Board honors exemplary employees

Board honors exemplary employees

The Board of Education honored five Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) employees during the April 1 Board meeting, including Anne Zabel, Angela McDonald, Darlene Denny, Jennifer Posey and Zohra Cherif.

Zabel has been an instructional assistant for prekindergarten at C. Paul Barnhart Elementary School since 2000. She started a Spanish club for the school to answer parent questions, help parents fill out paper work and give Spanish speaking parents the support needed to help their children succeed in school. Zabel communicates on a regular basis with Spanish speaking parents by translating information presented by teachers and takes parent phone calls. She also continues to further her knowledge of language, in particular Portuguese and Spanish. She also participates in Common Core training at the school and county level. Barnhart Principal Troy Barnes said Zabel is a strong asset to the school community. “Anne is always willing to attend parent evenings of learning, as well as lending a helping hand to interpret for any conferences,” Barnes wrote in a nomination letter.

McDonald is the secretary to the Principal at Indian Head Elementary School. She is responsive to the needs of staff and students and processes material orders. McDonald recently prepared incentives for the students who took the Maryland School Assessment (MSA) and provides daily assistance to the Positive Behavioral Intervention and Supports (PBIS) program efforts by exchanging dream catchers for “Braves Bucks” that students have earned as a reward. Indian Head Principal Timothy Rosin said McDonald demonstrates a high degree of pride in her daily work. “Mrs. McDonald immediately welcomed me to Indian Head and provided me with the needed institutional knowledge and history that helped me deal more effectively with the transition to a new school,” Rosin wrote in a nomination letter.

Denny is the secretary to the principal at Mt. Hope/Nanjemoy Elementary School. She coordinates school events, organizes and maintains records and is a resource for staff, students and parents. Denny assists with the Mt. Hope/Nanjemoy Senior Citizen Thanksgiving Dinner and helps organize the dinner for more than 350 community members. Denny also coordinates the Christmas Community program which provides gifts and dinner for families in need. Mt. Hope/Nanjemoy Principal Kristin Shields said that Denny is a role model and mentor to students. “Darlene Denny is a tremendous support to the day-to-day operations of Mt. Hope/Nanjemoy Elementary. She is well respected in the community and the school,” Shields wrote in a nomination letter.

Posey has been a science teacher at Theodore G. Davis Middle School for five years. She was the PBIS teacher for three years and created several activities and rewards for students. Posey is pursuing a master’s degree in administration and expects to complete the program in the fall. As part of her coursework, she prepared and presented a schoolwide professional development in-service. Davis Principal Wendell Martin said that Posey is an outstanding teacher. “She is willing to pitch in and help make Davis a great working environment for both students and teachers. Ms. Posey’s pride in her work and her exemplary work ethic are evident in her daily practice at the school,” Martin wrote in a nomination letter.

Cherif is a social studies teacher at Westlake High School. She helps coordinate Student Service Learning (SSL) projects and is the sponsor for student government activities. Cherif has attended the Governor’s Academy and is currently working on her administration certification. In addition to her duties as a teacher, she helped raise more than $1,000 for Westlake’s Relay for Life efforts. Westlake Principal Chrystal Benson said that Cherif is a dependable teacher. “She has great success with student academic performance. Her students continuously attain some of the highest Local, State and National (LSN) Government scores in CCPS,” Benson wrote in a nomination letter.

The Board honors several exemplary employees each month.

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, central office building, P.O. Box 2770, La Plata, Maryland 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.

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