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Charles Co. Board of Ed. Honors Students, Staff



Board recognizes outstanding students

Pictured are five Charles County Public Schools students honored by the Board of Education on Dec. 8 for their accomplishments in academic achievement, career readiness and personal responsibility. Pictured, from left, are: Courtney Alvey, senior, Henry E. Lackey High School; Tremaine Barrow, eighth grade, John Hanson Middle School; Raelynn Hood, fifth grade, T.C. Martin Elementary School; Aliyona Naves, fifth grade, Dr. Gustavus Brown Elementary School; and Tyrone Hudson, fifth grade, C. Paul Barnhart Elementary School.
Pictured are five Charles County Public Schools students honored by the Board of Education on Dec. 8 for their accomplishments in academic achievement, career readiness and personal responsibility. Pictured, from left, are: Courtney Alvey, senior, Henry E. Lackey High School; Tremaine Barrow, eighth grade, John Hanson Middle School; Raelynn Hood, fifth grade, T.C. Martin Elementary School; Aliyona Naves, fifth grade, Dr. Gustavus Brown Elementary School; and Tyrone Hudson, fifth grade, C. Paul Barnhart Elementary School.

The Board of Education honored five students on Tuesday, Dec. 8 for excellence in academic achievement, career readiness and personal responsibility. Honored were Tyrone Hudson, fifth grade, C. Paul Barnhart Elementary School; Aliyona Naves, fifth grade, Dr. Gustavus Brown Elementary School; Raelynn Hood, fifth grade, T.C. Martin Elementary School; Tremaine Barrow, eighth grade, John Hanson Middle School; and Courtney Alvey, senior, Henry E. Lackey High School.

Hudson was honored by the Board in the area of personal responsibility and was chosen for recognition for demonstrating an outstanding work ethic in the classroom and with extracurricular activities. He has attended Barnhart since kindergarten and maintains honor roll grades each quarter. He is active in several school-related activities including Destination Imagination, the student advisory council, bus patrol, the school math and knowledge bowl teams, the Just Say No Club and plays in the school band. Hudson also plays football for a community league and plans to start running on a track team in the spring.

Naves was recognized by the Board in the area of academic achievement and was chosen for the honor for serving as a role model for her peers. She consistently earns honor roll grades and comes to class prepared and ready to learn. In the classroom, Naves demonstrates an exemplary work ethic, listens well and asks for help when she needs assistance. She strives to help with school safety as a member of the safety patrol. Naves is also a member of the school drama club and helps to plan productions.

Hood was honored by the Board in the area of academic achievement and was chosen for recognition for the hard work she demonstrates in the classroom. She is consistently on the honor roll and maintains a grade-point average of 4.0. She is diligent with her studies and models good character for her peers. Hood participates with Mathematics, Engineering and Science Achievement (MESA) and is a member of the school safety patrol. She is also well known among her teachers as a leader and team player.

Barrow was recognized by the Board in the area of academic achievement and was honored for his diligence in the classroom and commitment to his studies. He is enrolled in the Scholars Program and maintains a 4.0 grade-point average. He participates regularly in class and helps his peers when they need assistance. Barrow is highly motivated and his teachers describe him as a pleasure to have in class. He is also dedicated to extracurricular activities as a member of the Gateway to Technology program, the school drama club and the National Junior Honor Society.

Alvey was honored in the area of career readiness and was selected for recognition from among her peers for her commitment to her studies and serving the community. She maintains perfect attendance at school and is consistently on the principal’s honor roll. Alvey is enrolled in the Project Lead the Way Biomedical Science Program at Lackey and plans to study nursing with a specialization in pediatric oncology after she graduates. She participates annually in Relay for Life efforts, helps to run blood drives for the American Red Cross and is active with the youth group at her church. Alvey is also an exemplar student athlete in softball, field hockey and swimming. She also serves as the secretary of the National Honor Society and plans to attend the University of Maryland in the fall.

Each month the Board of Education honors students for their success in academic achievement, career readiness and personal responsibility.

Board honors exemplary employees

The Board of Education honored five Charles County Public Schools employees Dec. 8 for their commitment to teaching and learning. Pictured, from left, are: Pauline Johnson, vice principal, Henry E. Lackey High School; Dan Meltsner, technology education teacher, John Hanson Middle School; Ashley Valenzuela, first-grade teacher, T.C. Martin Elementary School; Rebecca Irwin, second-grade teacher, Dr. Gustavus Brown Elementary School; and Luanne Cochran, instructional resource teacher, C. Paul Barnhart Elementary School.
The Board of Education honored five Charles County Public Schools employees Dec. 8 for their commitment to teaching and learning. Pictured, from left, are: Pauline Johnson, vice principal, Henry E. Lackey High School; Dan Meltsner, technology education teacher, John Hanson Middle School; Ashley Valenzuela, first-grade teacher, T.C. Martin Elementary School; Rebecca Irwin, second-grade teacher, Dr. Gustavus Brown Elementary School; and Luanne Cochran, instructional resource teacher, C. Paul Barnhart Elementary School.

The Board of Education honored five Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) employees during the Dec. 8 meeting for being the difference in the lives of children and their commitment to the school system. Honored were Luanne Cochran, Rebecca Irwin, Pauline Johnson, Dan Meltsner and Ashley Valenzuela.

Cochran is an instructional resource teacher at C. Paul Barnhart Elementary School and was selected for recognition by Barnhart Principal Troy Barnes for ensuring all students are successful and supported in learning. Cochran has been teaching for 37 years and provides individual and group instruction for struggling students. She coordinates necessary interventions to ensure all learners are supported and works closely with students in need of additional assistance. As the instructional resource teacher, Cochran meets regularly with all grade-level teams, new teachers and anyone in need of assistance to provide them with the support and structure to be successful. She consistently researches instructional materials, interventions, methods and strategies to assist students. In his letter of recommendation, Barnes said Cochran’s work ethic is unparalleled. “She works hours above and beyond to plan, deliver and support teaching and learning. Her work with special education students has been the greatest contribution to our school. She believes in every student and provides them with the skills to be successful in school and beyond,” Barnes wrote.

Irwin is a second-grade teacher at Dr. Gustavus Brown Elementary School and was chosen for recognition by Brown Principal Christienne Warren for her dedication to children and advocating for their best interests. Irwin is a longtime teacher at Brown and has worked at the school for nearly 30 years. She is often one of the first teachers to arrive at work and the last to leave in the evenings. She is known among her colleagues as a teacher who always has the best interest of students at heart. Irwin’s commitment and dedication is evident in her lessons, interactions with her students and the time and effort she takes to ensure that all of her students have the tools and skills necessary to achieve. Warren is in her second year as principal at Brown and said she knew when she first met Irwin that she was a teacher of the utmost quality. “I speak with many parents who were former students of Mrs. Irwin and their stories are all the same; she was their favorite teacher. If you ask Mrs. Irwin why she dedicates so many countless hours to planning and preparing, she would tell you that her students deserve nothing less,” Warren wrote in a nomination letter.

Johnson is a vice principal at Henry E. Lackey High School, where she has been an instrumental part of the administrative team for the past seven school years. She was chosen for recognition before the Board by Lackey Principal Kathy Perriello for her dedication and commitment to students and the school community. She oversees the master schedule, the testing and Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) programs and new teachers. Johnson is also the principal’s designee and demonstrates an exemplary work ethic in all the she does. She models a positive attitude and holds high expectations for all students and staff. Johnson is also one of the first staff members to arrive at school, and often stays late to assist with whatever tasks or duties need to be done or to support anyone in need of assistance. Johnson announced her plans to retire at the end of the school year and continues to maintain an exemplary work ethic. In her letter of nomination, Perriello said Johnson’s dedication to the school community is admirable. “Polly Johnson is the epitome of an outstanding vice principal; she cares about students and staff. She is a dedicated ‘Lackey Charger’ who promotes the values and school motto of life-long learning, honor, respect and success,” Perriello wrote.

Meltsner is a technology education teacher at John Hanson Middle School and currently works with students in the Gateway to Technology program. His passion for technology and teaching is evident in his lessons, interactions with students and sponsorship of several science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) based programs. Meltsner works with students to design and model robots, write computer programs to design objects that can be printed three dimensionally and to learn about exploring flight in space. As the sponsor of the Vex Robotics, Sea Perch and Lego teams, Meltsner often spends time beyond the school day researching how to enhance technology programs, building ramps to test robots and assisting his colleagues with computer help. As a former computer teacher at Hanson, Meltsner engaged students in projects that supported other content areas, such as helping them create their science and history fair projects. He is also the related arts department chair and school web master. Hanson Principal Susan McCormick said Meltsner is well known among students and staff for his knowledge and willingness to help anyone in need. “Mr. Meltsner is known as ‘Dan the Man’ by his colleagues because he is always willing and able to assist staff with computer needs. His enthusiasm and commitment to technology education provides hundreds of students a first-hand experience to the world of technology,” McCormick wrote in a nomination letter.

Valenzuela is a first-grade teacher at T.C. Martin Elementary School and is known as a leader among her colleagues. She provides lessons that are exciting and engaging for students and focuses on meeting the needs of all levels of learners. She serves as the first-grade team leader and contributes to the Teacher Assistance Teams (TAT) at Martin, which help teachers with students who are experiencing behavioral or academic difficulties. Valenzuela also chairs several school committees, including the Positive Behavioral Interventions and Support (PBIS) and staff morale committees and co-sponsors the annual talent show. As the PBIS chair, she runs monthly meetings, reports discipline data to staff and creates innovative and fun ways for students to focus on positive behavior. Valenzuela also attends meetings for her special education students to better monitor their progress. Martin Principal Greg Miller said Valenzuela is the school’s biggest supporter and an exemplary teacher. “Ashley is a true leader at our school. Last year through her efforts in coordinating positive events for students to reward acceptable behavior, our school saw a 30 percent reduction in the number of referrals. Our school has become a better place by her work,” Miller wrote in a nomination statement.

The Board honors several exemplary employees each month.

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