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Century High School Security Assistant Named Maryland Educational Support Professional of the Year

Sherry Mayne, a security assistant at Century High School, has been selected as the Educational Support Professional (ESP) of the Year by the Maryland State Education Association. She was selected based on established criteria including professional practice, member advocacy and association involvement, community engagement, personal achievement, and enhancement of the ESP image.

Prior to becoming a security assistant, Mayne served as an hourly student assistant and instructional assistant with Carroll County Public Schools. During her time working in the classroom, she served special education students in kindergarten, 2nd grade, and 4th grade. This included work in the CCPS Autism program where she supported non-verbal students with severe behaviors. She volunteered to transfer to the newly created position of security assistant in 2017.  She consistently demonstrates a high level of professionalism with her knowledge and dedication to students and the school community.

Cindy Porter, president of the Carroll Association of School Employees (CASE), said, “Sherry exemplifies the qualities and professionalism of Education Support Professionals here in Carroll County and across the state, and I am so very proud of her being recognized in this manner! Beyond a doubt, she is very deserving of this award!”

Mayne has served in a number of positions in both CASE and the Maryland State Education (MSEA), and her leadership has resulted in the successful growth of these associations. She serves as her building’s association representative, is a member of the membership committee, and currently serves as the CASE Secretary. She is currently redesigning CASE’s professional website.

Mayne also serves as co-chair of the MSEA Women’s Concerns Committee. Her leadership on this committee has been focused on advocating and empowering women and girls to serve in leadership positions. She has been instrumental in organizing MSEA’s Women’s History Month program. She also organizes the MSEA Women’s Leadership Training. The goal of this event is to train women as leaders. She designed and organized the event’s course project which is required to be completed by each attendee.

Along with her work advocating for women and girls, Mayne also operates a food pantry in her school community. This group offers both food and household items to members of the Westminster community. As schools were closed during the pandemic, this program was vital in making sure students received healthy meals. She also helps organize the yearly Martin Luther King, Jr. Breakfast and recruits students to submit talent displays from the western counties.

In addition to achieving advancement in her ESP career, Mayne also successfully participated in a number of professional development programs including POD training, CPR training, CPI training, and student behavior training.

Mayne serves as an after-school tutor for high school students. Her participation in this program enhances the image of the ESP’s role in the education of students. She believes in supporting everyone’s attempt at reaching their potential. Her efforts to achieve this goal are evident in her classroom work, association work, and community volunteerism. Her leadership advances the role of ESPs locally and throughout the state of Maryland.

According to Karen Randall, former co-chair of the MSEA Women’s Concerns Committee and Vice-Chair of the MSEA Retired Advisory Council, “I am very proud to have developed a professional and personal relationship with Sherry over the years, and her dedication to her students, staff, and union are superior. She deserves the MSEA ESP of the Year Award.”

Mayne will now represent Maryland in the national Education Support Professional awards program.