St. Mary's Co. Public Schools News Briefs

Simon A. Mcneely Honor Award

Ms. Likie Milton (Spring Ridge Middle School) and Mr. William Plotner (Esperanza Middle School) were recipients of the Simon A. McNeely Honor Award at the annual convention of the Maryland Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (MAHPERD) held on October 18, 2013.

The Simon A. McNeely Honor Award is presented to those individuals who have demonstrated active involvement in school and community affairs, along with outstanding teaching and service in the field of physical education.

2013 High School Physical Education Teacher of the Year

Ms. Patricia Tillotson has been selected as the 2013 High School Physical Education Teacher of the Year by the Maryland Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (MAHPERD). Ms. Tillotson is a Physical Education teacher at Chopticon High School.

This prestigious award is given to a teacher who conducts an appropriate physical education program as reflected in generally accepted standards of practice for physical education; utilizes various teaching methodologies and plans innovative learning experiences to meet the needs of all students; serves as a positive role model epitomizing personal health and fitness, enjoyment of activity, and sensitivity to the physical and emotional needs of all students; participates in professional development opportunities; and provides service to the profession through advocacy, consultation, in-service training presentations and/or active membership in related professional organizations.

Ms. Tillotson received this outstanding award at the MAHPERD Annual Convention in Hunt Valley, Maryland on Friday, October 18, 2013.

Ethics Panel to Meet

The St. Mary's County Public Schools' Ethics Panel will be holding a meeting on Thursday, November 14, 2013, from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., in the Assistant Superintendent's Conference Room, 23160 Moakley Street, Leonardtown, Maryland 20650.

For more information, call 301-475-5511, ext. 32172.

October Work Hard and Be Nice Award Recipients Announced

St. Mary's County Public Schools' (SMCPS) Work Hard and Be Nice Award recognizes distinct and extraordinary accomplishments of school system employees in connection with official employment. Dedicated employees contribute to the success of the school system and our students. Award recipients enhance both the success and the reputation of the school system through their extraordinary actions.

Each month, staff members are recognized for going above and beyond the call of duty. Dr. Michael J. Martirano, superintendent of schools, is proud to announce the award recipients for the month of October 2013.

Patricia Abell, Lisa Bachner, Gail Beavers, Kimberly Blackburn, David Chilson, Laurel Dietz, Chuck Dunbar, Wanda Duran, Leslie Fancella, Virginia Gatton, Cherri Godfrey, Travis Guthrie, Karen Guy, Raymond Hall, Dan Hart, Lois Howell, Marissa Kinkaid, Jennifer LaBrack, Jill Mills, David O'Neill, Sharon Page, Holly Peck, Bernadette Scheetz, Katherine Siguenza, Julia Steele, Diane White, DeEtta Winemiller, and Wendy Zimmerman

For more information about the SMCPS Work Hard and Be Nice Award program, or to nominate a school system employee, visit

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