ST. LUCIE COUNTY, FL — Fashioned after a red-carpet celebration, the three St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) Teacher of the Year Finalists were announced today and supported with a backdrop of cheers from the surprised candidates’ students and colleagues. Makeda-Ione Brome (Fort Pierce Westwood High School), Cheri V. Maxon (Southern Oaks Middle School), and Jami Williams (St. Lucie West K-8 School) were overjoyed as a throng of delegates from St. Lucie’s Education Foundation, School Board, and MIDFLORIDA Credit Union showered them with congratulations.
SLPS Superintendent E. Wayne Gent said, “This is a great honor. Our teacher-of-the-year finalists represent a dedicated and highly qualified team of teachers who impact the lives and learning of each child, every day. Their dedication and their relentless passion to support the goals and dreams of our future innovators and creators are evidenced by the School District’s continual growth in academic excellence. We are a B rated district with no failing schools, our graduation rates are among the top ten in Florida, we rank third in academic achievement, and our students have access to thriving career and technical opportunities with 37 academies and 67 programs that have led to 2,390 Industry Certifications in the past year alone.”
Locally, one of the three finalists will be selected as the SLPS Teacher of the Year during the Night of the Stars gala scheduled for February 9, 2019, at Lincoln Park Academy’s auditorium in Fort Pierce. This person will then represent SLPS in the Florida Department of Education – Macy’s Teacher of the Year program.
The local Night of the Stars annual event is sponsored by the Education Foundation of St. Lucie County. Thom Jones, president of the Foundation, explained that MIDFLORIDA Credit Union is the sponsor of the local Teacher of the Year category. “This is an especially exciting year. Through our generous sponsor, we have been able to go above and beyond expectations, and we will honor our winners with very special recognitions this year.”
The State’s Teacher of the Year Program is a long-standing tradition that recognizes and honors the contributions of outstanding classroom teachers who have demonstrated a superior capacity to inspire a love of learning in students of all backgrounds and abilities. The State finalist for The Florida Teacher of the Year also serves as the Christa McAuliffe Ambassador for Education and represents the Florida Department of Education and teachers throughout Florida.
About the Teacher of the Year Finalists
Makeda-Ione Brome is an instructional mathematics coach at Fort Pierce Westwood High School where she dedicates herself to supporting teachers and students. She models best practices in classrooms, leads collaborative planning sessions, tutors students, and leads Algebra 1 and Geometry Boot Camps for students before and after school.
Her expertise in a wide array of mathematics practices and keen ability to share this knowledge with others makes this energetic educator a leader among her peers. At the District, Ms. Brome is a Teacher Leader who stands out as professional development facilitator, and at the State level, she is a Florida Department of Education Math Content Specialist selected to review and revise Florida’s certification and professional exams.
In the classrooms and throughout the campus, Ms. Brome gets her inspiration from her students and her colleagues. Everything she does is because she wants to serve others and see them experience success in all aspects of their lives. She takes to heart the fact that students must learn and retain required mathematics to be successful in the next course, in college, and beyond. She believes that students cannot be successful without first empowering teachers to be successful. Therefore, she uses a variety of teaching styles and instructional tools to help others learn new concepts. She is inspired to be the best she can be so that she, in turn, can help others realize the potential within them to become the best versions of themselves.
Cheri V. Maxon
Cheri V. Maxon is a sixth-grade science teacher at Southern Oaks Middle School where she also serves as the department chair and lead teacher who mentors others to support a collaborative teaching and learning environment. Her students consistently perform at high levels and thrive in the challenging, engaging, and nurturing learning environment she sets for them.
Mrs. Maxon spearheads the school’s student-led conference initiative whereby she coordinates and helps over 900 students establish, monitor, and communicate goals to promote visible learning and student ownership of achievement. She strongly believes that people do not care how much you know until they know how much you care. Therefore, she is committed to building trust and rapport with students, colleagues, and parents in her many roles as a teacher, leadership mentor, PBIS coach, and professional development facilitator.
Mrs. Maxon is honored to serve children and is a teacher today because of the many educators in her life who believed in her abilities and supported her when she did not believe in herself. She was inspired to pay it forward, to positively impact lives, to make a difference for children in the same way others did for her.
Jami Williams is an eighth-grade science teacher at St. Lucie West K-8 School. She is passionate about helping every student succeed and celebrating their accomplishments along the way to realizing their goals. She is a campus leader who welcomes new opportunities to serve which include being a team leader, peer mentor, faculty council representative, and volleyball coach.
Her active involvement in campus activities is reflected in her classroom as well. She encourages the love of science by promoting curiosity among her students, by providing hands-on opportunities to question why, and by designing lessons whereby students discover and are excited to learn more. Ms. Williams is dedicated to creating a classroom experience for her students that is safe, trusted, and nurturing. She wants every day to be one in which learning is strengthened by joy.
Her students are her true inspiration. She strives to ignite their interests, empower them with knowledge, and leave a lasting impression that will positively impact them as well as the world around them.
About St. Lucie Public Schools
St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) proudly serves students with a graduation rate of 91.8 percent. As a B rated District, there are no failing schools, and SLPS ranks among the top one-third of Florida’s districts for student achievement. The District also has the distinction of being recognized as one of St. Lucie County’s Best Places to Work. The mission of SLPS is to ensure all students graduate from safe and caring schools equipped with the knowledge, skills and desire to succeed. Connect with us on Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter, or visit http://www.stlucieschools.org.
PORT ST. LUCIE, FL – Walmart awarded 20 teachers from Allapattah Flats K-8 School with $50 reward cards to purchase classroom supplies that will help students as part of the company’s Teacher Rewards program. For the sixth year, Walmart will donate over $4.5 million to provide 90,000 teachers across the United States with reward cards to help offset the cost of classroom expenses at the beginning of the school year. These funds come at a critical time, as many teachers will spend an estimated $1,000 of their own money to ensure their students have the supplies they need to learn throughout the school year.
More than 5,000 U.S. Walmart stores, Distribution Centers and Sam’s Club locations are eligible to select one local public school, grades K-8, and provide reward cards to 20 teachers from each selected school. Winning teachers can use the funds to purchase essential items for their classrooms such as paper, folders, binders, pencils, crayons and markers.
“We are proud to honor our community’s teachers, who give time and often their own money to ensure our students have everything they need to be successful throughout the school year,” Daniel Mojica. “At Walmart, we are dedicated to supporting our nation’s teachers by providing support and resources needed to continue educating the future leaders of our community.”
The Teacher Rewards program is an extension of Walmart’s ongoing support of local initiatives that help students, teachers and families better prepare for their future including programs like Breakfast in the Classroom, Fill the Bus and Farm to School.
About Philanthropy at Walmart
Walmart and the Walmart Foundation are committed to helping people live better through philanthropic efforts that draw on the strengths of Walmart in the arenas of sustainability, economic opportunity, and community. As part of our commitment to creating a more sustainable food system worldwide, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation are leading the fight against hunger in the United States. They recently exceeded a $2 billion goal to fight hunger one year ahead of schedule and have donated more than 1.5 billion pounds of food to those in need across the country. To learn more about Walmart’s giving, visit www.foundation.walmart.com
Fifth grade students at Morningside Elementary School will have the opportunity to learn and apply STEM skills beyond the classroom through an Innovation Generation grant from the Motorola Solutions Foundation, the charitable arm of Motorola Solutions, Inc. The Motorola Solutions Foundation provided $50,000 for a second year to challenge Florida’s district-wide local education foundations to inspire students through projects designed to help them solve real-world problems in science, math, technology and engineering (STEM) areas this school year through a grant to the Consortium of Florida Education Foundations (CFEF). St. Lucie County Education Foundation’s project was one of 10 chosen to receive $5,000 through a competitive judging process with each application being reviewed and scored by a panel of STEM industry professionals through CFEF. STEMulating Models, students will create power plant models to show the different sources of power that create electricity in the United States. After learning about the sources crucial for energy through National Energy Education Development Units, students will design and create their own models of power plants using LEGOs. The business partner for this project is Jeff Cook of Florida Power and Light. “Each year, I am truly amazed by the ground-breaking work our grant recipients like the Consortium of Florida Education Foundations accomplish through their Innovation Generation grants,” said Matt Blakely, director, Motorola Solutions Foundation. “These grantees are playing an active role in developing the future of STEM education for our country. As a company dedicated to helping people be their best in the moments that matter, Motorola Solutions could not be more honored to support programs such as CFEF.” Pictured, from left, are Superintendent Michael Lannon, School Board chairman Carol Hilson, Morningside Elementary assistant principal Cindy Roach, and St. Lucie Education Foundation Executive Director Jim McKenzie.
Congratulations to Nicolas Suarez, a tenth grade student at Lincoln Park Academy, who was chosen to serve on the Florida Youth Advocacy Board of the Students Working Against Tobacco (SWAT), a statewide youth-led movement.
The Youth Advisory Board works in collaboration with the Florida Department of Health’s Bureau of Tobacco Free Florida to help plan the direction and goals of the SWAT organization and of the youth prevention component of the state’s tobacco control campaign. Students work with county grantees on a local level to support initiatives that educate others about tobacco use, help protect youth from tobacco, and strengthen local policies, especially those that protect the public from secondhand smoke.
“Youth advocates are the next generation of leaders in Florida and across the country,” said State Surgeon General and Secretary of Health Dr. John Armstrong. “These enthusiastic students work diligently with a passion to create positive change and raise awareness among their peers and community about the dangers of tobacco use.”
SWAT aims to empower, educate and equip Florida youth to revolt against Big Tobacco. SWAT is a movement of empowered youth working together to de-glamorize tobacco use. Their efforts aim to shape tobacco-free norms, make tobacco less desirable, less acceptable and less accessible.
“We are proud of Nicolas and his contribution to our community,” stated Superintendent Genelle Yost. “Efforts to eliminate the use of tobacco creates a healthier tomorrow for all of us.”
Lakewood Park Elementary fourth grade students had the opportunity to participate in the Channel 25 WPBF Weather School Wednesday with meterologist Chris Martinez. The program was fun, interactive and informative for the Lakewood Park Elementary students. The students received information about the local weather, weather forecasting, hurricanes, tornadoes, and many other interesting facts. The students loved visiting the Channel 25 weather truck, viewing the TV cameras, TV monitors which had the students’ photos on it, seeing the live shows in progress, and hearing the interesting facts presented by the Channel 25 WPBF Crew. The highlight for the students was to see themselves on the Channel 25 Weather News that evening. The web address to view the program is
http://www.wpbf.com/tv/about/are-you-ready-to-be-weatherschooled/-/8790476/22137428/-/lm1mtj/-/index.html, then click on weather on the tool bar at the top and click Chris’s Weather School. Lakewood Park Elementary thanks Chris Martinez and the Channel 25 Weather School Wednesday team. Pictured, back row left, are Chris Martinez and fourth grade teacher Ashle Henderson with two of her students.
Every registered voter in St. Lucie County will receive a postage paid mail-in ballot on or about April 3rd. This is a very important referendum to raise teacher pay, keep a school resource officer on every campus, and enhance mental health services for our children. A Citizens Advisory Committee will have oversight to guarantee every dollar goes where it is intended.
Please cast your ballot and make your voice heard. Return your ballot on or before April 23 in the postage-paid envelope.
Below is a letter from Grace Way Village that shares ways in which students in need can be assisted with school clothing and nutrition needs:
Dear St. Lucie County School Teachers and Guidance Counselors:
For the sake of those who do not know about Grace Way Village, a well-established nonprofit serving those in need for the last 9 years, here is a brief rundown of all that we do:
- Provide free clothing for all children in need thru the age of 18
(If student is still enrolled in HS, thru the age of 20)
- Provide free a hot lunch on Wednesdays from 12:00-1:00 and a hot dinner on Sundays from 5:00-6:00 p.m.
- Provide free nonperishable food for all Sunday dinner guests to take home
- Provide free basic life workshops on Wednesdays
- Provide free the “Getting Ahead” class for adults striving to get out of poverty
Yearly, we host a summer expo for teachers to come and meet with over 20 local nonprofits that can assist them in helping their students in need. It is very important that you know the following:
- Grace Way Village appreciates greatly all that you do for your students
- Grace Way Village wants to assist you whenever there is a need
- All the local nonprofits feel the same. You are not alone in your efforts!
Grace Way Village can help you with immediate needs of clothing and food. Here is how:
- Call 772.529.7860 (cell phone, do not give to parents), leaving the following information:
- Child’s clothing information: sex, size (child’s or teen’s) for shirt, pants, & shoes
- If food is needed, provide the # of family members
- Your name, school, & cell number. You will be contacted as soon as the items have been gathered for you to pick up.
- If it is on a Wednesday when the clothing program, Hope’s Closet, is open, you may stop by to either shop yourself or to pick up the items if you have previously called in the information noted above. Please arrive no later than 4:45 p.m.
All of us at Grace Way Village care deeply for our neighbors in need, appreciating the truth of all that teachers do. Please do not hesitate to reach out to us for assistance. You will not be disappointed!
1780 Hartman Rd. 772.925.3074
Fort Pierce, FL 34947 email@example.com www.gracewayvillage.com
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On October 14, 2014 the Loretta Adams and Sam Andrianoff Awards were presented in conjunction with the declaration of Disability History and Awareness Month. These two exceptional people left a great legacy. Loretta Adams was the forefront of the inclusion movement and was an advocate for students with disabilities. This years awards were presented to Megan Guyer, Assistant Principal at Fort Pierce Central High School and Kathy Nobel, Transportation Area Manager ESE. These ladies represent what it means to be an advocate for students with disabilities. They make a difference in the lives of the people they work with each and everyday.
Sam Andrianoff was a student who overcame many challenges and obstacles to realize success. This years awards were presented to Michael Bean from Port St. Lucie High School and Aaron Hanna from St. Lucie West Centennial High School. These young men have worked to be an active part of their community through volunteer activities as well as employment. Both Michael and Aaron have developed and used skills to advocate for themselves as they transition from school to adult life.
Pictured are, Bill Tomlinson, Debbie Hawley, Aaron Hanna, Michael Bean, Megan Guyer, Lesa Kitzmiller, Kathy Nobel, Betty Jean and John Andrianoff, and Genelle Yost.
Fort Pierce Central’s “Poison Pens” spoken word poetry team won Semi Finals in Jason Taylor’s 4th Annual Louder Than a Bomb” poetry slam. As one of the final four winning teams in the state of Florida, they move on to Team finals Saturday, April 21, 2018 at 6:00 pm at Nova Southeastern University. Congratulations!
Love’s makes a donation of $2,000 to a local school or nonprofit at the grand opening of each new store. The Fort Pierce location at 200 South Kings Highway just opened on May 8, 2014. At the June 10th School Board Meeting, General Manager Eric Wolf was recognized for the donation that will go to the St. Lucie County Public Schools by way of the Education Foundation. Through a grant matching funds, the St. Lucie Education Foundation will match this amount for a total of $4,000 for our public schools. We welcome Love’s Travel Stop as a new business partner.
Pictured are, Carissa Zerga (SLC Education Foundation), Genelle Yost (Superintendent), Eric Wolf (Love’s Travel Stops), Debbie Hawley (School Board Chairman), Dr. Mark Rendell (Deputy Superintendent).
Congratulations to our wonderful teachers and staff who have been recognized by their peers for their amazing influence on our school, students, and community they care so much about. Stellar job!
Shown here are: Jennifer Newcomb, Outstanding First Year Teacher; Maria Coello-Mays, School Related Employee of the Year; Stephen Windhaus , Distinguished Minority Educator of the Year; Vanessa Ross, Teacher of the Year.
Teacher of the Year – Vanessa Ross and the LPA Administrative Team
School Related Employee of the Year – Maria Coello-Mays and the LPA Administrative Team
Distinguished Minority Educator of the Year – Stephen Windhaus and the LPA Administrative Team
Outtanding First Year Teacher – Mrs. Jennifer Newcomb and the LPA Administrative Team
FORT PIERCE, FL – Lincoln Park Academy’s Adobe CAPE Academy team moves to the final round of judging for the Kid Witness News (KWN) global digital video competition. KWN is a global video education program supported by Panasonic, with the aim of boosting creativity, enhancing communication skills, and fostering teamwork through video production by children at the elementary and secondary school levels.
There are currently 553 schools in 19 countries participating in the program worldwide, of which 53 of those schools are enrolled in the U.S. Although KWN represents students from schools across the country and around the world, the messages in their videos have common themes that cannot be ignored. They reflect the world they live in and what affects their everyday lives. Through these videos, we are able to see “The World Through Their Eyes.”
About St. Lucie Public Schools
The mission of St. Lucie Public Schools is to ensure all students graduate from safe and caring schools equipped with the knowledge, skills and desire to succeed. For more information visit, www.stlucieschools.org or contact Kerry Padrick at firstname.lastname@example.org.
On Wed. Sept. 26, we were privileged to host LPA dads as they brought their children to school, showing their committed support in their children’s education and social and emotional well-being. During our time together, we recognized, appreciated, and encouraged dads to continue partnering with LPA and together we will equip “our children” with the knowledge, skills, and desire to succeed.
LPA is proud of our dads!
Mr. McGraw’s visual arts students enjoyed a day painting at the historic McKee Botanical Gardens on February 7. As part of the annual plein air trip, students studied directly in nature as they worked on a specific piece of work focusing on the flora at McKee. “It is an excellent opportunity for our students to work directly from life and a great partnership between McKee and LPA to afford this opportunity to our students,” explained Mr. McGraw. The hope is to work with McKee to hold a small exhibit of student art work completed at the Gardens to be shown throughout the season.
During Spring Break of 2019, the Lincoln Park Academy Theater attended the 2019 State Thespian Festival. The level of accomplishment of the students that represented this theater department was the most impressive that it has ever been. Students were awarded with three superior rated scholarship auditions, all of which yielded interviews for colleges with the applicants for scholarships and training programs. An additional three were superior rated performance pieces, two excellent ratings, and a straight superior rated Top Honors award on the Large Group Musical Performance. During the festival, students had the opportunity to participate in hands-on workshops led by professional actors, producers, choreographers, technicians, and dancers. These workshops taught students how to rehearse, perform, manage, and maintain a theater in the professional world, and better prepare them for opportunities in the future. As always, we look forward to attending the State Festival next year and are grateful to have been able to attend this year!
Lincoln Park Academy senior band student Cameron Slack has been selected to perform in the Florida Music Education Association All-State Symphony Orchestra. He will be performing at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts in Tampa on Saturday, January 12th. Congratulations!
On January 11th, Dyujae (Biko) Gayman scored his 1,000th basketball point as a Lincoln Park Academy Greyhound. The LPA family of students, teachers, staff, and coaches are very proud of his accomplishment. Congratulations Biko!!
On Friday, December 9th, the Lincoln Park Academy Concert Chorale participated in Disney’s Candlelight Processional which was held at Epcot Center. The Candlelight Processional tells the story of Christmas in words and music including a mass choir joined by a 50-piece live orchestra and a guest celebrity narrator. The guest celebrity narrator for this evening was Anthony Mackie who played the Marvel Superhero Falcon in the movie Captain America: Civil War.
This is the Lincoln Park Academy Concert Chorale’s 10th consecutive year being selected to participate in this very prestigious event.
In March, the Lincoln Park Academy Choral Department participated in the Worldstrides OnStage Orlando National Choral Festival. Choirs participating in this festival were from Florida, Tennessee, Virginia, Alabama, and Maryland. Although Lincoln Park was one of the smallest choral programs in attendance, they were very competitive and came away from the festival with an unprecedented nine awards including the coveted “Sweepstakes” award which was awarded to the most outstanding choral program. Other awards presented to LPA were as follows:
Women’s Chorale – Gold Award (Superior)
Concert Chorale – Gold Award (Superior) and 1st Place Ranking
Rhapsody Concert Choir – Gold Award (Superior) and 1st Place Ranking
Rhapsody Show Choir – Gold Award (Superior) and 1st Place Ranking
The Adjudicators award is presented to those choirs that have the highest average score of 96% or above with 100% being the highest score. There were only four Adjudicators awarded and LPA won three of them! Those choirs were the Concert Chorale, Rhapsody Concert Choir, and Rhapsody Show Choir.
Lincoln Park Academy Chorus has been invited to perform at the Festival of Gold in the prestigious Carnegie Hall in New York City next year.
Lastly, the Most Outstanding Chorus Award was presented to the LPA Rhapsody Show Choir who had the highest performance score of the festival.
Congratulations to the Lincoln Park Academy Choral Department and Mr. George Rahming, Jr.
A high-quality public education should empower today’s young people with the skills they need to forge a path to bright futures. With this in mind, GreatSchools is proud to announce the winners of the 2018 College Success Award. This honor recognizes 814 high schools across nine states that have a successful track record of going beyond simply graduating students to helping them enroll in college and succeed once they get there.
The College Success Award-winning high schools stand out based on school-level postsecondary data collected and shared by their states. This data tells us whether students enroll in college, are ready for college-level coursework, and persist on to their second year. The award-winning schools are located in nine states where this postsecondary data is available: Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Indiana, Michigan, Missouri and Ohio.