Calvert County

The Calvert County Board of Education recently honored the following employees:

* Elizabeth D'Agostino, an instructional assistant at Beach Elementary School -- where she is known as "Betty D" or "Mrs. D" -- was honored as an employee of the month.

* Janet Gross, instrumental music teacher at Sunderland Elementary School, was named an employee of the month for developing programs that are rewarding and fun for her students.

* Robert Hall, head day custodian at Mill Creek Middle School, was honored as an employee of the month for his role as a team leader and his friendliness to students and staff members.

* Pam Storms, a Title I instructional assistant at Calvert Elementary School, was named an employee of the month for her role in the school's improvement team and for serving as a mentor to students.

* Donna Will, a primary I teacher at Calvert Country School, was honored as an employee of the month for her dedication to students with disabilities.

Charles County

The Charles County Board of Education recently honored these employees:

* Arlene Bennof, a special education teacher at T.C. Martin Elementary School, was honored for her 32 years of service and dedication to her students.

* Wayne Freeman, vice principal at General Smallwood Middle School, was recognized for his years of service and for implementing a Positive Behavioral Intervention and Supports program.

* Joshua Craven, a mathematics teacher at Thomas Stone High School, was recognized for his teaching, for the design and implementation of a summer reading academy, and for his coordination and direction of Recovery School, a support program for students failing during the first semester.

* Tamara Craven, an English teacher at Thomas Stone High School, was honored for excellence in the classroom and for leading the Professional Development Committee for the school. She created the English curriculum for the current school year, created and taught all of the material for the pilot 10th-grade English/Reading Summer Academy and helped pilot the 2002 Recovery School program.

* Jean Sigmon, secretary to the principal at Westlake High School, was recognized for her methods and organization for collecting, sorting, organizing and reporting data and for being the "ultimate" team player.

St. Mary's County

St. Mary's Ryken High School in Leonardtown recently announced the following student honors:

* Margaret Boyle, a junior, was selected to participate this month in the National Young Leaders Conference in the District. The six-day conference involves about 400 high school students from around the nation selected for leadership potential and scholastic merit.

* Tony Miller and Justin Noonan, both seniors, were named Commended Students in the 2005 National Merit Scholarship Program. About 34,000 students nationwide were recognized for their academic promise.

-- Compiled by SUSAN BARTON