MILLS PAROLE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
Today we recognize an employee in our school system who has been referred to as a “staple” in her school community. And since “staple” is defined in Webster’s dictionary as someone who is “used, needed, and enjoyed constantly by many individuals” the Board considers this is a fitting description of our Employee of the Month. Deb Petr, Computer Lab Technician and Instructional Assistant, is used, needed and enjoyed constantly by the students, colleagues, and parents at Mills Parole Elementary School.
Deb is committed to supporting the instructional program through the care of the technology equipment that the students use constantly. Her job description is Instructional Assistant, but she wears so many hats. As coordinator of after school programs, she successfully seeks outside partnerships with such agencies as the Naval Academy and the Partnerships for Children, Youth and Families. The Mills Parole families use these programs for homework assistance, field trips and many other experiences to enrich the lives of children.
Deb is needed on a daily basis by the entire school community. Her passion for students extends beyond the school walls. She is diligent about building positive relations with the school community. Her enthusiasm and positive rapport gain her the respect of parents, students and colleagues. Another hat she wears is to organize and participate in many school events outside the school day to cultivate a climate in which families feel valued and motivated towards achievement. Her students especially need the support she provides in order to be successful.
Ms. Petr also wears a grant-writing “hat.” She’s written grants for technology, equipment and after school clubs. These opportunities allow students to be engaged in the latest technology, attend field trips, engage in science activities, and belong to dance groups and martial arts programs.
Deb Petr is truly enjoyed by her entire school community each and every day. She provides the staff with countless hours of her time. She can be found at school from dawn to dusk and always with a smile on her face and a pep in her step. She has a strong work ethic and never shies away from taking additional responsibilities. She is enthusiastic, positive and has a great sense of humor.
Lastly, Deb Petr will truly be missed, because after 24 years of dedicated service to Anne Arundel County Public Schools, she’s decided to hang up her “many hats” for retirement. Ms. Petr – the Board of Education is honored to have you here today to recognize you as Employee of the Month for May 2013. We wish you the best of luck in retirement. Congratulations!