Two Carroll County Public Schools employees and a student were recognized at the 2018 Annual Dinner and Community Awards sponsored by The Arc Carroll County.

Melanie Roelke, a special education resource teacher at West Middle School, received the Special Education Professional of the Year Award. This award is presented to an education professional who has demonstrated excellence in providing quality educational opportunities and/or advocacy for students with developmental disabilities in Carroll County. Roelke was nominated for the award by a parent because “she is an amazing teacher, case manager, and advocate every day.” She was also noted for her creative problem solving, professionalism, and positive leadership and never seeming overwhelmed by the challenges posed during difficult situations.

Dorian Bruce received the Spirit of Independence Award. This award is presented to a person supported by The Arc who has improved his or skills or has demonstrated determination in achieving his/her goals. Through a work-learning program sponsored by Carroll County Public Schools and McDaniel College, he had the opportunity to work in the theater department learning how to build scenery and sets. This experience has given him the confidence to pursue employment opportunities in carpentry and construction. 

Byron Moore, an Area Supervisor in Transportation Services for CCPS, received the WaMM Special Appreciation Award, which goes to those who have provided noteworthy efforts to The Arc Carroll and/or people with disabilities. Moore is responsible for coordinating specialized transportation for more than 750 students. These 54 bus routes travel over 1,500,000 miles annually, servicing 45 schools and special education program sites. His dedication to the special needs students of Carroll County and his exceptional work with school administrators, parents, bus drivers and assistants, and the staff at The Arc make him most deserving of this award.

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