Thom Jones, Executive Director of the Education Foundation of St. Lucie County, provided an end-of-year update to the School Board. The St. Lucie County Education Foundation was founded in 1990 as a non-profit, tax-exempt organization whose purpose is to support the teachers and students of the St. Lucie County School District through programs not funded by tax revenue.
Martha Taylor – Job Coach SLPS
Martha was nominated for her work with Student Perks, a coffee cart that is at the SLC Board of County Commissioners Building as well as at the Port St. Lucie City Hall Building. She has worked tirelessly to provide this wonderful opportunity for the students to learn job skills. Taylor has worked closely with the schools, students, county administrators and commissioners to make this enterprise happen. She continues to look for new opportunities for the students to gain the experience they need to be gainfully employed once they graduate from high school.
Desiraee Thomas – Social Worker at Ft. Pierce Central High School
Desiraee Thomas has been such an asset to the Cobra Family. She takes time to build positive relationships with teachers, staff, students and families. Fort Pierce Central staff has been impressed by her ability to provide timely feedback and support for their students in need. She plays a vital role in their weekly PSTs, and provides support and guidance to their students, families , and school. Thomas has also taken the initiative to offer her time to support testing. Students and teachers are aware of her presence on campus and feel supported with attendance concerns.
Pete Tesch and Jill Marasa from Economic Development Council (EDC), Rich Kolleda from Workforce Readiness Taskforce (WRT), and Brian Bauer from CareerSource Research Coast thanked the School Board for supporting this summer’s Boot Camps and acknowledged the positive partnership that they have with SLPS. Ready to Work Boot Camps were established at the request of manufacturers and trades seeking employees. The WRT was started in 2015 as a result of the EDC’s 2015-2020 Strategic Plan to explore workforce readiness and education improvements that has grown to 30 plus regional stakeholders.
St. Lucie County, FL – Laurie Boyer and Julia Hilburn, St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) teachers, have been selected as Microsoft Innovator Educator (MIE) Experts for 2019-2020.
Chief Academic Officer Dr. Helen Wild explained that her team was delighted to learn of the recognition. “Laurie and Julia are the digital trendsetters in our district. It’s no surprise that Microsoft is recognizing their ability to effectively use technology to enhance the learning environment in classrooms across our schools.”
According to Microsoft, Boyer and Hilburn were selected for this prestigious recognition because they are “self-driven, passionate about their work, have a true collaborative spirit, and strive to inspire students with outside-the-box thinking on technology in education.” As MIE Experts, they will have the opportunity to collaborate with and learn from other technology experts around the world, test new educational tools for Microsoft, and build capacity within SLPS. Microsoft describes recipients as “agents of change” tasked with “creating an environment of innovation in education using technology.”
Boyer works as a Recruitment and Outreach Specialist for the Magnet School MSAP Grant Team while Hilburn currently serves as a Technology Support Specialist on the Talent Development Team.
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