AwardsGrowing to Greatness Honorees, December 2016
Tonia Del Conte, Education Center at Pinckney
Ms. Del Conte began with MCS in 2000 as a testing technician and after six years, she became Manager of Testing and Accountability as a part of the Planning, Accountability and Research Department. Her work entails maintaining security during the test-taking process, and managing data collected from test results to create reports that help plan future instructional approaches.
She maintains the district testing calendar, attends regional accountability training sessions and is in constant contact with the test coordinators at each school. She also collaborates with our PowerSchool student information team, and the Curriculum and Instruction and the Instructional Technology departments.
Mrs. Del Conte’s knowledge of database management is a foundation of the many reports and strategic planning processes that district administrators and principals use to make informed decisions for curriculum and instruction. Mrs. Del Conte is nearing the completion of a degree in Data-Based Management at Wake Technical College. We are indebted to Mrs. Del Conte and thank her for her dedication and commitment to MCS.
Cassie Strong, Central Office
Ms. Strong joined MCS in 2014 a part-time Central Office receptionist. Very quickly, her attention to detail, speedy responsiveness and eagerness to serve our customers warranted her a promotion to the role of Certified Elementary Generalist in the Human Resources Department. As an integral member of our “behind the scenes” team, she supports our elementary classrooms and assists new and existing elementary certified staff with all facets of their employment, including teacher licenses where applicable. She coordinates the development of the monthly personnel report for the board, labor reports to the federal government. She also manages the data for uploading to the district-wide communication system, ConnectEd, and the district’s criminal record monitoring database.
Whether in the community as a Girl Scout leader, on the job, or juggling her role as a military spouse and mother to two beautiful girls, Ms. Strong’s bright personality and warm smile let others know she genuinely cares about them.
Casey Jones, Technology
Mr. Jones joined MCS as the Senior Systems Programmer/Architect in 2013 after serving as a LAN engineer in Pitt County. Jones has demonstrated great knowledge in support and implementation of network infrastructure throughout the district. Some of his larger projects include implementation and management of the district web filtering system to keep our students both on and off the district network), management of the Google Apps for Education domain, and refreshes and upgrades of wired and wireless networking equipment in the schools.
Recently promoted to Senior Systems Programmer/Architect, he has gone above and beyond the call of duty during multiple major service outages in the district. This has included staying on site well into the early morning hours, and coming in to work in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew to bring systems back online as soon as power was restored.
Individuals who have renewed their National Board Certified Teacher certificates:
- Elizabeth Perry, Generalist/Early Childhood, SFL
- Nancy O’Quinn, Generalist/Early Childhood, VLE
- Wendy Scruggs, English Language Arts/Adolescence and Young Adulthood, PHS
- Shelby Wooten, Generalist/Early Childhood, SFL
- Karen Raliski, Career and Technical Education/Early Adolescence Through Young Adulthood, PHS
Individual who is a newly certified National Board Certified Teacher:
- Cherisse Jackson,
English Language Arts/Early Adolescence, NCMS