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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).

Mrs. Rachel DuBois, Principal, Bayard Rustin Elementary School , Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) is the 2021 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.


For nearly 20 years Mrs. DuBois has devoted her life to educating students in Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS). She began her career as an elementary classroom teacher and she served as a GT Coordinator. Mrs. Dubois started her path to leadership as a staff development teacher before becoming an administrator in 2010. In the Fall of 2018, after serving two years as an Assistant Principal and two years as an Acting Principal, she was appointed as the Principal of Bayard Rustin Elementary School, a brand-new school that she helped build from the ground up.


Mrs. DuBois is known by colleagues, parents, and community leaders as a role model for inclusivity. She has worked with the staff to create and implement a vision for Bayard Rustin Elementary, which honors a gay civil rights leader as its namesake. She constantly asks ‘what is best for our students’ and works hard to ensure every student, staff member and family feels a sense of belonging. She believes in the importance of a school environment where diversity is valued and viewed a strength. A community leader described her as a ‘bright light in the community’ and a strong administrator, from academics to compassionate leadership to fostering the best in others.


Mrs. Dubois values shared leadership, does everything with purpose and trusts people to make decisions. Her colleagues articulated that she is deeply connected to the school community and that she understands the needs of the stakeholders she serves.  School community members hail her unmatched work ethic and commitment to provide for their needs.


Staff describe Mrs. DuBois as having a spirit that is infectious. She encourages staff to have fun together and says that all employees play a critical role in healthy school culture. Mrs. DuBois is often heard saying that ‘the work we do is important, but at the end of the day, it’s the relationships and the people that matter.’  She takes the time to lead with a listening ear and is always there to support a staff member in crisis or to celebrate an exciting breakthrough. She encourages staff to lead with hearts and minds, and creates a positive culture with staff, seeing themselves as a family. She is an invested leader who stresses that everybody matters.


Many stories shared by students demonstrate her dedication to fostering academic achievement, to assist with problem solving and her unwavering ability to provide nurturing guidance to them as they learn and grow. A colleague shared that Mrs. Dubois has the extraordinary ability to intrinsically motivate students and has built relationships that reflect the philosophy that every student needs a champion in their lives. Mrs. DuBois is a champion for children, and she demonstrates this through instructional leadership that ensures that staff have the resources and professional development they need to continue to serve students well.


The school community recognizes that she is an advocate and a partner for them. Mrs. DuBois is described by parents as a role model who is courageous, humble, honest, inclusive, and an outstanding leader who always has a smile on her face.


The Shirley Award recognizes and honors Rachel DuBois for her outstanding accomplishments and looks forward to her continued contributions to excellence in educational administration.  As this year’s Shirley Award winner, Mrs. DuBois will be honored by MCAAP/MCBOA and recognized at the spring membership in May. Her name will be inscribed on the perpetual Shirley Award commemorative plaque prominently displayed at the MCAAP office.  

Past Award Winners:


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

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2021 Recipient of the Dr. Edward Shirley Award 

Rachel DuBois


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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Genevieve Floyd, 2021









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 2022 for the next year's award.

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