Broadcast on Saturday, February 3rd, St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) and the Education Foundation of St. Lucie County announced this year’s line-up of educational superstars. Lindsey Laurino from St. Lucie West K-8 took top honors as St. Lucie Public School’s Teacher of the Year. Joining her in the winner’s category were School Related Employee of the Year, Amelia Scott from Lakewood Park Elementary; Distinguished Minority Educator of the Year, Clifton Robinson from Samuel S. Gaines Academy of Emerging Technologies; and Outstanding First Year Teacher Katlyn McCue from Palm Pointe Research School at Tradition.
Superintendent Dr. Jon R. Prince said, “All of the nominees exemplify excellence in teaching and superior support in providing a positive teaching and learning environment in St. Lucie Public Schools. They represent what is best about SLPS and why we continue to see consistent gains across the board in student achievement and success.”
Education Foundation President, Thom Jones, considers Night of the Stars a highlight each year. “Honoring our teachers and support staff for the work they do each day for our students is central to the Education Foundation’s mission which is to recognize excellence in education and support teacher development.”
Event Coordinator, Dr. Kevin G. Perry said, “The distinguished honorees at this annual event not only embody the mission of the District but go beyond and surpass expectations.”
St. Lucie Public Schools Teacher of the Year and School Related Employee of the Year will now move on to the state level competition. In the category of Teacher of the Year and School Related Employee of the Year, the State has a long standing tradition that recognizes and honors the contributions of outstanding classroom teachers and support staff who have demonstrated a superior capacity to inspire a love of learning in the students of all backgrounds and abilities.
Congratulations to this year’s winners!
TEACHER OF THE YEAR
St. Lucie West K-8
Lindsey Laurino is a middle school science teacher and the STEM Fair Coordinator at St. Lucie West K8. She is an exemplary educator who embraces innovation and engagement when designing her lessons.
Amelia Scott is a Behavior Technician at Lakewood Park Elementary School. She provides support to students who are struggling to meet school-wide expectations. Ms. Scott’s passion, positivity, and expertise continue to make a world of difference for students and staff at Lakewood Park.
DISTINGUISHED MINORITY EDUCATOR OF THE YEAR
Samuel S. Gaines Academy of Emerging Technologies
Clifton Robinson is a Conduct Counselor at Samuel S. Gaines Academy of Emerging Technologies. He makes positive connections with students and provides behavioral interventions for students ensuring their success both inside and outside the learning environment.
OUTSTANDING FIRST YEAR TEACH OF THE YEAR
Palm Pointe Educational Research School at Tradition
Katlyn McCue is a 3rd grade teacher at Palm Pointe K8 where she was also a student teacher. She is a Promise is a Promise program recipient who intentionally builds cooperative learning structures into her lessons to maximize student learning.