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).

Recognitions

 

Dr. Edward Shirley Award

for Excellence in Educational Administration and Supervision

 

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).

James Allrich Selected as 2022 Shirley Award Recipient   

                                                 

The Montgomery County Association of Administrators and Principals (MCAAP) is pleased to announce that Mr. James Allrich, Principal, Argyle Middle School, Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) is the 2022 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 system wide leadership, human resources development, resource management, interpersonal skills, professional involvement, and community and stakeholder involvement.

Mr. Allrich has spent the majority of his educational career in MCPS. Over the last 21 years he has served as a high school math teacher, a staff development teacher and administrator. In 2015 he was appointed Principal of Argyle Middle School – a whole-school magnet middle school with over 1000 students and a staff of over 100.

As a leader who puts students at the forefront of every decision, Mr. Allrich is constantly asking “What is best for students?”.  He articulates that being adaptive on a daily basis is important to meet the needs of students. Mr. Allrich firmly believes in the capacity of the whole staff to drive student outcomes. Colleagues shared that he can often be heard reminding staff, “If you want to go fast, go alone; If you want to go far, go together.”  Principal is not just a title for Mr. Allrich; he leads by example with passion and compassion. Staff shared that he empowers them to grow and encourages the creation of projects and betterment of the school, even if the ideas brought forward are different from what he had in mind.

Mr. Allrich is known for being a collaborative leader.  He is consistently willing to make time for students, parents, and staff to ensure they are heard. Many stories shared by students and parents demonstrate his approachability, accessibility, and relatability. Students describe him as a great principal who understands their struggles and opens their minds to all cultures. Parents shared that Mr. Allrich’s availability and responsiveness always makes them feel supported and connected to the school and staff.  Mr. Allrich played an integral part of working with the PTSA to enhance communication for parents through the establishment of Parent WhatsApp groups in English, Spanish, Portuguese, and Vietnamese.  More than 200 families participate in the groups, enabling them to communicate with the school community more easily and with each other.

Mr. Allrich embodies what it means to be a great principal. He takes his responsibility for Argyle Middle School’s success personally and goes above and beyond for his staff and students every day. He is known as a leader who recognizes and fosters everyone’s potential. He challenges staff and students to grow and learn while also focusing on the overall well-being of the community. He is a fierce advocate for social-emotional instruction, equitable and anti-racist practices, and mental health support for everyone. He communicates with calm and strength during a period of unprecedented challenges.

As a result of his belief in a positive and inclusive learning environment, Mr. Allrich does not shy away from courageous conversations and has a vision for community building through restorative practices. He is an advocate for student achievement by providing access, opportunity and removing local and institutional barriers. He was instrumental in collaborating with his staff to come up with a creative approach for staff and students to have a voice and discuss equity issues through advisory circles. Staff shared that Mr. Allrich’s vision for student engagement and community building at Argyle Middle School has positively impacted the school in countless ways and makes him a champion for staff and students.

As a result of the partnerships Mr. Allrich forged with a multitude of organizations, many resources have been brought to the students and their families, – backpacks with supplies for every student at the beginning of the school year, iPads with unlimited data plans for each student, wellness activities including new exercise equipment for students’ physical education instruction and a new technology lab with cutting-edge technology.

His strong leadership and involvement extend beyond the school building.  Mr. Allrich serves on the MCAAP Board of Directors as Vice President of the Middle School Chapter, and he leads the Middle School Principal’s Professional Learning Community. He represents his colleagues on many district level committees within Montgomery County Public Schools.

The Dr. Edward Shirley Award for Excellence in Educational Administration and Supervision recognizes and honors Mr. James Allrich for his outstanding accomplishments and looks forward to his continued contributions to excellence in educational administration.  As this year’s award recipient, Mr. Allrich will be honored by MCAAP/MCBOA and recognized at the Summer Leadership Conference on June 23, 2022. His name will be inscribed on the perpetual Shirley Award commemorative plaque prominently displayed at the MCAAP office.

Past Award Winners:

2021-2022

Rachel DuBois

Bayard Rustin ES

2020-21

Scott Murphy

Curriculum and Instruction

 

2019-20

Celeste King

Southlake ES

 

2018-19 

Myriam Yarbrough, EdD.

Paint Branch HS

2017-18

Audra Fladung

School Support and Improvement

2016-17

E. Frank Kaplan

Strawberry Knoll ES

2015-16

Betty Collins

Instructional Leadership Support

2014-15

Christine Handy

Gaithersburg HS

2013-14

Eugenia S. Dawson
Earle B. Wood MS

2012-13

Robert Domergue

Damascus HS

2011-12

Michael Bayewitz

Broad Acres ES

2010-11

Jeffrey M. Martinez
Organizational Development

2009-10

Sandra B. Sengstack
Human Resources

2008 - 09

Debra Mugge Ed.D

Argyle MS

2007-08

Carole C. Goodman

James Hubert Blake HS

2006-07

Robert Batress, Ph.D

Organizational Development

2005-06

Daniel J. Shea

Quince Orchard HS

2004-05

Phillip Gainous

Montgomery Blair HS

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2022 Recipient of the Dr. Edward Shirley Award 

James Allrich

 

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

 
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Genevieve Floyd, 2021

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Charles (Buzz) Lee, Jr., 2020

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Brandi Heckert, 2019

Joe Mamana, 2018

Nominations are now open for the 2022 Edye Miller Distinguished Service Award. Please click here for the application.

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.

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