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Call for Nominations

Edward Shirley Award Nomination Packet for 2018-2019 Submission.
Deadline: January 12, 2018.

Award Announcements

2017-2018 Dr. Edward Shirley Award for Excellence in Educational Administration and Supervision Winner: Audra Fladung

Frank Kaplan

MCAAP is pleased to announce that Ms. Audra Fladung is this year’s recipient of the Dr. Edward Shirley Award for Excellence in Educational Administration and Supervision. This award is granted each year to an administrator or supervisor who exemplifies outstanding leadership and accomplishments in the areas of purposeful leadership, instructional or system-wide leadership, human resources development, resource management, impersonal skills, professional involvement, and community and stakeholder involvement. This Award was begun in 2004-05 which is coincidentally the year that Audra became an administrator in MCPS.

Audra is an Elementary Director of School Support and Improvement in OSSI and has been a strong administrative leader in this central services position for three years and previously as the principal of Stonegate Elementary School for 7.5 years. Audra is known and respected by students, staff, parents and her administrative colleagues. Several principals whom she supervises as well as colleagues from her previous school laud her calm approach to coaching and assisting administrators and other educators to grow, problem solve and continue to build their capacity as school leaders. Often people who have had the privilege to work with her refer to her as a model leader whose sense of humor and emphasis on personal connections and trust are most noteworthy. Audra also shares her knowledge and experiences as an adjunct professor at Towson University.

As this year’s Shirley Award winner, Audra will be recognized at the Annual Champions for Children Gala in April and again by the MCAAP membership at the spring meeting in May. Audra’s name will be inscribed on the perpetual Shirley Award commemorative plaque prominently displayed at MCAAP.

MCAAP and its members extend our congratulations to Audra Fladung for this well-deserved honor.

Craig Staton Wins Mark Mann Excellence and Harmony Award


Craig Staton, principal of Julius West Middle School, is the 2016-17 winner of the Mark Mann Excellence and Harmony Award. The award is presented annually to an MCPS administrator who has shown exceptional performance in promoting academic excellence, positive human relations and community outreach. He was honored with the award at the April 7 meeting of MCPS administrators and supervisors.

Staton, who has been an administrator at Julius West for 13 years, keeps student growth and achievement at the forefront of all his decisions. He encourages high expectations for all students; for example, he set the baseline goal GPA at 2.5 instead of 2.0 in school initiatives.

Staton frequently visits classrooms to observe instruction and follows up with feedback, support and encouragement for each teacher. In an effort to continue to find ways to support students, he developed a student-teacher mentoring program and an after-school homework club for students struggling to reach their academic goals. He also makes sure that students who have excelled are consistently recognized for their achievements, and supports groups such as the debate team and the National Junior Honor Society. He also backs schoolwide literacy through the Black-Eyed Susan reading program and annual poetry slam.

He has an open-door policy, and regularly encourages staff, students and parents to express their needs and ideas. He greets students by name as they enter the building each morning, and reinforces quality work and exemplary behavior during assemblies and morning announcements. His interaction with students does not end when students go home. Staton actively supports the school food bank, providing extra food for students to bring home on weekends, and the school holiday store, which provides free gifts for students to give parents and siblings.

He is an active participant in PTSA meetings and has collaborated on many events, such as Math Night, Family Fitness Night, the STEM Festival, the Back-to-School Gala and Dads Take Your Child to School Day. He encourages students to be active members of their communities through service and volunteer work and creates opportunities for them to be involved.

He also makes a special effort to spend time with each new employee to make their transition to the school seamless. He regularly meets one-on-one or in small groups with staff, and the positive relationships he’s built have resulted in one of the highest retention rates in the county.

A New Jersey native and alumnus of Bucknell University, Staton began his career as a counselor for at-risk youth, and also worked as a special education, social studies and computer applications teacher, instructional specialist and assistant principal.

Sean Pang Sean Pang Recognized as The Washington Post 2017 Teacher of the Year


Sean Pang, teacher at Rockville High School, was recognized by The Washington Post as the recipient of the 2017 Teacher of the Year Award, formerly known as the Agnes Meyer Outstanding Teacher Award.

Montgomery Blair High School Montgomery Blair High School Recognized by Media Specialists’ Group


From left to right, media assistant Ilene Catzva; assistant principal Suzanne Harvey; media assistant Catherine Boshart; media specialist Andrea Lamphier; media services technician Bryan Nance, and principal Renay Johnson.

Montgomery Blair High School principal Renay Johnson and assistant principal Suzanne Harvey have been honored with the Nancy C. Walker Award for Outstanding Support to a Library Media Program for the 2016–2017 school year. The award is given annually by the Montgomery County Educational Media Specialists Association (MCEMSA) to highlight the role by administrative leaders in supporting library media centers.

Johnson and Harvey have contributed tremendously to professional growth opportunities for all members of the media center staff in supporting them as professional colleagues, in providing professional training and in mentoring that has resulted in improved visibility and perception of the media center program.

Johnson and Harvey have also enthusiastically encouraged creating a makerspace. Harvey helped re-imagine the media center space; plans have been submitted to remodel the main floor of the media center to create an instructional space. Both administrators have supported the media center in winning five PTSA mini-grants, two of which are related to the space (for a 3D printer and video cameras for editing stations). Harvey also recently helped Lamphier apply for a grant for Digital Harbor’s “Making for Educators.” Johnson was thrilled last week to hear that the application for the Kid Museum Making Spaces Crowdfunding was received and is hoping to help find support from their over-taxed PTSA in order to make it happen.

Harvey always says: “Do what you can do, and know that you are doing your best.” Her steadiness, which is reinforced by Johnson, contributes to making the media center the true “hub of the school.” In addition to supporting at-risk students and keeping the media center open, Johnson and Harvey encourage Blair’s media center as it hosts the monthly student open mic programs, the African American Read-In (last year, more than 860 students attended), poetry readings, guest speakers.

Michael Shpur Recognized by Board of Education for Exceptional Service

The Montgomery County Board of Education honored 12 individuals and organizations during its annual Distinguished Service Awards ceremony on Thursday, May 4. The ceremony took place at the Carver Educational Services Center in Rockville.

The awards recognize and show appreciation for exemplary contributions to public education and to Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) by members of the community, businesses, MCPS staff and school volunteers. Among those honored is Michael Shpur, architect of school facilities, and a member of MCAAP.

Michael Shpur has devoted his career to facilitating the design and construction of sustainable, flexible and positive learning environments. An architect, Mr. Shpur’s expertise in school design and construction, his awareness of the impact of design trends, and his remarkable institutional knowledge of MCPS facilities are invaluable to the school system. Mr. Shpur is involved in the planning, design consultant selection, and design review of hundreds of school construction and improvement projects. He lends his expertise to decisions regarding space planning, product selection and creative solutions. He spends countless hours attending community and public meetings related to MCPS projects. He also led the effort toward Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certification of new schools. Mr. Shpur also is one of the coordinators of the Facility Project Request process, which involves the review and recommendation of 100 to 200 requests per year.