Fairfax school staffers earn recognition

Five Fairfax County schools employees received awards during the annual ceremony for outstanding staffers.

The 2014 FCPS Honors event, held May 21 at the George Mason University Center for the Arts, are the school system’s equivalent of the Academy Awards, allowing the administration the opportunity to recognize employees for notable work.

The winners included JoVon Rogers, who was named outstanding first year principal; Willie Hillary and Kenny Carter, who jointly shared the support employee of the year honors; and Christie Attanasio, who was named the 2014 outstanding first-year teacher.

Rogers. principal at Gunston Elementary in Lorton, was acknowledged for her work to establish summer reading nights and partnerships with local businesses to create after school enrichment opportunities in computers, robotics, and arts and crafts.

Attanasio, a first grade teacher at Dogwood Elementary in Reston, earned high marks for reaching out to parents about the students in her class, including 100 percent participation rate in parent-teacher conferences. Hillary, the assistant building supervisors at the Quander Road School, is known to help organize school events such as the annual PTSA community yard sale. Carter, a warehouse supervisors at the Instructional Services Processing Center, helped librarians improve the waiting time for books.

T. Rees Shapiro is an education reporter.
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