Position: General Assistant
School: Woodstock Elementary School
School District: Virginia Beach City Public Schools
City, State: Virginia Beach, Virginia
About the Nominee: Charlene "Denise" Maples was nominated by her colleague, Amy Dirks.
Denise Maples is an amazing, whimsical Woodstock woodchuck, who wears many hats at her school! Her primary position is general assistant for the Reading team; she works with six groups of struggling readers each day. In addition, Ms. Maples helps out in the clinic, monitors school reading materials, coordinates the Helping Hands committee and Beach Bags program, manages the school store and is the school's Virginia Beach Education Association (VBEA) representative. She initiates projects at Woodstock Elementary that unite faculty, including making a quilt for a terminally ill teacher, wearing red for Heart Day, designing and making costumes for Literacy Nights, etc. Ms. Maples is exemplary in every way, and she has been a LifeChanger for all of the students and staff at Woodstock Elementary!