CHAIR, EDUCATOR & EMPLOYEE OF THE MONTH
In September 2007, the Board of Education was blessed with an enthusiastic and energetic volunteer to assist us in the selection process for choosing the winners of the Educator and the Employee of the Month, a program that has been in existence since 1986. Mr. Tony Anzalone, an already active member of the Retired School Personnel Association of Anne Arundel County, volunteered to put a new committee together and get right to work to enhance the program. Tony then began his mission of turning a program that was “good and everything positive,” to a program that is “great and makes hundreds of people happy each year!”
Mr. Anzalone’s first mission was to market the program in all schools in the county, not just the ones who took the time to send in nomination forms. His goal was to diversify the program and increase participation. As a former employee with numerous contacts in the school system, he began encouraging administrators, teachers and all other school system employees to participate in this valuable program. As many of you know, Tony can be rather persuasive and this skill really pays off. He works tirelessly to increase participation in the program and he achieves success. His efforts to make the program all-inclusive have not gone unnoticed, as he sees just as much importance in awarding a secretary or custodian as he does awarding a certificated employee or an administrator.
Tony takes pleasure in recognizing employees in a theme-related way. A top-notch Administrative Assistant, for example, is awarded in April because of Administrative Professionals Day, and a school’s Media Specialist in March in honor of Read Across America Day. Tony always has a purpose. Having the responsibility to present the selections monthly before the Board of Education, he never misses an opportunity to point out all the work that AARSPA members perform for the school system.
Tony began his career in AACPS in 1962 teaching core curriculum at Annapolis Middle School before becoming a school counsellor at Annapolis High School, where he served 27 years as Counseling Department Chair. He has been an active member of AARSPA since his retirement. He can frequently be found in the cafeteria at the Board putting together his organization’s newsletter or putting benefits packets together for employees. Tony is also involved in the Annapolis Elks Lodge “Most Valuable Student” Scholarship Program.
Tony Anzalone – the members of the Board want to personally thank you for everything you do for the Board and for the school system. You have truly enhanced the Educator and Employee of the Month Program, taking it from good to great! It always a pleasure to see you in the audience at Board meetings, taking in the surprise and excitement over each month’s selection. So for these reasons and many more, we are honored to recognize you as Volunteer of the Month for June 2015! Congratulations!