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  • Dr. Edward Shirley Award for Excellence in Educational Administration and Supervision Winner: Audra Fladung
  • Peter Moran, Glenallan Elementary School Principal, Wins Mark Mann Excellence and Harmony Award
  • Alison Serino, Westland Middle School Principal, Recognized by Media Specialists’ Group
  • Peter Moran, Glenallan Elementary School Principal, Recognized as the 2016 Teacher of the Year
  • Deb Higdon Named Montgomery County Junior Councils Principal of the Year
  • MCCPTA and MCR Recognize Two Montgomery County High School Principals

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.

Peter Moran Wins Mark Mann Excellence and Harmony Award

Peter Moran

Peter Moran, principal of Glenallan Elementary School, is this year’s 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. Interim superintendent Larry Bowers presented the award to Moran at the April 20 meeting of MCPS administrators and supervisors.

Moran is a strong believer in relationships, and works to do whatever it takes to help every student reach his or her full potential. He knows the names of all of his students, and invites new students in to have lunch with him and their classmates so they can get to know each other.

He often rides the bus to and from school to enhance relationships with students and parents. He greets students by name as they arrive at school, and during recess, he sometimes shoots hoops with students. He conducts home visits on a regular basis. To make sure he hears student concerns and ideas, he formed a Student Voice Team that he meets with monthly. He established a partnership with Action in Montgomery (AIM), which advocates for a free after-school program for families in need of after-school care.

Moran works to create opportunities and uses resources creatively to meet the needs of students. He developed and runs a weekly program called Gator Guys, which teaches leadership skills and good character to 4th and 5th grade boys, many of whom are considered at-risk. He used staffing allocations and grant funds to create a STEM Academy, which increases exposure to science and engineering, and includes a college initiative that allows students to visit the University of Maryland and Georgetown University. He established a partnership with, creating a STEM summer school program.

Moran is working toward his doctorate at Johns Hopkins University, specializing in entrepreneurial leadership in education focusing on eliminating the achievement gap.

Alison Serino, Westland Middle School Principal, Recognized by Media Specialists’ Group

Alison Serino
From left to right, Janet Biggs, media assistant; Alison Serino, principal; Sarah Salnick, media specialist; and Catherine Cecere, media assistant.

Alison Serino, principal at Westland Middle School, has been honored with the Nancy C. Walker Award for Outstanding Support to a Library Media Program for the 2015–2016 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.

Sarah Salnick, the media specialist at Westland, admires how Serino’s actions positively influence the media center and the school. Serino encourages Salnick’s participation in all of the School Library Media programs as well as her role with the Middle Years Programme (MYP) curriculum. She recognizes and communicates to the leadership team that Salnick is a valuable resource for the entire school. Serino champions the media center’s use “for teaching and learning … and a shared space for all stakeholders.” She encourages students to visit the media center whenever possible. Serino’s connection with staff and students comes from earning their respect through her own actions. “She makes us a top priority,” says Westland seventh grader Alexandra Filas.

Serino not only actively endorses the inclusion of world languages in the media center (impressing the International Baccalaureate Educator Network), but also shares any new technology she has learned with staff through enthusiastic modeling. Inspired by Serino’s strategic plan to “provide human and material resources to students and families to increase access and connectedness to Westland,” the media center hosted Westland’s first Family Reading Night. Serino helped plan and advertise the event and attended with her family.

Serino expands her love of books and reading by creating a bonding experience with the entire school. Her schoolwide book program, “… unites us on a theme or issue that we value,” says Salnick. “When we read The Running Dream, we learned about recognizing different peoples’ gifts. When we read A Long Walk to Water, we raised our consciousness about water scarcity locally and abroad. This past summer’s approach, with an online class, enabled students to view videos, read articles, analyze photos and assess their own water usage. It was a meaningful lead-in to our work this fall.”

MCCPTA and MCR Recognize Two Montgomery County High School Principals

Peter Moran

Damon Monteleone, principal of Richard Montgomery High School, was recognized as the Montgomery County Council of Parent Teacher Associations (MCCPTA) Principal of the Year.

Peter Moran

Stephen Whiting, principal of Clarksburg High School, was awarded with the Montgomery County Region (MCR), Maryland Association of Student Councils Principal of the Year award for his support of MCR’s bid to hold the Maryland Association of Student Councils (MASC) Legislative Session and his general support of MCR and student leadership.

Washington Post Teacher/Principal of the Year

Peter Moran
Peter Moran, Principal of Glenallan Elementary School, was recognized by The Washington Post as the recipient of the 2016 Principal of the Year Award. This award, formerly known as the Distinguished Educational Leadership Award, was established in 1987 and seeks to honor the principal who goes beyond the daily responsibilities of their position to create an exceptional educational environment through dedicated leadership. The photo also includes the 2016 Teacher of the Year Award, formerly known as the Agnes Meyer Outstanding Teacher Award, recipient, Kimberly Skufca.

Deb Higdon Received Montgomery County Junior Councils Principal of the Year Award

Deb Higdon
Deb Higdon, principal of Lakelands Park Middle School, was named 2016 Principal of the Year. The Montgomery County Junior Councils Awards Department recognizes middle school principals who empower student leaders, support their school's student government, and overall make their school a welcoming place for all their students to excel in.