Farmington Schools staffers win Oakland County awards

Two Farmington Public Schools staffers recently received county-wide recognition for the efforts they put into their work.

From left, Suzanne Nicholson and Vadia Hermiz, and Farmington Central High Principal David Reese (right) congratulate Ashely Hardwick on her award. (Farmington Public Schools)

Ashely Hardwick received the Oakland County Community and Adult Educators Support Award on May 9, 2018 at Edgewood Country Club in Commerce.

Hardwick was nominated by Vadia Hermiz, Farmington Public Schools’ (FPS) Program Manager for Adult English as a Second Language (ESL), and Suzanne Nicholson, an FPS Adult ESL Teacher.

Her nomination included the following:

“Ashely is a dedicated, reliable, valuable member of our ESL team at Farmington Community School. She is always willing to go the extra mile to help others as evidenced by her active roles as our Daycare Lead Teacher, our reporting secretary for Michigan Adult Education Reporting System (MAERS), and proctor for CASAS testing. She also performs program follow-up calls with students, assists with registration, answers questions regarding our program both over the phone, as well as interacting with prospective walk-in students. She is even smiling as she helps troubleshoot our department’s copier machine issues!”

“There are no secrets to success,” Hardwick said. “It is the result of preparation, hard work, learning from failure, and having a great team that’s willing to support and help. A key to achieving success is to assemble a strong and stable team.”

Teresa Barrick
Teresa Barrick, right, is pictured with her supervisor, Hatty Ligon, Homeless Liaison Coordinator/Title 1 Parent Community Coordinator. (Farmington Public Schools)

Teresa Barrick has been awarded the Oakland County Support Person of the Year in the Southwest Quadrant of Oakland County for the 2017/2018 school year.

Established in 1990, the award pays tribute to Betty Campion, a former Oakland Schools (1978-1992) and Walled Lake Board of Education trustee (10 years). Four winners are chosen, one in each quadrant of Oakland County. Each winner received a $500 cash award from the Oakland Schools’ Education Foundation and framed certificate of recognition.

Barrick also won Farmington Public Schools (FPS) Support Person of the Year Award. She has been with FPS for 23 years serving the last four years as the District’s Homeless Liaison/Paraprofessional/Clerk.

“I would like to thank Hatty Ligon, FPS staff, and our wonderful community for this honor,” Barrick said. “I’m blessed to have a job that allows me to help children and their families feel cared for and loved by their community, which allows students to achieve great things in school.”