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Thursday, January 31, 2013

Marcella Fulmore Named Virginia's 2012 Outstanding Mentor

Marcella Fulmore, a Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) social worker who works at Lee High School, has been named the recipient of the 2012 Outstanding Mentor Award by the Virginia Mentoring Partnership. 

Fulmore’s selection was based on her exemplary mentoring program, now in its seventh year, titled Powerful African-American Males About Success (PAAMAS). The program focuses on equipping its participants with the skills to become productive citizens who will successfully meet current and future challenges. Under Fulmore’s supervision, the high school mentors meet weekly with their Springfield Estates Elementary School mentees. Students who participate in PAAMAS provide academic support and encourage positive choices among the younger students.

In addition to mentoring, Fulmore arranges college tours for the Lee High students and brings in guest speakers to share their personal experiences and inspire the young men. The program is self-supporting; students engage in fundraisers and Fulmore has been awarded supportive grants from the community. 

The program’s evaluative data demonstrates the students’ academic success as well as their behavioral achievements. Fulmore often presents at mentoring conferences where she shares her expertise. Her commitment to her students, her leadership, and her adherence to best practices contributed to her selection for this prestigious award. 

Fulmore will receive her award at the 11th annual Virginia Mentoring Awards on March 14 in Richmond.

Note: For more information, contact Shelley Prince at 571-423-4403 or