Volunteer of the Month
Degrees and Certifications:
Ms. Julie Butler
Effective leadership is essential to the creation of a great school. Just one parent taking the lead can result in an entire group of dedicated parents doing what parent teacher organizations do best: providing the resources needed to elevate all students and help them reach their full potential.
We are here to celebrate the dedication of one such parent. Ms. Julie Butler, the Board of Education is thrilled to honor you as our June 2019 Volunteer of the Month.
Ms. Butler is, quite simply, a superb organizer. Folger McKinsey’s calendar of events is a perfect example. Each summer, Ms. Butler arranges for the PTO Executive Team to meet with Folger’s Administrative Team. Before the meeting, Mrs. Butler creates surveys to elicit input from the community regarding upcoming school activities. Which activities would the school community like to keep and perhaps turn into a Folger tradition?
Are there any new ideas for activities the school community would like to initiate? She then presents the information to the teams. By the end of the meeting, the PTO has a calendar of events. “We have our mission for the school year established before it even begins!” exclaims Principal Lenora Fox. Assistant Principal Kathy Jones remarked on Ms. Butler’s knack for organization as well, stating, “Her organization of committees, activities and meetings is comparable to none that I have ever encountered in my 29 years with AACPS!”
Sustainability is another hallmark of Ms. Butler’s work. She creates videos and slide shows to train new volunteers. She also works to ensure there are binders for each committee chairperson to pass along to those who may serve in that role in the future. “These resources help encourage new volunteers and improve program fidelity from year to year” states Principal Fox.
Ms. Butler is also a great communicator. Principal Fox says, “She has the natural ability to listen to input from all stakeholders, provide polite and timely feedback and work tirelessly to implement initiatives.” As Chris Myers, Principal’s Secretary explains, “Her positive demeanor and thoughtful consideration of all parties and circumstances contribute greatly to the many successes and overall culture of our school community."
Ms. Butler, you are a great asset to Folger McKinsey Elementary School and the entire Anne Arundel County Public Schools community, and we are truly grateful for your service as a volunteer and for your willingness to share your leadership skills.