SES teacher and bus driver receive One Jefferson Awards
CHARLES TOWN — Sheila Angelo-Caffrey, a special education teacher at Shepherdstown Elementary, was awarded the One Jefferson Award at the Sept. 23 Jefferson County Board of Education meeting.
The award, according to Hans Fogle, public information officer, is given to those who exemplify hard work, dedication and enthusiasm to make a difference in the lives of Jefferson County students.
Shepherdstown Elementary principal Nancy McManus said Angelo-Caffrey is often the first to arrive and the last to leave work.
“She is so dedicated to her students,” McManus said.
Fogle shared with the board members that Angelo-Caffrey purchased $9,000 of SPIRE Curriculum (a researched based program currently in use) and has attended a one-day training in Maryland on her own time.
In addition, Angelo-Caffrey has developed relationships with the SPIRE representatives, leading to additional benefits at no cost to the school system. The relationship-building skills shown by Angelo-Caffrey will also reap the benefit of six additional sets of classroom materials for levels one through five, to use with her students.
“He was very impressed with her willingness to purchase materials with her own money,” Fogle said. “This is a case of going above and beyond. One we never hear of or see.”
McManus, who was recently appointed to her position as principal, said she looks forward to working with Angelo-Caffrey and seeing her continue to do great things at Shepherdstown Elementary.
Also receiving the One Jefferson Award was bus driver Heather Pindell, who headed up the recent “Stuff a Bus” campaign to provide more than 160 filled backpacks to students.
Pindell organized the stuff-a-bus project, during which community members donated backpacks and school supplies for local children.
Although Pindell was unable to attend the board meeting, Joyce White, transportation director, also praised her work to the board members.
“Wherever there are Jefferson County children is where you’ll find Heather,” White said. “I wish we could clone her.”
Fogle told board members that Pindell has organized the event for two years.
“She deserves incredible recognition for the second year in a row of organizing the event,” Fogle said.