Frederick County Public Schools announces the 2019 Veteran in Education Service Award winner, Catoctin High School literacy specialist Pamela Adams-Campbell. In its third year, the award was created to honor an FCPS employee who has served our nation in the armed forces and provided exemplary service to FCPS and the community.
A committee of FCPS staff, community members and veterans reviewed this year’s seven nominations and chose the award winner. Nominees were veterans who demonstrate exemplary service to FCPS and the community by showing integrity and trustworthiness, perseverance in overcoming challenges, selflessness in helping others, and teamwork and loyalty. In addition to Adams-Campbell, nominees were Melanie Baldwin, Kevin Jaye, Paul Lebo, Perry C. Lewis, Lisa Martell and Isaac Patterson.
Pamela Adams-Campbell served in the United States Marine Corps before becoming an educator. “I am certain that her commitment to her fellow Marines and to her work in that role was no less than one hundred percent, as that is what she gives to our school, students and staff every day,” said Catoctin High School Principal Jennifer Clements. “When she identifies an area of need--for an individual student or for the entire school--she works furiously and collaboratively to identify a solution. She is the first to volunteer to do the work to effect positive change…she works hard every minute that she is here.”
Former Catoctin High School Principal Bernie Quesada agrees. He explained that Adams-Campbell “has taken the students, first as a special education teacher, then as literacy specialist, who have struggled the most academically, and never given up on them and their potential. She is an inspiration to her colleagues an example of selflessness and dedication. She is truly among the very best in FCPS and very worthy of this honor.”
Also supporting the nomination for Adams-Campbell, colleague Kate Mills described her as warm and caring, with unmatched devotion to students. Mills added that Adams-Campbell has a relationship with each department to promote literacy among all subject areas. “She checks in with teachers regularly to ensure that they understand how best to utilize reading strategies in their classrooms.”
The Board of Education recognized Adams-Campbell at their November 25 meeting, where she received an engraved plaque and gift sponsored by Woodsboro Bank. FCPS also honored Adams-Campbell at her school and in the school system’s Veterans Day celebrations and recognition ceremonies.
Left to right are Woodsboro Bank CEO Steven Heine, Retired U.S. Air Force Colonel John Fer, 2019 Veteran in Education Service Award Winner Pamela Adams-Campbell, FCPS Superintendent Dr. Terry Alban and BOE President Brad W. Young