Brum­mells named Sup­port Ser­vices Em­ploy­ees of the Year

Times-Record - - FRONT PAGE - By ABBY AN­DREWS aan­drews@car­o­line­times­

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.

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