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Faculty and Staff Recognized by School Board

Manassas City Schools held its yearly excellence award ceremony before Tuesday's board meeting.

Many employees of the Manassas City School system were recognized during the yearly excellence award ceremony this Tuesday before the school board meeting.

The Washington Post Distinguished Educational Leadership Award was given to Dr. Ashley Cramp, principal of .

Cramp said that the award was special to her because of the people she represents.

"We're definitely a team, and even though it has my name on it, I feel like it's for all of us," Cramp said.

Another employee  recognized by The Washington Post was third grade teacher Francie Vandivere, who received the Agnes Meyer Outstanding Teacher Award.

The nominees for the Agnes Meyer Outstanding Teacher award were also recognized. Along with Vandivere, they were Lisa LaLonde, Dianne daSilva, Brenda Wambold, LeeAnn Brannon, Cyndy Mattia, Kellie Hardt and Kent Jaffrey.

From the nominees, science and math teacher Kellie Hardt was singled out as the 2012 Teacher of the Year.

The Outstanding First Year Teacher award went to choral instructor Matthew Harrison from . The Outstanding Second Year Teacher award went to two people: third grade teacher from Baldwin Elementary Amy Fitzgerald, and first grade teacher from Emily Godenschwager. The Outstanding Third Year Teacher award went to Michelle Rannells, a ninth grade English teacher at Osbourn High School.

To compliment the awards for the up and coming teachers, the Outstanding Mentor of the Year award was given to Katy Keegan from Baldwin Elementary.

To top it all off, the support staff was also recognized for their hard work and dedication to the school's students and faculty. Those recognized included Kathleen Clare, MaryAnne Bolgert, Heidi Kaska, Mayra Garcia, Lisa Fairchild, Debbie Hauffe, Kris Steinebach, Teresa Bryson, Lee Miller, Mario Morales and Tracey Rice.

The winner of the Support Employee Excellence award was Dawn Porter, who grinned for the camera as her coworkers gave her a standing ovation.

By the end of the night, the members of the school board agreed that the awards ceremony was an accurate portrayal of how much the faculty and staff of Manassas City Schools care about their jobs.

Anthony May 25, 2012 at 11:12 AM
Weems elementary is the only school to make Average Yearly Progress last year but Haydon and Baldwin are given an award that makes sense... Angie Burnett is the principal of the YEAR!!!
Rita Colleran June 14, 2012 at 02:09 PM
Salute to Excellence is a wonderful time when the MCPS Education Foundation and the Manassas City Public Schools Division work together to acknowledge the good work done by teachers and staff. It is the work of the the Foundation that brings the financial awards. Good job by Marci Settle -- Ed Foundation Board Member, and Ken LaLonde -- MCPS HR Director in organizing the event. It was lovely.

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