Classes for students at the Lifelong Learning Center will continue at John Hanson Middle School for the remainder of the summer session. The summer session for students enrolled in programs at the Lifelong Learning Center ends on Friday, Aug. 15. Hanson is located next to the center, which was damaged last Wednesday during a fire. Students should enter Hanson through the main doors and will be directed to specific classroom areas.

Due to the change in location for classes, the Lifelong Learning Center is not able to provide childcare for the remainder of the summer session. Additionally, GED testing and orientations, as well as English as a Second Language (ESL) orientations, have been temporarily suspended. Classes began at Hanson earlier this week and according to Elizabeth Sinnes, the Lifelong Learning Center’s adult education coordinator, the transition is going well for both students and staff. Adult education program coordinators from facilities in Maryland, as well as other states, have also provided instructional materials to the center.

The Lifelong Learning Center housed the Charles County Adult Education Program, which offers a variety of daytime and evening classes for adults and includes preparation for a Maryland State High School Diploma, English as a Second Language, Basic Skills, Job Skills, and Citizenship classes.

Plans are underway to secure a location for the fall session of Lifelong Learning Center classes, which is scheduled to begin in early September. A fire destroyed the center’s classroom on July 9, causing the cancellation of adult education classes on two days last week. No one was injured in the fire.

Updated information about adult education classes and testing information will be posted on the CCPS website at www.ccboe.com and on the 24 hour information line at 301-934-7410 or 301-932-6656 as it becomes available.

Charles County Public Schools provides 26,500 students in grades prekindergarten through 12 with an academically challenging education. Located in Southern Maryland, Charles County Public Schools has 35 schools that offer a technologically advanced, progressive and high quality education that builds character, equips for leadership and prepares students for life, careers and higher education.

The Charles County public school system does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age or disability in its programs, activities or employment practices. For inquiries, please contact Dr. Patricia Vaira, Title IX/ADA/Section 504 Coordinator (students) or Pamela K. Murphy, Title IX/ADA/Section 504 coordinator (employees/ adults), at Charles County Public Schools, Jesse L. Starkey Administration Building, P.O. Box 2770, La Plata, MD 20646; 301-932-6610/301-870-3814. For special accommodations call 301-934-7230 or TDD 1-800-735-2258 two weeks prior to the event.

 

 

 

A fire at the Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) Lifelong Learning Center in Waldorf destroyed the center’s classroom and caused cancellation of adult education classes on July 11 and 12. No one was injured in the fire.

Classes for students at the Lifelong Learning Center will resume at regular times on Monday, July 14, at John Hanson Middle School, which is located next to the center. School officials canceled adult education classes on Thursday, July 10, and Friday, July 11. During the transition from July 14-18, the Lifelong Learning Center is unable to offer childcare.

The Lifelong Learning Center housed the Charles County Adult Education Program, which offers a variety of daytime and evening classes for adults and includes preparation for a Maryland State High School Diploma, English as a Second Language, Basic Skills, Job Skills, and Citizenship classes. GED testing has been temporarily suspended. Adult education class and testing information will be posted on the CCPS website at www.ccboe.com and on the 24 hour information line at 301-934-7410 or 301-932-6656 as it becomes available.

Firefighters reported the cause of the Wednesday evening fire was a lightning strike to the program’s modular building during a heavy thunderstorm. According to staff members in the building at the time, they heard a loud noise, the electricity went off and they smelled smoke. Administrators and staff evacuated the building and called 9-1-1. The fire started around 6:15 p.m. Approximately 80 people were in the building and all were successfully and safely evacuated with no injuries reported.

More than 120 volunteer firefighters responded to the two-alarm fire, which continued well into the night. On Thursday, school officials were assessing the damage to the building and developing both short- and long-term plans for the Lifelong Learning Center and adult education classes.

Superintendent Kimberly Hill said she was thankful no one was hurt in the fire and appreciated the efforts of the many volunteers who worked through the evening and into the night to contain the fire.

Charles County Public Schools provides 26,500 students in grades prekindergarten through 12 with an academically challenging education. Located in Southern Maryland, Charles County Public Schools has 35 schools that offer a technologically advanced, progressive and high quality education that builds character, equips for leadership and prepares students for life, careers and higher education.

The Charles County public school system does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age or disability in its programs, activities or employment practices. For inquiries, please contact Dr. Patricia Vaira, Title IX/ADA/Section 504 Coordinator (students) or Pamela K. Murphy, Title IX/ADA/Section 504 coordinator (employees/ adults), at Charles County Public Schools, Jesse L. Starkey Administration Building, P.O. Box 2770, La Plata, MD 20646; 301-932-6610/301-870-3814. For special accommodations call 301-934-7230 or TDD 1-800-735-2258 two weeks prior to the event.

 

 

 

 

Superintendent Kimberly Hill has named Christienne C. Warren as acting principal at Dr. Gustavus Brown Elementary School in Waldorf. Warren replaces Principal Darryl Evans who announced his resignation last week.

Warren has served as principal at Coldstream Park Elementary Middle School in Baltimore, which serves prekindergarten through grade 8, since 2012. Warren started her education career in 2004 as a fifth-grade teacher and also served as a curriculum writer, professional development facilitator, summer instructor and instructional support teacher before being promoted in 2009 as assistant principal and academic dean at Friendship Academy of Engineering and Technology in Baltimore.

Warren earned a bachelor’s degree in biological sciences and a master’s degree in elementary education, both from Hampton University in Virginia. She also received a Master of Business Administration from the University of Detroit Mercy in Michigan.

Warren will serve as acting principal until the Board of Education approves her appointment. She is expected to start working at Dr. Brown in mid July.

Charles County Public Schools provides 26,500 students in grades prekindergarten through 12 with an academically challenging education. Located in Southern Maryland, Charles County Public Schools has 35 schools that offer a technologically advanced, progressive and high quality education that builds character, equips for leadership and prepares students for life, careers and higher education.

The Charles County public school system does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age or disability in its programs, activities or employment practices. For inquiries, please contact Dr. Patricia Vaira, Title IX/ADA/Section 504 Coordinator (students) or Pamela K. Murphy, Title IX/ADA/Section 504 coordinator (employees/ adults), at Charles County Public Schools, Jesse L. Starkey Administration Building, P.O. Box 2770, La Plata, MD 20646; 301-932-6610/301-870-3814. For special accommodations call 301-934-7230 or TDD 1-800-735-2258 two weeks prior to the event.

Erika Bowman, a freshman at St. Charles High School, is the overall winner of the 2014 Charles County Fair art contest. Her artwork will be displayed as the cover of the upcoming Charles County Fair Guide. She was chosen last month as this year’s winner by the Charles County Fair Board and Charles County Public Schools.

The following students were named overall winners at their grade level for their artwork produced during the 2013-14 school year:

  • Tabitha Greer, T.C. Martin Elementary School;
  • Khyu Riley, Mt. Hope/Nanjemoy Elementary School;
  • Peyton Lauterborn, Martin;
  • Jenna Goldey, Martin;
  • Hailey Carroll, Martin;
  • Aria Scott, J.C. Parks Elementary School;
  • Lindsay Cunningham, Milton M. Somers Middle School;
  • Carolyn Lanthier, Somers;
  • Asia Dofat, North Point High School; and
  • Carissa Edwards, North Point.

The 2014 Charles County Fair is Sept. 11-14 at the fairgrounds located in La Plata. For more information on the fair, visit http://www.charlescountyfair.com/.

Charles County Public Schools provides 26,400 students in grades prekindergarten through 12 with an academically challenging education. Located in Southern Maryland, Charles County Public Schools has 35 schools that offer a technologically advanced, progressive and high quality education that builds character, equips for leadership and prepares students for life, careers and higher education.

The Charles County public school system does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age or disability in its programs, activities or employment practices. For inquiries, please contact Dr. Patricia Vaira, Title IX/ADA/Section 504 Coordinator (students) or Pamela K. Murphy, Title IX/ADA/Section 504 coordinator (employees/ adults), at Charles County Public Schools, Jesse L. Starkey Administration Building, P.O. Box 2770, La Plata, MD 20646; 301-932-6610/301-870-3814. For special accommodations call 301-934-7230 or TDD 1-800-735-2258 two weeks prior to the event.

Two Charles County Public Schools Mathematics, Engineering and Science Achievement (MESA) teams earned top honors at the MESA USA National Engineering Design Competition held June 20-22 in Portland, Oregon. A team from Henry E. Lackey High School received third place overall among competing teams at the high school level, and a John Hanson Middle School team received fourth place overall at the middle school level.

The national competition was split into two performance levels – middle school and high school. The event featured the Prosthetic Arm design challenge in which teams were required to build a low-cost prosthetic arm and use it to complete several performance tasks. Teams were judged in several areas during the competition including the technical paper category, oral presentation, technical display, distance accuracy relay, object relocation, dexterity and design efficiency.  Additionally, overall winners are selected for scoring the most points in all judged areas.

Students on the Lackey team are seniors Shade Jenifer and Christian Warren, and recent 2014 graduates George Jenkins and Cody Rogers. Team advisors are Lackey mathematics teachers John Crawford and Jonathan Liston.

The Hanson team also earned first place among competing middle school teams in the oral presentation portion of the competition and third place in the technical display category. Students on the Hanson team are eighth graders Stephen Duranske, Shane Gregan and Megan Thomas, and Brett Blandford, who will be a freshman at St. Mary’s Ryken High School in the fall. The team coach is Michael Duranske and the advisor is Diane Fisher, a science teacher at Hanson. This is the second year that Hanson has competed at the national level.

Both teams qualified for the national competition for earning first place in the Prosthetic Arm design challenge at the state MESA event. MESA is designed to prepare students for academic and professional careers in mathematics, engineering, science, and technology. The program’s goals are to increase the number of engineers, scientists, mathematicians, and related professionals at technical and management levels; and to serve as a driving force in encouraging and assisting minorities and females in achieving success in these fields.

For more information on MESA, visit http://www.jhuapl.edu/mesa/home/default.asp.

Charles County Public Schools provides 26,400 students in grades prekindergarten through 12 with an academically challenging education. Located in Southern Maryland, Charles County Public Schools has 35 schools that offer a technologically advanced, progressive and high quality education that builds character, equips for leadership and prepares students for life, careers and higher education.

The Charles County public school system does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age or disability in its programs, activities or employment practices. For inquiries, please contact Dr. Patricia Vaira, Title IX/ADA/Section 504 Coordinator (students) or Pamela K. Murphy, Title IX/ADA/Section 504 coordinator (employees/ adults), at Charles County Public Schools, Jesse L. Starkey Administration Building, P.O. Box 2770, La Plata, MD 20646; 301-932-6610/301-870-3814. For special accommodations call 301-934-7230 or TDD 1-800-735-2258 two weeks prior to the event.

 

The Board of Education on Monday reduced its fiscal year 2015 budget by $5.5 million to cover its funding shortfall due to the opening of a new high school.

The reductions include student transportation, temporary and part-time employees, teacher substitutes, athletic trainers and staff library materials. Additionally, two teaching positions were eliminated from St. Charles High School.

The Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) fiscal year 2015 operating budget of $327.3 million reflects an increase of $5.3 million, or 1.7 percent. State funding increased $2.4 million and county funding increased $2.9 million, or 1.8 percent. The budget requires a $3.2 million transfer from fund balance into the general fund. Revenue allocations are insufficient to fund mandatory operating costs, leaving an expenditure shortfall of $5,543,000 and significant budget cuts.

Non-public Transportation

The Board accepted a change in the model for non-public education transportation. Charles County Public Schools has historically provided transportation for parochial school children. Until 2003, the Charles County Commissioners provided additional funding for the non-public schools student transportation, but eliminated its monetary support, $200,000, that year.

The change includes eliminating any dedicated routes for private schools while still providing non-public school students transportation using existing routes and shuttle services from nearby schools. There were 525 parochial students who used CCPS transportation last school year; 305 students already ride buses on existing routes. The remaining 220 students rode on dedicated private school routes, which will be eliminated and replaced with bus seats on existing public school routes.

The savings from the elimination of dedicated routes is $500,000.

Activity Buses

The Board eliminated activity buses, which provides high school students rides home from after-school activities for a savings of $300,000. CCPS has provided activity buses since August 2007.

Other Transportation Savings

The transportation department also consolidated a number of public school routes, changed start times at some schools and created more efficient bus routes in order to offset the increased bus routes needed to open St. Charles High School.

Position Cuts

The Board eliminated most temporary and part-time positions, for a savings of $1 million. Attempts will be made to place employees in open positions for which they may be qualified. The positions are largely instructional assistants and supporting services jobs.

Athletic Trainers

The Board eliminated the athletic trainer program, first started in 2009. The cost savings is $200,000. The school system will still have emergency service personnel on site at every football game. The athletic trainer program provided a certified athletic trainer in each high school who would prepare athletes for practice, evaluate injuries, design and implement treatment and monitor rehab programs. Coaches receive training to deal with concussions and first aid.

St. Charles High School

Two teachers and three instructional assistant positions were eliminated from St. Charles High School, a cost savings of  $200,000.

Other Cost Savings

Additionally, the cost savings included decreasing teacher substitutes, utilities and other contracts and eliminating a central office allocation for staff library materials. Additionally, Superintendent Kimberly Hill eliminated a number of open central office positions last school year in order to fund additional teachers at elementary schools experiencing student population growth. The budget does not include any salary increases for employees.

The Board voted 6-0 for the budget modifications, which go into effect July 1.

Charles County Public Schools provides 26,400 students in grades prekindergarten through 12 with an academically challenging education. Located in Southern Maryland, Charles County Public Schools has 35 schools that offer a technologically advanced, progressive and high quality education that builds character, equips for leadership and prepares students for life, careers and higher education.

The Charles County public school system does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age or disability in its programs, activities or employment practices. For inquiries, please contact Dr. Patricia Vaira, Title IX/ADA/Section 504 Coordinator (students) or Pamela K. Murphy, Title IX/ADA/Section 504 coordinator (employees/ adults), at Charles County Public Schools, Jesse L. Starkey Administration Building, P.O. Box 2770, La Plata, MD 20646; 301-932-6610/301-870-3814. For special accommodations call 301-934-7230 or TDD 1-800-735-2258 two weeks prior to the event.

The Board of Education of Charles County is holding a public work session at 6 p.m., Monday, June 23, in the Board room at the Jesse L. Starkey Administration Building. The agenda is as follows and is subject to change:

Executive session – 5:30 p.m.

Call to Order – 6 p.m.

  • Pledge of Allegiance

Public Forum

Work session

  • FY2015 operating budget

Action items

  • FY 2015 operating budget
  • Board policies on non-discrimination

 Executive session

Charles County Public Schools provides 26,400 students in grades prekindergarten through 12 with an academically challenging education. Located in Southern Maryland, Charles County Public Schools has 35 schools that offer a technologically advanced, progressive and high quality education that builds character, equips for leadership and prepares students for life, careers and higher education.

The Charles County public school system does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age or disability in its programs, activities or employment practices. For inquiries, please contact Dr. Patricia Vaira, Title IX Coordinator and Section 504 Coordinator (students), or Pamela Murphy, Section 504 Coordinator (employees/adults), at Charles County Public Schools, Jesse L. Starkey Administration Building, P.O. Box 2770, La Plata, Maryland 20646; (301) 932-6610/870-3814. For special accommodations call (301) 934-7230 or TDD 1-800-735-2258 two weeks prior to the event.

The Charles County Public Schools FIRST Robotics team is sponsoring a robotics-based science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) summer camp for students entering the fourth-, fifth- and sixth-grades. The Robo Raptors STEM Summer Camp will offer activities and challenges as part of the LEGO Robotics program and technology. The camp is available in two sessions at Maurice J. McDonough High School: July 7-10, or July 14-17. Both sessions are from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., and the cost of the camp is $100 or $190 for both weeks.

Registration forms are available at http://www.roboraptorsfrcteam3650.com/ for download. Registration and payment can be sent by mail to Rebecca LaRoque, Office of Instruction, Charles County Public Schools, Jesse L. Starkey Administration Building, 5980 Radio Station Road, La Plata, Md., 20646. Checks should be made payable to Charles County Public Schools. Registration forms and payment will also be accepted in person from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Jesse L. Starkey Administration Building. The deadline to register is Friday, June 27.

Transportation and meals are not provided. Contact Charles Centivany, science teacher at McDonough, at ccentivany@ccboe.com with questions about the camp. Registration or payment questions can be directed to Rebecca LaRoque at rlaroque@ccboe.com. Call 301-934-2944 for additional information.

Charles County Public Schools provides 26,400 students in grades prekindergarten through 12 with an academically challenging education. Located in Southern Maryland, Charles County Public Schools has 35 schools that offer a technologically advanced, progressive and high quality education that builds character, equips for leadership and prepares students for life, careers and higher education.

The Charles County public school system does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age or disability in its programs, activities or employment practices. For inquiries, please contact Dr. Patricia Vaira, Title IX Coordinator and Section 504 Coordinator (students), or Pamela Murphy, Section 504 Coordinator (employees/adults), at Charles County Public Schools, Jesse L. Starkey Administration Building, P.O. Box 2770, La Plata, Maryland 20646; (301) 932-6610/870-3814. For special accommodations call (301) 934-7230 or TDD 1-800-735-2258 two weeks prior to the event.

 

 

 

Charles County Public Schools is offering courses through the 2014 Space Institute this summer to interested teachers. Participants can learn about space-related topics through exciting lessons and hands-on opportunities. Topics featured include meteorology and weather in space, early childhood space exploration, space travel and research, and a study of Earth. The school system is sponsoring the courses through its partnership with the Space Foundation.

The Institute is available for Charles County Public Schools teachers and certificated staff, as well as out-of-county teachers. Courses will be held at Theodore G. Davis Middle School and during two sessions: July 28 through Aug.1, and Aug. 4-8. Classes during the first session are from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and classes available during the second session are from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The schedule is as follows

  • Meteorology and Space Weather – July 28-Aug.1; participants of this course will learn about the different areas of meteorology and how to incorporate them into their classroom. Participants will also learn about Doppler Radar technology, pressure currents and vectors, and cloud types and what they mean. The course will also touch on the future of weather prediction.
  • PreK-2 Early Childhood Space Exploration – July 28-Aug. 1; course participants will learn how to use ideas and lessons as part of inquiry-based learning for younger learners. Instructors will present teachers with age-appropriate, hands-on activities they can use with students that are specifically designed to instill the excitement of exploring the child’s world and their wonderment of space.
  • Biological and Physical Research: Long-Term Space Travel – Aug.4-8; this course covers the effects of microgravity on the human body and other dangers that space exploration presents for humans. Participants will also learn about immunology, brain research, cardiovascular and skeletal impacts and will have the opportunity to experience the effects of disorientation during space flight.
  • Earth Systems Science: Our Earth Revealed – Aug. 4-8; participants will learn about Earth’s geological history by studying weathering, erosion, natural disasters and global climate change. This session includes field trips and area field studies to provide course participants with hand-on learning opportunities.

Cost of a course is $50 for CCPS teachers, and $150 for out-of-county teachers. Participants will earn three professional development credits (CPD) per course. Registration can be completed online at http://registration.ccboe.com. Payment is due two weeks before the start of the course, and can be made online or by check. Checks should be sent to the attention of Monique Wilson, Jesse L. Starkey Administration Building, 5980 Radio Station Road, La Plata, Md., 20646. Checks should be made payable to Charles County Public Schools and include the name of the course and the start date in the memo area of the check.

Contact Monique Wilson at mwilson@ccboe.com with questions and for more details about the courses. Online registration questions can be directed to Dawn Schaeffer at dschaeffer@ccboe.com.

Charles County Public Schools provides 26,400 students in grades prekindergarten through 12 with an academically challenging education. Located in Southern Maryland, Charles County Public Schools has 35 schools that offer a technologically advanced, progressive and high quality education that builds character, equips for leadership and prepares students for life, careers and higher education.

The Charles County public school system does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age or disability in its programs, activities or employment practices. For inquiries, please contact Dr. Patricia Vaira, Title IX Coordinator and Section 504 Coordinator (students), or Pamela Murphy, Section 504 Coordinator (employees/adults), at Charles County Public Schools, Jesse L. Starkey Administration Building, P.O. Box 2770, La Plata, Maryland 20646; (301) 932-6610/870-3814. For special accommodations call (301) 934-7230 or TDD 1-800-735-2258 two weeks prior to the event.

 

The Board of Education honored several Charles County Public Schools employees at a June 12 retirement ceremony. Honored were employees who have retired since June 30, 2013, and those who have already announced their retirements at the end of this school year. Retirees are listed below by name, last position held, location, and years of service.

  • Larry Adams, ROTC instructor, Henry E. Lackey High School, 30;
  • Susan Adams, English as a Second Language (ESOL) teacher, Daniel of St. Thomas Jenifer Elementary School, 24;
  • Edward Baker, ESOL teacher, Dr. Samuel A. Mudd Elementary School, 40;
  • Paige Baker, special education teacher, Dr. Thomas L. Higdon Elementary School, 40;
  • Gerard Barrett, coordinating supervisor of planning and construction, Jesse L. Starkey Administration Building/Annex I Building, 36;
  • Toni Bateman, physical education teacher, Dr. Gustavus Brown Elementary School, 35;
  • Barbara Bates, media instructional assistant, Mary B. Neal Elementary School, 10;
  • Nancy Biggs, secretary, Lifelong Learning Center, 26;
  • Frances Bugin, staff accountant/investing accounts, Starkey, 36;
  • Mary Jane Burger, media specialist, C. Paul Barnhart Elementary School, 32;
  • Laura Bushery, elementary school instructional assistant, Berry Elementary School, 24;
  • Mary Carroll, building service worker, Lackey, 32;
  • William Chichester, physical education teacher, North Point High School, 35;
  • Patricia Clatterbuck, computer teacher, Robert D. Stethem Educational Center, 7;
  • Jean Collins, special education instructional assistant, Thomas Stone High School, 33;
  • Van Connor, pupil personnel worker, General Smallwood Middle School/Starkey, 44;
  • Katheryne Cook, speech therapist, Barnhart, 21;
  • Karl Craton, social studies teacher, La Plata, 34;
  • Margaret Cronin, fourth-grade teacher, Berry, 33;
  • Paula Cureton, fifth-grade teacher, Walter J. Mitchell Elementary School, 38;
  • Bruce Davis, social studies teacher, Lackey, 17;
  • Catherine Davis, food service worker, Smallwood, 15;
  • Aeronita Dillard, administrative assistant, Stone, 30;
  • Sandra Dippold, vocal music teacher, Barnhart, 28;
  • Gregory Ehman, mathematics teacher, Maurice J. McDonough High School, 33;
  • Nora Eicholtz, art teacher, McDonough, 24;
  • Charlotte Estes, secretary, Berry, 22;
  • Mary Fenton, kindergarten teacher, J.C. Parks Elementary School, 35;
  • Linda Fernandes, special education instructional assistant, Matthew Henson Middle School, 17;
  • Catherine Flowers, kindergarten teacher, Mary H. Matula Elementary School, 36;
  • Andrea Ford, food service worker, McDonough, 29;
  • Keith Fowler, maintenance worker, Charles County Public Schools maintenance shop, 30;
  • Janice Gilroy, special education prekindergarten instructional assistant, Matula, 22;
  • Charles Glaeser, physical education teacher, John Hanson Middle School, 37;
  • Sally Goldsmith, food service manager, Smallwood, 20;
  • Patrice Graff, first-grade teacher, Gale-Bailey Elementary School, 40;
  • Susan Grote, pupil personnel worker, La Plata High School, 42;
  • Steve Hagis, project manager, Starkey/Annex I Building, 30;
  • Cynthia Harrison, pupil personnel worker, F.B. Gwynn Educational Center, and Mitchell and Matula elementary schools, 31;
  • Lynn Heath, cosmetology teacher, North Point, 26;
  • Sheila Heatley, school counselor, Theodore G. Davis Middle School, 43;
  • Bonnie Helfrich, mathematics teacher, Milton M. Somers Middle School, 16;
  • Martha Hickman, second-grade teacher, Dr. James Craik Elementary School, 35;
  • Patricia Higgs, media instructional assistant, Benjamin Stoddert Middle School , 23;
  • Joy Hinton, instrumental music teacher, Mt. Hope/Nanjemoy Elementary School, 42;
  • Sandra Hizer, gifted education resource teacher, Parks, 25;
  • Patricia Hoffman, mathematics teacher, La Plata, 30;
  • Joanne Hornbaker, mathematics teacher, Hanson, 41;
  • Charles Jamieson, physical education teacher, Somers, 44;
  • Maria Johnson, supervising pupil personnel worker, Starkey, 46;
  • Mary Johnson, fourth-grade teacher, Craik, 42;
  • Vernell Jones, secretary, Starkey, 19;
  • Christine Krebeck, elementary school science teacher, Mitchell, 28;
  • Deborah Lane, Reading Recovery teacher, Craik, 39;
  • Sandra Lane, mathematics teacher, Somers, 24;
  • Elaine Lawton, family and consumer science teacher, La Plata, 37;
  • Yvette Lewis, special education instructional assistant, Berry, 21;
  • Gwen Lilly, food service manager, Starkey, 22;
  • Steven Lopez, pupil personnel worker, William A. Diggs, Craik and Jenifer elementary schools, 17;
  • Paul Lyons, truck driver, Charles County Public Schools warehouse, 20;
  • Virginia McGraw, principal, William B. Wade Elementary School, 45;
  • Diane McGuire, second-grade teacher, Berry, 45;
  • Linda Metheny, vice principal, Davis, 22;
  • Barbara Meyer, special education teacher/IEP facilitator, Arthur Middleton Elementary School, 9;
  • Ken Montez, painter, Charles County Public Schools maintenance shop, 39;
  • Bernard Montgomery, building service worker, Stone, 38;
  • Theresa Mularski, mathematics teacher, Hanson, 10;
  • Karen Nale, special education teacher, Gwynn, 39;
  • Laura Niggles, second-grade teacher, Diggs, 20;
  • Jane O’Brien, reading middle school instructional assistant, Hanson, 19;
  • Judith Peel, special education teacher, Wade, 21;
  • Josephine Pennix, secretary, Barnhart, 28;
  • Maryanne Quirk, school counselor, North Point, 29;
  • Gail Rankell, speech therapist, Parks, 36;
  • Stephanie Roberts, special education teacher, McDonough, 32;
  • Evelyn Roeder, guidance secretary, Westlake High School, 24;
  • Joan Rogers, business education teacher, McDonough, 41;
  • Rebecca Roussillon, literacy teacher, North Point, 31;
  • Wanda Sellers, instructional specialist computer technology, Starkey, 38;
  • Rosemary Shamdani, French teacher, McDonough, 33;
  • Edith Simmons, fifth-grade teacher, Matula, 40;
  • Betty Simms, building service worker, Barnhart, 36;
  • Henry Sinkey, instructional resource teacher, Diggs, 41;
  • Eileen Soderberg, mathematics teacher, La Plata, 39;
  • Kathryn Stapleson, gifted education resource teacher, T. C. Martin Elementary School, 38;
  • Peggy Tisdale, vice principal, Lackey, 41;
  • Charles Todd, social studies teacher, Stoddert, 18;
  • Tracy Travers, elementary science teacher, Jenifer, 39;
  • Deborah Walters, food service worker, Westlake, 25;
  • William Washington, building service manager, Neal, 36;
  • Linda Watson, in-school retention program instructional assistant, Davis, 7;
  • Jolie Whitehead, first-grade teacher, Martin, 19;
  • Darlene Willett, mail room clerk, Starkey, 33; and
  • Constance Wood, food service worker, Stoddert, 9.

Charles County Public Schools provides 26,400 students in grades prekindergarten through 12 with an academically challenging education. Located in Southern Maryland, Charles County Public Schools has 35 schools that offer a technologically advanced, progressive and high quality education that builds character, equips for leadership and prepares students for life, careers and higher education.

The Charles County public school system does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age or disability in its programs, activities or employment practices. For inquiries, please contact Dr. Patricia Vaira, Title IX Coordinator and Section 504 Coordinator (students), or Pamela Murphy, Section 504 Coordinator (employees/adults), at Charles County Public Schools, Jesse L. Starkey Administration Building, P.O. Box 2770, La Plata, Maryland 20646; (301) 932-6610/870-3814. For special accommodations call (301) 934-7230 or TDD 1-800-735-2258 two weeks prior to the event.