Brenda Wallace: The 2019 Macintosh Award Recipient

Brenda Wallace: The 2019 Macintosh Award Recipient
Posted on 08/27/2019
Brenda WallaceFrederick County Public Schools recognized Brenda Wallace as the recipient of the 2019 Macintosh Award at this year’s convocation. Brenda has been working at Northwestern Regional Education Programs (NREP) for 16 years. Her dedication to the school and students of NREP is what earned her a nomination by her peers for this award.

As someone with fifteen full years of experience as a teaching assistant, Brenda understands the importance of creating a safe learning environment for students with disabilities, many who face a myriad of challenges. Brenda says, “Students thrive in an environment in which expectations are clear, reachable and enforceable.”

Brenda takes pride in getting to know her students on a personal level. This helps her get to know and understand them better in order to build a connection. When a connection is formed, it is easier to plan and implement strategies that will help the student succeed, says Brenda. She encourages her students every day by telling them, “Today is a new day; it does not matter what happened yesterday. We start with a clean slate.” Brenda believes that with a clean slate comes infinite potential. She wants her students to look forward to a new day at school and not dwell on what went wrong yesterday. She is her students’ biggest cheerleader.

When not working at NREP, Brenda enjoys spending time with her husband, Troy; daughter, Jessica; son-in-law, Matt; and grandson, Tyson. Brenda is an animal lover. She has an African Gray parrot named Clea and two dogs named Jag and Colt. Brenda enjoys horseback riding and taking care of her three horses: Ginger, Wrangler and Mofuss. She is learning to play guitar and loves helping out in the community. She actively reads to senior citizens, delivers groceries and meals to the elderly and drives the elderly to doctor appointments when needed. Brenda recently built a wheelchair ramp for a person with mobility challenges, giving them more accessibility to their home. She is an active member of the Open Door Baptist Church.

Brenda is not only a valued member of the community, but also to our NREP school family. We are all very proud of her dedication and accomplishments. Congratulations, Brenda!
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