Frederick County Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Theresa Alban announced the names of the 2018 School-Based and Central Office Support Employees of the Year at last night’s Board of Education meeting. They are Roy Baker and Cheryl Peters. She also announced the winners in six other Support Employee of the Year categories.
The FCPS Support Employees of the Year program recognizes outstanding members of the school system’s support staff in eight broad job categories. Two of the category winners are selected to receive the overall FCPS Central Office and School-Based Support Employee of the Year awards. The two overall winners receive a cash award, a personal day off, special trophy and Board of Education pin.
Roy Baker, Custodian of the Year, is the overall 2018 School-Based Support Employee of the Year. Baker works at Oakdale Middle and has been with FCPS for 41 years. “Hardworking” is the most common descriptor staff use when describing Baker’s commitment to the school, making sure that he does his part to create the optimal environment for the students, staff and Oakdale community.
Colleagues say he is the first to offer a hand when staff needs help. From tasks such as mowing the lawn, weeding and maintaining the flowers and mulch or shoveling snow and treating icy areas outdoors to constantly sweeping the halls, dusting locker tops and cleaning windows, “Mr. Baker is NEVER idle,” says Media Specialist Liz Ralston. He takes initiative to go beyond the basic job duties and clearly takes pride in his work, thinking ahead about the logistics that will get the job done effectively and demonstrating exceptional skill and dedication.
Likewise, Cheryl Peters consistently goes above and beyond the basic duties of her job. Named Central Office Secretary of the Year, she is the overall 2018 Central Office Support Employee of the Year. Peters is administrative secretary for Advanced Academics and has been with FCPS for seven years. Her work supports the Academic Tournament, the Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration, the 44-member Advanced Academics team of teachers, specialists and others, and parents who call with questions about program options and more.
“Cheryl knows when to be efficient and speedy and when to slow down and spend time with someone who needs extra support or assistance. This ability to read a situation and provide the correct type of assistance, while also adding a positive personal touch, truly makes Cheryl an ambassador of excellence for FCPS,” says her supervisor Margaret Lee.
Earning the other six awards for 2018 support employees and receiving trophies at the BOE meeting were: School Secretary of the Year—Robin Hemp, Tuscarora High; Central Office Maintenance Employee of the Year—Colby McCauley, HVAC/R technician; Instructional Assistant of the Year—Rachel Misner, Catoctin High; Business Support Employee of the Year—Michael Moss, Technology Infrastructure Client Services technician; Food Service Employee of the Year—Liz Zeigler, Waverley Elementary; and Bus Driver of the Year—Donna Zoberbier.
Shown, left to right, in the photo: Liz Zeigler, Roy Baker, Rachel Misner, Michael Moss, Cheryl Peters, Robin Hemp, Colby McCauley and Donna Zoberbier