Preston Elementary School (PES) employees Jeneene Brummell and Tyrell Brummell have been named 2018 Caroline County Support Services Employees of the Year.
Mr. Brummell has been a custodian at PES for 32 years, joining the staff in 1986. In 2002, Mrs. Brummell became a member of the custodial team. In her nomination, Principal Kari Clow stated, “Mr. and Mrs. Brummell are the kind of people, as well as employees, an organization is truly blessed and fortunate to have. They are the most hard-working, honest, down-to-earth, and friendly people you will ever meet. Their custodial work is top-notch and they take pride in their work every day. They truly treat the PES building as if it were their own and the PES staff as family. They consistently communicate issues within the building to administration as well as to Mr. Hart, the head custodian. The Brummells rarely take time off and when they do, it is to take care of their son, Tyrell. Mr. and Mrs. Brummell always stop by my office after hours to check in, as well as have a friendly chat. They are the first ones to give greetings on holidays and special occasions. Just seeing them or talking with them can brighten anyone’s day.”
Ms. Clow added that the Brummells are a large part of why PES has been the recipient of so many awards for school maintenance and cleanliness. These honors include the Maryland Silver Hammer Award, recognition of a Superior rating from Governor Hogan, and most recently, a Maryland Association of Boards of Education (MABE) award for receiving a perfect maintenance rating.
The Brummells were honored at a surprise assembly at PES on September 26. Superintendent Patty Saelens, Principal Kari Clow, and Supervisor of Plant Operations Brett Morton all gave remarks praising the Brummells for their dedication to Preston and the school family. Students made cards and several were asked to read the messages out loud. Assistant Superintendent Milton Nagel presented the Brummells with keys to a new car, courtesy of Preston Automotive, for their use during the next year.
This is the first year that a Support Services Employee of the Year award has been given, with nominations were sought from all schools and administrative offices. The Brummells were chosen from a committee that included school and office administrators and support services employees.
All photos from this event are available on the CCPS Flickr page.