Support Employee of the Year Award

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

Previous Award Winners

Nominations were due Friday, January 26, 2024

Congratulations to the 2023 Support Employees of the Year! See their bios here.

2023 FCPS Central Office Support Employee of the Year - Todd Imes, Electrician
2023 FCPS School-Based Support Employee of the Year - Anthony Platt, Lead Custodian, Walkersville Elementary School

Purpose of the Award

This award program recognizes outstanding members of the FCPS support staff from eight broad job categories. Of the eight, one staff member will receive the overall Support Employee of the Year award.

  • Administrative Support
  • Food Service Support
  • Operations Support
  • School Support
  • Special Education Support
  • Systemic Support
  • Technical Support
  • Transportation Support

*All support positions are represented by one of the above categories. This document has been prepared to aid in determining the correct category for a nominated staff member. Contact Public Affairs, 301-696-6900, if you have a question regarding a particular job title and the appropriate category.


An FCPS support employee may be nominated for this award by:

  • any FCPS employee
  • a student or former student
  • a parent
  • a citizen

Nomination Criteria

Nominees must be support employees compensated according to the support employee salary scale, employed full-time at least three consecutive years with FCPS, and:

  1. Take initiative to go beyond the basic job duties
  2. Demonstrate exceptional skill and dedication to the job
  3. Contribute to the mission and vision of the school system
  4. Are respected by their co-workers
  5. Demonstrate an attitude and manner that has a positive effect on others
  6. Exhibit exemplary attendance

Nomination Process

The nomination packet must be a single PDF file to include and may not exceed:

  • The nomination application with the signature of the nominee’s principal (school-based employees) or immediate supervisor (non-school-based employees). Please ask the school principal to send Bus Driver/Assistant nominations to the Transportation Manager for a signature.
  • A typewritten summary (two-page maximum) explaining how the nominee meets nomination criteria 1-5. Criterion 6 will be addressed on the application by the nominee’s supervisor. 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).
  • Nominations were due by Friday, January 26. 2024
    • Use the following naming convention:
      Category_Last Name_First Name
    • Scan and upload your nominations as a single PDF to following link: [nominations closed]
      Only nominations that are uploaded to this folder as a single PDF will be considered. (For best results use Google Chrome.)

Selection Process

A screening committee will review all nomination materials and select a recipient in each of the categories based on the aforementioned criteria. The committee will then choose an overall recipient.

Awards and Recognition

FCPS cabinet members will notify the finalists by mid-March. The Superintendent will recognize and present a trophy to each finalist at the May 15, 2024 Board of Education meeting. During the presentation, the Superintendent will announce the overall Support Employee of the Year and present the recipient with a special award.