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Employees of the Year

St. Mary's County Public Schools recognizes and celebrates the great work done by staff each and every day. Each year, we recognize several employees that have been recognized for their service and dedication to St. Mary’s County Public Schools.

2020 has been a challenging year. One of those challenges has been attending school virtually. We would like to highlight the efforts of our educators. Have you seen or experienced some excellent online instruction? Teachers and staff who have gone the extra mile to make online content engaging? Let us know!

2020-2021 Award Recognitions are now open! Nominations are now being accepted until Jan 8, 2021, for:

  • Education Support Professional of the Year (ESPY) Nominees include non-certificated staff in support professional positions, including secretaries, paraeducators, building service workers, dedicated substitutes, food service, safety assistants, and many more! The SMCPS Education Support Professional Professional of the Year will be selected from all staff nominated in this category.
  • Outstanding Educator Nominees include certificated staff in roles such as classroom teachers, media specialists, counselors, and more! The Maryland Teacher of the Year and Washington Post Teacher of the Year will be selected from teachers nominated in this category.
  • Leader of Excellence Nominees include: administrative and supervisory staff in such roles as supervisor, principal, assistant principal, and more! The Washington Post Principal of the Year will be selected from principals nominated in this category.

For the 2019-2020 School Year, these outstanding employees have been recognized for their service and dedication to St. Mary’s County Public Schools.

  • Irene Hall, Food Service Manager, Spring Ridge Middle School, 2021 SMCPS Educational Support Professional of the Year
  • Jennifer Rea, Science Teacher, Esperanza Middle School, 2021 SMCPS Washington Post Teacher of the Year
  • April Ryan, Art Teacher, G. W. Carver Elementary, 2021 SMCPS Maryland Teacher of the Year
  • Laurel Dietz, Assistant Principal, Capt. W. F. Duke Elementary, 2021 SMCPS Leader of Excellence
  • Janet Fowler, Principal, Greenview Knolls Elementary, 2021 SMCPS Washington Post Principal of the Year

School and Department Nominees for the 2019-2020 School Year were:

Education Support Professionals | Outstanding Educators | Leaders of Excellence

Education Support Professionals

*Finalists designated with an asterisk


Benjamin Banneker Elem School - John Queen
Captain Walter Francis Duke Elementary School - Keiko Seidenberger
Chesapeake Public Charter School - Lucinda Lindsey
Dynard Elementary School - Melissa Burroughs*
Evergreen Elementary School -  Kimberly Bacon
George Washington Carver Elem - Micki Bell
Green Holly Elementary School - David Holmes*
Greenview Knolls Elem School - Layne Thompson
Hollywood Elementary School -  Karen Dooley
Leonardtown Elementary School -  Kimberly Hamilton
Lettie Marshall Dent Elementary - Kimberly Taylor
Lexington Park Elementary School -  Laverne Reid
Mechanicsville Elementary School  - Robin Post
Oakville Elementary School - Judy Davies*
Park Hall Elementary School - Amanda Huffman*
Piney Point Elementary School - Kimberly Bacon
Ridge Elementary School - Marguarite Koutnik
Town Creek Elementary School - Erin Horner
White Marsh Elementary School - Phyllis Watters*


Esperanza Middle School - Emily Howe
Leonardtown Middle School - Jacqueline Jones
Margaret Brent Middle School - Mary Jo Sargent
Spring Ridge Middle School - Irene Hall*
Chopticon High School - Loretta Tyler
Great Mills High School - Laura Skarwecki
Leonardtown High School - James McKulka*
Fairlead Academy - Mary Lehnertz
Fairlead Academy II - Darla Adams
Forrest Career and Technology Center - Rebecca Badovski


Division of Supporting Services - Amy Downs
Moakley/Central Adm: Mary Anne Williams*

Outstanding Educators


Benjamin Banneker Elem School - Shirley Geisbert
Captain Walter Francis Duke Elementary School - Lindsay Chiasson
Chesapeake Public Charter School - Jessica Gascon
Dynard Elementary School - Alesha Boyd
Evergreen Elementary School - Ambur Boekhout
George Washington Carver Elem - April Ryan*
Green Holly Elementary School - Gennifer Koebke*
Greenview Knolls Elem School - Vanessa Hodge*
Hollywood Elementary School - Emilli Braithwaite
Leonardtown Elementary School - Noel Farrell
Lettie Marshall Dent Elementary - Gail Brinsky
Lexington Park Elementary School - Christina Baker
Mechanicsville Elementary School - Jamie Penny
Oakville Elementary School - Joni Cummins
Park Hall Elementary School - Kristen Gyorgy
Piney Point Elementary School - Ashley Bean
Ridge Elementary School - Jane Miller- Pankiewicz
Town Creek Elementary School - Christen Ganley
White Marsh Elementary School - Sabrina Lockwood*


Esperanza Middle School - Jennifer Rea*
Leonardtown Middle School - Tamara Payne
Margaret Brent Middle School - Rachel Harmon
Spring Ridge Middle School - Katherine Sushinsky*
Chopticon High School - Rachael Sichko
Great Mills High School - Rebecca Wait
Leonardtown High School - Kelly Bridges*
Fairlead Academy - Jessica Satterfield*
Fairlead Academy II - Stefanie Potts
Forrest Career and Technology Center - Melissa Chew*

Leader of Excellence:

  • Capt WF Duke ES - Laurel Dietz
  • Greenview Knolls ES - Janet Fowler
  • Leonardtown ES - Greg LaCount
  • White Marsh ES - Julia Steele
  • Leonardtown MS - Deborah Dennie
  • Spring Ridge MS - Wendy Zimmerman
  • Chopticon HS - Shelly McDaniel