Four exemplary Charles County Public Schools employees were honored by the Board of Education on Dec. 14. Honored were Sandra Dippold, Judith Chandler, John Hughes and Garnett Anderson.
Dippold is a music teacher at C. Paul Barnhart Elementary School. She was nominated for recognition for her passion for teaching children about music and performing, for her ability to build and maintain a strong rapport with her students, and for her strong work ethic. Dippold is known among staff as a teacher who puts her heart and soul into all that she does when preparing fun and meaningful activities for her students. She goes above and beyond when planning songs and rehearing for musical programs. She uses differentiated instruction methods to ensure that all of her students learn and encourages confidence and interest in performing arts. Dippold also serves as a teacher-leader within the school and organizes events with staff and families in the school community. Barnhart Principal Kimberly Hairston said Dippold is a master teacher who strives for excellence in all that she does. “She always puts on a one-of-of-a-kind performance and is able to bring out the best in each student. Through diligent preparation and an unparalleled work ethic, Sandy is able to help all of her students become confident, which encourages them to appreciate music,” Hairston wrote in a nomination letter.
Chandler is a school counselor at Dr. Gustavus Brown Elementary School. She was nominated for recognition for maintaining a family-oriented school community, for serving as the school’s drug free club sponsor and harassment coordinator, and for her dedication to students, staff and the Dr. Brown community. Chandler has worked for the school system for more than 38 years, and has been recognized for her work in creating a parent workshop focused on developing the self-esteem of students. She also serves as a student mentor, and assists the instructional leadership team with small group intervention strategies. In addition to her role as school counselor, Chandler is also solely responsible for coordinating canned food drives, coat, hat and scarf collections, holiday food basket donations for families in need, and the school’s career awareness day. Brown Principal Marvin Jones said Chandler is a tremendous asset to the school and its community. “Mrs. Chandler is a true advocate and supporter of our school and community at-large. We should all just hope to work with someone as dedicated and committed to children as Mrs. Chandler,” Jones wrote in a nomination letter.
Anderson is a school counselor at John Hanson Middle School. She was nominated for recognition for her exemplary work ethic, for her dedication to the success of students and for her kind and caring rapport. Anderson has worked for the school system for more than 40 years and serves as the eighth-grade counselor at Hanson. She ensures that each student has the opportunity to do well and reviews performance data to identify subject areas in which students are having trouble. She can often be found looking for students during lunch in the cafeteria to offer them assistance on a homework assignment or to prepare for a test. On a daily basis, Anderson usually has two to three students in her office at a time that she is tutoring or providing encouragement. Hanson Principal Deborah Hile said that although Anderson does not draw attention to herself, she is a strong, influential force with students. “She is a force behind the scenes that consistently and tirelessly works to promote the success of her students. Mrs. Anderson definitely has the students’ best interests at heart and is doing what is best for kids each and every day,” Hile wrote.
Hughes is a social studies teacher at Henry E. Lackey High School. He was honored for recognition for creating engaging and exciting lessons, for his work ethic and teaching styles, and for his dedication to coordinating school activities and events. Hughes incorporates instructional strategies in the classroom that ensure high levels of student participation. He creates lessons that enable students to value personal responsibility in learning and differentiates methods to meet the needs of diverse students. Hughes also served as the student government association sponsor and is one of two tennis coaches during the spring sports season. He assists with the planning and implementation of multi-cultural celebrations during Black History Month. Lackey Principal James Short said Hughes is a positive role model for students and an integral part of the Lackey community. “Mr. Hughes is truly an exceptional leader and colleague and is extremely well-deserving of this recognition by our students and staff, as well as by the Board of Education,” Short wrote in a nomination letter.
The Board honors several exemplary employees each month.