Outstanding teachers recognized at Mentor Program and CARE Awards
Posted on 05/20/2019
Outstanding teachers recognized at Mentor Program and CARE Awards Teachers are not only educators and mentors to their students, but to their colleagues as well. Newer teachers benefit from the guidance a more experienced teacher can provide, helping them navigate their careers as teachers. Likewise, teachers who are focused on the diversity within their classes and teach with an awareness for all students with regard to culture or need are also model teachers. Those teachers who guide others or celebrate the differences among their students is what the Mentor Program Awards and the Culturally Aware and Responsive Educator Awards are all about. Both of these awards were presented at a ceremony held at the Kelly Leadership Center in early May.

Mentor Program Awards are held annually to celebrate excellence in supporting novice educators. Our awards are sponsored by the Office of Professional Learning and the Apple Federal Credit Union Education Foundation. The awards highlight instructionally-focused interactions that enhance the professional growth of both mentor and mentee, while positively impacting student achievement.

The 2018-19 Winners of Mentor of the Year are:
  • Lead Mentor of the Year: Ms. Kimberly Wenzel, Sixth Grade Teacher, Porter Traditional School
  • Mentor of the Year: Mr. Christopher McManus, Instructional Technology Coach, Marumsco Hills Elementary School

The annual Culturally Aware and Responsive Educator (CARE) Award for Teaching Excellence recognizes educators or educator teams from Prince William County Public Schools (PWCS) who demonstrate culturally responsive research-based classroom strategies aimed at building on students’ current knowledge to foster equitable classrooms governed by collaboration, rigor, and innovative thinking.

The 2018-19 CARE Educators of the Year are:
  • Ms. Kelly Barry, Teacher of Students with Learning Disabilities, Juvenile Detention Center
  • Ms. Janira Collado, ESOL Teacher, Enterprise Elementary School
  • Ms. Isabel Guerra-Showkatian, ESOL Teacher, Alvey Elementary School
  • Ms. Christie Kargbo, Director of School Counseling, Porter Traditional School
  • Mr. Martin Settle, Teacher of Students with Learning Disabilities, Lake Ridge Elementary School
  • Mr. Kamau Street, Business Education Teacher, Battlefield High School

Congratulations to these teachers on their continued excellence! Taking teaching to the next level and helping others is Positively PWCS.