Willow Springs School News: Outstanding Employee Awards Nominations

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Nominate a Willow Springs Staff Member for an Outstanding Employee Award.

Fairfax County Public Schools

Outstanding Employee Awards Program

Nominations are now open for FCPS’ Outstanding Employee Awards.

To submit a nomination for a Willow Springs Outstanding Employee in one of the categories below, please complete the nomination through this Google form link

You may nominate one or multiple employees at our school. One individual may only nominate one employee per category.

All that is required for a preliminary nomination is a paragraph or two about how this employee demonstrates exceptional work in the criteria for that category. The google form link has more information regarding the criteria for each of these awards and the eligibility requirements are below. Additional information about each category is also linked in the category titles below.

Outstanding Teacher

Eligibility: Has at least three years of experience as a teacher (in any school/school district); librarians are included in this category

Outstanding New Teacher

Eligibility: Has up to three years of experience as a teacher in any school/school district. Librarians are included in this category.

Outstanding Principal

Eligibility: Has at least three years of experience as a building principal in any school/school district

Outstanding Leader 

Eligibility: At least one year of experience in their current position as a Schedule-C or School-Based Administrator scale employee (that is not the building principal).

Common positions in this category:

  • Assistant and Associate Principals

Outstanding Professional Employee 

Eligibility: At least one year experience in current position as a Schedule-B employee or other non-instructional employee in a school that supports school leadership.

Common positions in this category:

  • School-Based Technology Specialist
  • Technology Support Specialist
  • Instructional Coach
  • Psychologist
  • Social Worker
  • School Counselor
  • Special Education Lead Teachers

Outstanding Operational Employee

Eligibility: At least one year of experience in current position as Schedule-A or Classroom Instructional Support Scale employee

Common positions in this category:

  • Office Staff
  • Custodial Staff
  • Food Service Staff
  • Instructional Assistants
  • Classroom Monitors
  • Public Health Assistants
  • Public Health Training Assistants
  • Parent Liaisons

The deadline to submit a nomination is Monday, November 6, 2023.

Here are some helpful tips:

  • You can find an alphabetical listing of all WSES staff members on our school's website.
  • You can nominate as many employees as you wish during the nomination window.
  • School winners from previous years can be nominated again.
  • You must include your name when you nominate the person.
  • Each nomination must include a brief paragraph stating why you believe this person is deserving of the honor.
  • Please make sure the person you nominate is aware and in agreement with the nomination.
  • After all nominations have been received, a Selection Committee will review files if there are multiple nominees per category.  Please contact Laura Tapper if you are interested in being part of this committee.

If you nominate someone and they win, you will be asked to complete a Nominator Form and/or Letter of Recommendation to help this person win at the pyramid, region, and county levels.

If you would like to nominate Mr. Dylan Taylor for Outstanding Principal, the process for this award is different. The nomination must be submitted by December 1st.

If you would like to nominate Mr. Taylor, please contact the Willow Springs Award Liaison, Laura Tapper directly via email at latapper@fcps.edu

If you have any questions, please contact Assistant Principal, Laura Tapper at latapper@fcps.edu.