Thurmont Middle sub teacher earns Veteran in Education honor

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Thurmont Middle School resident substitute teacher Juana Anderson has been named the 2021 Frederick County Public Schools Veteran in Education Service Award recipient.

In its fifth 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 eight nominations and chose the recipient.

In addition to Anderson, nominees included:

  • David Bruchey, FCPS Maintenance
  • Lillian Ingley, Rock Creek School
  • Randi Kirkland, Linganore High
  • Ronald Payton, Middletown High
  • Carl Reed, Frederick High
  • Dr. Christine Samuels, West Frederick Middle
  • Dr. Joshua Work, Gov. Thomas Johnson Middle

Anderson proudly served in the United States Army for 22 years and retired with the rank of Sergeant First Class. In her nomination, Thurmont Middle assistant principal Anita Shank wrote that Anderson applies all of her military and life experiences in her work performance with a profound love for students and learning. During the past two years, she has exemplified integrity, perseverance, selflessness and loyalty to our students at Thurmont Middle each and every day.

TMS Principal Janine Smith said of Anderson: “As a substitute teacher at Thurmont Middle School, she has the ‘I Can and I Will Do’ attitude and is willing to take on any task asked of her that is in the best interest of students.”

Anderson will be honored with an engraved plaque and gift sponsored by Woodsboro Bank at a board meeting in January.