Mr. D'Amato Named FCPS Region 5 Outstanding Principal!

Ms. Donohoe, Ms. Pivarnik, and Ms. Nolan Also Recognized at FCPS Honors!

By Department of Human Resources
June 14, 2018

a photo of bob d'matoCongratulations to Lees Corner ES Principal Bob D'Amato who was recognized at the annual FCPS Honors event as the 2018 Region 5 Outstanding Principal and one of five finalists for this year's Outstanding Principal Award!

When one of his students lost her hair due to chemotherapy treatment, Principal D'Amato shaved his head to help build empathy among her classmates. As principal, he seeks to set the tone for a school where the most coveted accomplishment is not a grade, but a “Golden Ticket” to reward students who “get caught” demonstrating positive behavior. Mr. D'Amato has been the driving force behind everything from initiating a STEAM program and supporting a store run by Special Education students, to creating a beautiful outdoor classroom and getting the community running with FunFit Fridays. “Mr. D'Amato,” says a colleague, “will do anything to help the families at Lees Corner feel connected and supported.”

Congratulations also to the other Lees Corner Elementary School staff members recognized at FCPS Honors!

Outstanding Elementary New Teacher School-level Recipient

  • Nicole Donohoe, Fourth Grade Teacher

Outstanding Elementary Teacher School and Pyramid-level Recipient

  • Tina Pivarnik, STEAM Resource Teacher 

Outstanding School-based Support Employee School and Pyramid-level Recipient

  • Betty Nolan, Student Information Assistant 

Outstanding School-based Leader School and Pyramid-level Recipient

Thank you to Kim Proppe for all of her hard work with the nomination process by serving as this year's awards liaison.