Fairlawn Elementary School fifth grade teacher Shirley Helton was recognized at the February 11, 2014, St. Lucie County School Board meeting for being named the Veterans of Foreign Wars’ national 2014 Citizenship Teacher of the Year. Pictured, from left, at the meeting are Superintendent Genelle Yost, Fairlawn Elementary principal Jennifer Hedeen, Helton, local VFW representatives Alyceson Smith, Barbara Laidlaw, and Soo Keller, School Board chairman Debbie Hawley, VFW member Nell Moyers, who nominated Helton for the award, and Deputy Superintendent Dr. Mark Rendell.
Two Fort Pierce Central High School (FPCHS) staff members, and a volunteer, were honored as S.T.A.R.S (Special Thanks and Recognition), the district’s employee recognition program, at the St. Lucie County School Board meeting on February 11, 2014, for their quick thinking that potentially saved the life of a FPCHS student athlete. The focus of the STAR program is to RECOGNIZE employees for their behavior, skills and actions that correlate with the district vision, to REWARD employees on the results of their behavior and outcomes by clarifying what we value most as an organization, and to RECLAIM passive employees by rewarding those that exemplify our core values. Football coaches and teachers Josh Shaffer and Evan Muldoon, plus volunteer Tom Estep, all of whom fortunately had been trained to use an AED defibrillator, recently responded to a medical emergency involving the student athlete during a recent practice, using the defibrillator. The defibrillator at FPCHS is one of the dozens throughout St. Lucie Public Schools funded and donated through the Jessica Clinton Foundation, sponsored by Ray and Cheryl Lalloo. Pictured, from left, are Superintendent Genelle Yost, Estep, School Board chairman Debbie Hawley, Shaffer, Muldoon and Student Assignment Director Michelle Jerger, who made the presentation.
More than 70 students and their parents braved inclement weather to attend Mariposa Elementary’s Math Night. Students were engaged in meaningful, real world problem-solving as they walked grocery store aisles. Pictured, from left to right, students Joshua Locklar, Tyshon Crawford, Paul Lesser, and Shane Lesser, observe as parent Don Lesser shows the students about the stacking of oranges (spheres). The families enjoyed the problem solving activities. It was a great evening enjoyed by all who attended.