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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).


Margarita Bohórquez, director of International Admissions and Enrollment (IAE), is this year’s winner of the Dr. Edward Shirley Award for Excellence in Educational Administration and Supervision.  

This prestigious award, given by the Montgomery County Association of Administrators and Principals (MCAAP), is presented annually to an administrator or supervisor who exemplifies outstanding leadership and accomplishments in purposeful leadership, instructional or systemwide leadership, human resources development, resource management, interpersonal skills, professional involvement, and community and stakeholder involvement. 

Bohórquez’s MCPS career began in 1998 where she started as an ESOL teacher. She has spent the last 26 years serving families and students of English language learners in schools and central office. In 2017, she was appointed supervisor of IAE and, in 2023, she was appointed to her current position where her work continues to grow. This year, IAE is serving more than 4,000 students.

Bohórquez is known for her resourcefulness and passion for students and families who are navigating a new school system, and oftentimes, a new culture. She works tirelessly to ensure that international families have social and educational support to ensure academic success. Her partnership with state and county offices, and organizations has helped thousands of students and families have support that has been foundational in meeting students’ unique personal, cultural and educational needs. 

Her strong commitment to educational excellence, coupled with her dedication to serving the international student population and community, makes her an exceptional leader in MCPS. She is known for going above and beyond to support stakeholders within and beyond the school community. Her efforts to ensure uniform interpretation and evaluation of foreign transcripts demonstrates her commitment to academic achievement and stakeholder engagement. Additionally, she actively participates in professional activities and provides services to professional organizations across the Washington metropolitan area. 

Bohórquez communicates in a respectful, effective and open manner. Her advocacy for children experiencing unstable housing is unmatched. Her intervention with crisis residency cases showcases her exceptional interpersonal, bilingual and culturally affirming skills. Due to her extensive experience and expertise working with multilingual learners, she supports other offices within MCPS. She is able to put into action her knowledge of students’ needs that welcomes them into the school and broader community. 

In welcoming and supporting newcomers, Bohórquez leads a diverse team of more than 50 mental health professionals, intake specialists, residency specialists, administrative staff, testing assessors and community navigators. She affirms their identity and facilitates cross-office collaboration. Her compassion and empathy for her team is evident in her open-door policy and their willingness to reach out to her at any time, for any reason. She not only shows this level of involvement to her team, but also to the MCPS community. She regularly attends family outreach events and families never doubt her commitment to them. 

As a result of her excellent resource management, Bohórquez communicates with families and stakeholders to ensure they can maximize use of the vast information available through IAE. She stays well-informed about financial policies and procedures to optimize available resources for international students and families. Recently arrived immigrants, refugees and dignitaries visit the Welcome Center to enroll for school, and seek resources relating to health insurance, legal services, employment, housing, clothing, food and care. Other counties and school systems ask to tour the Welcome Center where Bohórquez and her team share best practices. She brings in temporary part-time staff to address staffing shortages during peak enrollment seasons.  

Along with other award recipients, Bohórquez will be honored at the Champions for Children celebration on Wednesday, May 1 at Carver Educational Services Center in Rockville. She will also be recognized at MCAAP’s spring membership meeting on Thursday, May 16, and at the Summer Leadership Conference on Thursday, June 20.

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Past Award Winners:



Beth F. Thomas

Hallie Wells



James Allrich

Argyle MS



Rachel Dubois

Bayard Rustin ES


Scott Murphy

Curriculum and Instruction



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


Congratulations to the 2024 winner of the

Dr. Edward Shirley Award 

Margarita Bohórquez 


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 


2023 Andrew Winter

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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 2024 for the next year's award, please follow link below for the 2024 nomination packet!

2022 Monique Riddick

2021 Dr. Genevieve Floyd 

2020 Charles "Buzz" Lee Jr

Edye Miller Distinguished Service Award

Edye Miller

2019 Brandice Heckert

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2018 Joseph Mamana III

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