At its most recent regular meeting, the Board of Education of Frederick County recognized the eight Frederick County Public Schools’ 2017 Support Employees of the Year and honored the two overall winners each with a BOE pin. Dana Lichtenberger was named the overall School-Based Support Employee of the Year, and Paula Oden received the overall Central Office Support Employee of the Year Award.
Honored for outstanding achievement in their categories were Cindi Andrews, School-Based Secretary of the Year, from Kemptown Elementary; Mary Beth Fisher, Food Service Employee of the Year, from Middletown Primary; Karen King, Central Office Secretary of the Year, from the Facilities Planning Department; Dana Lichtenberger, User Support Specialist of the Year, from Brunswick Middle; Erik McKay, Central Office Maintenance Employee of the Year, from the Maintenance Department; Paula Oden, Business Support Employee of the Year, lead research technician from the System Accountability and School Improvement Department; Donna Toms, Bus Assistant of the Year; and Robert Welsh, School-Based Custodian of the Year, from Emmitsburg Elementary. In addition to a BOE pin, the two overall winners each received a cash award, a personal day off and a special trophy. All category winners received trophies and certificates.
At the same meeting, the Board recognized the first FCPS Substitute Teacher of the Year, Patricia Carson, with a BOE pin. (Ms. Carson’s achievement is described in a separate news release.)
The Board also presented the first FCPS Outstanding Special Project Team Award to Systems Engineers Brian Karle and Joseph Walker and Web Content Coordinator Lisa Newcomer in recognition of their exceptional service and commitment. Superintendent Dr. Terry Alban praised the team’s exemplary work upgrading and modernizing FCPS’s systemic cybersecurity and Web content-management system to protect student and employee privacy and creating safer, more accessible websites for students, families and employees.