isn't going to be indoctrinated or pressured to change his opinions even after all the discussion has happened. It has also allowed us as a family to further the discussions from the classroom at home at the evening dinner table. A huge thank you to Mr. Belkin for being an outstanding teacher and having a career that is hero worthy. Our son will forever be changed in a positive way for being in your class.
Bass-Hoover Elementary School First Grade Teacher Christine Cline has been wonderful with her students during this very difficult year. She was given a group of 1st graders who are all over the map, as far as academic and social level, following a very strange hybrid kindergarten experience. I am so impressed with her creativity and her ability to reach all the students during a crazy "reset" year. Thank you, Ms. Cline!
Orchard View Elementary School Principal Rachel Rinker always has a smile on her face and makes the kids feel happy and special. She's there early in the morning, late at night, and does everything she can for her teachers, staff and students. I could tell from the first moment that I met her that I knew my kids would be supported and loved. She listens to our concerns, talks about solutions and always follows through. We are so happy to have her as our principal.
We would like to thank Evendale Elementary School Second Grade Teacher Kelley Salvati. Our son was in kindergarten when COVID began, and his feelings towards school abruptly shifted. He was left with a lot of anxiety and negative associations with school. First grade during the 2020-21 school year was also very hard. He would fight us on going to school, cry, and had a lot of fear provoked with COVID. Starting off second grade, our son still did not want to go to school and every day we would have to motivate him to go and have fun. Then, a few weeks into this school year we noticed him excited to get ready for school, smiling as he got off the bus, and chatting the family up about what he did in class that day. He started telling us how much he loved his teacher (Ms. Salvati) and how kind she was. Really at this point, students just need to feel safe and loved... and Ms. Salvati was clearly providing that environment. Over time his attitude towards school drastically shifted back to where he was when he first entered Evendale at 5 years old. He jumps out of bed excited for his day, he's made tons of friends, loves his teacher, and is excited for activities the second grade team has planned throughout the year. We are so thankful for Ms. Salvati!
For the last 8 years Redbud Run Elementary School Counselor Rachael Mendez has guided not one but two of my daughters through some dark times in each of their lives and I could not have gotten either one of them to were they are now without her!
Frederick County Middle School Nurse Fransha Dayo met student injuries, illness or needs with effective intervention and allowed them appropriate support via her office and services to ensure care. She helped students be and feel safe and supported in their school day and communicated needs or contact to families promptly and efficiently.
My daughter was very nervous to go to second grade this year. Redbud Run Elementary School Second Grade Teacher Angie Gray, Special Education Teacher Donna Stout and Special Instructional Assistant Sharon Whitacre have made such a welcoming atmosphere in the classroom where she has been comfortable enough to be her true self. These wonderful teachers have supported her throughout this school year. They have helped to build her confidence in reading and celebrated her successes with her. I could not have survived this school year without these wonderful teachers and I am so glad that my daughter has been able to learn and grow with them. She now looks forward to going to school every day and loves to come home and tell me all about her class and teachers. They are amazing teachers who truly care about their students and making sure that they are comfortable enough to be successful.
Greenwood Mill Elementary School First Grade Teacher Renae Kuhn goes above and beyond for her students. She is positively enthusiastic. Shas been a wonderful, positive teacher this year! She has encouraged her students to learn many new concepts and challenges them to do their best. Our daughter is reading! It's awesome to see.
Millbrook High School Coordinator of Student Activities Scott Mankins is a true leader for these kids. He acknowledges success and failure in a way that demonstrates love and compassion! He has helped my daughter recognize her potential in this world! Thank you so much.
Admiral Richard E. Byrd Middle School Assistant Principal Bret Clovis has been working with my son throughout the year with issues he was having. He took the time to listen and act if needed and was good at communicating with me in the process. Thank you.
Indian Hollow Elementary School Kindergarten Teacher Julie Kimmick has gone above and beyond for our daughter (and every student that has been blessed to have you) with all the books you have sent home for her reading log, the manipulatives for her Heart words, and so many other resources. I have watched her grow in so so many ways and you are the reason for that.
There is no doubt that Middletown Elementary School Kindergarten Teacher Melissa Barb has a passion and love for her students. Starting school can be so scary for parents and kids alike. After meeting and partnering with all of the wonderful staff at Middletown Elementary, the whole family was much more comfortable with our son starting kindergarten. He started school with a willingness to learn, but being in Ms. Barb's class seemed to spark a love for learning and school. We are amazed at the daily changes and skills acquired through thus first year of school. Our son has absolutely thrived in her class. Her communication with parents is phenomenal and we truly feel like partners in his education. Thank you, Ms. Barb, for who you are as a person and as a teacher!
I want to thank Dowell J. Howard Center Automotive Tech Teacher Adam Pullis for what and how he teaches Auto Tech I at DJH because it has certainly reached our son. Mr. Pullis has truly inspired our son this year in his Auto Tech I class. Our son comes to me every day to let me know what was done during his class. I appreciate that Mr. Pullis is teaching our son practical skills that will serve him well in the future. Our son was a bit uncertain about what things would be like in this class and at DJH but has truly enjoyed his time in Mr. Pullis' class this year. It has inspired him to think about career possibilities in the mechanical field.
Redbud Run Elementary School Kindergarten Teacher Kayln Corron made our daughter's first year in public school go great. Our daughter comes home every day excited to tell us about her day and all the things her class accomplished. Thank you, Mrs. Corron, for ensuring out daughter had a great kindergarten experience and further her love for going to school!
Admiral Richard E. Byrd Middle School Computer Science Teacher Kelly Hicks was working with my son throughout the year and assisting by listening and building his confidence. Meeting with her gave him a much needed break each day. I appreciate the support she has given my son. Thank you.
My son is in Indian Hollow Elementary School Kindergarten Teacher Julie Kimmick's class. I have the privilege of working at this school, so I am a lucky parent that gets to see just how phenomenal she is on a daily basis. I could not ask for a better teacher for my son. She is kind and generous. She isn't afraid to take time to be silly and have fun with our youngest learners. Her instruction is solid and my son has learned so much this year! He is shy, and she makes him feel comfortable, loved, and safe to be himself. Thank you, Miss Kimmick, for giving your heart to each of your students every day!
Orchard View Elementary School ESL Teacher Katelyn Troupe is amazing on making English as a second language students feel welcomes, loved, and successful during the times she is with them. She recently got a new student whose English was very low. She is always supporting that student and helping her to improve her understanding and encouraging her to speak in English. She goes above and beyond to help and support language acquisition for her students, engaging them in mindful lessons that offer real life experience to them!
I want to thank all of the teachers and coaches that have participated in the LETRS professional learning this year. It is a big commitment during a stressful time for staff, but it is making a huge difference in literacy instruction for our students!
Evendale Elementary School Special Instructional Assistant Kathleen Campbell is such a kind hearted person to us and our son. It really means a lot as a parent. I know that every time drop him off at school that he will be well taken care of just like I do as a mother.
I want to thank Evendale Elementary School Kindergarten Teacher Gina Carty for creating such a warm, fun, and enjoyable learning experience for my daughter each day. She has so many creative and fun ways to get the students involved and learning in her daily activities. As an elementary educator myself, I know the importance of creating a fun learning environment for students, and Mrs. Carty does that to a whole new, and wonderful level! My daughter tells me how much she loves going to school each day and how much she thinks Mrs. Carty is just a rockstar teacher! Teachers do not get enough credit for the everyday planning and work it takes to create such a wonderful learning envirnoment. I want Mrs. Carty to know how much we appreciate her!
I would like to thank Evendale Elementary School Special Education Teacher Elizabeth Sager for everything she does. There is so much I could say. You are amazing, kind, loving and have such a big heart!
We would like to thank Redbud Run Elementary Kindergarten Teacher Tina Bendure, Nurse Jeanette Kluckowski and Principal Joseph Strong. Making the decision to send our daughter to kindergarten this fall was nerve wracking. We wrestled with the fact that she had been home with us for the better part of two years, that she had missed the preschool program that would have prepared her and COVID procedures would be so much a part of her first year of school. We sent her hoping that we had made the right decision as her parents. We quickly realized that we had made the best decision! The entire staff at Redbud made our daughter feel safe and loved. A few (now hilarious) mishaps had her meeting the nurse and the principal early on, these are now two of her favorite people! Above all else though, to see my daughter have a teacher who takes the time to get to know her students and what will make them successful in their learning has been the highlight of of our year. Mrs. Bendure values each child in her class. She has taken the time to help our daughter find success and self confidence. Our daughter'slove for learning has bloomed under the care of Mrs. Bendure. We are forever grateful.
We would like to thank Gainesboro Elementary School Special Education Teacher Kathleen Franceschi, Special Instructional Assistant Amanda Skinner, Speech Therapist Sarah Kahle, Kindergarten Teacher Ashley Staley, Special Instructional Assistant Melissa LaFolette and Occupational Therapist Amanda Gibbs. Our son has learned and developed so much this school year. Everything has improved- his speech is so much clearer, he is writing his name, he is reading and retaining sight words, and he is learning to use the potty. These are all huge successes for a special needs child and it is due to the tireless efforts of his wonderful team of educators! Thank you from the bottom of our hearts!!
The outstanding efforts in the classroom of Indian Hollow Elementary School Second Grade Teacher Heather Cammer have made a significant impact on my daughter not only educationally but socially and emotionally as well. Her efforts go above and beyond and we will be forever grateful! My daughter has reached grade level in reading after struggling and has raised her math skills significantly due to the amazing work of her teacher.
Thank you to the Armel Elementary School teachers, office staff , school nurse and all the school staff for everything you do.
Evendale Elementary School Third Grade Teacher Theresa Montgomery is such a wonderful teacher! My son was new to the county/school this year and didn't know anybody in his class or school. My son has enjoyed every day in class this year because of all the behind the scenes planning and work to make her class as amazing and inviting as it is! As an elementary educator myself, I realize the importance of creating a learning environment where students love coming to school, and that is what she has created this year. Mrs. Montgomery is an outstanding educator and I'm so happy that my son was a student in her class this year!
Gainesboro Elementary School Special Education Teacher Kathleen Franceschi knows our son is capable and she pushes him to do more. She doesn’t allow him to get away with things. She has high expectations for him and makes it clear what she wants him to do. It is amazing the way he listens to, loves and respects her.
Northwestern Regional Educational Programs Early Childhood Special Education Teacher Ellen Dalton has been with my daughter for 2 years. We see such a difference in her it's too much to explain. Ms. Dalton is a loving, caring and dedicated teacher! We are so happy that our daughter was able to spend her NREP years with her. Our daughter went from being nonverbal to being able to ask and answer simple questions, follow simple tasks and even being able to write her name. She first came into NREP not wanting to be around anyone and now she is more adult and kid friendly and more willing to socialize with people around her. We couldn’t be more thankful for Ms. Dalton!
Thanks to Jordan Springs Elementary School First Grade Teacher Billie Semler, my daughter's first grade year has been so much better than her kindergarten year. Mrs. Semler truly shows compassion, kindness and support to her students. She also sends daily updates and even pictures through the Seesaw app keeping parents up to date! She, along with the Speech teacher, has helped our daughter overcome some of her speech delays as well as her social skills. She has gone from waking up not wanting to go to school last year to grabbing her stuff and excited to go this year. Mrs. Semler has also encouraged the students to learn to spell and read. Our daughter has built confidence and her list of friends has grown to the point that everyone says hi to her when we go to the neighborhood playground! I only hope my upcoming kindergartner gets the opportunity to have Mrs. Semler as her teacher!
Northwestern Regional Educational Programs Speech Therapist Christine Roberts was my daughter's speech teacher. She went from pointing at PECS and dragging us to what she wanted to asking for everything she wants. She sings her favorite songs and talks all day. She has been recently saying Mommy and Daddy when she wants our attention and it is just an amazing feeling to hear your child speak to you. I appreciate everything you have done for our child. Thank you!
Jordan Springs Elementary School Literacy Coach Kelsey Wendel is always so pleasant and positive. She definitely is a great role model for children. My daughter will be going to middle school next year, I will miss seeing her and chatting with her next school year. Keep up the great work!
Thank you to Jordan Springs Elementary School office staff and Bus Driver Lisa Riggleman (Bus #87). My daughter is in kindergarten and we had our first scare when she didn't get off at her bus stop but stayed on the bus talking with a friend. I immediately called the school and the office and driver were very quick to assure me she was still on the bus and that they would bring her back. That situation could have been much worse if the driver didn't pay attention or didn't know my daughter personally and where she should have gotten off. They were able to reassure me in a very panicked situation and bring my daughter home safely. I felt this response was very fast and the office even stayed on the phone with me until she was back. Thank you so much for this!
Thank you to Gainesboro Elementary School Kindergarten Teachers Kimberly VonFange and Kristen Reynolds and Second Grade Teacher Caitlin Walkup. Making it through Kindergarten with my twins! I couldn't have done it without you! The kids look up to each of you and I am sure they will never forget their very first year of school and all of the fun things that you have taught and shared with each of them! Mrs. Von Fange- Where do I begin? I know my daughter is a very challenging student! She is the light of my world and you have taken her and shaped her foundation for the education she will build on for years to come! Thank you for not giving up on her!! I know the first semester was very very rough and we had some concerns, but as an almost 1st grader she excels in school because of you!! Mrs. Reynolds- I know from the beginning we were leery about whether the twins were going to do well away from each other. Well you were right! We gave him so much time! He is now such an independent little man! Thanks to YOU! He has become so interested in learning because of everything you have taught him and showed him that it can be fun to learn! He always has an exciting story for the day when he comes home! He is such a sweet soul and his heart is so big! I know you will always hold a special place in it! Thank you for molding him into a model student and person! Mrs. Walkup!!!! WOW!!! WOW!!! We have almost made it through the year! This has been a much better year! There have not been so many changes and he can be in the classroom learning! Thank you for being patient! Thank you for being caring and taking our son under your wing in the classroom as if he was your own child! I always say your his mom at school! And you have done a fantastic job! I could not have asked for a better school year for any of them! Yes there have been some challenges but you never backed down and kept pushing because you believe in my children as much as I do! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!!!!! You have contributed to making my children better students! Giving them tools and fundamentals to build from for the rest of their lives!!!
I would like to thank the entire staff at Gainesboro Elementary School. This has been one of the hardest years for me. I have been filling in as School Nutrition Services Manager at several schools even with these being my retirement years. I met several super students and staff. Jennifer and Pam brought me back to my Eagles Nest for the remainder of the year. Gainesboro is my family. Everyone is super!
I wanted to make FCPS aware of the excellent teachers we have here at Jordan Springs. I had the opportunity to assist Jordan Springs Elementary School Music Teacher Katharyn Addington with a rehearsal and saw some magic in action. Ms. Addington has done an excellent job with the choral department and should be recognized for the growth and development of the students under her tutelage.
Middletown Elementary School Second Grade Teacher Brittany Crabtree made sure our son was comfortable at his new school. We moved to Middletown at the beginning of the school year and our son went into the 2nd grade. He did not know anyone at this school. He seemed to fit right in with his classmates and the school as a whole. We found out he started the year reading below his grade level and it was still an issue halfway through. Mrs. Crabtree worked hard with our son to make sure he was getting all the resources he needed to succeed! He is now reading above his grade level and the excitement on his face telling me about it was priceless! She has been an amazing teacher and all children are lucky to have her! She has kept me informed of any issues or concerns!!
Orchard View Elementary School Third Grade Teacher Mary Raabe engages my child in her learning to the point that my daughter comes home every day excited about learning new concepts and singing the songs that Ms. Raabe has used to teach the lesson resulting in the whole family singing the song for many days after. Thank you, Ms. Raabe, for encouraging my child and seeing her full potential as a student. You made her feel smart, capable, loved, special and unstoppable in your class. You are just the kind of teacher every child deserves!
Apple Pie Ridge Elementary School Third Grade Teacher Jennifer Jones has gone above and beyond to help my son this year in the third grade. Although we have had several “challenges” this year, she has remained a powerful and positive advocate for him. And I also can’t thank her enough for keeping us in the loop as far as his schoolwork and behaviors. Mrs. Jones - thank you so much for everything you’ve done for us this year.
Orchard View Elementary School Third Grade Teacher Kelly Brittin is a compassionate, hardworking, empathic role model. She is a great communicator and educator. She takes pride in her work and is patient beyond words. Not only are the students lucky to have her, so are the parents. I wish I could keep you as my child's teacher all throughout her schooling. Thanks for all you do, it doesn't go unnoticed. You are appreciated!
Middletown Elementary School First Grade Teacher (Long-term Sub) Ashlee Keeler has been a great advocate for my daughter. Thanks for helping my girl get through this year and always being supportive of all my crazy ideas and always keeping her on task.
Middletown Elementary School Special Education Teacher Joshua Must is kind and understanding and is a great teacher for my daughter.
I would like to thank Greenwood Mill Elementary School Fourth Grade Special Education Teacher Kimberly Ball for supporting my child with high expectations, but also care and compassion. Your support has helped him grow, mature, and find confidence within himself. This school year, my son went from being a reluctant writer to writing a book in his free time with a friend, thanks to the help, love, and support of his teacher, Ms. Ball.
My son absolutely loves Middletown Elementary School Second Grade Teacher Kalley LeHew. He respects her and has learned so much from her. When asked, he will say she has been his favorite teacher so far and he has learned the most working with her this school year. Even when he struggled a little with telling time and recognizing money she went above and beyond to help him and we are both extremely grateful and thankful for her instruction and patience. In addition to all of this, whenever I sent a message, she was always extremely responsive and helpful. She is a wonderful asset to Middletown! I wish he had her again next year!
I would like to thank Apple Pie Ridge Elementary School Third Grade Teacher Jennifer Jones for all the dedication and love she has shown my daughter.
Orchard View Elementary School Second Grade Teacher Amanda Emmons has gone above and beyond in helping my son. He experienced a sudden and intense bout of school-related anxiety this spring. Thanks to the heroic efforts of Ms. Emmons, he has returned to school and is thriving in her classroom. She has exhibited super-human compassion and professionalism while helping him to succeed both academically and emotionally. The world is a better place because she is in it. I am so incredibly thankful for her.
I would like to thank Orchard View Elementary School Counselor Paige Haecker for being a fierce advocate for my son while he battled anxiety and for finding a way to push him to safely take risks while also allowing him to stay in his comfort zone. My son experienced a sudden and intense bout of school-related anxiety during this spring and was unable to spend a full day in school for almost a month. Due to the heroic efforts of Ms. Haecker, he has returned to school on a regular basis and is working through his anxiety. In all my interactions with Ms. Haecker, she has shown professionalism, compassion and selfless grace while helping my son navigate his anxiety at school. Orchard View is incredibly fortunate to have a counselor like Ms. Haecker. The world is a better place because she is in it. I am incredibly thankful for all her efforts on my son's behalf.
James Wood Middle School Sixth Grade Science Teacher Megan Reilly made science and learning interesting and fun. My child was always excited to go to her class and share what he had learned.
I would like to thank Armel Elementary School Kindergarten Teacher Jennifer Stinnette for being an amazing teacher to our son during his first year of school. As a teacher myself, I know how difficult and heart-wrenching at times, this school year has been. You have made kindergarten fun! You have challenged him and instilled in him a love of learning. You have created a little, precious community of learners in your classroom that learn together and grow together - a community of friends. Teachers are amazing! But you go above and beyond for your students and make sacrifices in your own personal life that I'm sure not many even know about or consider. The impact you have had on his life is one that will last a lifetime. You are a blessing and are appreciated more than you know!
Middletown Elementary School First Grade Teacher (Long-term Sub) Ashlee Keeler is a conscientious, empathetic and compassionate teacher. She is a tremendous role model and strong advocate for her students. She consistently goes above and beyond to develop healthy, positive relationships with the parents and the students. She is an excellent communicator and so genuine. I can't say enough about what a positive influence she has been in our lives. We are so grateful for everything she has done.
Sherando High School Math Teacher Dawn Arnoldy got my kids back to where they needed to be after the pandemic. Thank you so much!
I would like to thank Apple Pie Ridge Elementary School Kindergarten Teacher Haley Carter and Instructional Assistant Janet Jenkins. Our son’s kindergarten class had three different teachers for the school year. We were so apprehensive about how the children would handle the transitions between instructors. The school kept us up to date on the changes, and a year that could have been full of turmoil went very smoothly. Mrs. Jenkins provided continuity and stability through the year and Ms. Carter did an amazing job once when she was hired. It can’t be easy to take over a classroom once the year has already begun! We want to thank them both.
I am forever grateful for Indian Hollow Elementary School Kindergarten Teachers Frances Barry and Julie Kimmick. My 6 year old twins have learned SO much in kindergarten I’m just unbelievably amazed!
Orchard View Elementary School Kindergarten Teacher Tiffany Brosig has made my daughter's first year of school a wonderful experience! We appreciate the enthusiasm and fun learning experiences she brings to the classroom. She's also very good about communicating what the students are learning, and she responds quickly to questions or concerns.
I would like to thank Armel Elementary School Second Grade Teacher Kayla Poe. With all of the controversy, challenges and obstacles teachers are facing this year she has persevered and made our son's year successful. She has fostered his love of reading and challenged him throughout the school year. He loves school and looks forward to going each day. Mrs. Poe has created a classroom community of friends who have learned and grown together this year. We are so thankful for the personal sacrifices that Mrs. Poe makes, that are no doubt unnoticed by many, to make her students successful. Thank you for your dedication Mrs. Poe! You are an inspiration.
Sherando High School Band Director Joel Cosner always goes above and beyond for his students and the Sherando bands as a whole. He loves those kids and is a good mentor and example for them. He teaches them to strive for excellence and not just do the minimum.
I would like to recognize Sherando High School Science Teacher Tyler Bowman. He is taking summer classes so that he will be able to provide more AP Physics classes for his students.
Sherando High School English Teacher Mary Adams-Legge is an old school teacher who teaches grammar and expects her students to read and write critically. Her retirement will be a loss to Sherando.
Middletown Elementary School Third Grade Teacher Maria Kelly is the most amazing, kind hearted, generous, sweetest teacher ever. Mrs. Kelly has made my daughter's school year a blast. They have such a connection. I want to say thank you to Mrs. Kelly for being that bright person to make my daughter's day. Being that role model and encouraging her so she can be independent. You are one special person and teacher. I will always be grateful for you.
Millbrook High School English Teacher Jenny Russell was really there for me when my life was taking a turn for the worst. I was really depressed and she helped me through it all. I did not feel like I was alone cause I knew if I truly needed to talk that she was there for me. I never show my feelings to anyone but she made me comfortable enough to show my feelings to her. She really helped me and I will forever be thankful. I was in a bad spot and she helped me out. She is one of the best teachers ever and I am so thankful to have her this year. Her class is one of the only classes I look forward too and she is a great teacher.
James Wood High School English Teacher Amelia Snapp has gone above and beyond mentoring my daughter. Ms. Snapp worked with her on her final GIS project involving writing and poetry. The care, guidance, and relationship building that Ms. Snapp has provided to my daughter is remarkable. I am incredibly grateful. All teenagers need a positive role model in their lives who sends the messages "you matter," "you are enough," and "I believe in you." Ms. Snapp has been this individual for my daughter and I am so thankful. She has taught her about writing, poetry, planning, critical thinking, and what it looks like to go the extra mile to do good for others. The value of a teacher who CARES about their students and takes the time to build relationships is golden. Thank you Ms. Snapp!
I would like to thank the entire staff at Middletown Elementary School. My child is a 5th grader at Middletown, and from the moment she took her assessment test for Kindergarten the entire staff has been SO amazing. Mrs. Rhoani, Mrs. Chapman, Mrs. Walther, Mrs. Waterman, Mrs. Callis, Mrs. German, the resource teachers, the nurses and the office staff are all excellent. Her teachers still remember her (and me) by name when they see us (and hopefully not in a bad way!) I've not had one moment when I was frustrated at all. And through the whole COVID thing, the teachers were incredible and the school even had online "field trips" and after-hours activities to try to keep kids engaged. I was so impressed with how well they managed everything. I cannot say enough wonderful things about Middletown. We've been so blessed to be part of the MES Family; I hate that we have to leave for Aylor. We'll always be Mustangs! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!
Indian Hollow Elementary School Kindergarten Teacher Jackie Loyd has worked with my son with numbers and words and I can't believe how much he has learned since he started school this year.
Millbrook High School Science Teacher Roger Copenhaver always helps us understand the material, but he also makes chemistry fun and enjoyable. He always goes the extra mile to mentor students to do their best and be their best, like with the Science Fair. He helped all of us who wanted to participate. He made sure we had the right equipment and supplies. He took safety very seriously. He made sure that our research efforts would be accurate, valid, and reliable, so our results would matter. He has a really great way of training students to do experiments the right way. He even has the great Mole Bridge method that makes mole conversions easier and less stressful.
I would like to thank Indian Hollow Elementary School Kindergarten Teacher Julie Kimmick. Having such a wonderful teacher has started our daughter off on the best first steps in her education. Her first year of school has been fantastic and she is so excited to come to school every day and learn new things.
James Wood High School Counselor Allison Seabright has been a safe haven for my daughter at school and has been so supportive. I can't image what school would have been like for her without her this year.
I would like to thank everyone at Indian Hollow Elementary School that has helped my son (you all know who you are). My son has struggled a lot this past year but the whole staff has gone above and beyond to help him and to do what they all can to support him and help thrive. It has been a hard journey but they all never gave up. We all are on the same page to do the best we can for him and It means the world to us. I appreciate it more then I can ever express.
Stonewall Elementary School Kindergarten Teacher Lori Frye is a wonderful teacher who my child loves so much she sometimes calls me Ms. Frye at home. Before she started school my daughter did not know how to read or write. But now she spells and sounds out words and tells me about her day at school. She gets so excited explaining what she learned that day. We walk by signs and she spells them out and points out some words she knows. I love it.
I would like to thank Millbrook High School English Teacher Azlee Skyles. My son really enjoys her class. He said that she tries to relate to her students and is interested in what is happening in her students' lives. It is obvious that Ms. Skyles cares about her students. Thank you for making my son's time with you productive and welcoming!
I would like to thank Indian Hollow Elementary School Kindergarten Teacher Jackie Loyd for being such an amazing teacher and person! You had such a positive impact in our life! You will always be a part of our story! My daughter had an amazing kindergarten year thanks to an amazing teacher! She adores her teacher and it will definitely be bittersweet to move on to 1st grade! My daughter's biggest successes of the year are that she learned how to read and she is so much more comfortable socially interacting after staying at home with me and having no previous interaction in a group. She has come so incredibly far! I’m so proud of her and so grateful for Miss Loyd!
Admiral Richard E. Byrd Middle School Band Teacher William Norris has such a great passion and dedication for the band program, and has a very positive influence on the teenagers for shaping their future and enriching their music education.
Bass-Hoover Elementary School Third Grade Teacher Tabitha Lee is an amazing teacher. She has inspired my 3rd grader to learn outside the classroom. He is obsessed with history and the presidents and even was inspired to write a book. She is always there for the parents with any and all questions. I would like to add she is legit working up to the day before she gives birth to a baby girl. This right here deserves a medal. We love you Mrs. Lee!!
I would like to thank Evendale Elementary School Fifth Grade Teacher Rebecca Johnson and others who came up with an after school program to aid students who needed extra assistance. My son was even eager to tell us how much fun he had learning the materials in the subjects of reading and math.
Jordan Springs Elementary School Kindergarten Teacher Brittany Huse is everything you want and more in a kindergarten teacher. My son has blossomed in confidence because of Miss Huse. She is patient, kind, smart and loves her kiddos. She brought out the best in him and I am so thankful and lucky she is his teacher. She has prepared him fully for 1st grade and he will miss her so much.
Middletown Elementary School Kindergarten Teacher Laura Rohani and Instructional Assistant Deborah Chapman have been so kind and caring throughout this entire school year. They have gone above and beyond for everything. Our son has adored having both of them and will miss them dearly.
We would like to thank James Wood Middle School Eighth Grade Civics Teacher Helen Lawyer for teaching our daughter to think critically and stand up for her beliefs. She truly cares for her students and wants them to be successful in life, as well as school. Thank you, Mrs. Lawyer! Our daughter came home from school with a word of wisdom from you every day. You are truly a teacher at heart!
I would like to thank Middletown Elementary School Fifth Grade Teacher Cole McQuaid. My daughter was in 3rd grade when schools closed for covid in 2020. The next school year, my family decided to home school rather than attempt the every other day schedule FCPS provided. When the 2021-22 school year rolled around, my daughter, now in 5th grade was ready to return to in-person learning. She was excited to be back at Middletown with her friends and the staff she had grown to love. Mr. McQuaid is a first year teacher. We were kind of nervous returning to the most normal year yet since 2020 with a brand new teacher... BUT Mr. McQuaid has exceeded all of my expectations and then some! He is so very supportive, encouraging and fun! He will take the time to play sports with the students at recess, dye his hair pink because they reached a class goal, and plays positive upbeat music the whole class loves. Mr. McQuaid is far more than a teacher, he's most definitely an upstanding role model for all of his students and we couldn't have hand picked a better 5th grade teacher for our daughter. I cannot wait to see the road this young man paves throughout his career.
Thank you to Greenwood Mill Elementary School Bus Driver Ed Lambert (Bus #84) for going out of your way to ensure that our son was safe and healthy! My son, a kindergarten student at Greenwood Mill Elementary School, had been sick and missed a few days of school. I worked with his teacher to get his missing work. His bus driver, Mr. Ed, noticed he was not on the bus for a few days. After dropping off students for the afternoon bus run, Mr. Ed stopped by our house to check in on my son and make sure he was okay. My son was very happy to see Mr. Ed after school! We appreciate that Mr. Ed went the extra mile to check in on one of his youngest riders. We appreciate you and your dedication to your students!
Middletown Elementary School Kindergarten Teacher Laura Rohani has helped my son grow in so many incredible ways. My son is very shy and was so nervous to start school, but she has given him an amazing first school experience. From the very first day he knew he was safe, loved, and capable. He cannot wait to get to school each day and even asks to go on weekends! He has a positive outlook on anything related to school and is now an extremely eager learner. He will leave kindergarten having gained so much confidence and joy! Along with all of the curriculum, she has taught her class about friendship, acceptance, problem solving, and having an open heart. She has very open communication and always lets parents know what they can be doing to help their child be at his or her best. She meets each student where they are and can always see the best in them. It is so evident how much she cares about her students and my son never speaks about her with anything but love.
Evendale Elementary School Fifth Grade Teacher Elizabeth Lerch embodies the teaching profession. She is great at her job and her connection to the students is amazing. My 5th grader had an idea of who she wanted for a teacher before starting the school year. I had my hopes too. So when the letter came, she was disappointed, but I was happy. My daughter struggles with spelling and I knew she would need a little extra help. I remember when Ms. Lerch was recognized after her first year for the impact she made on one student who was struggling to read at grade level. I knew her dedication and felt like she may be able to make a connection with my child. A little bio shared by the school showed similar interests in books and movies. They seemed like the perfect fit. What a joy this school year has been. My shy 5th grader loves school and shares all kinds of things she is learning, especially science. Her spelling has improved as well. The most special part of this came in January when my husband was diagnosed with cancer. She shared with me that her father had the same type of cancer many years ago and is doing well and she would be happy to discuss this with my daughter if I thought it would help. We met one afternoon after school to talk about what to expect and that Ms. Lerch would be there for her any time. She invited my daughter to have lunch in the classroom if she thought she might need some quiet. She has truly been a blessing academically and personally. Her dedication is apparent in everything she does.
Evendale Elementary School Instructional Assistant Kathleen Butler is a dedicated aide to 2nd grade. After having 3 children go through Evendale, I knew her kindness for all the children. This year my son has had the pleasure of getting to know her. At the beginning of the year, we had a drive-through Title 1 event. Ms. Butler was handing out books to the children in the cars. When we drove up and she saw who was in the car, she knew what type of book to get: something that was funny and something challenging above grade level. We appreciated that she knew our son enough to know what level he needed and what kind of personality he had. She has also worked so hard as our PTO president. We are so appreciative of her!
If it were not for Evendale Elementary School First Grade Teacher Kristy Sturgill, this school year would of been such a difficult time. My son had a difficult time through the school year. With many things going on and him feeling like giving up, Mrs. Sturgill assured him of one thing. There wasn't going to be a giving up moment. When you have a committed teacher and add high quality care and teaching for the children, great things happen and she is a perfect example of great things happening. It’s meaningful and powerful to have a teacher and child working together. But working together and always having the best interest of her students in her classroom, has made such a difference to his year. One that I will forever be grateful for. She took the time to come up with a plan and always keep me in the loop. I could not have asked for a better teacher and because of her he’s had a wonderful year. I can’t thank her enough.
James Wood Middle School Special Education Teacher Ingrid Egnot has been a shining star that will never fade away. She goes above and beyond to always build upon our daughter's strengths. This year our daughter has made tremendous gains in her independence, life skills and academics. This success is not isolated just to her school environment, but carries over to her home and community. Our daughter loves school and is excited to attend every day. In addition to Mrs. Egnot’s diligent planning, she truly looks for the best every day in my daughter and shows her that she cares. Mrs. Egnot was born to be a teacher for children with unique abilities and her positive impact will be one that affects our daughter for the rest of her life. We will forever be grateful for you Mrs. Egnot!
Evendale Elementary School Music Teacher Christina Romich is dedicated to our students and always makes them feel important. My son loves music as a result of this teacher. Her energy is amazing and my child loves participating in chorus. Thanks to this educator who is constantly making a difference. You make the world sing in harmony.
Evendale Elementary School Fifth Grade Teacher Rebecca Johnson supports each and every child and makes them feel important. She is a great teacher and truly cares about each child as if they were her own. My son loves her and will miss her greatly. Thanks for loving our child and teaching him many valuable things this year. You are a rock star!
Middletown Elementary School Fifth Grade Teacher Tracie Sipe has been an outstanding mentor and friend as I entered the teaching profession for the first time this school year. With years of experience and loads of compassion to her name, she has been able to support me throughout this school year. Her patience with all who stop by her classroom to ask for help or to talk to her has not gone unnoticed. When people speak with her, they feel like they are the center of the world because she engages them genuinely, even when she is busy. I thank her for the support, kindness and compassion she shows all students and staff each day.
James Wood High School CTE Teacher Ginger Anderson is inspiring, energetic and kind. She has made such an impact on my daughter. My daughter is part of her Vet Science class and absolutely loves it! My daughter has always had a love for animals and Mrs. Anderson has truly inspired her to pursue her dreams of becoming a Vet Tech. Mrs. Anderson has an open door policy for students to come to her class if they simply need to talk. She has been so kind and is absolutely loved by her kiddos!
Admiral Richard E. Byrd Middle School Principal Jessica Nail is a true professional in every sense of the word. Her caring and empathetic personality, among other strengths, help staff and students reach their full potential. Byrd is a positive school because of her efforts. Thank you, Dr. Nail!
Admiral Richard E. Byrd Middle School Assistant Principal Bret Clovis has transitioned into a leadership role as Assistant Principal beautifully. He truly cares about helping students and also helps his staff without ever wavering in kindness. His patience and hard work are appreciated.
The way Admiral Richard E. Byrd Middle School Assistant Principal Dave Arnoldy handles student discipline and behavior does not go unnoticed. Because of his efforts and diligence, Byrd students are held to high expectations and it is a school with a positive atmosphere in which all students can learn.
Bass-Hoover Elementary School Third Grade Teacher Julie Simmons is an exceptional third grade teacher. My daughter was a virtual learner last year and while she did great learning from home, I was worried that she would be behind academically in some way. When we met Mrs. Simmons at the Meet the Teacher day, I knew automatically my daughter was going to love being in her class. She is bubbly, caring and has that motherly touch to her personality. I can tell that teaching is Mrs. Simmons' calling and while she was out for a period of time, she was never far away from her students thoughts. Her students love her like she loves them! Her class has that classroom community feeling as soon as you walk in. My daughter has not only excelled in all areas of school but has continued her love for school and reading. I know she will always be one of my daughter's favorite teachers! She will miss Mrs. Simmons next year when she goes to into 4th grade!!
Gainesboro Elementary School Kindergarten Teacher Kimberly VonFange does an amazing job. My daughter has come so far from where she was at the beginning of the school year.
The entire staff team at Frederick County Middle School does a great job. My son loves the program he is in and has done so good in school this year. They even created a disc golf course.
Thank you to Sherando High School Foreign Language Teacher Emily Rooney, Business Teacher Amy Strosnider and English Teacher Christine Welch. They have made my education a major priority. Not once while in those 3 teachers' classrooms have I been scared to raise my hand and ask for help. I feel like these teachers have made a huge positive impact, not only on my education but in my life. I have never felt so welcomed and a part of my class then my teachers have made me feel this year.
I am thankful for Stonewall Elementary School Kindergarten Teacher Lori Frye. My son enjoys school and talks about his friends and the things they do in class each day. She is patient and kind and I don't even mind when he calls me "Miss Frye." Kindergarten is the foundation for all other grades and he is off to a solid start.
Bass-Hoover Elementary School Special Education Teacher Amy Lange is the Special Education Lead at BHES. Not only is she a person of integrity but she is one of the hardest working people I know. She is leading our team that has been short-handed all year, down one aide position. She is mentoring and investing into our Learning Center teacher, who is new to the teaching role and leading a team of 3 aides and 7 students. Amy works with students that always require wrangling on a daily basis. She is impeccable at writing IEPs, leading meetings and managing the team with amazing integrity. Amy has also raised the bar of our SPED program at BHE. She wears many hats and does so much to have one of the best programs in FCPS. I cannot say enough about Amy Lange and the entire SPED team. She truly is a leader and mentor to not only our team but to the entire staff. She adds value to everyone she interacts with. Amy is someone that needs to be celebrated.
Admiral Richard E. Byrd Middle School Seventh Grade Math Teacher Samantha Intorre really helps me and cares about me. I feel like I am actually understanding math!
Jordan Springs Elementary School Second Grade Teacher Brandize Vicchio makes learning interesting and fun! She cares and adapts to each child's learning ability and needs. Thanks for all you do for our children and for making my child's 2nd grade year unforgettable.
Stonewall Elementary School Kindergarten Teacher Ruth Riemenschneider always goes above and beyond in teaching. Mrs. R is retiring this year and she will be missed by so many. She always put the fun in learning and interacted with children not only in the classroom but stays in touch with past students. We need more teachers like her in our future. She cares so much for her students and has always put them first. She will always be very genuine. Thank you Mrs. R for all your years taking care of children.
I would to thank Assistant Principal Stephanie Reed, Second Grade Teacher Madeleine Gierchak and School Counselor Jessica Dilello. My son has struggled this year adjusting back to in-person learning. My son's motivation for in-person learning stems from social desperation. He didn't just want to experience playing with kids at school, he wanted to develop classroom friends. He has never experienced this before. While in school, he would often feel alone. He would try to explain to himself why and how to make friends, often not succeeding. He started the school year with 1 friend at Redbud Run. My son has 2 friends in our neighborhood and 1 of them goes to Redbud Run. We have lived in the neighborhood since May 2019. With the help of his 2nd grade teacher, guidance counselor and assistant principal, he made a few classroom friends this year. If you ask him what he learned from this experience he would say, "that you have to be nice and honest with your friends or when trying to make friends. You don't make friends by scaring them." A lot of people at Redbud Run have made a difference in my son's life this year and I am grateful however, these individuals stood out to my son.
Orchard View Elementary School Second Grade Teacher Paige Lineweaver is new to OVES this year and I’m so glad she is here! When she called me at lunch one day to tell me she was thinking about my son at home while she was readying herself for her day and needed to share his recent reading success and the next step to take, I knew she cared and genuinely wanted my son to succeed. She has gone above and beyond to get my son the support he needs. He comes home happy every day because she pours out love upon him all day.
Robert E. Aylor Middle School Band Teacher Sarah Paul has made band at Aylor Middle School an amazing experience for my son. He has said, "everyone that has Mrs. Paul says Mrs. Paul is their favorite teacher." I don't doubt this at all. She has the patience to guide the kids through their first squeaks and squawks all while making them feel proud to be part of this band. The Apple Blossom parade was an unforgettable experience for my son. He practiced for weeks leading up to the big day. This was all something supported by Mrs. Paul. Thank you for making the arts such a special part of my son's life!
Middletown Elementary School Fourth Grade Teacher Cheryl Burton is an inspiring teacher. She instilled a love of history for my son. He would come home every day and talk about what he learned. We would talk about it and even refer to our history books to learn more. He has continued this love as he moved to middle school, and frequently comments on how much he misses her and all that he learned in her class. She was a great teacher for him and taught him valuable history and life lessons.
I would like to celebrate Robert E. Aylor Middle School Sixth Grade Math Teacher Jeffery Reed. Our son loves his teaching style and how he is challenged every day. He frequently comments on how much he enjoys Mr. Reed's humor. Thank you, Mr. Reed, for teaching our son this year!
Armel Elementary School Kindergarten Teacher Lauren Marquess is a gift to our children and our community. She has made learning so enjoyable that my daughter has asked after more than one weekend or holiday break, "Do I GET to go to school today?" Mrs. Marquess has integrated the areas of the curriculum together so seamlessly and in such an engaging way that each day is fun. I'm always fascinated by the things they are learning and how well Mrs. Marquess leans into the kids' strengths while building up their individual areas for growth. We're grateful to have Mrs. Marquess as part of our village!
Middletown Elementary School Second Grade Teachers Brittany Crabtree and Tricia Smith; First Grade Teachers Heather Walther and Ashlee Keeler (Long-term Sub); Second Grade Teacher Kalley LeHew; Kindergarten Teachers Dawn Soltis and Melissa Barb; and Special Instructional Assistant Pamela White are awesome co-teachers. They always do their best for our special education students. They care so much for these students and work with the special education teacher to meet the needs of our students.
Armel Elementary School Bus Driver Melissa McCulloch (Bus #224) is a fantastic bus driver and makes each student on her bus feel special. She knows what is going on with each child and greets them with a warm smile each morning, asking questions that show she really knows each of them as individual people. She's one of my daughter's favorite people to see each day. I'm tremendously thankful for her commitment to safety. After a child sitting next to my daughter opened up a snack containing nuts, she quickly and calmly moved my highly allergic daughter to another seat. She let me know of the potential exposure so I could be alert for any reaction. Her genuine care and concern for our kids makes me feel so lucky that we have her as part of our community.
Thank you to Bass-Hoover Elementary School Bus Driver Sharon Hartman (Bus #241). My daughter wrote Ms. Hartman a note thanking her for being her bus driver. I thought it was certainly a celebration of success for FCPS and wanted to share it for her. Not only are we thankful for the work done in the classroom, but also the care and attention given to our children to make sure their day starts and ends safely. The note said: "Thank you for being my bus driver. We are so thankful for our transportation with you. Thank you so much. We all appreciate you so much."
Armel Elementary School Kindergarten Teacher Lauren Marquess is an incredible kindergarten teacher! My daughter was very reluctant to begin her school journey last fall, but Mrs. Marquess quickly changed my daughter's feelings. Mrs. Marquess has a contagious smile that lights up the entire room, and she teaches our youngest learners with such enthusiasm. All year, my daughter was excited to share stories from her day at school and I'm thankful for all she has learned. Thank you, Mrs. Marquess, for such a positive first year of school. These early years in education are so critical in developing lifelong learners, and our family is beyond blessed to begin with you!
Thank you Robert E. Aylor Middle School Sixth Grade Science Teacher Roy Martin for making science fun. My daughter has never really cared for the content area, and if I am being honest, I would venture to say she still does not care for science. But she did love her 6th grade science class, and I know it's because of you! It is evident that building rapport with your students is one of your core values. Thank you for keeping the learning experiences engaging and remembering that discovering new ideas should be fun!
Evendale Elementary School Fifth Grade Teacher Holly Lightcap is an amazing and engaging teacher! While my daughter has been blessed to have many talented and caring staff teach her in the past at Evendale, Ms. Lightcap went above and beyond to both accept her and challenge her. With virtual learning not being the best method for my daughter and gaps growing in her learning, particularly in the area of math during the previous two years, Ms. Lightcap provided just what she needed to get closer to where she needs to be to be successful in middle school. Her teacher also connected with her on a personal level- accepting her quirks and helping her with her organizational skills while giving her the praise and support she needed to be successful. I am confident that every student in Ms. Lightcap's class feels her warmth and compassion and they are tremendously fortunate to have had her for fifth grade. Thank you, Ms. Lightcap for all that you do for all of our students.
FCPS Supervisor of Secondary Instructional Services Kelley Aitken always answers my science questions and provides both professional and personal support. Over the years, she and I have developed labs together for 8th grade science and we have a good collaborative relationship. This year, Dr. Aitken made such a difference to the group of students I teach. Based on her background in chemistry, we were able to provide enrichment for a more indepth look at the atom and a problem-based project on anti-matter and its use as an energy source. The students so enjoyed spending time with her and her interactions with them, they asked her back for a visit and sent thank you notes to her. What a treat to see her interacting with students.
Thank you to Robert E. Aylor Middle School Resource Officer Julian Berger for continuing to go above and beyond to connect with the students. Thank you for staying after school to provide a Jazz Band opportunity and finding common interests to encourage the kids. You are far more than a Resource Officer to Aylor and a wonderful model for the students.
Thank you to Middletown Elementary School Librarian Jessica Witherspoon for your inspiration. You always make the library a fun and safe place for the children to learn. You have the patience of a saint and the imagination you have for coming up with fun activities for the kids is amazing. Your laid back and compassionate personality makes the library a fun place to work. Even on those stressful days.
FCPS Behavior Specialist Laurel Purdy went above and beyond for a Millbrook student. May 9 was the senior night for the soccer team. The student asked Mrs. Purdy if she would walk him on the field that evening. Mrs. Purdy realized that this was due to the fact that his mother does not drive and had no way to make it to the event. Mrs. Purdy made arrangements to pick up the student’s mom and sister to ensure they were there for the senior recognition and were able to walk him onto the field. Mrs. Purdy remained at the game with them and drove them home at the end of the evening. Her dedication to this student and family extends far beyond her job responsibilities. She is now working to ensure the family can attend graduation.
I'd like to shout out Middletown Elementary School Instructional Assistant Rachel Brant as one of the best Kindergarten aides. She is one of a kind and I am unsure where I would be without her. She meets every challenge head on and is an invaluable member of our team! Our classroom would not function without her patience and willingness to give everything and anything a try!
The entire fourth grade team at Middletown Elementary School has been amazing to teach with. They have welcomed me to their team as a special education teacher and rise to every challenge. They work hard to create meaningful experiences for their students and safe spaces to grow. I absolutely love the team effort and how they include families in on the fun as well. As a suprise before testing, they worked with families to decorate our entire hall and classrooms with personalized positive posters for each student. They prioritize mental health and wellness and helped turn what usually is one of the most stressful mornings of the year into one of the most beautiful ones. The reactions of the students when they saw what their families and teachers had made them was priceless. This team goes above and beyond and we are absolutely blessed to have them!!
Thank you to Millbrook High School Tennis Coach Chris Rogus for working so hard with the Millbrook tennis team. Coach Rogus took time to acknowledge strengths, he pushed for growth, and understood the balance of competitive fun. Thank you for giving your extra time beyond the classroom. You have such dedication to the sport and to your team!
We'd like to thank Greenwood Mill Elementary School Second Grade Teacher Shelly Eldridge for her dedication and enthusiasm. My second grader lost half of his kindergarten year, was virtual for his first grade year, and started this year with multiple long-term subs. He was plugging along but when Mrs. Eldridge joined the GMES staff, we saw his interest in school sky rocket. She keeps her classroom fun, hands-on and structured. Her communication with parents is stellar and her love for teaching is evident. Every day my son comes home excited about what they did in school that day. We just can't say enough about what a wonderful year it's been with Mrs. Eldgridge. She obviously loves what she does and the students love her too.
Thank you to Bass-Hoover Elementary School Kindergarten Teacher Amy Tonovitz for making my kindergartner's first school experience amazing. To say I was nervous for my son to begin Kindergarten in such a trying year is an understatement, but Amy Tonovitz made this year so much easier to manage. Not only is she a fabulous teacher, but she is also an excellent communicator. I always look forward to her weekly newsletters and knowing what the kids are learning and seeing pictures of fun things they take part in. Thank you, Mrs. Tonovitz, for all you do.
Evendale Elementary School Music Teacher Christina Romich did an amazing job with the 4th and 5th grade chorus this year! She was able to teach the students so much about singing and music and she inspired many students, including my daughter, to continue their chorus experience in years to come. Not only has she done a wonderful job with the chorus, but she has done a really nice job making music fun and engaging for my first grader as well. Both of my children find music days to be one of their favorite resources and that is greatly in part because of Mrs. Romich! Thank you for all you do!
James Wood Middle School Sixth Grade Social Studies Teacher Heather Gay did an outstanding job of directing the drama team's play this year!
Middletown Elementary School First Grade Teacher Meghan Gore has gone above and beyond to make first grade fabulous and fun for all of her students! She does so many creative lessons and activities that keep the students engaged. My daughter has grown tremendously under Mrs. Gore's teaching and care.
I want to thank Orchard View Elementary School Fourth Grade Teacher Kaitlin Follero for loving my son in spite of his flaws and for helping him make friends and feel comfortable in his own skin. He has flourished this year and become more social in spite of this being his first year at a new school. Her kind and patient demeanor has been a perfect fit for him. Thank you, Mrs. Follero, for helping him blossom into the person I hope he becomes.
Orchard View Elementary School Second Grade Teacher Debby Troia has had nothing but amazing things to say about my son all year. She lifts him up, makes him feel special, and he loves going to her class. She stays after school and helps students that need extra support and she is always figuring out ways to grow as an educator. Thank you!
Redbud Run Elementary School Principal Joseph Strong is a wealth of knowledge and information and is always ready to lend a helping hand. He is available and has been a great support this entire year. Thank you, Joe!
I would like to thank Indian Hollow Elementary School Kindergarten Teacher Frances Barry. My daughter is in her class this year and she has flourished so much. She loves school and she loves her teacher. She is always so excited to tell us about the different exciting things that they’ve done in class. Mrs. Barry’s enthusiasm for teaching and love for her students is apparent in every interaction that she has with them. We are so thankful for all that she’s done this year. As a parent and fellow teacher, I couldn’t have asked for a better teacher for her this year.
I would like to thank James Wood Middle School Seventh and Eighth Grade English Teacher Geneiveve James for making English enjoyable this year. I especially liked the Christmas writing activity where we wrote to kids. Your guidance has helped me feel more confident in writing essays. I enjoy being in your classroom because it is calm, comfortable, and inviting. Thanks for being a great teacher.
I would like to thank Orchard View Elementary School Third Grade Teacher Hannah Teter, Kindergarten Teachers Ashley Shiflett and Tiffany Brosig, Second Grade Teacher Jennifer Ebert and Instructional Assistant Johanna Mickahail. These ladies have done an amazing job coaching the Girls on the Run team for Orchard View. Our daughter was so excited to be in third grade so she could participate in GOTR. She loved it so much in the fall that she decided to participate again this spring. She is not only setting goals for her running, but more importantly learning how to have positive relationships, make good choices and be a good team player.
Orchard View Elementary School Assistant Principal Alan Cline has been a breath of fresh air for Orchard View Elementary School. Being a teacher at this school, I can say from first-hand experience that Alan is benefitting all students and staff at our school. He is calm, professional, organized, personable, knowledgable, kind, loving, empathetic, funny, and just incredible in every way! Thank you, Alan! You make my life better!
I would like to thank Gainesboro Elementary School Third Grade Teacher Pamela Bryan. My daugther has struggled with math in the past, but Ms. Bryan has done such an amazing job with her - my daughter says it is her favorite subject! It has been such a gift watching our daughter flourish this year, and we are so incredibly grateful!
Gainesboro Elementary School First Grade Teacher Katherine Dixon is such a wonderful teacher. I have been absolutely floored at how much progress our two boys have made with their reading this year! They love reading and will happily sit with a book for an hour or more. I cannot thank Ms. Dixon enough!
Robert E. Aylor Middle School Special Education Teacher Lori Marple is my aunt. She helped me with my school work and helped me bring up my grades.
Thank you to Gainesboro Elementary School Second Grade Teacher Kaysie Bullett. Even though the year may have felt a bit crazy, you should be extremely proud of yourself for balancing all that you have! Our son adores you! He has loved 2nd grade and grown so much academically. We appreciate you!
Thank you to Gainesboro Elementary School Special Education Teacher Kathleen Franceschi for always going above & beyond with the students (even the ones that aren’t on your caseload), providing them that comfort of family away from home, and helping them grow! You are MUCH appreciated!!!!
Orchard View Elementary School Second Grade Teacher Jennifer Ebert is the best second grade teacher there is! Mrs. Ebert was the ideal teacher for our son this year. He loves school and adores Mrs. Ebert. She challenges her students daily while making learning fun and engaging. Mrs. Ebert's calm nature creates an environment of happiness and peace in her classroom where all of the kids feel safe to try new things. She encourages the kids to take chances and our son isn't afraid to try new things thanks to Mrs. Ebert. Orchard View is so lucky to have her and Mrs. Ebert is truly one of the best teachers we have ever met!
Orchard View Elementary School Fifth Grade Teacher Deborah Benavides is the best fifth grade teacher ever! We owe her a huge thank you for an amazing fifth grade year for our son. This has been a challenging year for everyone in education, but especially so for certain age groups. Ms. Benavidas had a very large class this year but you would never know that based on how well she manages her classroom and all that the kids have learned. She knows each of her students extremely well and is able to get the best out of them each day. Ms. Benavidas has that special and rare skill of challenging her fifth graders while also making the content fun and engaging. The beginning of the school year was a rough transition for many due to all of the changes and constraints caused by the pandemic. Ms. Benavidas supported our son no matter what and has made him a better person and a better student. We cannot thank Ms. Benavidas enough for her dedication to her students and to Orchard View. We are so lucky to have her and hope our younger two boys are lucky enough to be in her class in the future!
Orchard View Elementary School Kindergarten Teacher Tiffany Brosig is the best kindergarten teacher in the entire world! We are so lucky our son had her this year and are amazed at everything he has learned. He loves going to school each day and it makes us so happy to see how much he adores Mrs. Brosig and his classmates. The Kindergarten classes are large at Orchard View this year but Mrs. Brosig has made sure that all students get individual attention and she has been wonderful in her communication and support with parents. Mrs. Brosig truly understands how special the Kindergarten year is and she works daily to provide memorable and educational activities. Our son is thriving academically and socially thanks to Mrs. Brosig and we will never be able to thank her enough for her hard work and dedication. Orchard View is blessed to have such a wonderful educator!
I would like to thank and recognize Orchard View Elementary School Instructional Assistant Robin Link! She is a Paraprofessional at Orchard View and works mainly with First Grade. She is the best Paraprofessional I have ever worked with and that includes over 10 years in education and multiple school divisions in two states! Robin goes above and beyond every single day and does it with positivity and a smile on her face. Robin is not only a huge support to our students but also to all of the adults she works with. My students learn and grow more than I would ever be able to accomplish on my own thanks to Mrs. Link's support. She has the ability to jump right in and help even without being asked or given an explanation of what we are doing. We are so lucky to have Mrs. Link at Orchard View and I will never be able to fully express my gratitude for her help, support and friendship!
My daughter is Middletown Elementary School First Grade Teacher (Long-term Sub) Ashlee Keeler. She has worked very hard teaching a class, going back to college, raising 2 children, planning a wedding, keeping a house, taking care of her fiance, children and a dog. She has done a wonderful job teaching her class of first graders. This is her first official teaching job.
According to my son, James Wood High School CTE Teacher Eric McLaughlin is the “nicest teacher” he has ever had! He is kind and respectful to all the students. He never raises his voice or loses his temper. My son can count on Mr. McLaughlin to be there for him and the other students! Thanks for all you do, Mr. McLaughlin!
Apple Pie Ridge Elementary School Special Education Teacher Elizabeth Paras, Literacy Coach Monica Bittinger, Fourth Grade Teacher Samantha Schempp, Music Teacher Rebecca Karos, ITC Denise Orndorff, Long-term Sub Amanda Allen, Former Second Grade Teacher Tricia Smith and Former Special Education Teacher Liora Spier and many more have had a positive impact on our children's lives. Our son has come so far during his years at APR. They are tremendous teachers and wonderful people. We are very appreciative of their efforts. Our daughter has done great this year as well and Mrs. Jones is a joy to work with. God bless them!
Orchard View Elementary School Kindergarten Teacher Ashley Shiflett has gone above and beyond for my daughter this school year. When I was registering my daughter for Kindergarten I was so nervous for her. She’s had many health problems since birth. When she started at OVES Miss. Shiflett made her feel so comfortable and welcome and she also keeps me updated all the time! I’m so grateful for her first school year being this amazing, Thank you so much Miss. Shiflett you are the BEST!
Frederick County Middle School Sixth Grade Math Teacher Margaret Wilson volunteered to help my son after school with some math that he had been struggling with. She volunteered strictly on her own and meant a lot and really helped my son raise his grade. Thank you for giving your time to help us!!
We want to thank Apple Pie Ridge Elementary School Kindergarten Teacher Jennifer Hottle for always going above and beyond for your students. You have definitely made a big impact, and made starting kindergarten easier for my daughter. Thank you for giving her such a great first year of school.
Sherando High School Spanish Teacher Emily Rooney has been one of the best teachers I have ever had while being in high school. She has been one of the very few teachers to check up on me when I was struggling. She has been one of the best teachers to actually take time and help me after school so I can improve my grade. No matter how big or small of an achievement I made she has congratulated me. I could not thank her enough for being such a great and encouraging teacher! Thank you!
Words cannot express my appreciation for Orchard View Elementary School Kindergarten Teacher Katelyn Townsend for her excellent care for my son and the rest of her kindergarten class. She takes the time to learn about each of her students and builds great relationships with each of them. As a parent new to having a student, she was always helpful in answering my questions. My son LOVES going to school because Mrs. Townsend makes learning fun!
Orchard View Elementary School Second Grade Teacher Paige Lineweaver goes above and beyond in helping our daughter in all aspects of learning and interaction in her second grade class
Middletown Elementary School Second Grade Teacher Jessica Cable has been an amazing leader and teacher to her 2nd grade class. My son enjoys going to school every day because of her. She has built great relationships with the children and they trust her! My son looks up to her and we are so lucky to have Ms. Cable!
Middletown Elementary School First Grade Teacher Dina Praizner has an absolute miracle maker! Our daughter had a rough start to school in another county. When she came to Middletown she struggled to read and write. Our daughter is now reading, she writes and she enjoys going to school. She speaks highly of Ms. Praizner every day and looks forward to becoming like her, as she says!
Admiral Richard E. Byrd Middle School Counselor Alexsis Thompson has been such an amazing addition to Admiral Byrd. She has connected with the students in such a sincere way! She brings a lot of positivity and realness that the students need.
Frederick County Middle School Sixth Grade Science Teacher Jennifer Bock is always nice and encourages us in science. She is also really patient with some annoying people sometimes and makes science a lot of fun and interesting.
Frederick County Middle School Counselor Mario Giamporcaro helped our son adjust socially to middle school and 6th grade. After a year of virtual learning, coming back to in-person school, especially middle school, was a huge challenge. Mr. MG was amazing, kind, thoughtful and made a huge difference with our son as he helped him and challenged him to think about how to interact socially and problem solve to make more friends. It takes a truly special, empathetic person to help adolescents learn to navigate life and social situations and our son will carry Mr. MG's lessons with him for life. FCMS and FCPS is so lucky to have Mr. MG there for our students.
Apple Pie Ridge Elementary School Third Grade Teacher Jennifer Jones has done wonderful working with my son this year. She has gone above and beyond to make sure my son has whatever help he needs.
Millbrook High School English Teacher Kristin Gilbert has been supportive of my daughter not only in the classroom, but during her sports season as well. She is a cheerleader for all of her students. I have seen that first hand. This means so much to these students to feel important to their teachers and Ms. Gilbert has a special way of showing that!
Millbrook HIgh School PE Teacher Teresa Hartman has been a positive light in my daughter’s high school experience. Even when my daughter didn’t have her as a teacher, she continued to check in with her when she would see her. She exudes positivity and enthusiasm and my daughter felt comfortable talking with and confiding in her. I appreciate that Ms. Hartman showed care toward my daughter and was a supportive person who she could turn to.
The Admiral Richard E. Byrd Middle School faculty and staff, including Science Teacher Deanna Liero; Special Education Teacher Matthew Hochkammer; Computer Science Teacher Kelly Hicks; Ag Teacher Kathy Lineburg; PE Teacher Vanessa Eddinger; Civics Teacher Michelle Hammer; History Teacher Darlene Ferguson; Math Teachers Amanda Shultz, Laura Fieo and Benjamin Smith; English Teachers Jacqueline Coffin and Jessica Patterson; Tech Ed Teacher David Curry; Family and Consumer Science Teacher Amy Egress; Principal Jessica Nail; Assistant Principals David Arnoldy and Bret Clovis; Senior Lead Teacher Scott Bucey; and Secretary Tina Burns have been nothing short of amazing. My son has been in private school since he was in preschool, this year we decided that we needed to try public school due to his IEP and him needing additional help. We were worried about the transition as his private school was much smaller than Byrd. But thanks to new faces, new teachers, new school, and a curriculum that exceeded anything he's ever seen....he is thriving! Not only is he well adjusted, he made Honor Roll and the basketball team at Byrd. His teachers have gone above and beyond to welcome him, help him and care for him. Our son's 8th grade year has been memorable, exciting, and so very helpful. Words do not exist to properly express our thanks to the amazingly talented staff at Byrd!
Middletown Elementary School Fourth Grade Teacher Katelyn Larson, Special Education Teacher Aileen Seelbach, School Counselor Victoria Dandar, Assistant Principal Kellie Solenberger, Principal Kristi Diminuco and First Grade Teacher Elizabeth Nail have helped my sons a whole lot. They all have been there to help one of my sons through a lot of hard times throughout this year and never have given up on helping him to this day. When the boys are sick, their teachers always check in. What a great staff. Thank you all.
James Wood Middle School IRT Gino Marchese works tirelessly to support students and staff in our building and deserves recognition for the hard work and dedication that he demonstrates every day.
Northwestern Regional Educational Programs Speech Therapist Christine Roberts and Early Childhood Special Education Teacher Ellen Dalton have made a great connection with our daughter that has allowed her to make great progress. My daughter started at NREP in September only being able to speak 5 words. With the wonderful help of the staff at NREP she is able to speak in full sentences, her word count it up to about 50. She can even write her name, count to 10 and say 1/2 the alphabet. They have expanded her vocabulary and academic abilities over the past 8 months. We are so excited for the progress she has made and so thankful for the staff at NREP!
This has been a very tough year for all. James Wood Middle School Assistant Principal Rita Merriner's leadership and compassion within her position has been extremely supportive and helped us all to weather a difficult year in both general and special education. Thank you!
For three years Frederick County Middle School Custodian Richard Billmeyer has greeted students being dropped off by parents for school. He is there every morning with a smile and super cheerful greeting, including whatever nickname he has given the student. It makes my heart happy to see him and I will miss him and I know my daughter will when she moves to James Wood next year. Thank you Mr. Bilmeyer for being a ray of light in this world.
I would like to thank Redbud Run Elementary School Kindergarten Teacher Staci Koenig and Instructional Assistant Jami Wrenn for going above and beyond communicating during and after school hours helping my new kindergarten adjust to school and making first year of school a pleasant and successful school year.
Redbud Run Elementary School Instructional Assistant Cheryl Jackson has more then a wonderful memory but a huge heart. She remembers every car and all the parent and students name for drop off and pickup at Redbud Run. It's wonderful caring teachers like Ms. Jackson that help children feel special and cared for both at home and school.
Indian Hollow Elementary School Second Grade Teacher Kelly Woods has always gone above and beyond to help her students. Even during pandemic virtual classes, she'd take the time to have some 1 on 1 time with the kids and even just play a game. It meant a lot to the children because they felt like she was really listening and they were able to share so much with her. Just listening to her interactions with the kids made us realize she is an amazing person, and loves her students. We need more teachers like Mrs. Woods in Frederick County. Thank you Mrs. Woods.
James Wood Middle School Special Education Teacher Lorraine Mothershead has worked so hard all year to help us all adjust to the new program, put out fires, and find ways to make our jobs easier and less stressful. She gives her time and her expertise freely and with a positive attitude. She's the best!
Redbud Run Elementary School Principal Joseph Strong says good morning and have a nice evening to every student (and sibling) by name each and every day at drop off and pickup. It's hands on administrators such as Mr. Strong that set an approachable but authoritative environment if needed. Thank you for making my student, and every student feel safe, cared about and secure at school. Thank you for going above and beyond!
All kids need is a little help, a little hope and somebody who believes in them. Middletown Elementary School Reading Teacher Tammy Emerson offered help, watered our children's hope and believed in them. The world needs teachers like you. Thank you for helping our children discover their confidence and love of reading!
Thank you to Frederick County Middle School Cross Country and Track Coach Richard Billmeyer for being an amazing coach. Thank you for caring about FCMS, its students, its staff and its families. You have been an amazingly positive influence this year for our daughter in sports. We will miss your jokes, your positive spirit, and your BIG wonderful voice!!! God bless you!!
Orchard View Elementary School Custodian Mitchell Rouse greets the car riders every morning with kindness, enthusiasm, and humor. He gets their day off to good start! He's a natural with the students.
Thanks to Middletown Elementary School First Grade Teacher Meghan Gore our son has had a good year in first grade. He enjoys her creative activities and shares his excitement with us at home. Mrs. Gore has been patient and kind to our son which he appreciates. We are so lucky to have had Mrs. Gore this year and we will miss her next year.
Middletown Elementary School Instructional Assistant Rachel Brant has been a light for our son through his first school year. She radiates kindness and respect and our son has had many wonderful things to say about her at the end of the day. As a first time kindergarten family, this year was filled with a lot of unknowns. Ms. Brant has been an integral part of why our son enjoys going to school.
We are so thankful for Bass-Hoover Elementary School Speech Therapist Allison Kuchera. She has made a difference in my child's school year. My daughter has made a lot of progress thanks to her. Thank you for your dedication and patience with our kids.
Thank you to the entire Sherando High School Social Studies Department. You guys are warriors in every sense of the word. It was a really rough year, but we all came together, supported each other, and kept anyone from falling off the ledge (or jumping in some cases). Thank you for everything you do.
I want to thank Jordan Springs Elementary School Bus Driver Lisa Riggleman (Bus #87) for all her support and going that extra mile in helping me to transport elementary students to school on the days another driver was out sick. With Lisa helping, a load of students got to school on time and without being late. I so much appreciate you and EVERYTHING you've done to help me out this school year. You always put the students first!
I want to thank my administrators and colleagues at Sherando High School for all their support while I worked on an Advanced Spanish Certificate through Minnesota State University to offer high school students dual enrollment Spanish college credits in Spanish 4 & 5 starting in the 2022-23 school year.
I would like to thank Admiral Richard E. Byrd Middle School Sixth Grade Math Teacher Kandice Wiltshire. My daughter's math teacher (Ms. Noelle) took a new job just weeks after the school year started. I was very worried they wouldn't be able to find a qualified teacher after the school year started. Luckily, Mrs. Wiltshire took over her class. She has been absolutely amazing! She is great with sending home weekly communication about what they are learning in class and quick to respond to any concerns. My daughter often talks about how much she loves math class. Thank you, Mrs. Wiltshire.
Evendale Elementary School Fifth Grade Teacher Rebecca Johnson helped us deal and survive a challenging year with our son. It's often overlooked that our teachers are as influential on raising our kids as their parents. She was helpful, communicative and supportive throughout the good and bad this year. THANK YOU!
Armel Elementary School Third Grade Teacher Shanna Hitt has been a tremendous teacher for so many in our son’s class, not just him. Our son comes home happy, excited and eager to tell us different topics he learned about that day in class. I am sure other teachers have this happen with their students. Ms Hitt, thank you for empowering our son to learn each and every day.
Frederick County Middle School Band Director Gregory Abell has made the challenging transition to middle school much simpler. My daughter absolutely loves his band class and playing the flute is not only bringing out a love of music, but it is getting her off her electronics. I appreciate Mr. Abell's welcoming and encouraging attitude.
Indian Hollow Elementary School Second Grade Teacher Heather Cammer's class had more than half the students go up 7-10 levels in reading this year. This is a BIG shout out to you. The students worked EVERY day to accomplish something they thought was impossible in August. You came in concerned and you are leaving on level. Go you!
Frederick County Middle School PE Teacher Jordan Bondi makes fitness very fun and is very kind with a great sense on humor. Sometimes Mr. Bondi participates in activities with the students.
Apple Pie Ridge Elementary School Kindergarten Teacher Emily Teese has made my daughter's kindergarten year amazing. It's very nerve-racking sending your first child to kindergarten, all you hope is that they are shown love and compassion and learn a little along the way. Ms. Teese has done all of these things and more for her. Almost every day after school she tells me that she loves Ms. Teese and is so excited to share the days learning with me. Thank you Ms. Teese for being the teacher your students need every day. We appreciate you more than you know.
I would like to thank Redbud Run Elementary School Principal Joseph Strong and Third Grade Teacher Candice Manuel. When my daughter returned to school for 3rd grade following most of 2nd grade being remote, it was challenging for her to control her big emotions in class. Mrs. Manuel worked with her to help build her confidence level with taking control of her emotions instead of letting her big feelings control her. In time, and towards the latter half of the school year, I saw a transformation in my daughter. Less stress, fewer outbursts, more thoughtful, and more in control of herself. Mr. Strong kept the lighter side of my daughter alive throughout the school year. He kept her laughing, and joking and helped teach her not to take herself so seriously. This also helped immensely with her ability to find more coping mechanisms at home to work through difficult times. Thanks to everyone’s patience with my daughter and her constant high energy. This was an incredible year for her personal growth and transformation. I look forward to seeing her continue to grow through fourth grade next school year.
We want to thank Middletown Elementary School Fourth Grade Teacher Rachel Compher for being such a wonderful, intelligent and caring teacher. Thank you for keeping me updated on everything involving our daughter and for helping her progress in all subjects that you taught her this year. I can't thank you enough. Our daughter has had a great school year because of you and that means so much to us both. You are an awesome teacher. We love you and thanks again for everything.
James Wood High School Social Studies Teacher Susan Grove works tirelessly making sure her Honors History kids are prepared not only for her class but for life! The transition from middle school to high school can be challenging but Susan's communication with BOTH parents and students about expectations facilitate a clear understanding of what higher education looks and feels like. While some students may resist, as a parent, I am grateful that she gave my transitioning high schooler what he needed. Thanks Susan Grove!
We would like to thank Sherando High School Gifted and Talented Teacher Robin Owens. Your expertise has enabled our son to have an amazing CS experience with his mentor Gi, Garret Klausner. Thank you so much Mrs. Owens!!
Frederick County Middle School Seventh Grade Science Teacher Kristin Black has been a wonderful science teacher for my daughter this year. Mrs. Black has been able to share her love of science with my daughter and other students in a meaningful way. My daughter comes home and tells stories about the fun activities she gets to do in her class. Mrs. Black has always been very attentive to my daughter's needs or concerns during the school year. It is evident that Mrs. Black goes above and beyond for her students.
I would like to thank Jordan Springs Elementary School Custodians Sarah Herron Smith and Tyson Martin for going above and beyond to keep our school amazing.
Thank you Evendale Elementary School Third Grade Teacher Heather Sosebee for everything you have done for my daughter. She was a new student this year and she has done so well in your class. Evendale has been a great new start.
We want to commend and thank Jordan Springs Elementary School Third Grade Teacher Julie Parker for providing such an outstanding year for our son! It is difficult to use words to sufficiently express the gratitude we have for Ms. Parker’s unwavering commitment to children. She has ignited a true thirst and desire to learn in our son. Ms. Parker’s energy and enthusiasm for learning is infectious and her sheer desire to provide a warm, welcoming, and engaging learning environment is unmatched. Our son has thrived under her care and compassion. On numerous occasions, he has shared that, “This has been the best year yet; I just love third grade!” That is no coincidence. That is from the intentionality and the investment Ms. Parker makes into every single student. It is undeniable that she has a deep understanding of the developmental needs of all learners. With the growing demands of teachers, there is less and less time to provide the “extra.” But not for Ms. Parker. Ms. Parker is purposeful in sharing the, “just because,” messages and provides us comfort in knowing she truly cares for, and is committed to, the success of our son. I’ve received several notes this year from Ms. Parker, going out of her way simply to share a warm story from class or to offer wonderful praise of our son! On a recent evening, Ms. Parker, once again, gave time that teachers just don’t have, to come support our son in a football game; it brought more joy to his world than I think she could truly ever understand, and that, that is a rare demonstration of selflessness and excellence and what it means to touch a life, forever! Ms. Parker is the exemplar of an outstanding, remarkable teacher.
Thank you to Robert E. Aylor Middle School Instructional Assistant Cathy Russell for taking the time to coach runners and sponsor after-school clubs for the students. Even though middle school can be a tough time for many, my daughter looked forward to going to school each day because of the opportunity she had to participate in teams and clubs after school.
Thank you to Robert E. Aylor Middle School Seventh Grade Math Teacher Victor VanHouten. My daughter has really enjoyed math class this year and Mr. VanHouten's teaching style.
James Wood High School CTE Teacher James Stewart is a natural educator. He understands his students and helps them find their passions through relevant teaching and mentorship. Mr. Stewart is an empathetic straight shooter; his students know he has high expectations, and that Mr. Stewart will help them meet those high expectations. He also helps students forge deep community connections that allow for more authentic learning!
Thank you to Greenwood Mill Elementary School Fourth Grade Teacher Melissa Harlan for realizing our son’s potential and working hard to get him the IEP and special education he needs to be the best he can be. After being in a previous district where we got the run around, she took the time out of her days to reach out to whoever could help him and work on his evaluation. With this perseverance to do the best for him, it has opened more opportunities for assistance outside of school for his ASD which would have never gotten diagnosed beforehand.
Bass-Hoover Elementary School First Grade Teacher Kimberly Barna instills such a love of learning in her students. First grade has been such a wonderful experience for my daughter. Mrs. Barna has created such a positive academic environment for her students and creates accountable learners.
Northwestern Regional Educational Programs Bus Driver Phyllis Estes and Bus Aide Rebecca Carver (Bus #128) have been the driver and aide for my daugther since the 2019-20 school year and this year for my son, as well. They make the ride to and from school safe for my children. Thank you for driving safe and caring for all the kids in the bus.
I would like to thank Frederick County Middle School Counselor Stephen Waters and all the staff at FCMS for helping my grandson through his trying times. You all are absolutely awesome.
Gainesboro Elementary School Second Grade Teacher Caitlin Walkup makes the students feel special. Thank you.
Greenwood Mill Elementary School Third Grade Special Education Teacher and Third Grade Teacher Joy Campbell have worked above and beyond to include my daughter in classroom and school activities. They have spent extra time to help her with academic goals and helped facilitate social interactions and relationships. She has had a spectacular year thanks to her wonderful team of teachers and assistants! She gets extremely excited to go to school every day and has made significant academic and social progress. She has learned to read, write her name, made friends, and learned to work well with other children in her class. It's not always easy to work with children with special needs, however, I never heard a complaint or negative words about the difficult situations that would arise. Her teachers were always positive and offered their advice and expertise in a caring manner. My daughter has grown in so many ways and I can't thank her teachers enough! They are truly fantastic teachers and are a huge asset to the school!
I want to thank James Wood High School CTE Teacher Kristin Guthrie. I have had her for all 4 years in high school. I can say being around her makes me want to try harder and be a better person. When I had my first class with her, she made it really relaxing and calm for me even though I was very nervous. She has helped me become the person I am today. I don´t think I would have pushed myself through high school without her!
Redbud Run Elementary School Fifth Grade Teacher Stacey Williams Martinez had a million and one ways to help my son feel engaged in class throughout the year and deal so much better with emotions, that is his daily struggle. It just takes a big heart and a genuine joy in teaching to make this possible! I am beyond thankful to her!
Middletown Elementary School Third Grade Teacher Lauren Marrocco is an exceptional teacher! She connects with each student and makes them feel important. Her preparation of the students for SOL testing was above and beyond! My daughter felt confident and well prepared! Her thoroughness and creativity in her lessons is unmatched! This year I have seen my daughter excel in many ways and I feel Mrs. Marrocco is a huge part of her growth and success this year!
Robert E. Aylor Middle School Math Teacher Mary McAndrew truly goes above and beyond to help her students learn and grow as young adults. She helps them learn Geometry but also teaches the bigger picture and teaches how Geometry fits into the bigger picture. She thinks out of the box and gets the students thinking out of the box as well. Her use of TED talks and student self-reflections are certainly not conventional means of teaching Geometry but were meaningful assignments for the students. She even took the time to celebrate Black History Month during her class and promote awareness among the students. When my child was struggling with organization, she was right there to help us develop strategies. Another example of her going above and beyond was her willingness to stay after class to hold review sessions for the students. While Geometry can be a tough class for 8th grade students, she is 100% committed to helping them be successful. She isn't there to meet the minimum or check a box. She is intentional in teaching and committed to student learning. I can't thank her enough for all she does.
Jordan Springs Elementary School First Grade Teacher Lawrie Branner has been a complete ray of sunshine after a tough start for our daughter last year in kindergarten. She has really honed in our child’s strengths and seen them just as that!! The energy and excitement she brings to her classroom is infectious!! Our 6-year-old has thrived with the support and teaching style Mrs. Branner has!! She loves her students so much and makes each and every one of them feel like they can achieve anything!! The confidence I’ve seen in our child this past year has been incredible! Our daughter adores Mrs. Branner and she should be celebrated for her years of education in our community as well as her incredibly big heart for her kiddos! In our house we always say Mrs. Branner is a gem! And she sure is!!
I would like to thank Frederick County Middle School Track Coach Danielle Riley. My daughter ran track for FCMS and had a phenomenal season. She found a love for sprinting and this love was fueled by Coach Riley. She started off the season without a clue of how to properly sprint and throughout the season her confidence and excitement for the sport grew. At the track meets, I witnessed all of the coaches encouraging positive team morale. Not only were the coaches and athletes supporting each other, our athletes were taught to support runners for the opposing teams. There were times when I would see our coaches shouting words of motivation to the runners, regardless of what team they were on. Our athletes witnessed this and by the end of the season, they were doing the same. Running alongside other athletes to help them find the strength and endurance to cross the finish line. After a race, many of our athletes would reach out to shake the hands of those they had a close race with. It was nothing short of inspiring. They were taught to represent FCMS well. My daughter learned so much this season. Not only did she gain a love for sprinting, which we are thrilled about. But first and foremost, she was taught sportsmanship throughout the season and she experienced what it truly means to be a team. Coach Riley went out of her way to build relationships with the athletes. This season was an experience I am certain my daughter will never forget. I certainly won’t.
Bass-Hoover Elementary School Special Education Teacher Amanda Orsini is one of the four amazing Special Education teachers we currently have at Bass-Hoover Elementary. As an instructional assistant, I have the amazing opportunity to watch her teach and interact with the four students she serves all day in her room. She is extraordinary and even on those really tough days she always brings it. She is so creative in her approach and how she brings lessons to each one of her students. Each one of the students is on a different level with different needs and she is able to seamlessly bring incredible instruction to each one. There are many days I am in awe of her work and professionalism with the students. Not only is she a great instructor, she cares deeply about the kids. She takes time on their breaks to draw pictures for them or have fun conversations. Amanda Orsini is one of the best teachers I know. I have learned so much from her and always watch what she does with amazement. It is teachers like Amanda Orsinin who make me want to continue this journey in the education profession.
I would like to thank and recognize Apple Pie Ridge Elementary School Fourth Grade Teacher Becky East. She has been amazing this year supporting, encouraging, and teaching our son. Mrs. East is easy to talk to. She’s always available for questions or concerns and never makes you feel like a bother. I can tell she has a genuine love for learning as well as her students. We are so thankful our son landed in her class this school year. She’s been a true blessing to him and I know the impact Mrs. East has made will stick with him for years to come. It’s a good feeling when you can drop your kid off at school and not worry about him all day. She’s played a huge role in that. There aren’t enough “thank you’s” in the world to express our sincere gratitude for all Mrs. East has done. We will certainly miss her next year!
Sherando High School Instructional Assistant Lisa Bakos has been such a huge influence on my daughter and her friends this year! She has gone above and beyond to connect with them and she has truly cared about my daughter and her well-being. My daughter looked forward to seeing her every day and she will remember and cherish Ms. Bakos and the relationship she has had with her!
Thank you to Admiral Richard E. Byrd Middle School Seventh Grade Science Teacher Diana Weir. My daughter raves about the exciting things that happen in her class. Not only that, but she takes the time to communicate with me on any information that I need to know. That doesn't always happen in middle school. Thank you Ms. Weir!
Stonewall Elementary School First Grade Teacher Carrie White has gone above and beyond to help my son feel comfortable in the classroom and being so much more confident in himself! From the beginning of the year until now I have seen such big improvements. She's wonderful in so many ways!
Stonewall Elementary School Fourth Grade Teacher Sarah Krietz has helped my son tremendously with being confident in himself and to always try. I see huge improvements in him this year.
Jordan Springs Elementary School Fourth Grade Teacher Patricia Kimbrell has been a wonderful 4th grade teacher for my son this year! She had her baby girl in November and came back in February ready to continue to teach enthusiastically.
I would like to thank Middletown Elementary School First Grade Teacher Heather Walther. My daughter transitioned from private school to public school this year, so she was nervous about attending a new school and meet new friends. She instantly bonded with Mrs.Walther. My daughter is very comfortable with Mrs.Walther and opens up about her life here at home and is always thinking and bragging about her wonderful teacher. She loves to give her presents, and every time we see a panda bear she is sure to mention that is one of Mrs. Walther's favorites. As a mother, it makes me feel very comfortable and relaxed knowing my daughter is close and opens up to another trusted adult! I couldn't have asked for a better teacher for my daughter this year! Mrs. Walther, you really impact so many children's lives in a positive manner and we are very blessed to have worked beside you this year!!!
Middletown Elementary School Kindergarten Teacher Melissa Barb's calling is truly right where she is...to be teaching! She makes learning fun for her class. My son is always excited to see what fun things are in store for that day. Her heart and soul are really in her profession and it definitely shows. She communicates efficiently and makes me feel comfortable knowing my son is spending the day in her class! I was truly blessed to have great teachers this year for my children!!
Going to a new school during COVID was extremely rough at the start, but James Wood High School Science Teacher William Henderson always made his class a welcoming environment. Throughout the year he was always there to help if I missed a school day, or struggled to understand what was taught. He has motivated me to work harder as a student in all of my classes. Chemistry isn’t easy, and sometimes can be boring or tedious, but Mr. Henderson does everything in his power to make class fun and easy. I know I can always count on him to do his best to help me if something is going on, both inside and outside of school. I am so thankful that I was able to have his class and the humor that went with it.
I want to thank Orchard View Elementary School First Grade Teacher Paige Savarese for being an amazing first grade teacher! My daughter loves Mrs. Savarese and looks forward to going to school every day. She always comes home with a positive story to share. Mrs. Savarese shows love, empathy, and care for each and every one of her students, and has gone out of her way to create a memorable first grade experience.
I want to thank Orchard View Elementary School Fifth Grade Teacher Tara Fulk for the positive relationships she fosters with her students, including my son. She has gone above and beyond to help my son with organizational skills and understanding content when he needed a little extra help. Thank you for "getting" my son and showing him empathy and support. We think you were a perfect match for him this year!
Redbud Run Elementary School Third Grade Teacher Jennifer Rust has gone above and beyond to make this strange school year fun for the children. Her magic desk rides are a favorite for my daughter. She keeps learning fun and creative.
Redbud Run Elementary School Fifth Grade Teacher Nancy Comins has gone above and beyond this year to soothe my daughter's anxiety and help prepare her for middle school. She has continued to be supportive and attentive while also keeping class fun! We couldn’t have asked for a better way to end a wonderful elementary school experience at Redbud Run.
I want to thank the warm staff of Millbrook High School. I have been subbing there consistently since October and it has been a delight. The staff is so helpful and well prepared. The teachers there are dedicated to serving their students. Huge shout out to the individuals who work in the office. They are the master minds behind the functioning of Millbrook.
Evendale Elementary School Third Grade Teacher Heather Sosebee worked exceptionally hard to create a positive learning environment for her classroom. She was willing and available to discuss my daughter's progress throughout the school year and was regularly giving her feedback and encouragement. I could tell she was genuinely invested in the well-being of her students and led the classroom with her example of kindness. She put in a lot of time, effort and resources inside and outside of the classroom to make sure her students felt loved.
Evendale Elementary School Fifth Grade Teacher Elizabeth Lerch worked extremely hard to create a positive learning environment in her classroom. She was genuinely interested in her students and was even willing to attend their sporting events, recitals, etc. to show her love and support. The students excel when they know that their teacher is one of their biggest cheerleaders.
I have had the absolute pleasure of working along side Redbud Run Elementary School Counselors Jessica Dilello and Rachael Mendez since January as a practicum student. I have been blown away by their devotion to serving their students and staff. Two outstanding school counselors and individuals. I have been welcomed by them with warmth and kindness. I am beyond grateful that I have the opportunity to learn from them. They both genuinely care about the well-being of the Redbud students. Thank you Ms. Rachael and Ms. Jessie for leading me in my educational and career journey. Mostly, thank you for being a hands-on and active counselor to the students you serve.
Armel Elementary School Second Grade Teacher Molly Durham has been an incredible teacher for my son for the past two years. After moving here mid-way through his kindergarten year and getting sent home because of COVID 3 weeks later, I was really worried about him acclimating to a school environment again. Miss Durham was so incredibly patient and kind and helped him love his new school. She did everything she could to help the kids continue learning in a safe environment. We jumped on the chance to "loop" up with her again for his second grade year. We have been so grateful for her as a teacher. It is clear she loves teaching and cares a great deal for the students. Everyone at Armel is so wonderful and I am so thankful for all they have done for our kids in such a difficult and confusing time.
I would like to thank Gainesboro Elementary School Kindergarten Teacher Kristen Reynolds and Instructional Assistant Pamela Jenkins. My first born starting kindergarten put a knot in my stomach. I just wanted to know his teachers and peers would be kind and patient with him (just as I expected the same from him). Since day one, my son has come home with only positive things and experiences. Every day, I was more and more assured that he was treated exactly how I had hoped for and the entire Gainesboro staff is credited for that. But his own personal teachers are really what made an impact on my little boy's first year of school and for that I am so thankful!
Bass-Hoover Elementary School Second Grade Teacher Amanda Rudolph is an amazing 2nd grade teacher. Her positive attitude and fun sense of humor make her classroom an inviting place to be. I am so thankful for all her hard work with my 2nd grader. At the beginning of the year, my son was behind in reading and spelling. But, because of Ms. Rudolph, he is now meeting grade level benchmarks and earned all A honor roll the last 2 quarters. My son was blessed to have her as a teacher.
Bass-Hoover Elementary School First Grade Teacher Brooke Marker has provided a safe, loving classroom for my first grader. She met my son where he was academically, and celebrated his progress in reading and spelling. She has helped to build up his confidence. He absolutely loves and adores her. I appreciate her dedication to her students.
I would like to thank Jordan Springs Elementary School Fourth Grade Teacher Jessica Barr and Fifth Grade Teacher Bobby Baker for all they have done for being a part of my son's elementary completion. May God bless them and their family.
I would like to thank James Wood Middle School for being a part of my daughter's middle school completion. May God bless you all.
We would like to thank Orchard View Elementary School Kindergarten Teacher Kristen Walko for going above and beyond for our daughter. Ms. Walko’s dedication to her students is truly admirable. She has taken the extra time and care to ensure that our daughter's experience in kindergarten is exceptional. Ms. Walko goes above and beyond to create a fun and collaborative learning environment. We are so thankful for you!
Thank you to Millbrook High School Band Teacher James Tucker for all you have done for my son the last four years. He has made a great impact on my son. It has been an honor getting to know you.
I would like to thank Jordan Springs Elementary School's entire staff and substitutes for a successful year. We made it through illnesses, injuries, family deaths, weather incidents, staff shortages and we pulled through and the Wolf pack family did it.
Greenwood Mill Elementary School First Grade Teacher Katherine Ware made my daughter's first year in school memorable and exciting. I was nervous about putting my daughter into public school, having been homeschooled for kindergarten, but she took off running thanks to her attentive and encouraging teacher, Mrs. Ware. She has maintained straight A’s all throughout her first year, and all she talks about at home is how much she loves school. We couldn’t have asked for a better first grade teacher! She’s given her a love for learning that I hope will carry her through the years. Thank you so much for your love and dedication to your students.
Bass-Hoover Elementary School Instructional Assistant Chris Jarrell serves a dual role as the PTO president. He continuously goes above and beyond to serve the students, school and parents. He is caring, hardworking and, above all, has a heart that serves. Thank you for all your hard work for our students and school! It does not go unnoticed!
Middletown Elementary School First Grade Teacher (Long-term Sub) Ashlee Keeler had the courage to take over for Mrs. Hakel’s class half way through the year. It was tough for the kids to lose their teacher, whom they had grown attached to. However, Miss Keeler won their trust and pushed them to succeed. My daughter has grown so much and I feel she has learned more from Miss Keeler. She kept me informed and really helped me to know my daughter's strengths and weaknesses. School has been so hard for kids these last 3 years. It’s comforting to know that your child’s teacher cares as much as you do. I am forever grateful.
I want to thank Middletown Elementary School Special Education Teacher Aileen Seelbach so much for giving me additional help and helping me get through this school year. You are awesome. Thank you again.
Our experience at Apple Pie Ridge Elementary School has been so positive. Every staff member we encounter always has a smile on their face and treats all children with genuine happiness and respect. Principal Megan Dodd knows each and every one of her students by name and goes out of her way to remember details about their interests and likes and dislikes. She is right out there in the pick-up line each day, greeting parents and sending students home with a kind word and energetic positivity to end the school day. We would also like to recognize Instructional Assistant Crystal Pullen and IRT Bethany Crouse for always taking the time to acknowledge and listen to our kiddos in the van that aren’t old enough to attend APR yet. These small acts of kindness make all the difference and leave a lasting impact on students and parents alike.
I've known Sherando High School Social Studies Teacher Doreen Pauley Ricard for 3 years and she’s helped me to become a better student and a better person. She builds close relationships with her students. She’s always there for her students and genuinely cares. She makes class memorable and fun. Thank you for always being there for me and for always being such a positive role model in my life.
This year was James Wood Middle School Band Director Noah Flanigan's first year at JWMS. My child is in 8th grade this year. Which means Mr. Flanigan had one year to impact my child's music learning. Mr. Flanigan has improved my child's playing skills on the tuba and also inspired my child to learn how to play the jazz bass guitar. My child has a love for playing instruments. But knowing it's ok to try to learn new instruments outside of his comfort zone Is all thanks to Mr. Flanigan. Thank you Mr. Flanigan for your time invested in and inspiring my child's music career. I would also like to say congratulations on 2nd place at the Hershey Park competition. I know it took a lot of work and patience with the students. You did an amazing job teaching all of your students..
Thank you to Redbud Run Elementary School Kindergarten Teacher Kalyn Corron and Instructional Assistant Robin Eanes for all you have done for my daughter this year. Redbud is lucky to have the best Kindergarten duo. My daughter has grown and learned so much. You both truly have a heart of gold and make Kindergarten so much fun! Thank you for going above and beyond helping my little one adjust to Kindergarten and having to move soon.
Both of my daughters had Sherando High School Science Teacher Susan Saylor as an instructor during their time at SHS and both highly respected her as a person, felt that she was tough yet fair as a teacher, and were there to support the kids in all of their high school endeavors. As a parent, I greatly appreciated her grading style as it truly promotes learning!
Apple Pie Ridge Elementary School First Grade Teacher Denise May is just amazing with her students. My daughter started off the school year not really being able to read much and was behind in her reading. Thank you to her teacher, Mrs. May, for giving me the tools to help my daughter at home with her reading and for always having time to meet with me and giving me a peace of mind about my daughter's progress. My daughter now loves to read and is more confident in her reading. I never felt so proud.
Evendale Elementary School Preschool Teacher Hannah Chapman and Instructional Assistant Heather Hunter have taught our 4-year-old twins so much. They entered into pre-k with very little knowledge and very little speech. They both have learned way more than my expectations and both children are at age appropriate levels of speech. They have been incredible and my children love the time they get to spend with them.
Apple Pie Ridge Elementary School First Grade Teacher Denise May has made this year so much fun for my son and his classmates. She puts so much creativity into her teaching and goes the extra mile to make sure her students feel special and seen. She will write kind words of encouragement on papers she’s graded and communicates with parents in the same caring, intentional manner. My son still talks about Glow Day and how surprised he was to walk into the classroom that day. Her STEM activities are always engaging and unique and she goes the extra mile every day to make her classroom a happy and safe place to be.
Thank you to Orchard View Elementary School Assistant Principal Timothy Cline. I really appreciate that there was an interpreter for the kindergarten graduation. That filled me with joy.
Thank you to all the teachers and staff at Evendale Elementary School for keeping my four children safe and learning all year long!!! You are the best!!!
Frederick County Public Schools Assistant Director of Student Support Services Ben Thompson is always willing to go the extra mile for our students. He is able to quickly problem-solve each situation and puts an action plan in place to benefit the student and family. Ben is a team player, not only within the student support services department but across departments and schools. Ben is truly a champion for students and dedicated to doing what's right!
Sherando High School Art Teacher James Minney challenged my daughter to go deeper with her art. Thank you!
Sherando High School Tech Ed Teacher Lyndsay Crump was a dynamic teacher who engaged my son in Communication Systems through Graphic Design. He loved this class!
Frederick County Public Schools Student Support Specialist Mary Moore has always been such a wonderful support to the Homebound/Homebased Teachers that she supervises. I want to thank Mrs. Moore because she has given me the opportunity to work with some amazing students inside and outside of my base school and has been such a wonderful support through it all. She is always available for questions and will go above and beyond to make sure we have the information we need to best serve our students. She is kind, professional, and such a blessing to work with. She really wants the best for our students and does an amazing job of pairing up students and teachers that will form good partnerships in order to get the education that our students need. Thank you Mrs. Moore for all that you do!
Robert E. Aylor Middle School Resource Officer Julian Berger stepped in when my 6th grader got caught in a bad situation and made sure the situation didn't spread too far. I think he was very professional and very understanding in how he dealt with the situation.
I wanted to take a moment to say a big thank you to Gainesboro Elementary School Kindergarten Teacher Ashley Staley and Instructional Assistant Deann Whitacre for offering my daughter an encouraging, empowering and enlightening Kindergarten year! This was my family’s first experience with having a student in public school and I really appreciate them giving us the tools, resources, and support needed to ensure our daughter’s success. We look forward to fostering her love of learning with other vital teachers in the years to come. With the greatest appreciation!
My son is not particularly a fan of English class, mostly because he struggles a lot with writing assignments. However, while taking James Wood High School English Teacher Jessica Sibole’s class, he actually enjoyed it. Ms. Sibole is always kind and understanding. She has made English one of his favorite classes. Thank you Ms. Sibole!
I would like to thank all my daughter's teachers from 9th through 12th grade at Millbrook High School for all the help given to her and for their support and motivation. My daughter couldn’t have done it without you all. When she first started as a freshman and I heard students would graduate in year 2022, I said, "Wow, that’s a long time." Here she is now graduating from MillBrook. Thanks to all her teachers that were involved from start to end.
I appreciate Millbrook High School Spanish Teacher Elizabeth Oliva for being a wonderful teacher! My son is a 9th grade student in her Spanish class. He has informed me that Mrs. Oliva has made learning Spanish fun. She has included a variety of subject matters, such as writing about themselves, biography and discussion of various cultures that provide students opportunities to broaden their use of Spanish. She makes learning fun. My son enjoys Spanish so much that he often initiates conversations with my Peruvian wife in Spanish.
Millbrook High School Art Teacher Angela Bean is an amazing art teacher! She motivated and inspired my daughter to use her artistic skills to the best of her ability. She is by far her favorite teacher.
I want to thank Sherando High School Social Studies Teacher Neil Walker for going out of his way to make students enjoy the class and have fun. He always has the most ridiculous jokes that make us all laugh - and usually out loud! Not every teacher can bring this positivity to the classroom. I just appreciate all the extra measures he takes for every one of his students, especially me!
I want to thank Sherado High School Art Teacher Katharine Kwiatkowski for remaining positive when some negative situations happened. She was always willing to help every student, regardless of how busy or overwhelmed she might have been. I personally have learned so many new things from her and have grown in art this year more than I ever could have imagined. Mrs. K has a wonderful way of balancing the students' creativity and curriculum into a lot of fun - both in class and in art club.
I appreciated Sherando High School Assistant Principal Logan Sheppard taking the time to listen to my point of view with my 504 and taking my SOLs. I felt confident that you were going to do everything you could do to help ensure that I had what I felt I needed to take my SOLs. Thank you very much.
Indian Hollow Elementary School Instructional Assistant Patricia Iser is amazing and I don't think she realizes how much she really helped my daughter. My little girl started late and is also a force to be reckoned with. She doesn’t like for things to happen the easy way. Mrs. Iser helped her so much and has helped her learn so much this year. We are so very proud of her. Many thank yous to Mrs. Iser for all of her help and work with our daughter. You are amazing!
Sherando High School Ag Teacher Elizabeth Borst puts so much of her own time and resources into making her class and students successful. She puts in hours of work on weekends to water plants, pick up extra soil or deliver loads of plants for our annual plant sale. She always adapts to challenges in the classroom like not getting a plant or flower we need for class on time. Not only is she an amazing Ag teacher, but she also puts her time towards placing students in work-based learning and working with them to help them learn important skills they will need for jobs in the future. Mrs. Borst also inspires future teachers like myself in the home economics class she teaches called Teachers for Tomorrow. Her dedication to myself and fellow students has greatly contributed to my excitement to become an educator. As if everything she does at school isn't enough, she runs a floral design business making gorgeous arrangements for weddings, proving a living example for young horticulturalists and florists to look up to. I am so blessed to have been taught by such an amazing teacher these past three years and I can truly say the things I am learning in her classes have prepared me in numerous ways to be successful outside of high school.
Sherando High School Social Studies Teacher Doreen Pauley Ricard is one of those teachers that everyone loves. I am always engaged in class in ways that I am not typically engaged in regular AP classes. We always have fun activities, projects or papers that help us apply the topics we are learning in a fun way. While I have always enjoyed history, she has a way of turning even the most mundane historical events into something fun. Like when we had to pretend to be the founding fathers and we folded origami paper hats, and wore our bookbags as fancy suits. She brings history to life in our classroom and I am constantly learning new things about our country and history. Not only does Dr. Ricard teach what is required but she digs deeper than any history teacher I've ever had to give truly historical accounts of events. She doesn't merely stop at what is assumed by most people. She is also the most amazing NHS coordinator. She constantly searches out new events and programs for us to be involved in and she allows us to be actively involved in reaching out to our community, and planning events rather than merely participating. She truly has a heart for her students and her community, which makes her impact that much bigger on students like me. Thank you so much, Dr. Richard. These have been hands down my most favorite two years of history class ever.
Bass-Hoover Elementary School Second Grade Teacher Karianne Goff has been my mentor teacher for half of the school year this year. I am in a class called Teachers For Tomorrow that allows me to go into a school and get a more hands-on teaching experience. Mrs. Goff has been the most wonderful mentor teacher this year. She welcomed me with open arms into her classroom where she taught me things like building relationships with students, how to grade papers, how to teach an effective lesson amd how to manage a classroom. I am so lucky to have an experience like I have had and the things she taught me about the classroom are going to help me in my career as a teacher here in a few short years. I cannot thank her enough for allowing me to be a part of her second grade family this year. It means the world to me to have had such an amazing learning experience and it would not have been the same without her. Thank you so much, Mrs. Goff!
Bass-Hoover Elementary School Secretary Stacey Gavurnik always goes above and beyond to get to know the students and parents at Bass-Hoover. While she isn't a teacher, she still bonds with students and parents in a meaningful way throughout the school year. She coordinates transportation and makes sure all students at the school get where they need to go to be safe after their day at school. She runs parent pickup at the end of the day and knows every parent and student who is there each day. Not only does she run parent pickup, she made it an efficient smooth system finished accurately, safely and quickly each day. She is such an asset to the school and the students and parents within it.
Our son was blessed to have Bass-Hoover Elementary School Kindergarten Teacher Amy Tonovitz this year. He describes Mrs. Tonovitz as “nice, fun, and funny.” When asked what he likes best about Mrs. Tonovitz, he replied, “She helps me learn.” We appreciate all of Mrs. Tonovitz’s hard work in helping her students grow academically, socially, and emotionally. Even when he didn’t feel well, our son didn’t want to miss school because he worried he would miss something fun - which says a lot! We also appreciated the weekly Seesaw messages, which helped us stay organized and informed, and prepared for the week ahead. Mrs. Tonovitz, thank you for making our son's kindergarten year a success! Your students are lucky to have you!
Thank you to James Wood High Schol Assistant Principal Elizabeth Fout, CTE Teacher Julianna Wiseman, Social Studies Teacher Rachel Reed, English Teacher James Lancaster, Latin Teacher Samuel Powell and PE Stephen Bell for being such talented teachers and administrators. The past two school years, (9th and 10th) have been incredibly challenging for my son who experienced COVID three different times, along with being diagnosed with Attention Deficit. All honors classes have raised expectations as well. I won't go through the frustrating detail but I will tell you that had it not been for Ms. Fout, I expect my son would be repeating a grade and losing any opportunity of being accepted by a name college. There were also teachers who were able to maintain my son's interest, (not an easy task), to get him through this year. They have ave my gratitude and accolades for being the talented teachers they are. My son often tells me how much he enjoys these teachers, as well as how much he has learned. Thank you so much for what you have all done for my child!
Two times this year James Wood High School Assistant Principal Michael Bolin has gone above and beyond his duty as an assistant principal to ensure my 11th grader received the best opportunities available for him. He ensured that my son had access to resources that would help him as he progresses into his senior year of high school. Not only that, he has consistently offered my son personal encouragement and positive affirmations throughout his high school years and I know that makes a huge difference to the teenagers of today who constantly struggle with self esteem issues and comparison. Particularly to young men seeking a positive reliable male role model outside of family. All this has shown me he truly cares about my son’s overall well-being and not just his level of success in school!
Thank you to Armel Elementary School Kindergarten Teacher Lauren Mardquess for being an exceptional teacher. I cannot believe we are already finishing up Kindergarten! Our son has learned so much this year and has blossomed into such a sweet little man! His teacher has been nothing short of kind, compassionate and patient as we've navigated through this school year! I can't thank Mrs. Marquess enough for what she has done on the daily! Her hard work and dedication do not go unnoticed! Both of my children were truly blessed to have been taught by the best!
Evendale Elementary School Special Education Teacher Tina Crosen came in to our classroom late in the year but right away got to know each of the students and had a plan to teach them. She is a gifted teacher, very caring and in control. I feel so fortunate to work with her and look forward to the years to come.
Frederick County Public Schools Career and Technical Education (CTE) staff work tirelessly to create meaningful learning experiences in classrooms, production labs, work-based placements, career exploration events, and Career Technical Student Organizations. Learning is active and relevant resulting in transferable skills that can be employed in any setting. CTE is often a “game changer” for students giving them opportunities to earn dual enrollment credits and industry credentials. CTE teachers are truly Superheroes; please take a moment to thank a CTE teacher in Agriculture Education, Business and Information Technology, Career Connections, Family and Consumer Sciences, Health and Medical Sciences, Marketing Education, Technology Education, and Trade and Industrial Education. CTE is learning that works in Frederick County Public Schools.
I would like to thank Robert E. Aylor Middle School Art Teacher Michelle Herbert for her compassion. When my daughter needed someone to talk to, Ms. Herbert was always there for her and provided a safe haven for my daughter when her mental health was in need. I will be forever grateful to her for this.
I would like to thank Robert E. Aylor Middle School Senior Lead Teacher Jill Couturiaux. This is her first year in this position and over this year she has really proven herself to be an amazing leader and essential member of the Aylor family/team. Jill has provided regular support to students and staff this year as we dealt with the many transitions that come with a new school building and a new "post-COVID" school year. Additionally, as one of our administrators has been out for maternity leave, Jill has really stepped up seamlessly to fulfill the role of grade-level administrator. She has done a fabulous job of dealing with student behaviors, providing consistent positive reinforcement, has worked diligently to provide coverage, organized multiple functions, and has been an amazing emotional support for both the students and staff. Everyone knows this has been another tough year in the world of education, but Jill has made Aylor continue to be a great place to work, grow, and learn. We are lucky to have her!
Redbud Run Elementary School Bookkeeper Debra Bayliss is always so kind, and very helpful and I appreciate you. Thank you. Have a safe and relaxing, but fun summer.
Gainesboro Elementary School Bus Driver Melissa William (Bus #230) goes above and beyond to make sure her bus children are happy, safe and comfortable. My child started kindergarten this year and it wasn’t easy for him or myself. Mrs. Melissa made sure to comfort my child. She even walked my child into school and asked if someone in the office could call me to let me know he was okay (separation anxiety is real). She has gone above and beyond for both my children. They absolutely love their bus driver. She’s truly amazing. She takes her job seriously and every day my children are happy to see her. I can’t thank her enough!!!
Thank you to James Wood Middle School Social Studies Teacher Terell Johnson and Math Teacher Charlotte Atkins for showing so much interest in my student's success. Thank for the reminder emails for assignments and quizzes. It's been a very busy school year with many different changes, so your communication was much appreciated. Thank you.
James Wood MIddle School Social Studies Teacher Heather Gay pours her heart and soul into the James Wood Middle School musicals. She makes an amazing connection with every student who performs. Our family is so thankful that our journey through JWMS brought Mrs. Gay into our lives! Thank you for all you have done for my daughter!
We want to thank James Wood Middle School Choir Director Jessica Long for all the time and dedication you give to your chorus students! My daughter has learned so much from you and cherishes the time she had with you. We thank you from the bottom of our hearts, and we will miss you.
We would like to thank Millbrook High School English Teacher Dawn Buehler for the excellent teaching this year. My son truly learned so much from her and appreciated that she treats her students with so much care and respect. Mrs. Buehler is an asset to MHS in every way!
Middletown Elementary School Kindergarten Teacher Melissa Barb dealt with a lot of high energy, and some negative behaviors, and was still able to teach my child so many important lessons.
I would like to celebrate Sherando High School Art Teacher Katharine Kwiatkowski for teaching an amazing AP Studio Art class this year. Our class got close which made it even better! She is a great art teacher and she has taught me a lot!
The entire Redbud Run Elementary School Special Education Team has helped my precious autistic son in so many ways. From structure to daily routines to following directions. I know it's not easy all the time but all of you guys rock! Thank you so much for caring for our precious kids!
Sherando High School Special Instructional Assistant Kelly Lodge does anything I or another student needs to be successful in our classes. Thanks Miss Lodge for all that you do.
Greenwood Mill Elementary School Fourth Grade Teacher Whitney Payne is a wonderful teacher. Thank you for helping my son in all his work.
A heartfelt thank you to Stonewall Elementary School Third Grade Teacher Amber Moore. Ms. Moore encourages and motivates my granddaughter to do her best and to enjoy learning. My granddaughter loves school and looks forward to going each day. Ms. Moore is a caring and outstanding teacher who makes learning fun. Ms. Moore takes the time to write positive notes on her completed assignments. Ms. Moore helped the students in all aspects to prepare for the SOLs! My granddaughter is enjoying the phenomenal end of the year projects. Also, Ms. Moore is quick with email responses to questions. The confidence and knowledge my granddaughter has gained will carry her over the bridge to have a successful year in her next grade.
Indian Hollow Elementary School Third Grade Teacher Kelsey Keran has helped my student rise above challenges and goals, she makes learning fun and enjoyable. Dr. Kernan has been an inspiration to all of her students this year especially my child who lost her love for learning but regained it joining her class. She communicates with parents and passes along learning material. She is just hands down one of the greats.
Middletown Elementary School Music Teacher Kaleb Branner is new to Middletown this year. He has been such a wonderful addition to the MES family. His love of music and teaching is evident in everything he does. His chorus performances show how much the students respect him and what a great teacher he is. Great job, Mr. Branner!
My son had a wonderful year with Bass-Hoover Elementary School First Grade Teacher Kelly Griffith! She taught him how to be a writer, she challenged his mind and put up with his many, many requests to see the nurse! I am forever grateful for the learning opportunities he had this year and I am honored to work with such an exceptional teacher. Thank you for helping him grow and learn in a way that nurtured his individual strengths! He said it best when he told me, "Mom I'm ready for second grade because Mrs. Griffith taught me how to write books and add 400+400!" Thank you Mrs. Griffith!
Because of the 8th Grade Team at Admiral Richard E. Byrd Middle School, my son has not only had a successful academic year, but has thoroughly enjoyed school. He feels his teachers are “relatable and down to earth.” They make learning fun and have done a phenomenal job at engaging their students.
Middletown Elementary School Music Teacher Kaleb Branner has been a wonderful new addition to our school. The students have really enjoyed all they have learned. They are so engaged in his lessons! He also has done an amazing job leading a huge chorus and even started an after school music club for third grade and they got an opportunity to perform for the whole school.
We appreciate Middletown Elementary School Counselors Victoria Dandar and Brenda Rosenthal and how much they support everyone in our building! Our school had not one but two new guidance counselors this year and we are so lucky to have gotten Ms. Dandar and Ms. Rosenthal! They have worked incredibly hard supporting our students and our staff. They have worked tirelessly and with such compassion and empathy.
Middletown Elementary School Custodian David Dixon is one of the most hardworking people I have ever known. He never stops helping others. Our school literally would fall apart without Mr. Dixon. It's more than just cleaning, fixing and fufilling our requests (some of which are quite odd) he makes our school a better place. He is always pleasant and kind. Also, he makes real bonds with students and encourages them to be responsible. He has taught so many students useful skills and instills a sense of pride in thier work. Some students who have not found success in other parts of the school day continually find success and support from Mr. Dixon.
Thank you to Bass-Hoover Elementary School Kindergarten Teacher Kelly Schachtschneider for always being kind, willing to help, answer all questions, and always coming up with creative ways to make my son's day at school exciting. You have been a wonderful help in getting him to want to come to school and enjoy wanting to learn. Thank you so much.
Robert E. Aylor Middle School Sixth Grade Social Studies Teacher Kalley Bormann has done an exceptional job all year teaching our son History in sixth grade. Our son absolutely loves learning about History now because Mrs. Bormann always makes her lessons fun and relateable. Our son has also been exposed to many new songs and genres of music Mrs. Bormann uses to teach lessons. This method was very helpful to help him remember content. Thank you, Mrs. Bormann, for doing an awesome job, making learning fun, and helping our son to develop a love of History this year!
We are grateful for Armel Elementary School First Grade Teacher Karen Habbersett for so many reasons. She provides an exceptional and fun learning environment, and she takes the time to really get to know each of her students. Her grace and compassion shows how much she truly cares about each of her students and also provides an excellent model for little ones learning to navigate new situations and big feelings. It is very clear that Ms. Habbersett is an outstanding teacher, and we are so fortunate that our child was in her class this year!
Thank you to Robert E. Aylor Middle School Ag Teacher Kimberly Black. Over the past few months, since taking Agriscience second semester, our son has become very involved in Aylor FFA. He has shown inituative to be actively involved in FFA and is excited to be a member of the student organization. His desire to be a leader has also lead him to be selected to serve as a chapter officer next school year. We are very appreciative of Mrs. Black for recognizing our son's potential and for encouraging him to step up to the challenge of serving his school and peers as a chapter officer. We look forward to seeing all of the wonderful things that are yet to come as our son continues to grow, mature, and enhance his leadership skills working with Mrs. Black and Aylor FFA.
Orchard View Elementary School Third Grade Teacher Kelly Brittin has inspired my daughter to love reading and because of this, she has made so much progress this year. She also always makes time to listen to all her students about little things that are big to kids! My family was blessed to have her as our daughter's teacher this year!
Thank you to Admiral Richard E. Byrd Middle School Math Teacher Bryan Levi for helping my daughter navigate through a very tough year! My daughter has suffered from anxiety and Mr. Levi has been amazing this past school year. He has gone above and beyond to make sure she felt comfortable not only in his classroom but throughout her school day as well. Many times, she has said he talked with her and he became someone she felt she could talk to and trust. He also took a subject that she hates, and made it enjoyable. When she came home and said math was her favorite time in her day, we knew she had an amazing teacher!!! I will forever be grateful for all he has done to help my daughter! He will be a teacher that will never be forgotten! You are a great mentor to all your students! Thank you Mr. Levi!!!
Admiral Richard E. Byrd Middle School PE Teacher Marc Massullo is just a wonderful teacher all around! He truely cares about the students whether they are in his class or not. He always makes a point to say hi to my kids when he sees them which I always hear about with a smile. He pushes them to do there best and even makes lunch time visits with them. Thank you for giving my kiddos a little extra when they have needed it! Please do not let him retire!!!!
I would like to thank Frederick County Middle School Special Education Teacher Keith Lessard for being my son's teacher this year. He has never had a male teacher before and he has been such a positive male role model. He really intereacts with my son as well as the other students He’s very loving and caring and really takes the time to understand each one. I’m so thankful for him and so glad that my son will have him again next year.
Thank you to Indian Hollow Elementary School Fourth Grade Teacher Sarah Cassell for inspiring your students to be their best and instilling a love of learning in your classroom. At the end of every school day my daughter is always bursting with excitement to tell me about how much fun she had in class or about a new learning experience Mrs. Cassell has planned for them. She doesn’t ever want to miss a day of school! You are an amazing teacher!
I learned today that Gainesboro Elementary School Literacy Coach Susan Aldrich is retiring after this year. Both of my daughters struggled with reading and had the opportunity to work with her. She not only helped them reach their goals but helped them develop a love of reading. She is kind, patient, and skilled in modifying her techniques to match each child's needs. During COVID she kept up with my oldest daughter's progress and helped her not regress while school was in chaos. She cares so much! Gainesboro Elementary is full of amazing teachers and staff, but Mrs. Aldrich is a gem! I'm thankful for all she's done for my girls and countless other children in our community. I thank her and wish her well!
James Wood High School English Teacher Alyssa McKee has always been there for our English class no matter how crazy the students got, and is always willing to help out with the big or small things. I wish more people could have her as a teacher so they can see for themselves how much of a kind and patient person she is with all her students. I will really miss having her class, and enjoying my English lessons thanks to how wonderful she is.
Thank you to Redbud Run Elementary School Kindergarten Teacher Kalyn Corron for being an incredible teacher. We are infinitely grateful for all you have taught our son. God bless you.
I felt like Armel Elementary School Nurse Ann Stine went above for us. We had several conversations before the school year started, she met with us and showed our son around the school prior to its opening. Her office is right next to his kinder class and she kept a close eye on him and would call me with updates when needed. He always feels comfortable going to her when he doesn’t feel good and even when he does feel good just to say hi (and he really likes the snacks she keeps on hand).
Sherando High School Business Teacher Charisse Woodward has gone over and above the call of duty the past two years with my son! She has pushed him beyond what he thought possible. She has inspired and moved him not only with his schooling but in his everyday living. Mrs. Woodward is what every GREAT teacher should be ! My husband and I are so glad that our son has one teacher that he will remember for a lifetime!
Thank you to Greenwood Mill Elementary School Second Grade Teacher Shelly Eldridge. My son began second grade this year with a long-term sub like several other classes In our school. His kindergarten year was cut short due to Covid and his 1st grade year was virtual. There was a lot of transition this year for our students. He was lucky enough to have Mrs. Eldridge as his teacher beginning around Christmas time. She immediately formed a wonderful connection with my son and all of the students. My son has shown amazing growth educationally and socially this year after having a very difficult time in kindergarten and first grade due to Covid and virtual learning. Mrs. Eldridge has made a wonderful connection with all of her students. They all feel loved and special every day they are in her room. She is a wonderful addition to Frederick county public schools!
Thank you to Greenwood Mill Elementary School Fourth Grade Teacher Connor Herndon and Fourth Grade Special Education Teacher Kimberly Ball. My son has made amazing growth this year. He faces many educational challenges and Mr. Herndon and Mrs. Ball have given him the confidence to work hard, persist, and do his best. They are wonderful teachers for Frederick County Public Schools.
This year has been a particularly challenging one for our family as I have been fighting cancer. James Wood High School Social Studies Teacher Stewart Belkin helped my kiddo through this school year by listening, encouraging and just being a good person. It's truly the little things that make someone's day easier, many people didn't know the challenges we where facing at home this year and his kindness made all the difference, My highschooler would come home and tell me about the day and always had a smile when it came to the favorite teacher, so thank you Mr. Belkin for being a wonder teacher who's kindness reaches beyond the classroom.
I would like to thank all of Middletown Elementary School teachers and staff who have taught my children.It seems a bit cliche but my 3 kids had the most amazing experience at Middletown Elementary School. My oldest started with Kindergarten Teacher Elizabeth Poole in 2012 and my youngest will finish with Fifth Grade Teacher Meredith German next week! We are thankful that all 3 kids got to start their schooling with Mrs. Poole. We are thankful that Fourth Grade Teacher Trisha Roy had both girls and never compared them to one another but loved them individually instead. We are thankful for the PE department for recognizing our kid's genuine hearts and including them in the amazing PE Buddies program. We are thankful for Custodians David Dixon and Richard Clark who have played integral parts in the kids' safety and happiness. We are thankful for the incredible art, music and library programs over the years. Gifted and Talented Teacher Sarah Curtis also had all 3 kids and taught them how to think for themselves and problem solve like champs. Third Grade Teacher Gilda Callis made an everlasting positive impression on my son that can't even be put into words. There are so many others that have truly loved our children and allowed them to grow socially and academically with pride and integrity. Thank you to the current and past staff of Middletown Elementary for setting our kids up for bright futures. We are forever grateful.
I would like to recognized Bass-Hoover Elementary School PE Teacher Joe Burton. It is 5:40 a.m., and as I ride by Bass-Hoover, a school none of my children attend, I see their PE teacher setting up for field day. Mr. Burton, and who appeared to be a division school employee in a navy truck, were working hard collecting items from the gym of the school and driving those items to various locations on the school’s campus where Mr. Burton, alone, was setting them up. These are the kind of behind the scenes, before and after school hours, things teachers do for the community children, and they deserve every ounce of our support and gratitude! Thank you Mr. Burton. I see you and your dedication to the students of Bass-Hoover. They are lucky to have you.
I would like to thank Admiral Richard E. Byrd Middle School Band Teacher William Norris for being an excellent connection for students and going above and beyond. This morning I saw FCPS at its finest. It is 6:00 a.m., and I submitted a success story about Bass-Hoover’s PE teacher who was setting for field day. However, that would have never been possible if it weren’t for William Norris, ABMS’s band teacher. I was out at 5:30 in the morning because I had to drop my 7th grader off at ABMS for the Hershey, PA, band assessment concert and amusement park day. That’s right! Mr. Norris and several other staff from ABMS, along with the help of parent volunteers, are taking 7th and 8th grade students to Hershey, PA, for a band assessment concert and then to Hershey Park!
I would like to thank Admiral Richard E. Byrd Middle School Assistant Principal Bret Clovis for going above and beyond. For those who don’t know, ABMS students are headed to Hershey, PA, for a band assessment and then park day. This wouldn’t be possible without the dedication and tireless efforts of so many FCPS employees. Although Mr. Norris, the band teacher, is the teacher responsible for this opportunity for our students, it would not be possible without the efforts of Mr. Clovis, the administrator, who is traveling to PA with the students today. That’s right Mr. Clovis was up and at ABMS at 5:30 a.m. when we all dropped our kids off. I see you Mr. Clovis going above and beyond for the students of ABMS. I applaud you. You deserve all of our support and gratitude!
I want to thank Millbrook High School Special Education Teacher Rebekah Pennington for endless support and going above and beyond to help my daughter for the past two years. Ms. Pennington has made a tremendous impact in her life. Ms. Pennington is an amazing teacher, that truly gives all she can to students.
I want to thank James Wood Middle School Assistant Principal Carrie Redcay and School Counselor Rhonda Headley because of all the work and things they have done for me this year. I missed an SOL and Mrs. Redcay let me take it in her office and I think that was really cool of her.
Thank you to Millbrook High School Counselor Abigail Nichols for your support. I want to celebrate Ms. Nichols for the support and guidance provided to my daughter over the past two years. Ms. Nichols was able to take on the complex challenges she has and developed a great relationship with her. Ms. Nichols was able to create an environment that was comfortable and safe for her to come and seek help. We are truly grateful for her efforts and strong support provided.
Thank you to Admiral Richard E. Byrd Middle School Special Education Teacher Randolph Hayes for the warm welcome to The Learning Center and for the extra effort you put in all year! We appreciate the love and care you pour into your students. Thank you for your attention to our son’s needs and your consistent communication. Thankful for a great first year in middle school! We appreciate you and our son loves you!
Thank you to Admiral Richard E. Byrd Middle School Sixth Grade Special Education Teacher Mary Blackmore for your warm welcome to our son this year! Thank you for your open communication and the extra effort you put into providing materials for us to work on at home. We appreciate you and our son loves you!
Frederick County Public Schools Assistant Director of Information Technology Ken Melnikoff should be commended for the excellent work he consistently provides. During the beginning of the school year. My daughter had a lot of issues with VVA and the programs on the chromebooks. Ken Melnikoff was always kind and never impatient. We appreciated how fast he resolved issues and was willing to answer questions throughout the year in other areas. He was always thorough and complete in his daily interactions with students and parents. He should be commended for the excellent work he consistently provides.
Thank you to Sherando High School Assistant Principal Karen McCoy. The summer leading up to the 2021-22 school year, Karen McCoy was kind enough to answer and respond to questions on VVA program before school started. It was important to us and she took the time and followed up. Grateful!
Thank you to Admiral Richard E. Byrd Middle School. Teacher for the Blind/Visually Impaired Kristi Riggleman for the consistent care and excellent effort you provided for our son! Thank you for helping to make his transition to middle school a smooth one. We appreciate the love and care you have invested in meeting his needs and guiding him through his visual deficits. He loves you!
Northwestern Regional Educational Programs Speech Therapist Erin Paras was awesome, kind, knowledgeable and patient. Not only did our child's speech improve, but we fell in love with our therapist and her little helper.
Thank you to Admiral Richard E. Byrd Middle School Speech Therapist Janet Gavin for taking the time and making yourself available to communicate this year! Thank you for helping our son with his speech. You have displayed genuine care in the details concerning our son's conversations with you. It has been a joy to work with you! Our son loves you!
Frederick County Public Schools Director of Middle and Secondary Instructional Services Julie Myers was just amazing and over the top. She not only took my email but responded to it. She also followed up repeatedly and was very professional. As a parent, it was a tremendous relief to have the support and answers provided as needed. Exceeding expectations! She should be commended for her daily and consistent efforts.
Thank you to Redbud Run Elementary School Fourth Grade Teacher Daniel Johanson. I am thankful for seeing improvement in my son's learning.
Greenwood Mill Elementary School Third Grade Teacher Danielle Homans is amazing and does so much for her students. Thank you for teaching my son so much this year, Ms. Homans! You are such a loving and fun teacher. My son adores you!
Sherando High School Counselor Amber Mungavin consistently provided unending support to my Virtual Virginia student. She was always available, patient and thorough. She was able to resolve issues and provide ideas and recommendations. She should be commended for her daily, consistent, and professional efforts . Job well done! Grateful.
Thank you to Admiral Richard E. Byrd Middle School Special Instructional Assistant Amy Deegan for the loving care you have invested into our son this year! It brought much joy to our family to hear of all the fun activities and interactions both you and others had with him. Flying the kite with you is one of our favorite and most adorable memories! Thank you. Our son loves you!
Jordan Springs Elementary School ESL Teacher Jacqueline Zacarias consistently provides unending support for her students. Always with great humor, patience and understanding. Her efforts go above and beyond what is required and she does it with ease. Very talented teacher and amazing professionalism. Over the Top!
Thank you to Sherando High School IT Tari Lloyd for providing exceptional customer service for students and parents.
Thank you to Frederick County Public Schools IT Chad Foreman for providing amazing tech support for students and parents.
Thank you to Admiral Richard E. Byrd Middle School Special Instructional Assistant Michelle Bock for helping to make our son's first year in middle school a wonderful one! Thank you for the consistent love and care you have devoted to our son. We appreciate the extra effort you made in meeting his needs. Thank you also for all the fantastic crafts and projects you have made available! You are creative and we thank you for sharing your creativity! Our son loves you!
I want to thank Millbrook High School Special Education Teacher Hillary Suire for her hard work and dedication to her students. Mrs. Suire is always there for her students and will always go above and beyond to help them succeed not only in her class but the students other classes as well. I am very thankful that she has been a part of my child's life since he has started Millbrook. My son and I are very grateful for having such an amazing teacher that he can always count on and go to whenever he needs help or just to talk. You have helped him in so many ways . We appreciate you so very much. Thank you, for all you do and for being the amazing teacher you are.
Thank you to Admiral Richard E. Byrd Middle School Special Instructional Assistant Joanne Ridings for helping our son in lunch this year! We appreciate your effort in helping him access and enjoy his meals. He loves you!
Redbud Run Elementary School Fifth Grade Teacher Sarah McHenry has been an amazing advocate for our daughter. She has shown so much patience during this school year. Mrs. McHenry communicates with us regularly and always has a positive outlook. She goes above and beyond to make sure that her students have someone in their corner.
Evendale Elementary School Kindergarten Teacher Nicole McGowan helped our moving transition tremendously! We moved to Winchester in the middle of the school year and it's my daughter's first year in school. We were very nervous with her transitioning into a new school and Mrs. McGowan made it so easy.
Thank you to Admiral Richard E. Byrd Middle School Secretary Tina Burns for your warm welcome and care for our son and family in all our interactions! Thank you for your genuine desire and care to understand and communicate with our son in the office. We appreciate you and he loves you!
My son was so lucky to have Sherando High School Social Studies Teacher Doreen Pauley Ricard as his history teacher for 9th and 11th grades. Her classes have always been fun as well as educational. She took time to teach students fundamental skills such as how to take notes, meanwhile provided opportunities for them to see, reflect and think deeper on historical events. She's always prepared for her classes even throughout the troublesome time during the pandemic. Dr. Ricard loves her students and always encourages them to pursue excellence to their fullest potential. She's been super supportive in NHS activities by allowing students to be active, flexible and creative in reaching out to our community. Thank you, Dr. Ricard for making such a significant impact on my son's education and personal development.
Evendale Elementary School Kindergarten Teacher Nicole McGowan was wonderful, patient and kind. The social interaction my son got in his kindergarten class helped his development and happiness. After almost two years cooped up, it was very exciting to start school. Mrs. McGowan is truly an angel.
Thank you to Admiral Richard E. Byrd Middle School Attendance Secretary Sherry Allen for the warm welcome and help you have provided to us at Admiral Byrd this year. We appreciate your hospitality in the office! Thank you for taking the time to get to know our son and for interacting with him and our family so kindly. He loves you!
I would like to thank Frederick County Public Schools Director of Policy and Communications Steve Edwards and Superintendent David Sovine. I had a chance to participate in FCPS 101. It was a wonderful experience. Every month we learned about the many programs, visions and innovative work occurring every single day in the schools our children attend. Mr. Edwards kept us all informed about the sessions and answered every email.
Thank you to Stonewall Elementary School Fourth Grade Teacher Cassie Bell. Our son had an amazing year in her class. She goes above and beyond for all her students. She even takes time out on the weekends to come and watch her students participate in extra curricular activities. Mrs. Bell truly is one of the best! Our son learned so much this year in her class and loved going to school every day. We can not thank her enough for everything she has done for our son.
Evendale Elementary School Fourth Grade Teacher Laurel Hathaway is a really great teacher. She has done wonderful in teaching our son and we are very grateful for her.
Thank you to Admiral Richard E. Byrd Middle School Instructional Assistant Amy Peschken for your warm and friendly welcomes into the office! We appreciate your sweet interactions with our son and our family. Thank you for letting him invade your space at times to view the flag from your window! He loves you!
Thank you to Admiral Richard E. Byrd Middle School Art Teacher Ashley Brownell for providing such fun and appropriate projects for our son. He is very proud of all the artwork he brings home! It was so nice to talk with you at the band concert and to see you patiently interact with our son. Thank you.
Thank you to the entire staff at Stonewall Elementary School for providing a safe, positive, and loving learning environment. Our son has had so much success these past two years and it is because of the dedicated staff that go above and beyond for all the students. Because of everything you all do, our son goes to school everyday with a smile on his face excited to learn!
James Wood Middle School Choir Director Jessica Long has taught me a lot of things this year. The one thing I learned in chorus is to have fun, enjoy singing, do your best, and SING. She is an amazing teacher and is super fun. She loves to hear all the drama, and has lots of drama to tell us students. I've had so much fun with her and she has made the year a lot better.
James Wood Middle School Seventh Grade Math Teacher Michelle Foura is an awesome teacher all together but she went to another level for math SOLs. When math SOLs came, she knew everyone would put no effort into them so she made a raffle. The raffle had a lot of different options to earn tickets to go into a bucket. Once everyone got their scores and tickets she pulls a name out and that person would get tons of candy, pencils, money, etc. She spent more than $80 on these awesome rewards and made SOLs way more exciting for her students, including me.
I'd like to take this opportunity to extend my sincere thanks to all Sherando High School administrators and staff members. They have been consistently courteous and supportive, at the same time held high standard for their work. I felt warm and secured whenever I came on campus, no matter it is drop off/pick up routine trip or school event. I saw them being around students and making sure things run smoothly. When I needed to pick up my son in the middle of the school day, the staff always verified the information before releasing him from the school building. For all your diligent work and tireless effort, thank you all for making Sherando High a home for learning!
Thank you to Sherando High School Science Teacher Susan Saylor for always going above and beyond for any student. She has endless dedication to her students, past and future. She was willing to provide resources and help all students.
Sherando High School Science Teacher Tyler Bowman is such an inspiration to my son. This is my son's first year in AP Physics with Mr. Bowman's class. He teaches in such a fun way which keeps students engaged and nourishes curiosity. He is a cool teacher and an inspiration to my son. Thank you Mr. Bowman for all your hard work!
We want to thank Armel Elementary School Nurse Ann Stine for all her work, especially for helping our children out every day. Our son (4th grade) has seen Nurse Ann every day since he was in kindergarten. She has always shown love and patience with him and has been phenomenal at communicating with us. Our daughter (1st grade) sees Nurse Ann here and there but still has nothing but glowing things to say about her anytime she does come home. The way she treats our kids, you would think there were no other kids in the school; we consider ourselves very fortunate to have her watching over our kids at school. We hope you have a great summer, Nurse Ann!
Armel Elementary School First Grade Teacher Samantha Willoughby is one of the most kind and caring teachers, her students love going to school to see her and learn from her. This year she has helped my daughter to enjoy going to school and seeing how they can help Mrs. Willoughby in the class. She gives them tasks or assignments for the room, which they love. My daughter has struggled with making friends and Mrs. Willoughby helped her to make friends and how to make friends. She kept an eye out on the class for kids that might be a little lonely and help them to make a friend and feel included. Her communication with parents is wonderful as well. I can't thank her enough for all she's done for my daughter and made me feel comfortable that my daughter was getting helped needed (with reading and making friends).
I want to say thank you to Apple Pie Ridge Elementary School Kindergarten Teacher Haley Carter for helping their kindergarten class adapt after a rough fall semester. Ms. Carter was the fourth teacher to take the lead in my child's classroom after staff turnover and temporary reassignment. August through December felt chaotic, my child had trouble understanding routine and expectations, and school was stressful. Ms. Carter specifically was a game changer for my child. She was very willing to help my child find ways to engage in the classroom and made learning fun! She has been a wonderful addition to APRES and should be recognized for her ability to join the class mid-school year and make it her own while finding ways to assist each child and make kindergarten FUN!
We want to thank Armel Elementary School Fourth Grade Teacher Linda Teets and Special Education Teacher Alyssa Gillenwater. I feel like most Armel teachers now know our son and seem to love him, but we also know what a handful he can be with special needs and attention. Ms. Teets and Ms. Gillenwater have been an absolute blessing, as have all teachers he has had in the past. Our son loves to learn and is sometimes more intelligent than I am, but at the same time, there are many days when he wants to learn things on his own and not the daily task at hand. Ms. T & G have shown patience and compassion when refocusing him on the day's schedule. We consider ourselves very lucky to have such excellent teachers watching over and guiding him every day. We will miss them and only hope we can be as fortunate next year with his new teachers (we aren't worried because so far, every Armel teacher has been great).
Redbud Run Elementary School Third Grade Teacher Sarah Zeberlien has been a great support for my daughter, so helpful and so kind with everyone.
Sherando High School Swimming Coach Joe Knight is absolutely amazing and has the magic power to transform a swimmer who used to hate going to practice into to a new simmer who is eager to go swimming every minute when he's on dry land. Thank you Coach Joe. I sincerely appreciated your tireless work in helping the students grow into their better and stronger version.
Armel Elementary School PE Teacher Jason Tresidder deserves a shout-out for not only always having a big smile, waving, and greeting the kids in the morning regardless of the weather during school drop off but also for being a great gym teacher. If you ask our daughter what her favorite subjects are, the answer is always P.E. and recess. He has really been good about motivating our kids to be more active. They come home with excitement and talk about the cool game or obstacle they did in gym class. It is the little things that add up every day that makes a big impression on our kids' lives. I have said it before, and I'll continue to say that we are very blessed to have such outstanding teachers at Armel.
Thank you to Admiral Richard E. Byrd Middle School Band Teacher William Norris and Wrestling Coach Stuart McGee for excellent coordination of activities, especially those occurring outside of regular school hours!
Thank you to Redbud Run Elementary School Third Grade Teacher Jennifer Rust for being such a caring teacher for my son and his classmates this year! She truly cares about all of her students as if they were her own kids - she even attended several of our son's basketball and soccer games this year because she knows how much he loves sports! Those little things to show how much she cares about these kids makes all the difference. Thank you, Ms. Rust!
We would like to thank Evendale Elementary School Fourth Grade Teacher Amber Welter for being such an amazing, dedicated teacher this year. Our son loves going to school each day. She is such a positive, caring, encouraging and wonderful teacher. Her love for teaching and care for her students truly shines through! Thank you Miss Welter for your hard work and dedication!
Thank you to Greenwood Mill Elementary School Third Grade Teacher Allison Yost. Thank you so much for taking care of my child this year. You have been one of the best!
Thank you, Sherando High School Band Director Joel Cosner, for all of the extra hours you put in to make the Marching Warriors the wonderful organization that it is! Our son is a senior this year, and most of his favorite high school moments include band in some way. The friendships he has made and the teamwork required of band have helped to shape the wonderful young man he has become, and much of that is due to Mr. Cosner's strong leadership and support. Thank you for being one of the highlights of Jonathan's high school experience. You are amazing!
James Wood High School Special Education Teacher Melissa Hamman has been a great support since the first day of the school year. She has kept us informed of our son’s struggles and progress. It was nice to know that Ms. Hamman was in our son’s corner. Thank you, Ms. Hamman for your dedication!
Thank you to James Wood Middle School Social Studies Teacher Terell Johnson is really nice and makes me laugh. He always asks me how my day has been.
Thank you to James Wood Middle School Science Teacher Lesley Patterson for pushing me.
Thank you to Bass-Hoover Elementary School Fifth Grade Teacher Stephanie Shipp for helping me get my daughter the proper help. I enjoy watching her happily show me her work now.
Sherando High School Counselor Carmen Thompson has always been patient, kind and willing to help in any way that she can to ensure that our son can succeed. I appreciate how she has always been there for us during his time at Sherando.
Sherando High School Special Education Teacher Carrie Burke is genuinely invested in her students, going above and beyond. Several times she stayed after school for extra individual support. Additionally, she offered multiple SOL review sessions, bringing snacks and drinks, offering rewards - making learning fun with positive reinforcement. Any questions are welcomed, answered patiently, kindly, and thoroughly. My students grades and SOL scores were positively impacted. She was a tremendous help! We feel she should be acknowledged for her support, kindness and most of all making a difference. We thank you and appreciate you. Two thumbs way up, Mrs. Burke.
James Wood Middle School English Teacher Geneiveve James is one of the few teachers I've felt safe and comfy with and she made it a lot easier to go through school. I always look forward to her class and she just made school a lot better.
Sherando High School Reading Teacher Laura Kovak was very helpful as my son's “Homebound teacher.” I really love the fact that she thinks outside the box and was able to help my son not drown in school work while he was at home. Thank you so much Mrs. Kovak!
Orchard View Elementary School Kindergarten Teacher Ashley Shiflett is a blessing to my sweet boy. She has helped him transition into school and gain confidence in himself. She has such a gentle and understanding heart! She is a great mentor and role model for my son and all her students! Thank you, Miss Shiflett for a great year!
Thank you to Sherando High School Special Education Teacher Carrie Burke for having after school help for the Biology SOL. This was a huge help to my son.
Thank you to Sherando High School Science Teacher Stacey Macoff for having after school help with preparing for the Biology SOL. This was a great help for my son.
Thank you to Sherando High School Special Education Teacher Kelsey Seymour for keeping an eye on my daughter and letting me know when something is wrong.
James Wood Middle School Math Specialist Larry Burner pitches in to support all math teachers in the building without hesitation. He always does what is best for kids. We appreciate your knowledge of how learners learn math and your coaching. You are a treasure and should be celebrated!
Thank you to Sherando High School Assistant Principals Logan Sheppard and Karen McCoy for driving my son home from after-school SOL help. I don’t get home from work until 6:00 p.m. or later and my son's father works weird hours so he could not pick him up either. Thanks again!
Thank you to all the wonderful teachers and staff at James Wood Middle School. It was a great school year.! We as parents recognize and appreciate your time, commitment, support, love and guide our children.
I want to express my sincere gratitude to Middletown Elementary School PE Teacher Anthony Archetti because he has contributed to my child's growth and goals for the future. He is a role model to my daughter and I am grateful for his patience, enthusiasm, and passion. Through PE Buddy’s he has allowed Willow to grow her compassion and willingness to care for others. Willow admires all that you do for the student, and hopes to follow the same footsteps one day to become a PE Teacher. Thank you for being inspiring mentor to her and your students.
Thank you Orchard View Elementary First Grade Teacher Paige Savarese for being such an outstanding teacher to my son. Mrs. Savarese went out of her way to communicate with me, throughout the entire school year, with regard to both behavioral challenges as well as positive things to celebrate. I appreciate her desire to work as a team to guide our son on a positive school journey. He absolutely loves going to school and loves Mrs. Savarese. What a true treasure she is for the school, our son and our family.
Thank you to Sherando High School Special Education Teacher Michelle Lingebach. Special Education isn't an easy job but Ms. Lingebach consistently went above and beyond to help our son experience success. You took our son under your wing this school year and gifted him with understanding, empathy and above all, encouragement. I know 5 years from now, we will look back at his senior year and never forget the wisdom and support you offered him. You gave him insight that he can take with him and use the rest of his life. Thank you!
Admiral Richard E. Byrd Middle School Band Teacher William Norris did an amazing job bringing back former jazz band students to perform with current students! It’s obvious he loves music and he has inspired that same affection in them. There was a large turnout from alumni band members, and you could sense their excitement to play with and for him. It was a great evening! Well done Mr. Norris!
Millbrook High School Choir Teacher Brian Kelly personally impacted our family (in the most positive way). A true lifeline - this teacher provided the safe-space environment that was needed during difficult times. He excels at relationship building, it's clear his students love and respect him. He listens. He has a gift when encouraging students to try new things; providing the stability to take risks. He views students as individuals, and acceptance is the norm. His awareness and interpretation of distress signals helped us personally, and am forever grateful for that skill.
James Wood Middle School Math Teacher Charlotte Atkins has helped me grow in math so much. I never liked math, but this year I love it. Considering that the past 2-3 years I haven’t understood math at all, it’s amazing to finally see myself succeeding. She’s the best teacher I could have ever asked for and I thank her so much for her help.
Millbrook High School Choral Accompanist Garrett Jones makes learning fun, is insightful, and well-loved by his students. Theater and music tends to attract a variety of talents and skill-sets, and this teacher welcomes them all. He's inclusive, he's engaging, and, quite talented. Thank you for bringing joy to the chorus/choir students....you've instilled lasting memories and pride to everyone who participated!
Millbrook High School English Teacher Kristin Gilbert. Need I say more? Not only does she form connections with students, she intrigues them with class discussions and makes each one feel their ideas are valued. Ms. Gilbert sparked a light in my son that I'd never seen. So, when the opportunity arose to be with her one more time, he jumped at the chance stating he would change his whole schedule to ensure a spot in her class. That speaks volumes about her. The way he shines when he speaks about the times he had in class is priceless. Thank you for getting to know my son...to see who he really is...and making him feel accepted, understood, and worthy. Keep doing what you're doing Ms. Gilbert. It's working, noticed, and very much appreciated!
Millbrook High School Social Studies Teacher Ashton Strosnider provided a spark of interest in a topic, nurtured into enthusiasm, and carried over to dining table family discussions....engagement with our teenager. As a parent of a graduating senior, I am mindful of a Millbrook freshman/sophomore teacher that provides incoming students with that initial spark of interest....the connection with a specialized field of study. Social Studies made fun. It's amazing to see how one teacher can make such a difference....maybe it's her connection with her class...maybe it's her passion for the subject...maybe it's her style of teaching....whatever the magic, Ms Strosnider is clearly a rock-star.
Millbrook High School Special Education Teacher Catherine Foster is an inspiration to many, and her kindness touched the heart of my daughter. Inclusive, caring and available to all, Ms Foster is the kind of teacher one hopes for in the life of their child. My daughter was fortunate to have had that experience, and am grateful that our community has such a fine role model for students. Thank you for helping guide our children to adult well.
Millbrook High School Science Teacher Roger Copenhaver has a magical ability to entertain, engage and inspire his students during lessons & lab time. He clearly loves his job. His passion for topics resonates well; he engages his class through the cool-side of science - the fun, the amazing. While not a teacher of my daughter's this year, he's instilled an interest in Chemistry early on, and, now, she's pursuing STEM-related curriculum as she advances to college.
Millbrook High School Social Studies Teacher Michael Arney made learning fun and inspirational for my daughter. She's a graduating senior this year, and taken Mr. Arney's class as a junior, but, fresh and fond memories of her recanting the lesson of the day, and having discussion on that topic during mealtime. Imagine...teenagers excited to discuss (with their parents) school stuff. Thanks for that!
James Wood Middle School Math Teacher Jay Germeyer never gave up on our daughter. She struggled through the entire 7th grade math class but he stuck by her every single day, sending encouraging emails and notes. I don’t know what we would have done without his excellent communication, patience and understanding. He has been one of the only teachers Molly bonded with this year. His dedication as a teacher is incredible. There aren’t enough words to express our gratitude.