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Dr. Edward Shirley Award

for Excellence in Educational Administration and Supervision

Ed Shirley

The Dr. Edward Shirley Award for Excellence in Educational Administration and Supervision is given annually by the Montgomery County Association of Administrators and Principals (MCAAP), to recognize an outstanding administrator or supervisor of Montgomery County Public Schools. Eligible candidates include principals, assistant principals, school business administrators, directors, supervisors and other administrator and supervisory positions within the MCAAP/MCBOA unit. The award is presented by the Montgomery County Association of Administrators and Principals (MCAAP), with the support of the Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) at the Champions for Children Gala in April each year.

Mr. Scott W. Murphy, Director, Department of Secondary Curriculum and Districtwide Programs, Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) is the 2020 recipient of the Dr. Edward Shirley Award for Excellence in Educational Administration and Supervision. This prestigious award, given by MCAAP, is presented annually to an administrator or supervisor who exemplifies outstanding leadership and accomplishments in the areas of purposeful leadership, instructional or systemwide leadership, human resources development, resource management, interpersonal skills, professional involvement, and community and stakeholder involvement.


Mr. Murphy’s direct impact on tens of thousands of students, staff and the community spans across many roles in MCPS, first as a teacher, then middle school principal, high school principal and now as Director for the Department of Secondary Curriculum and Districtwide Programs.  An administrator for 21 years, he began his career in education as a special education teacher in Louisiana and joined MCPS in 1998.

Mr. Murphy is known by his colleagues as a visionary leader who creates an environment where everyone feels valued. He believes that if you put people first, listen, ask the right questions, and treat people right, things have a way of working out on behalf of students, schools and the community. He engages in shared leadership that starts with modeling – setting the tone with positivity, collaboration and ensuring that everyone’s voice is heard and valued. He is known as the ‘go-to-guy’ because of his experience and know-how for information and advice.

Colleagues share that Mr. Murphy demonstrates exemplary leadership at a systemwide level that is innovative, courageous and grounded in his commitment to students and equity.  Mr. Murphy is dedicated to fostering student achievement and empowering students and staff to succeed in a collaborative environment while providing nurturing guidance along the way.

Mr. Murphy’s passion for teaching and leadership over decades has influenced others to become teachers and leaders in education. Several of his former students, who are now teachers, shared that it was because of his inspirational leadership that they decided to become educators and model his leadership style. Staff describe him as a strong administrator who recognizes potential in others and gives them opportunities to grow in their careers and develop into leaders themselves.

Mr. Murphy strives for excellence in education which can be seen both within MCPS and with community partners. He builds partnerships with multiple stakeholders based on relationships he has cultivated over the years.  The partnerships have created many opportunities for students and staff that would not have been made available without his leadership. A community partner describes Mr. Murphy as “a visionary leader and problem solver who creates a collaborative environment with great results.”  He is known as an ‘out-of-the box’ thinker and willing to take bold steps to meet the needs of students and schools at a macro-level in the most cost-efficient way.


Because of Mr. Murphy’s role as a district leader, the decisions he makes have far reaching implications. Colleagues share that he continually advocates on behalf of students and staff and collaborates with stakeholders to implement change. He understands that real change comes through skillful guiding, not telling.


Mr. Murphy is among the honorees at the annual Champions for Children Celebration. He has also been honored by the MCAAP membership during the 2020 Fall Membership Meeting.

Past Award Winners:


Celeste King

Southlake ES



Myriam Yarbrough, EdD.

Paint Branch HS


Audra Fladung

School Support and Improvement


E. Frank Kaplan

Strawberry Knoll ES


Betty Collins

Instructional Leadership Support


Christine Handy Collins

Gaithersburg HS


Eugenia S. Dawson
Earle B. Wood MS


Robert Domergue

Damascus HS


Michael Bayewitz

Broad Acres ES


Jeffrey M. Martinez
Organizational Development


Sandra B. Sengstack
Human Resources

2008 - 09

Debra Mugge Ed.D

Argyle MS


Carole C. Goodman

James Hubert Blake HS


Robert Batress, Ph.D

Organizational Development


Daniel J. Shea

Quince Orchard HS


Phillip Gainous

Montgomery Blair HS

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2020 Recipient of the Dr. Edward Shirley Award 

Mr. Scott Murphy

View the video produced by MCPS TV


Deans of Educational Administration Award

The Deans of Educational Administration is a recognition announced annually by the Montgomery County Association of Administrators and Principals (MCAAP) to honor leaders who have dedicated 30 or more years to administration in an educational setting. First begun in 2000, the Deans of Educational Administration who have been recognized are listed below. 

Leroy Evans, 2020

Jeffrey Martinez, 2019

Marla Caplon, 2018

Betty Collins, 2017

Donna Hollingshead, 2017

Ikhide (Roland) Ikheloa, 2017

Kathleen Lazor, 2017

Margaret Pastor, 2017

Daniel Shea, 2017

Jack Smith, 2017

Zvi Greismann, 2016

Judith Lewis, 2016

Michael Doran, 2015

Carlos Hamlin, 2015

Patricia Kelly, 2015

Kwang ‘Sunny’ Lee, 2015

Lamar Whitmore, 2015

Larry Bowers, 2014

Linda Goldberg, 2014

Bobbi Jasper, 2014

Lynn Brown, 2012

Pearl Drain, 2012

Eileen Macfarlane, 2012

Edye Miller, 2012

Wayne Whigham, 2012

Patricia Janus, 2011

Ralph Viggiano, 2011

Jane Butler, 2010

Barbara Leister, 2010

Dick Lipsky, 2010

Cabell Lloyd, 2010

Jevoner Adams, 2009

Joan Benz, 2009

Michael Cohen, 2006

James Fernandez, 2006

Andrew Coleman, 2005

Samuel Daniel, 2005

Donald Kress, 2005

Michael Durso, 2004

David Litsey, 2004

Donald Hennessey, 2002

Charles Murkey, 2002

Rebecca Newman, 2002

Paul Scott, 2002

Jerry Weast, 2002

Joan Cisz, 2001

Betty Howard, 2001

William Monie, 2001

Barron Stroud, 2001

Pat Abrunzo, 2000

Robert Bastress, 2000

Yi Chen, 2000

George Cokinos, 2000

Lee Coldren, 2000

Barbara Contrera, 2000

William Curran, 2000

Thomas Eakin, 2000

Phillip Gainous, 2000

Donald Graham, 2000

Wilma Holmes, 2000

Brenda Lee, 2000

Jerome Marco, 2000

Alfred Rico, 2000

Richard Towers, 2000

Walter Tozier, 2000

William Wilhoyte, 2000

Edye Miller Distinguished Service Award

Edye Miller
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Charles (Buzz) Lee, Jr., 2020









Brandi Heckert, 2019

Joe Mamana, 2018

The Edye Miller Distinguished Service Award is designed to recognize and express appreciation to MCAAP/MCBOA members who have effectively provided distinguished service to MCAAP over time and made exemplary contributions to the association. It is also designed to inspire other members to actively support MCAAP and the professional growth of all members. 


This award was established by the MCAAP Board of Directors and funded by MCAAP’s former executive director, Edye Miller, upon her retirement in 2017. The recipient receives a cash award of $2,000 presented in June. In addition, the deserving member’s name will be engraved in a special commendation plaque displayed in the MCAAP office.


A nominee for this award shall have made an impact on the association through

  • sustained and effective service (s) to the association,

  • support through distinguished voluntary service over time,

  • commitment to the professional growth of members and/or to the profession of educational leadership on behalf of the association,

  • exemplary contributions to the mission of the association, and

  • actions which inspire others to actively support the association.


Montgomery County Public School administrators and supervisors may be nominated and considered for this award if they meet the following requirements:

· Current voting member of MCAAP/MCBOA, and

· Five years of continuous and recent voting membership in MCAAP/MCBOA, and

· Not a previous recipient of the award


Full-time MCAAP/MCBOA members and staff working for the association are not

eligible for consideration of this award. Current members working full time for MCAAP are

eligible for consideration three years after the expiration of their term of office.

Any current, former, or retired MCAAP/MCBOA member may nominate a person for this award. Those full-time MCAAP/MCBOA members and staff working for the association may not nominate or write supporting letters for nominees.


Nominations will open in April 2021 for the next year's award.

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