Support Employee of the Year Award

Congratulations to the 2021 Support Employees of the Year:

FCPS Central Office Support Employee of the Year - Aaron Shorb, Maintenance & Operations
FCPS School-Based Support Employee of the Year - Crystal McKenzie, Thurmont Middle School

The FCPS Support Employee of the Year Award program recognizes outstanding members of our first-class support staff.   Awards are presented for eight broad job categories; all support positions are represented by one of the following categories:

Central Office:

  • Business Support (includes Food Service, Transportation office/garage employees, Technology Services)
  • Custodian/Maintenance/Warehouse
  • Secretary


  • Bus Driver
  • Custodian/Maintenance
  • Food Service
  • Instructional & Special Education Assistant/Community Liaison/User Support Specialist
  • Secretary

From the eight category winners, two will receive an FCPS Support Employee of the Year Award (one school-based and one non-school-based).


Wanda Ford
Public Affairs Department
191 S. East Street
Frederick, MD  21701
(301) 696-6900

Support Employee Award Instructions and Application


The deadline for the 2022 Support Employee Award is Friday, January 28, 2022.

Upload completed nomination packages to the Support Employee Award 2022 Nominations Google drive.

Previous Award Winners

The FCPS Public Affairs Department coordinates the nomination and selection process for this award. The nomination period is now open.  We welcome nominations from any FCPS employee, current or former students, parents and the general public.

Nominations were due no later than Friday, January 28, 2022.

A panel of FCPS judges will screen the nominations and select finalists.  FCPS cabinet members will notify the finalists in May.  The Superintendent will recognize and present a trophy to each finalist at the Board of Education meeting on April 13, 2022.  During the presentation, the Superintendent will announce the school-based and non-school-based Support Employee of the Year and present each winner with a special award.

How to Nominate a Support Employee
Complete eligibility, nomination criteria, process and selection guidelines are outlined in the Support Employee Award Instructions and Application brochure (also listed under the contact information on this page).

Nomination packets must contain all of the following; those that do not will not be considered.

  • The nomination application with the signature of the nominee's principal (school-based employees) or immediate supervisor (non-school-based employees). For bus driver nominations, please ask the school principal to send the nomination form to Linda Orey or Therese Pelicano in Transportation for a signature.
  • A typewritten summary, maximum two pages, explaining how the nominee meets nomination criteria 1-5.  Please number and address each criterion separately, citing examples of how the nominee meets the criterion.
  • At least two letters of support (limit four, no more than one page each).