Ms. Maenner Recognized as FCPS CARES of the Month Recipient!

September 2023 Region 4 Recipient

By FCPS Department of Human Resources
November 06, 2023

Congratulations to Ms. Jeni Maenner on her recognition as the September 2023 FCPS CARES Region 4 Recipient of the Month, presented by the FCPS Department of Human Resources. 

The FCPS CARES Program allows parents, staff, and community members to recognize FCPS employees for going above and beyond to help others and show they care. We invite you to submit your story below so we can all acknowledge the good work of FCPS employees.

Below is the write-up submitted by Ms. Lora Adams, an Oak View ES colleague.

Another day should not pass by without recognizing our new reading specialist, Jeni Maenner. Certain people in this school system just have the natural ability to shift culture and shift thinking in a positive direction. Jeni Maenner embodies this innate ability to brighten one’s day and create such powerful connections. A reading specialist by certification, yet the brightest and positive light to our children as they begin and end their day. She greets our Kiss and Riders each morning and sends them home safely in the afternoon. This may not seem like an enormous task, but she treats it with the same utmost importance. This has won the respect of her colleagues because they know they can count on her to take all of her professional responsibilities seriously. This shows parents and students she is in it to win it, beyond bell to bell. In addition to knowing the name of every student who hops out of the car, she makes a point to greet their younger siblings who are aspiring to come to kindergarten (and wanting to come sooner than later because they have already made a friend in Ms. Maenner). Now let’s dig deeper into her day between bell to bell. Jeni Maenner has jumped right in and fused a partnership with our instructional coach, offering ideas and strategies and standing side by side to support adult learning and beyond. Ms. Maenner has proved to be an equal and reliable colleague during collaborative team meetings, especially for Language Arts. She has an uncanny way of putting ideas on the table and facilitating teams in ways they not only welcome but they crave. Jeni Maenner approaches all facets of her job with positivity and zest. I have never witnessed her crumble under pressure. Whatever is happening, she is smiling and touting, “We can do this, and I am here with you, for you.” Hands down, Jeni Maenner has already made an impact on our teachers, students, and community. Multiple teachers have made multiple comments, singing her praises. Just today, three teachers in one CLT were raving about how she was able to offer resources for the upcoming unit. 

And if this isn’t enough. Ms. Maenner has found time between serving on MTSS, meeting with teachers and teams, assessing students, and supporting instruction to lend a hand with the Virginia Growth Assessments. Shall I go on and on? I could share with you a daily example of how Jeni Maenner has made herself an invaluable part of the Oak View community since the day she stepped into our building and into our hearts.