I cannot begin to express how honored I feel to have been nominated for the FCPS Honors Leadership Award.
This evening was the FCPS Honors award ceremony where I was humbled and privileged to share the evening with so many other deserving nominees, finalists, and award winners. Awards given tonight included:
- Outstanding First-Year Teacher
- Teacher of the Year
- Hourly Employee of the Year
- Support Employee of the Year
- Leadership Award
- Outstanding First-Year Principal
- Principal of the Year
I was just a nominee, but trust me when I say this is a great honor in itself. If you’ve never been involved in such a thing, let me assure you that nominating someone for an award is no easy task. It usually involves an extensive nomination packet that must be pulled together and submitted with input from multiple people. FCPS Honors nominations are no exception. I know what this is like, and I am so grateful to the teachers and colleagues who took the time to contribute to the nomination process. The true reward is knowing that you believe I am worthy. I try everyday to be so, and feel so lucky to be entrusted with overseeing the art programs in our schools.
My deepest gratitude to Libya, Andrew, Jean-Marie, Kannan, Jeff, Allison, and Sara who all contributed to the nomination packet. And my thanks to countless others who trust me to serve as the art specialist every day!
I can’t help but think how many of you — the art teachers — are just as worthy of recognition, so I have a challenge for you all. (Not just the ones I named. I mean all of you! Everywhere!)
Think about the fantastic art teachers you know and consider nominating one of them for recognition in this or any other recognition program. They deserve it. You deserve it! And why shouldn’t an art teacher be recognized as teacher of the year?!