Volunteer of the Month
Degrees and Certifications:
Mrs. Shannon Bottom
Volunteerism is about relationships. It is about an individual’s need to participate in society and to feel that what they contribute matters to others. For some volunteers, building such relationships with the schools they serve comes with ease. They are tirelessly flexible - able to shift from making copies, to working one on one with students, to taking the lead on new initiatives. They are, quite simply, dedicated to the cause, and they will do whatever it takes to ensure that all students reach their full potential.
We celebrate the dedication of one such volunteer. Ms. Shannon Bottom, the Board of Education is thrilled to honor you as our October 2018 Volunteer of the Month.
According to Reading Teacher Janet Doherty, Ms. Bottom “greets everyone she sees and is truly there to help.” She “makes our jobs so much easier so we can focus on the reason we are all there, our students.”
The list of activities she’s involved in is vast. Along with an assortment of clerical duties, Ms. Bottom works one-on-one with a second grader who is struggling with math – sitting with the student during math instruction twice a week and supporting her use of math manipulatives to problem solve. She also serves as second grade room parent and assists on picture day and grandparent’s day.
As is common for such dedicated volunteers, it is not unusual for her to take the lead when working on a project. For instance, she serves on the PARCC Motivational Committee and took it “upon herself to make the teachers PARCC survival treat bags” Her efforts do not end at the school door. School Counselor, Kim Patterson shared that Ms. Bottom frequently takes work home with her to “finish up.”
Ms. Bottom is not only quick to complete tasks, she is also known for her positive energy. Principal Cheryl Cox made a point to commend Ms. Bottom on her rapport with the students. “She is dependable and willing to do whatever is asked to make our school a better place. Education is truly a partnership and Ms. Bottom is one of our finest partners.” She “loves the kids and it shows in the way she looks at them when she is working with them or even just passing them in the hall.”
Ms. Bottom, you are a great asset to the Waugh Chapel Elementary, Arundel Middle and High and the entire Anne Arundel County Public Schools community and we are truly grateful for your years of service as a volunteer.
It is with great appreciation that you are presented this Volunteer of the Month certificate and bell.