Outstanding school staff honored at awards gala
CENTREVILLE — On April 7, staff, teachers, and community members gathered to honor the recipients of the Queen Anne’s County Public Schools Awards and Teacher of the Year Finalists. The event was held at Prospect Bay for the seventh year in a row. Following a social hour and dinner, awards were presented by former QACPS Teachers of the Year Brad Engel and Janet Pauls, Assistant Superintendent of Schools, as Masters of Ceremonies for the evening. County Commissioner Robert Buckey Jr. joined QACPS faculty to show his support for the school system employees.
Marsha Macneal, Math Teacher from Centreville Middle School, was named the 2017-2018 Teacher of the Year. She competed against four other finalists: Maria Sage, Art Teacher Kent Island Elementary School; John Dewey, Language Art Teacher Centreville Middle School; Jennifer Burchill, World Language Teacher Stevensville Middle School; and Rondell Sorrell, Math Teacher Stevensville Middle School.
Macneal will now move on to compete for Mar yland State Teacher of the Year, which will be announced at the State Gala in October 2017.
The Annual Outstanding Achievement Award Winners are as follows:
• Outstanding New Teacher: Amanda Shuckhart, Stevensville Middle School
• Outstanding Bus Driver: Sharon Porter
• Sodexo Employee of the Year: Heather Cox, Stevensville Middle School
• Community Volunteer of the Year: Beth and Brian Francis, Centreville Elementary School
• Coach of the Year: Jami Wilt, Kent Island High School
• Outstanding Educational Specialist: Linda Gent, Centreville Elementary School
• Outstanding Operations Employee: Charles Brooks, Centreville Elementary School
• Secretary of the Year: Mary Ballard, Matapeake Elementar y School
• Para-Educator of the Year: Tina Martin, Queen Anne’s County High School
• Outstanding Student Services: Shannon Berry, Grasonville Elementary School
• Outstanding Leadership Award: Amy Hudock, Queen Anne’s County High School
• Outstanding Support Employee: John Winchester, Warehouse
Together, QACPS and its sponsors were proud to honor and recognize the hard working staff that is committed to the success of all students in Queen Anne’s County.
Interim Superintendent Gregory Pilewski, Board of Education Vice President Annette DiMaggio along with board members Capt. Beverley Kelley and Sharyn Harlow expressed their gratitude and appreciation to all the staff and award winners at Friday’s gala.
Interim Superintendent Greg Pilewski, left, with Secretary of the Year Mary Ballard from Matapeake Elementary School and MES Principal Jennifer Schrecongost.
Linda Gent, reading specialist at Centreville Elementary, is recognized as Outstanding Educational Specialist. From left, board member Capt. Beverly Kelley, Linda Gent, CES principal Theresa Farnell, Interim Superintendent Greg Pilewski.
Amy Hudock, principal at Queen Anne’s County High School, receives the Outstanding Leadership Award on Saturday, April 8. From left, Board of Education Vice President Annette DiMaggio, Amy Hudock, board member Sharyn Harlow and Interim Superintendent Greg Pilewski.