Distinguished Service Award Recipient

John McGinnis, PPW

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It is our pleasure to award Mr. John McGinnis, Pupil Personnel & School Social Worker Specialist, Maryland State Department of Education, for the Distinguished Service Award offered by the Maryland Association of Pupil Personnel.  John has been a strong representative, advocate, and legislative provider for PPWs, Social Workers, and Homeless Liaisons for the state of Maryland for many years.  


John has been tied to the hip of MAPP to answer any questions about policies, procedures, laws, and recommendations for expert panelists for conferences.  John takes time from his busy schedule to attend the executive board meetings of MAPP to listen to concerns of PPWs from the state as far as changing concerns that are presenting challenges in our school communities and offers resolutions or directs our organization to the specialist that can assist.


John continues to be a willing partner with our organization by attending all conferences, presenting state updates that impact our direct role as a PPW, responsibilities we have to families and schools, as well as certification updates and requirements.  It is wonderful to have an advocate at the state level that keeps our group up to date, is actively involved with our roles and our communities and brings much humor on occasion during our meetings.  


We want to thank John for being a great advocate for all PPWs and Social Workers for the state of Maryland and recognize him for the many years that he has specifically supported our organization through the years and continues to do so on a voluntary basis.  On behalf of the Maryland Association of Pupil Personnel Executive Board,  we say Well Done Mr. McGinnis and award you the Distinguished Service Award.