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Anne Arundel County Public Schools selects an Educator, Employee, and Volunteer of the Month from September through June.

The Educator of the Month and Employee of the Month are chosen by a committee made up of members of the Anne Arundel County Retired School Personnel Association (AARSPA)

The Volunteer of the Month is chosen by a committee made up of staff from the Office of School & Family Partnerships and parents.

Employee of the Month

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Darlene Thomas, Custodial Staff, Mayo Elementary School

The Board of Education recognizes an employee in our school system who treats her school as if it was her home………which is a natural phenomenon for someone who has spent over 30 years in the same building!


            Darlene Thomas, custodian at Mayo Elementary School, does impeccable work on a daily basis as a member of the staff at her school.  She takes great pride in keeping the upper wing clean and ready for the students and staff each and every day.  She always receives compliments about her sparkling floors and shiny sinks.   It has been said that Darlene could buff floors before she would walk.   The teachers adore her!


            Mrs. Thomas is a genuine team player.  She helps her colleagues when one of them has to be out.   Each year she works closely with the Testing Coordinator, making sure all classrooms are properly prepared for state testing. Rarely missing a day of work, she is always happy and cheerful and is an all-around wonderful person.  Mrs. Thomas is professional and kind.  She will go above and beyond the call of duty for anyone in need.  She is extremely respectful and just can’t seem to do enough for the teachers and staff at Mayo.  Although she has been in her position for many, many, years, she approaches each day and week with the same eagerness and determination to complete the job, and it is always well done.


            Mrs. Thomas has worked at Mayo Elementary since the beginning of her career.  She is a true icon in the community and has seen many generations of families educated at the school.  She has a welcoming demeanor with the students, staff, and Mayo community members.  Over the years she has had a remarkable impact on the school and community.  She willingly works with outside groups who use the school facility, insuring evening and weekend functions go smoothly for all involved.  She is proud to say that she is walking in her mother’s footsteps, who also worked at Mayo Elementary.


            Darlene is a model employee.  Her supervisor told us that she inspects the building on a regular basis; and when she gets to the area for which Darlene is responsible she has a difficult time finding anything wrong.  Everything sparkles as it if was “spit-shined.”  When Darlene is given a task, her supervisor can rest assured that it will be done correctly, the first time.


            Darlene Thomas – we all know that first impressions count and you do an amazing job at keeping those first impressions good impressions at Mayo Elementary School.  Thank you for all you do, and the Board of Education wishes you another successful year at your school.  Congratulations on being selected Employee of the Month for September 2016!