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National Technical Honor Society (NTHS) honors CCPS staff member

Monique Poole, job placement coordinator and National Technical Honor Society (NTHS) advisor at Robert D. Stethem Educational Center, recently was placed on the January NTHS Honor Roll for her hard work and dedication to CCPS. Students in the Pharmacy Technician program and NTHS at the school nominated Poole for the recognition. Every month NTHS highlights an outstanding staff member, student, community member, advisor or administrator across the U.S. for their impact on student success in the technical society and Poole received the recognition in January.

Poole has been with Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) for 16 years, first starting at Maurice J. McDonough High School as a teacher. At McDonough she taught English, language arts, theater, sports management, supplemental reading and the Maryland’s Tomorrow program, a program to help increase the number of students that graduate from high school. She left teaching at McDonough to focus on her own kids but shortly after was asked to return to CCPS, but this time at Stethem as the job placement/work-based learning coordinator with the career and technical education (CTE) department.

“I was absolutely thrilled for her and so happy that she got the recognition that she deserves,” Debra Koepper, Stethem office secretary, said about Poole’s recognition. “The students are drawn to her. She is very loving and caring person to all the kids, and they know that she cares about them. It’s not just the CTE students, it’s everyone,” Koepper said. Poole is known at the school as someone that others can depend on. "Mrs. Poole has positively impacted the community at Stethem through her relationship building with students and business partners,” Stethem Principal Louis D’Ambrosio, said. “Her actions and connections enable students to achieve excellence."

Poole and Ava Morton, college and career advisor at Thomas Stone High School, helped students in NTHS get full ride scholarships to Coppin State University. Students in the program nominated Poole for the award because of how she “goes above and beyond” for the students in the program. “She is really the best person ever and she tries really hard to make sure that this whole program continues in the future,” NTHS President Makenna James, a senior, said. James along with other students in the Pharmacy Technician and NTHS program want to enter the medical field in the future. “I want to go to medical school and become a doctor,” James said.

“I wish all kids could experience something like this,” Poole said about the NTHS and CTE opportunities at the school. Her dedication to seeing students succeed is one of the many reasons why she was nominated for the award. “I’m used to giving the awards. I’m not good at receiving them and I am still surprised and humbled,” she said.

About CCPS

Charles County Public Schools provides 27,765 students in grades prekindergarten through 12 with an academically challenging education. Located in Southern Maryland, Charles County Public Schools has 38 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.

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