Lavonne “Vonnie” Fiore has been named Pupil Personnel Worker (PPW) of the Year by the Maryland Association of Pupil Personnel.
This award recognizes an individual who demonstrates outstanding leadership in the role of a pupil personnel worker, including an original and effective approach to the delivery of pupil personnel services and competence as a pupil personnel worker. The nominee also must show evidence of continuing interest in professional growth and a significant contribution to students and families, schools, and the community.
As the PPW for Taneytown Elementary, Northwest Middle, and Francis Scott Key High Schools, Fiore goes above and beyond to help meet the needs of students. She works directly with students, families, school staff, and community service providers to help students meet with success and is known for her commitment, compassion, and positive attitude.
Fiore communicates well with parents, students, and staff and always works to find the best solutions for students and the difficult situations they encounter. She works diligently to assist students with attendance issues. For example, she often provides students with special incentives to “Give Me 10” by attending school for 10 days.
Her support of students and families goes well beyond school issues. Her approach is to support the entire family to help the individual student, whether it’s delivering food to a family well after work hours, helping students find alternative placement, or making home visits. She utilizes many community resources to ensure that students receive the attention and assistance they need. She also is involved in local community agencies such as Tree of Friends, which sponsors an annual bed race to raise funds to provide beds and bedding for those in need.
According to Donald Mongold, also a PPW for Carroll County Public Schools, “Of all the PPWs I’ve ever worked with, Vonnie epitomizes what it means to be a Pupil Personnel Worker and is a role model for others. If you call on Vonnie, she always comes through!”
Fiore has been a Pupil Personnel Worker since 2013. Prior to becoming a PPW, she served as a school counselor at Runnymede Elementary School.