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    PWC SEPTA logo on plaque

    The Prince William County Special Education Parent Teacher Association (SEPTA) held its third annual recognition awards ceremony virtually on Sunday, May 1. The event recognized the outstanding teachers, administrators, professionals, school staff, students, and community members who have gone above and beyond to support students with disabilities in our community.

    Congratulations to the following PWCS nominees and award winners*:

    Outstanding Administrator

    Ken Burton, Springwoods Elementary School
    Amy Cole, Independence Nontraditional School
    Mark Mahalchick, Antietam Elementary School*
    Matthew Meyer, Cedar Point Elementary School
    David Parrish, Charles J. Colgan Sr. High School
    Richard J. Terrillion, Cluster 4 Coordinator (Chris Yung, Ellis, Mullen, Sinclair, Sudley, and West Gate Elementary Schools, Unity Braxton Middle School, and Unity Reed High School)

    Outstanding Instructional Assistant/Paraprofessional

    Sadia Ajaz, Antietam Elementary School
    Dana Bragg, Antietam Elementary School
    Tymesha Ford, Bel Air Elementary School
    Provvidenza Cortese, Woodbridge High School
    Kelly Gandee, Bel Air Elementary School
    Jen McDonald, Springwoods Elementary School
    Susan Medici, Antietam Elementary School*

    Outstanding General Education Teacher - Elementary (Includes Pre-K)

    Kelly Brinson, Buckland Mills Elementary School
    Lori J. Dorrel, Antietam Elementary School
    Toni Anne Harris, Buckland Mills Elementary School
    Tessa Swiger, Buckland Mills Elementary School
    Emily Turkovich, Antietam Elementary School
    Shannon Zachariasen, Springwoods Elementary School*

    Outstanding General Education Teacher - Secondary

    Emily Bradberry, Gainesville High School*

    Outstanding Special Education Teacher - Elementary (Includes Pre-K)

    Theresa Brito, Washington-Reid Preschool Center
    Elizabeth Brownlow, Cedar Point Elementary School
    Yukiko Dove, Leesylvania Elementary School
    Lauren Fenner, Swans Creek Elementary School*
    Stephanie Gatewood, Rockledge Elementary School
    Carly Killmeyer, Marumsco Hills Elementary School
    Melissa Mardeusz, Springwoods Elementary School
    Rebecca Pfister, PWC Virtual Learning Academy - Elementary
    Emily Turkovich, Antietam Elementary School
    Linda Ware, Washington-Reid Preschool Center

    Outstanding Special Education Teacher - Secondary

    Stacie Bonat, Charles J. Colgan Sr. High School
    Joseph Campagna, C.D. Hylton High School*
    Ann Johnson, Woodbridge High School
    Lyndsay McKay, Gainesville High School
    Amy Elliott-Villegas, Lake Ridge Middle School
    Donnalea Wilkerson, Independence Nontraditional School

    Outstanding Inclusive Program

    Fin Friends, Charles J. Colgan Sr. High School*

    Outstanding Student who supports inclusion

    Ella Van Echo, Charles J. Colgan Sr. High School*

    Outstanding Related Services Provider (counselors, occupational therapists, physical therapists, speech pathologists, adaptive physical education)

    Mackenzie Poirier, Antietam Elementary School, Speech Pathologist
    Erin Saar, Antietam Elementary School, Counselor*

    Outstanding Support Staff

    Renee K. Graham, Antietam Elementary School, Library Media Assistant*

    Outstanding Co-Curricular Staff (specials/encores, electives, English for speakers of other languages, assistive technology specialists, after school programs)

    Darianella Baret, Marumsco Hills Elementary School
    Nancy Blake, Antietam Elementary School
    Les Cline, Leesylvania Elementary School*
    Andrea Morgan, Cedar Point Elementary School
    Niki Niles, PWCS Special Education Department; Behavior Specialist

    Outstanding Bus Driver

    John Mendez, PWCS Transportation Department*

    *Denotes award winners