Employee of the Month
Degrees and Certifications:
Mrs. Lauren Grey-Hawkins
“Other duties as assigned.” That phrase is often the last line of a job description; included to capture any tasks that may come up unexpectedly. In the case of this nominees, other duties as assigned has been he hallmark of her career with Anne Arundel County Public Schools.
Initially hired as a temporary receptionist at the front desk of the Parham Building, while still in school, Lauren Grey-Hawkins has since had multiple positions at Central Office before joining the newly created Partnerships, Development, and marketing Department as its Business & Communications Specialist in July 2014. Her official role in the department involves working with various offices and schools throughout the county to construct effective messages and promotional materials in support of the AACPS Strategic Plan. She helps with developing content for AACPS-TV, the website, newsletters, and other communication vehicles, to help increase awareness of AACPS programs, events, and offerings both internally and externally. However, Ms. Grey-Hawkins is habitually called upon to serve in a variety of other capacities and she enthusiastically accepts those challenges – always, willing to learn, grow, and help.
Ms. Grey – Hawkins is known throughout Central Office and within the AACPS community for her ability to ask questions that lead to a deeper understanding, working collaboratively to achieve a better result. As Deputy Superintendent, Dr. Maureen McMahon put it, “You want Lauren on a project because she is a good thinker.” Ms. Grey-Hawkins has been instrumental in the development and launch of the Micro-Credential program offered to employees through the Office of Professional Growth & Development. She contributed significantly to the three driving values of the 2018-2023 Strategic Plan. She is a credible and respected resource for so many of her colleagues throughout AACPS. She is often asked to review others’ documents, websites, and materials to provide fresh prospective and honest feedback.
Ms. Grey-Hawkins helps in creating a culture within AACPS that celebrates excellence in education, playing a leading role in the Faces of AACPS storytelling campaign, Thank-A-Teacher, and is one of the reasons that our Teacher of the Year program is so strong. She supports the Business Partner of the Year Program, the Washington Post Teacher and Principal of the Year programs, and other employee recognition programs. She also supports events and programs hosted by our School & family partnerships Office as well as the 21st Century Education Foundation.
Lauren Grey-Hawkins your high standards and never-ending quest to improve the way AACPS cultivates relationships that benefit our students and our schools takes the “other duties as assigned” to a whole new level. You immerse yourself in every project and treat every person with respect by listening and seeking to understand what they need to better support students. You truly are an asset to your department and to everyone in the AACPS family. Congratulations on your recognition as the Boards December 2019 Employee of the Month. Please join me up front to receive your award.