School board hon­ors em­ploy­ees for com­mit­ment to stu­dents

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The board of ed­u­ca­tion hon­ored six Charles County Pub­lic Schools em­ploy­ees at its Oct. 18 meet­ing for their ex­cel­lence in ed­u­ca­tion and com­mit­ment to teach­ing and learn­ing. Hon­ored were Erin Amore, Stephanie Barry, Va­lerie Ben­ton, Kath­leen Davis, Jan­ice Earn­shaw and Ivy Wade.

Amore is a third-grade teacher at Berry El­e­men­tary School and is known among her col­leagues as a role model and team player. She is known as the “go-to” teacher when it comes to im­ple­ment­ing and set­ting up math groups, guided read­ing ro­ta­tions and suc­cess­ful be­hav­ior man­age­ment. Amore also sup­ports the Berry com­mu­nity as the school’s Spe­cial Olympics Uni­fied bas­ket­ball chair­per­son, fourth grade math team coach, Re­lay for Life team mem­ber and team leader for the Pos­i­tive Be­hav­ioral In­ter ven­tions and Sup­port pro­gram.

Barry is a spe­cial ed­u­ca­tion teacher at La Plata High School where she be­gan her ca­reer with CCPS in 2005. She strives to help all stu­dents achieve suc­cess and works hard to pro­vide ad­di­tional sup­port to those in need of ex­tra as­sis­tance. As a spe­cial ed­u­ca­tion teacher, Barry has a large case load of stu­dents with in­di­vid­u­al­ized ed­u­ca­tion plans and cre­ates les­son plans to in­clude multi-sen­sory tech­niques and dif­fer­en­ti­ated learn­ing ac­tiv­i­ties. Barry is re­garded by staff and school ad­min­is­tra­tion as a leader in prob­lem solv­ing who strives to best serve stu­dents. Barry also helps to write cur­ricu­lum at the county and state lev­els, at­tends work­shops and ex­tra train­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties, helps with Re­lay for Life ac­tiv­i­ties, co­or­di­nates after­school tu­tor­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties for stu­dents, and serves as the cheer­lead­ing and Uni­fied track coach.

Ben­ton is a school coun­selor at Pic­cow­axen Mid­dle School where she helps sup­port the needs of more than 420 stu­dents. In 2015, Ben­ton was the sole coun­selor at Pic­cow­axen for the ma­jor­ity of the school year and worked dili­gently to meet the needs of her stu­dents. Ben­ton is of­ten one of the first staff mem­bers to ar­rive at school, and one of the last to leave in the af­ter­noons. She is known for work­ing un­til she “gets the job done” and plans Ca­reer Day, ac­tiv­i­ties to sup­port fam­i­lies at hol­i­days, new stu­dent ori­en­ta­tion and open house ac­tiv­i­ties. School coun­sel­ing is a sec­ond ca­reer choice for Ben­ton, who served 26 years in the U.S. Air Force and re­tired as a com­mand chief from the Air Na­tional Guard.

Davis is a re­source teacher at Mau­rice J. McDonough High School, where she has worked with stu­dents and staff since 2014. She works with the ad­min­is­tra­tive team on strate­gies and pro­fes­sional de­vel­op­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties to im­ple­ment in the school set­ting to sup­port a pos­i­tive learn­ing environment. She is a go-to re­source for staff, but a pri­mary re­source for new teach­ers in need of les­son plan as­sis­tance, men­tor­ing and guid­ance.

Earn­shaw is a fourth­grade teacher at Dr. Thomas L. Hig­don El­e­men­tary School and strives to build re­la­tion­ships with her stu­dents. She is a pas­sion­ate teacher and cre­ates a dy­namic learn­ing environment. She is en­er­getic and opens her class­room to other teach­ers in need of ideas and tech­niques. Earn­shaw is a men­tor teacher and sup­ports those in need of ad­di­tional in­struc­tional sup­port. Ad­di­tion­ally, Earn­shaw ded­i­cates her time to after­school ac­tiv­i­ties and events for the Hig­don com­mu­nity, in­clud­ing launch­ing a Ki­wa­nis K-Kids Club at the school four years ago. Stu­dents in this club fo­cus on ser­vice learn­ing and how they can sup­port the com­mu­nity. Re­cently, the K-Kids Club part­nered with the Mary­land Mas­ter Gar­den­ers to beau­tify a but­ter­fly gar­den at the school, and ul­ti­mately se­cured a rain bar­rel for Hig­don from the Charles County gov­ern­ment.

Wade is an in­struc­tional as­sis­tant at Eva Turner El­e­men­tary School and is known among her col­leagues as a team player. She han­dles any job or task with ease, and strives to model a pos­i­tive at­ti­tude and serve as a role model for stu­dents and staff. Wade has spent the past 16 years of her ca­reer in ed­u­ca­tion at Turner and pri­mar­ily works in the three-year-old class­room. She is in­stru­men­tal in sup­port­ing all teach­ers and as­sis­tants in the build­ing, al­ways en­cour­ag­ing stu­dents and staff to do their best. Wade men­tors new staff and man­ages a stu­dent of the month recog­ni­tion pro­gram to high­light role model stu­dents. She as­sists with Judy Cen­ter func­tions and has been rec­og­nized as the school’s Golden Ap­ple award re­cip­i­ent sev­eral times for go­ing above and be­yond in her po­si­tion. Ad­di­tion­ally, Wade co-chairs the Re­lay for Life team and plans ac­tiv­i­ties to en­sure school goals are met.

The board hon­ors sev­eral ex­em­plary school sys­tem em­ploy­ees monthly. Prin­ci­pals and ad­min­is­tra­tive staff rec­om­mend one staff mem­ber for recog­ni­tion be­fore the board an­nu­ally.

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The board of ed­u­ca­tion on Oct. 18 hon­ored six ex­em­plary Charles County Pub­lic Schools em­ploy­ees for their com­mit­ment to stu­dent achieve­ment and per­sonal suc­cess. Hon­ored, from left, were Erin Amore, third-grade teacher, Berry El­e­men­tary School; Va­lerie Ben­ton, school coun­selor, Pic­cow­axen Mid­dle School; Ivy Wade, in­struc­tional as­sis­tant, Eva Turner El­e­men­tary School; Kath­leen Davis, re­source teacher, Mau­rice J. McDonough High School; Stephanie Barry, spe­cial ed­u­ca­tion teacher, La Plata High School; and Jan­ice Earn­shaw, fourth-grade teacher, Dr. Thomas L. Hig­don El­e­men­tary School.

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