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Five exemplary Charles County Public Schools employees were honored by the board of education on Feb. 12: Lenora Green, Nicholas Adam, Caitlin Sinclair, Linda Adgate and Lakeisha Webster.
Green is a special education teacher at Berry Elementary School.
She was honored for consistently seeking opportunities for professional growth to help support her students. Green is organized and prepared, and supports the success of her students. She shares her knowledge and expertise with other teachers and helped implement a leadership academy for students at Berry. Green is also the special education department chair and a member of the school crisis team, and helps coach the Berry Special Olympics team.
Berry Principal Marvin Jones said that Green is a highly valued member of the Berry staff. “Ms. Green’s dedication is truly admired and well-respected throughout our school community. Her commitment to her students stretches well beyond what she does in the classroom,” Jones wrote in a nomination statement.
Adam is a special education teacher at Eva Turner Elementary School.
He was honored for his dedication to students, parents and his coworkers. Adam strives to ensure his students do their best and have the tools to be successful. He demonstrates an outstanding work ethic and is sought out by staff in need of assistance. He is the special education team leader and is co-chairman of the school’s Positive Behavioral Interventions and Support committee. Adam also coaches Turner’s Special Olympics team and basketball.
Turner Principal Stephanie Nottingham said Adam exudes a positive attitude and takes great pride in his work. “He is well-organized and is willing to speak with parents and staff in reference to providing the best learning environment for children,” Nottingham wrote in a nomination letter.
Sinclair is a mathematics teacher at Piccowaxen Middle School.
She was nominated for recognition for her ability to help students learn to enjoy mathematics and for pushing her classes to achieve success. Sinclair maintains a supportive learning environment for her students and creates lessons using innovative and fun activities. She constantly seeks new information, ideas and methods to better help her students, and is a role model for students and staff.
Piccowaxen Principal Kenneth Schroeck said Sinclair is an important part of the Piccowaxen staff. “Her passion has taken on many forms that exemplify her willingness to get involved and to be a positive role model in our students’ lives. This level of caring can be seen each and every day in her classroom,” Schroeck wrote in a nomination letter.
Adgate is the job placement coordinator and Maryland’s Tomorrow instructor at La Plata High School.
She was recognized for demonstrating a high level of professionalism and for being helpful to students, parents and staff. Adgate helps provide services to disadvantaged students and their families and is essential in providing day-to-day support for her students. She ensures that the students learn goal-setting and study skills, and helps them successfully transition to college or the work force. Adgate is also a go-to person at the school for those in need of assistance.
La Plata Principal Evelyn Arnold said Adgate is an invaluable member of the La Plata staff. “The motto for Charles County Public Schools is, ‘Where success is measured one student at a time.’ Certainly, Linda Adgate exemplifies this philosophy,” Arnold wrote in a nomination letter.
Webster is an instructional assistant in the STAY program at the F.B. Gwynn Educational Center.
She was nominated for recognition for demonstrating a high degree of pride in her work and for supporting her students and colleagues. She often delivers small group and one-on-one instruction, participates in lesson planning, and creates and organizes materials and lessons for students. Webster demonstrates a positive attitude and a high degree of pride in her work, and serves as a mentor for her students.
Todd Wonderling, coordinator of special programs at Gwynn, said Webster’s dedication and performance exudes leadership. “She is an inspiration to her co-workers, students and parents. I am glad to nominate her for this award,” Wonderling wrote in a nomination letter.
The board honors several exemplary employees each month.