Churchill Road Crossing Guard Wins State Award
Beeda Lee-Pawlak, who is assigned to Churchill Road Elementary and Haycock Elementary Schools, is one of two Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) crossing guards to win the 2017-18 Virginia’s Outstanding Crossing Guard awards.
Lee-Pawlak, a first-year crossing guard, is praised for “expertly managing the busy intersection of Westmoreland Street and Haycock Road.” She approaches motorists with a friendly and firm demeanor, resulting in clear communication on how vehicles should operate and minimal traffic backup. Bus drivers understand exactly when to stop and turn without hesitation or confusion. Parents praise her for her diligence, kindness, and control that enable students to arrive at school smiling and ready to learn. Despite the busy traffic at that intersection, parents say they feel confident knowing that Law-Pawlak is there to work with their children. “Her whistle, uniform, and hand motions are always crisp and perfect,” said one parent. “I have never seen a crossing guard who does her job so well. It prompted me to call the school just to find out who she is so I could nominate her.”
FCPS crossing guards are employees of the Fairfax County Police Department.