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Special Education Citizenís Advisory Council Holds First Annual Awards and Recognition Ceremony

Release Date: 4/17/2009 8:54:40 AM

The Carroll County Public School System’s Special Education Citizen’s Advisory Council (SECAC) held its first annual awards and recognition ceremony on Tuesday, April 7, 2009.
Earlier in the year, SECAC sought nominations for teachers, speech pathologists, physical therapists, occupational therapists, other service providers, administrators, family members, community members, and students who have truly gone to extraordinary efforts to contribute in a compassionate and caring way to the growth, happiness, and general well-being of children. Twenty-four nominations were received with thirty-seven recipients, some being part of a team.
During the ceremony, each nomination was read aloud and each recipient was welcomed by Lee Murphy, Section Chief, Special Education Administration and Quality Assurance Branch of the Maryland State Department of Education. Each recipient was presented with a personalized custom award and a copy of their nomination letter. Some of the children who were mentioned in the nominations attended the ceremony and escorted their recipient up to the front to receive their awards. 
 
The award recipients are listed below:
 
Name
Position
School
Katie Bryan
Special Needs Teacher
Winfield Elementary School
Rebecca Byers
Special Education Resource Teacher
William Winchester Elementary School
Barbara Cohen
1st Grade Teacher
Eldersburg Elementary School
Marianne Dearchs
Speech Therapist
Manchester Elementary School
Carolyn DeMay
Special Education Resource Teacher
Eldersburg Elementary School
Jessica DiBella
Speech Therapist
West Middle School
Karen Feinberg
Speech Therapist
Parr’s Ridge Elementary School
Melissa Freeman
Speech Therapist
Hampstead Elementary School
Theresa French
3rd Grade Teacher
Eldersburg Elementary School
Roberta Gore
English Teacher
North Carroll High School
Debbie Gosnell
Speech Therapist
Friendship Valley Elementary School
Theresa Gostomski
Special Education Resource Teacher
Eldersburg Elementary School
Craig Hastings
2nd Grade Teacher
Hampstead Elementary School
Jamie Hayes
Special Education Assistant
Westminster High School
Gina Hughes
Adapted Physical Education Teacher
Hampstead Elementary School
Jennifer Hutchinson
Occupational Therapist
Eldersburg Elementary School
Brandi Karcz
2nd Grade Teacher
Eldersburg Elementary School
Sue Kerr
Special Education Assistant
Friendship Valley Elementary School
Cindy Knies
3rd Grade Teacher
Eldersburg Elementary School
Cecilia Long
Mentor Interpreter
ESOL
Marilyn Manger
Special Education Assistant
Parr’s Ridge Elementary School
Andrea Pfoutz
Special Education Resource Teacher
Hampstead Elementary School
Molly Riggs
Speech Therapist
Hampstead Elementary School
Lisa Scata
2nd Grade Teacher
Hampstead Elementary School
Sherry Schafer
Special Education Resource Teacher
West Middle School
Monica Smith
Principal
Sandymount Elementary School
Robin Stevens
Speech Therapist
Eldersburg Elementary School
Weida Stoecker
Special Education Resource Teacher
North Carroll High School
Anne Stoner
Special Education Assistant
Hampstead Elementary School
Christine Strauss
1:1 Assistant
Mechanicsville Elementary School
Antonina Wallace
Special Needs Teacher
Carrolltowne Elementary School
DeeAnn Weber
Substitute Teacher
Runnymede Elementary School
Carolyn Whittington
School Psychologist
Eldersburg Elementary School
Jennifer Wolfarth
Special Education Resource Teacher
Liberty High School
Johanna Zayed
2nd Grade Teacher
Piney Ridge Elementary School
Leslie Zimmer
Instructional Assistant
Winters Mill High School
           
Approximately 130 people attended the ceremony. A light fare buffet was served by the culinary arts students at the Carroll County Career and Technology Center.

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