BCPS announces the STAR Award recipients for January

The STAR Awards program recognizes support employees who go above and beyond the call of duty in performing their job responsibilities.

Nominees are evaluated based on the following criteria:

  • Made significant contributions improving job efficiency, quality of services, safety or conserving resources
  • Performed a humanitarian or heroic act
  • Responded proactively by anticipating needs and solving problems without specific direction

Lisa Vermillion Bredeck, Instructional Assistant, Catonsville High

No matter when students need assistance during the school day, Bredeck is always willing to help, even if it is during lunch. She works as an instructional assistant for English classes and reviews materials with students prior to assessments, assists with revising essays, and organizes notebooks. She helps lead a student group that cleans the school’s stadium after events.

James Kelly, Additional Adult Assistant, Cockeysville Middle

Kelly, a first-year employee at Cockeysville Middle, is known as “Mr. Marty” to staff and students. He works tirelessly to support students who have special needs and need additional support. When many of his students performed at the school’s annual winter concert, he was there to support them. He promised to wear a suit and tie to celebrate the occasion. And that’s exactly what he did.

Linda Lambert, FALS Instructional Assistant, Randallstown High

Lambert supports Functional Academic Learning Support (FALS) students in several different classes. While she is assigned to work with specific students, she is a familiar face to all Randallstown High students and staff. She is a proud Randallstown High graduate and greets all students in the morning. This gesture promotes positivity throughout the school.

David Stevenson, Additional Adult Assistant, Battle Monument School

Stevenson is in his fourth year at Battle Monument School, which provides educational opportunities for special needs students. Stevenson manages the school’s universal toileting program for students who are not ambulatory. Students who had never successfully sat on a toilet were able to using adapted commodes in this program. Stevenson’s devotion to the program will be used as a springboard for other opportunities promoting greater independence for Battle Monument students.

Steve Waltermyer, Bus Driver, Cockeysville Middle School

Cockeysville Middle students can always count on Waltermyer to get them safely to and from school. He cares about the students on his bus and is willing to help them whenever he can. When a student mentioned to him that Cockeysville Middle was having a fundraiser at local restaurant, Waltermyer said he would participate. Sure enough, Waltermyer attended the event, much to the delight of the Cockeysville Middle community.


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