Elks Lodge #1520 Donation

Elks Lodge #1520 Donation

Mr. Lenny Smallacombe of the Elks Lodge #1520 is a powerhouse advocate for students and was honored for spearheading donation efforts for St. Lucie Public Schools students.

What started out six years ago as a weekend backpack program for five children has turned into an ever-growing platform of support. Mr. Smallacombe and his fellow lodge members have expanded their weekend food backpack program to hundreds of children, fulfilled special school program needs, provided complementary summer camp opportunities to students, secured grants for literacy projects, and supported students’ family nutrition needs during special times of the year.

The District appreciates the benefit Mr. Smallacombe and his army of volunteers bring to students.

 

Elks Care and Share

Elks Care and Share

Ft. Pierce Elks Lodge #1520 has a heart for caring and sharing, especially when it comes to the youngest members in this community.  The organization’s Pantry and Backpack Program has made a positive difference in the lives of many SLPS children.

On hand at a recent event were members of Chester A. Moore’s Administrative Team: Lauren Gieseler, Alisha Kennedy, and Terrance Barriner.  According to Mrs. Gieseler, the Elks Pantry and Backpack Program has made a tremendous difference in the lives of over 250 children on weekends.  At the event, the school was presented with 30 new backpacks and school supplies.  In addition, the Elks Lodge #1520 raised over $700.00 during the evening’s fundraiser to continue its benevolent efforts.

Thank you to our partners in education – the Fort Pierce Elks Lodge #1520!

 

Elizabeth Pruitt Recognized as a S.T.A.R. Recipient

Elizabeth Pruitt Recognized as a S.T.A.R. Recipient

Elizabeth Pruitt, Math Supervisor K-12, was presented a S.T.A.R. Award (Special Thanks and Recognition) on October 14th at the School Board Meeting. Ms. Pruitt was nominated by a high school teacher Taleese Walsh, who wrote:

I wanted to take a moment to speak about Liz Pruitt. I just learned that she is responsible for compiling math course “toolboxes.” These used to be accessible through the scope and sequence link, but were recently moved to Infinity. When I found they had been removed, I feared they were no longer available. I just wanted to break down and cry. Liz came to my rescue and had them emailed to me immediately. Entering my eleventh year of teaching, this resource is the single most valuable resource I have ever had as a teacher. To create these toolboxes I am sure would have taken Liz hours, over months and years. It would have been hard, grueling work, because the information isn’t easily found or compiled. I have told her thank you, but my thanks can’t be sufficient to the task and the work she has done on our district’s behalf. I just wanted to let you know that you have an employee of such merit in this district who adds real value to the lives of teachers, and consequently students, every day. I hope you can add to my thanks and recognition of her work.

Pictured are, Board Chair Debbie Hawley, Elizabeth Pruitt, Superintendent Genelle Yost, and Michelle Jerger.

 

Elf The Musical Jr.

Elf The Musical Jr.

Don’t Miss Elf The Musical Jr. at Southport Middle School.
Showtimes
November 18th
7 pm (Doors Open at 6:30 pm)
November 19th
2:30 pm (Doors Open at 2 pm)
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Elementary Science Showcase

Elementary Science Showcase

The elementary science showcase was held this past weekend at the Savannas Preserve State Park and the Oxbow Eco-Center.  With student work on display at both locations, it was a great opportunity for families and friends to enjoy learning about the students’ projects as well as visiting exhibit halls and nature trails.

Pictured: Village Green Environmental Studies School Principal Terry Davis, students, teachers, and family members

ELA Text-Based Writing Rubrics 

English Language Arts (ELA) Text-Based Writing Rubrics have been released and are available for viewing on the FSA Portal (see link below).  These are draft rubrics, and the Florida Department of Education is soliciting public input through midnight on Friday, September 12, 2014. The feedback form is posted with the rubrics on the FSA portal.

www.fsassessments.org

Eighth Graders at Palm Pointe Enjoying Science

Eighth Graders at Palm Pointe Enjoying Science

Eighth grade students in Heather Huszar’s science classes at Palm Pointe were learning how to evaluate the law of conservation of mass by demonstrating and concluding that mass is conserved when substances undergo physical and chemical change.  An experiment involving baking soda, balloons, water, and vinegar demonstrated this concept.  Students were engaged and excited about learning a difficult science concept.  Pictured are eighth graders getting ready to conduct the experiment.

Eighth grade students at Palm Pointe launch rockets

Eighth grade students at Palm Pointe launch rockets

Eighth grade students from Palm Pointe Educational Research School @ Tradition, pictured from left, John Rimes, Michael Williams and Michael Lyons prepare to launch their rockets that they made as projects for Thomas Carr’s science class. This project incorporated both math skills and science. The
students had fun learning how to make the rockets and then watch as they launched their finished projects. 

Eighth grade Poetry Slam winners at Palm Pointe

Eighth grade Poetry Slam winners at Palm Pointe

Eighth grade students at Palm Pointe Educational Research School @ Tradition had a Poetry Slam in Kip Wright’s language arts class. Pictured is first place winner was Tabrecia Houston, left, who was awarded $25.00, and the second place winner Jonathan Auguste who received $15.00. 

Eighth grade Palm Pointe students create videos

Eighth grade Palm Pointe students create videos

Eighth grade students in Maurizio Apostolico’s Broadcast Communications class at Palm Pointe Educational Research @ Tradition are busy creating videos and taping segments on the Positive Behavior Support (PBS) program. Their videos are showing ways to earn rocket fuel at Palm Pointe and ways not to earn rocket fuel. Pictured, from left, are Annabelle Buttimer and Daniela Chavez working the cameras and Jessica Fouts and Serena Williams seated are acting out the scene.

Eighth grade 2013 mural complete at Palm Pointe

Eighth grade 2013 mural complete at Palm Pointe

Eighth grade students at Palm Pointe Educational Research School @ Tradition recently celebrated their graduation from middle school and are getting ready to embark on new challenges at the high school level. Each year the graduating class designs a mural depicting something special about their last year at Palm Pointe.  This year, the design team’s theme was “The End Is A New Beginning”. With the NASA space program coming to a close, and the students leaving Palm Pointe, the students decided to use the rocket as this year’s theme.  Pictured is the design team, from left, Anna Cardenal, Dharic LaGrandeur, Alexander Emmert, Paula Hoheb and Sergio Solari. 

Eight recognized as model PBS schools at school board meeting

Eight recognized as model PBS schools at school board meeting

Eight St. Lucie Public Schools have been recently recognized by the University of South Florida and Florida Department of Education as outstanding Positive Behavior Support (PBS) Response to Intervention B model schools by meeting specific criteria and utilizing innovative, creative, and functional ways of supporting PBS behavior approaches in their respective school. The PBS process results in the creation of effective intervention plans that will impede problem behaviors, teach new skills, and create support systems for the student. The PBS process is a team-based approach that relies on a strong collaboration between families and professionals from a variety of disciplines regardless of the level implemented. Pictured, from left, are Bayshore Elementary principal Lori Reid, St. Lucie Elementary principal Bernadette Floyd, district PBS coach Dawna Guiel, Superintendent Michael Lannon, Allapattah Flats K8 principal Jonetha Maness, Weatherbee Elementary principal Mike Hitsman, school board chairman Carol Hilson, Lawnwood Elementary principal D’Jion Jackson, Garden City PBS coach Lisa DeCosa, Student Services director Barbara Casteen, Forest Grove Middle dean Beth McGee, Dale Cassens principal Ellen Harden, Assistant Superintendent Bill Tomlinson, and Garden City principal Teri Barenborg.

St. Lucie County schools that are recognized at the Gold level are Forest Grove Middle School, Garden City Early Learning Academy, and Lawnwood and Weatherbee elementary schools. Silver level model schools include Allapattah Flats K8 and St. Lucie Elementary schools, while Bayshore Elementary and Delaware School have attained bronze status. As one of the annual leading PBS school districts in Florida, the transition from PBS to the more comprehensive RTI:B initiative has been more easily developed because the PBS models are so firmly entrenched in school operations.

 

The Florida Department of Education initiated the PBS Response to Intervention initiative during the 2009-2010 school year with two specific components: RtIA for academic improvement, and RtIB for behavior interventions. Specific characteristics of PBS:RtIB Model Schools are their consistent methods of utilizing  data to better serve the students and staff,  teaching PBS:RtIB to new students throughout the school year, creative and engaging reward systems, extending PBS:RtIB throughout the campus and partnering with the community and parents, and including PBS:RtIB into daily activities across all available teaching opportunities.

 

Bronze level model schools report a comprehensive system of support at Tier 1. Critical elements of Tier 1 PBS:RtIB are implemented with fidelity, and data are utilized within a problem-solving framework in order to improve the outcomes of students. Bronze level schools have developed innovative, creative, and functional ways of implementing Tier 1 PBS:RtIB that set them apart from other schools.

Silver level schools report all of the characteristics of bronze level schools and implement with higher levels of fidelity. Visibility, political support, parent involvement, and funding strategies are in place to ensure continued success with their implementation efforts. Silver level schools “drill down” into their data to ensure that their Tier 1 system is effective for all groups of students, and have taken steps to build systems of support for behavior at Tier 2.

 

Gold level schools report all of the characteristics of bronze and silver level schools, implement with the highest levels of fidelity, and have developed systems of support at Tiers 2 and 3. Gold level schools exceed their peers in both the quality and depth of implementation across all three tiers of support. Practices that are consistent with positive behavior support are evident in decision making, and steps are taken to ensure PBS:RtIB systems are supported. Positive outcomes for students are evident at the Tier 1, Tier 2, and Tier 3 levels of behavior support.

 

Egyptian Museum presented at Palm Pointe

Egyptian Museum presented at Palm Pointe

Sixth grade students at Palm Pointe Educational Research School @ Tradition presented a walkthrough Egyptian Museum. Parents and students were invited to take a tour of Ancient Egypt. Students were dressed in Egyptian attire and presented information to their audiences. Displays made by the students were shown throughout the pod. It was a great presentation and learning experience. Pictured, from left, are Christian Larmon as King Tut and Addison Williams as an Egyptian.

Efficacy Program at Bayshore

Efficacy Program at Bayshore

Third grade students from Bayshore Elementary School were recently recognized for completing the Efficacy for Students Program.  Throughout the program students learned strategies to empower their learning, such as using data to create meaningful feedback and strategies for success.  They also developed a greater sense of self-confidence by learning to choose their strong side to build character.  Pictured (from left to right) are Katherine Clark, Reese Adams, RJ McWilliams, Mrs. Reid (Bayshore Principal), and Mariah Lewis.

Educators Helping Educators

Educators Helping Educators

Educators coming together to help educators is the underlying theme of this year’s annual West Gate K8 Hispanic Heritage Festival and Fundraiser scheduled for Saturday, November 18th on the school’s campus located at 1050 NW Cashmere Blvd. in Port Saint Lucie.  Community members are invited to enjoy music, games, live performances, and a variety of food from 1PM to 5PM.

Many schools in Puerto Rico were left in ruins as a result of the devastating winds and rain from Hurricane Maria.  Event organizer, Assistant Principal Esther Muniz-Guzman, explained that donated items such as paper, pencils, glue sticks, and other school supplies will be collected during the Festival.  “All proceeds from this event will go to the restoration of schools in Puerto Rico,” she said.  “We also accept monetary donations. No gift is too small.”

West Gate’s planning team is dedicated to making this year’s Festival one of the largest in the school’s 5-year history of annual Hispanic Celebrations.  Spurred by personal connections to those who have been impacted by losses resulting from recent weather events and by a deep passion to help others, the committee has already secured special performances by Hispanic recording artist Chamoco Rivera before he embarks upon his European tour, championship wrestling entertainment and autograph sessions, 20th Street Jazz Band, Sheriff’s Department canine demonstrations, and staging by the SLC Fire Department.  In addition, event attendees will also enjoy bounce houses, Fort Pierce Central and West Gate bands, face painting, food vendors, and much more.  This festival promises to be fun for the whole family while beneficial to those in need.

For questions or information about how to be a vendor, call Esther Muniz-Guzman at 772-807-7605.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Educators Attend Institute With Dr. Norman Webb

Educators Attend Institute With Dr. Norman Webb

Dr. Norman Webb presented an institute about his Depth of Knowledge (DoK) system at the Florida Reading Association Fall Conference.  Educators had an opportunity to learn about his studies regarding alignment between curriculum standards and assessment, along with an in-depth look at the application of the DoK system within the classroom.  Pictured, from left to right, is Kirstie Lickliter (Literacy Curriculum Supervisor), Lori Beans (Bayshore’s Media Specialist), Dr. Norman Webb, Lori Anne Reid (Bayshore’s Principal) and Cassandra Fess (Bayshore’s Instructional Coach).

Education’s Shining Stars Announced

Education’s Shining Stars Announced

ST. LUCIE COUNTY, FL — In a live broadcast from Lincoln Park Academy on Saturday, February 9, 2019, St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) and the Education Foundation of St. Lucie County announced this year’s line-up of educational superstars. Makeda-Ione Brome took top honors as St. Lucie County’s Teacher of the Year. She is an instructional mathematics coach at Fort Pierce Westwood High School.  Joining her on the stage during the Night of the Stars gala were School Related Employee of the Year Dorothy Hall from Chester A. Moore Elementary School, Distinguished Minority Educator of the Year Sabrina Faniel from West Gate K-8 School, and Outstanding First Year Teacher Emily Utts from Fort Pierce Central High School.

Teacher of the Year Brome attributes her inspiration to 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.  “Students cannot be successful without first empowering teachers to be successful,” said Brome. Based on that belief, she uses a variety of teaching styles and instructional tools in her coaching role 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.

Superintendent E. Wayne Gent said, “These outstanding individuals exemplify excellence in teaching and distinction in providing a positive teaching and learning environment in SLPS.  They represent what the District stands for in quality education and are why SLPS is making great strides.”  He added, “It is through the relentless efforts of our instructional and support team members who are making a difference in the lives of our children.  The dedicated individuals who crossed the stage this evening lead the way in the points of pride we have for SLPS.”

Education Foundation President Thom Jones considers the 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.”  Jones also points out that the corporate sponsors such as the event’s grand benefactor PNC Bank are just as focused on the mission.  MIDFLORIDA Credit Union sponsors the Teacher of the Year and Herff Jones honors the winner with a commemorative ring. Remnant Construction sponsors the School Related Employee of the Year, Keiser University sponsors the Distinguished Minority Educator of the Year, and Seacoast Bank sponsors The Outstanding First Year Teacher. Jones also offered a special thank you to the many other event sponsors.

Event Coordinator Dr. Kevin G. Perry said, “The honorees at this annual gala represent the high-quality educators and staff who support our students’ tremendous academic gains. Our distinguished honorees not only embody the mission of the District, but go beyond and surpass expectations.”

St. Lucie County’s 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, the State has 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 the state.

About the Teacher of the Year

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 a 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.

 

About the School-Related Employee of the Year

Dorothy Hall is a key individual at CAM.  As a paraprofessional, she works very closely with the faculty, staff, and students. In the two years she has served in this role, she has proven herself to be committed and compassionate.  Hall has many duties and responsibilities including assisting with classroom activities, providing one-on-one tutorials, and supporting activities on campus.  However, she spreads her influence by contributing to the 21st Century Afterschool Program and the community by serving as a mentor to a group of girls ranging in age from 5 to 18.  She also dedicates time to volunteer in Sarah’s Kitchen as a means of helping to feed and clothe individuals in need.

About the Distinguished Minority Educator of the Year

As a 22-year veteran educator, Sabrina Faniel currently serves as a first-grade teacher at West Gate K-8 School. She infuses her keen instructional skills with a variety of teaching methods to address the developmental needs of all students and to engage them in learning.  She exercises collaborative practices with her students as well as with her colleagues, and one of her greatest strengths is her ability to interact positively with students and staff alike – a key component that makes her an outstanding campus leader. 

About the Outstanding First Year Teacher

Emily Utts is a 10th-grade intensive reading teacher at Fort Pierce Central High School.  She exercises her ingenuity to develop meaningful lessons for her students that build cross curricular connections and blend technology into the design. She supports the positive growth of her students who use their critical thinking and reading skills to make connections with the classics, world history, life science, and other aspects of academics.  She applies her enthusiasm for helping students by serving as a sponsor for both the National Honor Society and Student Government on the high school’s campus.

 

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.

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Education’s Shining Stars Announced

Education’s Shining Stars Announced

ST. LUCIE COUNTY, FL — In a live broadcast from Lincoln Park Academy on Saturday, February 9, 2019, St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) and the Education Foundation of St. Lucie County announced this year’s line-up of educational superstars. Makeda-Ione Brome took top honors as St. Lucie County’s Teacher of the Year. She is an instructional mathematics coach at Fort Pierce Westwood High School.  Joining her on the stage during the Night of the Stars gala were School Related Employee of the Year Dorothy Hall from Chester A. Moore Elementary School, Distinguished Minority Educator of the Year Sabrina Faniel from West Gate K-8 School, and Outstanding First Year Teacher Emily Utts from Fort Pierce Central High School.

Teacher of the Year Brome attributes her inspiration to 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.  “Students cannot be successful without first empowering teachers to be successful,” said Brome. Based on that belief, she uses a variety of teaching styles and instructional tools in her coaching role 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.

Superintendent E. Wayne Gent said, “These outstanding individuals exemplify excellence in teaching and distinction in providing a positive teaching and learning environment in SLPS.  They represent what the District stands for in quality education and are why SLPS is making great strides.”  He added, “It is through the relentless efforts of our instructional and support team members who are making a difference in the lives of our children.  The dedicated individuals who crossed the stage this evening lead the way in the points of pride we have for SLPS.”

Education Foundation President Thom Jones considers the 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.”  Jones also points out that the corporate sponsors such as the event’s grand benefactor PNC Bank are just as focused on the mission.  MIDFLORIDA Credit Union sponsors the Teacher of the Year and Herff Jones honors the winner with a commemorative ring. Remnant Construction sponsors the School Related Employee of the Year, Keiser University sponsors the Distinguished Minority Educator of the Year, and Seacoast Bank sponsors The Outstanding First Year Teacher. Jones also offered a special thank you to the many other event sponsors.

Event Coordinator Dr. Kevin G. Perry said, “The honorees at this annual gala represent the high-quality educators and staff who support our students’ tremendous academic gains. Our distinguished honorees not only embody the mission of the District, but go beyond and surpass expectations.”

St. Lucie County’s 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, the State has 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 the state.

About the Teacher of the Year

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 a 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.

 

About the School-Related Employee of the Year

Dorothy Hall is a key individual at CAM.  As a paraprofessional, she works very closely with the faculty, staff, and students. In the two years she has served in this role, she has proven herself to be committed and compassionate.  Hall has many duties and responsibilities including assisting with classroom activities, providing one-on-one tutorials, and supporting activities on campus.  However, she spreads her influence by contributing to the 21st Century Afterschool Program and the community by serving as a mentor to a group of girls ranging in age from 5 to 18.  She also dedicates time to volunteer in Sarah’s Kitchen as a means of helping to feed and clothe individuals in need.

About the Distinguished Minority Educator of the Year

As a 22-year veteran educator, Sabrina Faniel currently serves as a first-grade teacher at West Gate K-8 School. She infuses her keen instructional skills with a variety of teaching methods to address the developmental needs of all students and to engage them in learning.  She exercises collaborative practices with her students as well as with her colleagues, and one of her greatest strengths is her ability to interact positively with students and staff alike – a key component that makes her an outstanding campus leader. 

About the Outstanding First Year Teacher

Emily Utts is a 10th-grade intensive reading teacher at Fort Pierce Central High School.  She exercises her ingenuity to develop meaningful lessons for her students that build cross curricular connections and blend technology into the design. She supports the positive growth of her students who use their critical thinking and reading skills to make connections with the classics, world history, life science, and other aspects of academics.  She applies her enthusiasm for helping students by serving as a sponsor for both the National Honor Society and Student Government on the high school’s campus.

 

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.

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Education’s Shining Stars Announced

Education’s Shining Stars Announced

In a live broadcast on Saturday, February 20, 2016, from Lincoln Park Academy, St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) and the Education Foundation of St. Lucie County announced this year’s line-up of educational superstars. Mr. Jeffrey Johnson, Sr. took top honors as St. Lucie County’s Teacher of the Year. Mr. Johnson is a champion of students at Dale Cassens Educational Complex where he supports students in the areas of science and mathematics. Joining him on the stage during the Night of the Stars gala were School Related Employee of the Year Mr. Charles Pilson from Manatee Academy, Distinguished Minority Educator of the Year Mr. Eddie L. Robinson from Manatee Academy, and Outstanding First Year Teacher of the Year Mr. Mike DellaFave from Weatherbee Elementary.

Teacher of the Year Johnson attributed his accomplishments as an educator to the inspiration he receives from his students’ successes. “I believe that all children are capable of success. Every child has a purpose, and every adult has a responsibility,” said Johnson. In an evening filled with accolades for the outstanding service that this year’s school representatives provide to the students in SLPS, Superintendent E. Wayne Gent said, “These outstanding ladies and gentlemen epitomize excellence in teaching and distinction in providing professional support for the teaching and learning environment in SLPS. They represent what the District stands for in quality education for each child every day.” He added, “It is through the relentless efforts of our instructional and support team members that we are making a difference in the lives of children. The dedicated individuals who crossed the stage this evening lead the way in the points of pride we have for SLPS.”

Executive Director of the Education Foundation, Mr. Thom Jones could not agree more. “Honoring our teachers and support staff for the work they do each day for our students is the highlight of my year. Central to The Education Foundation’s mission is to recognize excellence in education and support teacher development.” Jones was also emphatic in pointing out the fact that the corporate sponsors such as the event’s grand benefactor Houghton Mifflin Harcourt are just as focused on the mission. The Morganti Group, Inc. sponsors the Teacher of the Year and Herff Jones honors the winner with a commemorative ring. The Education Foundation sponsors the School Related Employee of the Year, Keiser University sponsors the Distinguished Minority Educator of the Year, and Seacoast Bank sponsors The Outstanding First Year Teacher of the Year. Jones offered a special thank you to the many other event sponsors.

Event Coordinator Candace Stone said, “SLPS is proud of its educators and staff. We believe that all our distinguished honorees not only embody this mission of the District, but go beyond. Their accomplishments, both in school and in the community, reaffirms this belief.”

St. Lucie County’s 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, the State has 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 the state.

About the Teacher of the Year

Jeffrey Johnson, Sr.

Mr. Jeffrey Johnson, Sr. provides structure, academic regimes, and a focused climate on achievement for his middle school students transitioning to high school at Dale Cassens Education Complex.  He supports his students’ studies in grade level mathematics and science as well as the facilitation of course recovery to support students in meeting their on-time graduation goals.

Mr. Johnson also appreciates the value of including a strong support network for his students, which is why he is passionate about including parents, coaches, pastors, and after-school organizations in the lives of his students. He endeavors to build strong bridges to solidify the home-to-school continuum for he believes that the cohesion of students, parents, community, and teachers maximize his students’ learning, provides his students with a greater sense of belonging, and inspires a subsequent desire in his students to participate in the lifelong learning process. He promotes a classroom culture that is dynamic, safe, and open for the sharing of thoughts and ideas.

About the School-Related Employee of the Year

Charles Pilson

Mr. Charles Pilson is the School Related Employee of the Year for Manatee Academy.  For the past four years, Pilson has served as the school’s Behavior Intervention Classroom Monitor. He is very aware of the challenges many students face each day and he supports and encourages their success in the classroom and in the educational environment.  He always lends an ear and a supportive word to those students who seek his counsel.

His normal work day ends and his dedication hours begin.  He serves as the school’s track coach, business partner liaison, and advisor to the Student Council and Honor Society.  Pilson works with the Guardian Ad Litem program as well.  He is a humanitarian who seeks the good in each and every student every day.

About the Distinguished Minority Educator of the Year

Eddie L. Robinson

As a ten-year veteran educator, Mr. Eddie L. Robinson currently serves as an Elementary Counselor of Conduct at Manatee Academy. He believes that every child has the ability to learn and that every child needs a secure, caring and stimulating atmosphere in which to grow and mature in their learning. He aspires to help students meet their fullest potential and continually works to help them develop and realize their uniqueness.

In his work on campus and in the community, Robinson is a steadfast advocate for youth. He volunteers his time as a youth leader, tutor, and mentor. He is positive in his demeanor, honorable in his work ethic, and counsels others to do the same.

About the Outstanding First Year Teacher of the Year

Mike DellaFave

Mr. Mike DellaFave is a third grade teacher at Weatherbee Elementary School. His administrator and peers commend this positive role model on his dedication and enthusiasm for fostering a positive learning environment for his students. DellaFave’s classroom is a place where students are nurtured, motivated, and filled with wonder and encouraged to explore the world. He embraces the site-based and District initiatives and eagerly participates in talent development opportunities.

Aside from his contributions in the classroom, DellaFave is actively involved in committees and events on campus including the school’s positive behavior events. In the community, this stellar educator’s volunteer spirit shines through various outreach programs.

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 kerry.padrick@stlucieschools.org.

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