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Employee Recognition Awards

Service and Recognition Awards are an opportunity to appreciate Montgomery College employees who have demonstrated extraordinary initiative in performing a specific task, providing service to others, or providing outstanding service over a sustained period of time. These recognition awards, contingent on available funding and approved by the Board of Trustees annually, reflect the College’s gratitude for the exemplary efforts demonstrated by our dedicated employees.

For detailed information on our awards policy and procedure, please refer to the Recognition Awards - P&P 38001 (PDF, Get Adobe Acrobat PDF Reader.-Link opens in new window.) .

Administrator Leadership Awards

Administrator Leadership Awardsnew window recognizes and celebrates the excellence of our administrators in their leadership of a collegewide initiative, innovation, and serving students.

Faculty Awards

Faculty Awards new windowrecognizes and celebrates the excellence of our full and part-time faculty in their teaching, counseling and advising, scholarly and professional accomplishments, and service to the College or community.

Staff Awards

Staff Awards new windowrecognizes and celebrates the excellence of our staff in their performance, customer service, innovation, and serving students

Length of Service and Retiree Recognition

Please help us honor our dedicated employees who have celebrated milestone anniversaries new windowand those who have recently embarked on their well-deserved retirementnew window.

2024 Award Recipients

Dr. Katya Salmi and Dr. Williams

Dr. Katya Salmi
2023–2024 Full-time Professor of the Year

Photo of Part-time Professor of the Year Ms. Valerie Tanner and Dr. Williams

Ms. Valerie Tanner
2023–2024 Part-time Professor of the Year

Photo of Staff of the Year Dr. Paul Miller and Dr. Williams

Dr. Paul Miller
2023–2024 Staff Member of the Year

Outstanding Faculty Award Recipients

Outstanding Faculty Awards provide the College community with an opportunity to more thoroughly recognize excellence in a variety of positions at the College and add a special dimension to the awards the College already provides. 

Excellence in Teaching

  • Professor Sean Fay, Humanities and Social Science
  • Professor Megan Howard, English and Reading
  • Professor Shelley Jones, Humanities
  • Dr. Elizabeth (Liz) Melanson, Visual and Performing Arts
  • Dr. Rebin Muhammad, Mathematics
  • Dr. Stephen Wheatley, Mathematics
  • Dr. David Youngberg, Business/Computer Applications

Excellence in Teaching Part-time Faculty

  • Professor Mary Pat Brennan, Workforce Development and Continuing Education
  • Professor Bonard Ivan Molina Garcia, Humanities
  • Professor Richard Nalley, Workforce Development and Continuing Education 
  • Dr. Deborah Sterner-Krizman, Biology, Biotechnology, and Chemistry

Excellence in Counseling/Academic Advising

  • Ms. Amanda Darr
  • Ms. Zenobia Garrison
  • Mr. Tim Kirkner
  • Ms. Natalie Martinez
  • Ms. Tamesha Robinson

Excellence in Service to the Institution and Community

  • Dr. Yeve Montgomery, English and Reading 
  • Mr. Edward Riggs, Visual and Performing Arts
  • Dr. Esther Schwartz-McKinzie, English and Reading

Excellence in Scholarly or Professional Accomplishments 

  • Dr. Laura Anna, Biology and Chemistry

Excellence in Scholarly or Professional Accomplishments Part-time Faculty

  • Ms. Pauline Kelly, English and Reading
  • Dr. Abdirisak Mohamed, Mathematics and Statistics 
Outstanding Staff Award Recipients

Outstanding Staff Awards are awarded based on four (4) categories: Excellence in Performance, Excellence in Innovation, Excellence in Customer Service, and Excellence in Serving Students.

Excellence in Performance

  • Dr. Akhter Chowdhury, Lab Manager
  • Mr. Jeff Chuang, Learning Center Manager
  • Ms. Yanira Rodriguez David, Community Engagement Manager
  • Ms. Beth Thoms, Librarian

Excellence in Innovation

  • Dr. Elysse Meredith, Learning Center Manager
  • Mr. Andres Maldonado, ACES Associate Director

Excellence in Customer Service

  • Ms. Geraldine (GiGi) Papillero, Executive Associate
  • Ms. Miho Shimizu, Student Services Supervisor
  • Mintesnot Weldemariam, Community Engagement Specialist