Brummells named Support Services Employees of the Year
PRESTON — Tyrell and Jeneene Brummell are the first recipients of Caroline County Public Schools’ new Support Services Employees of the Year award.
The husband and wife, both longtime custodians at Preston Elementary School, were surprised with the award during an assembly at the school Wednesday, Sept. 26.
They received a trophy, a $100 Walmart gift card and the use of a new car for the next year, courtesy of the Preston Automotive Group. In addition, a banner announcing the recognition will hang outside the school for the rest of the school year.
Having no idea they had even been nominated, the Brummells were visibly shocked when Superintendent Dr. Patricia Saelens made the announcement at what they thought was an
assembly about school safety, after having been sent on a wild goose chase for “bees” outside to keep them out of the building while everything was set up in the cafeteria.
“We love you all,” said Tyrell Brummell. “Thank you all for supporting us. I want to thank the Creator, because without him, this day wouldn’t be possible. God bless you all.”
The pair were nominated for the newly-created award by Dr. Kari Clow, principal of Preston Elementary School, where Tyrell Brummell has worked as a custodian for 32 years, and Jeneene Brummell for 16.
Clow read her nomination letter, in which she described the Brummells as hard-working, honest and down-to-earth people who take pride in maintaining the school building as if it were their own.
Their hard work has contributed to the many maintenance recognitions the school has received over the past several years, Clow said, including awards from Gov. Larry Hogan, Comptroller Peter Franchot and the Maryland Association of Boards of Education.
“Mr. and Mrs. Brummell are the kind of people, as well as employees, an organization is truly blessed and fortunate to have,” Clow said. “I truly cannot think of two more well-deserving employees, and just downright great people to receive this award.”
“You are role models in your school,” said Brett Morton, supervisor of plant operations for Caroline County Public Schools. “We appreciate ever ything you’ve done.”
The Brummells also received a basket of handmade cards from students. Several of those students read their cards aloud, thanking the Brummells for all they do every day to maintain the school.
Assistant Superintendent for Administrative Services
Milton Nagel said the newly-created award was suggested by several employees who came to Caroline County Public Schools from other school districts, but it was Martha Godfrey, human resources administrative assistant, who put in the work to make it happen.
“It was long overdue, an award like this,” Nagel said. “Without (Godfrey), we wouldn’t be here.”
An announcement seeking nominations for the award was made in April. Anyone could nominate either of the school system’s roughly 500 support services employees, who had at least two years of service in custodian/maintenance, family services/ child development, food services, health services, instructional services, secretarial or transportation.
Nagel said a five-member committee at the central office chose the winner from those submissions.
Tyrell and Jeneene Brummell, left and right front row, were announced Caroline County Public Schools’ first Support Services Employees of the Year at an assembly Wednesday, Sept. 26, at Preston Elementary School.