Tech Tuesdays for Teachers

Tech Tuesdays for Teachers

Learn how to enhance classroom instruction by attending online learning Technology Tuesday sessions via Microsoft Teams. It’s a great opportunity to learn a variety of Microsoft applications without leaving the comfort of your desk or home. Register today in Frontline as seats are limited.

TEAMS is Vibrant Conference Locale for Northport

TEAMS is Vibrant Conference Locale for Northport

Principal Rustay joined the 7th-grade Stingrays planning last week. The Stingrays are nearly at capacity with check-ins and attendance. The team is organized for maximum Virtual Learning. The teachers are hard at work and have their students online and checking in daily. Next, teachers are making sure that students are completing work.  Now they are working on ensuring that students are serious about their work and are humming along and that they understand the vitality and importance of completing assignments.  Work ethic mixed with care, concern, and understanding is the trademark of the Stingrays team. That trademark can be viewed all across Northport throughout the grade levels. A recent morning report from middle grades Edgenuity stated out of 574 students, all have logged in. This is a tribute to TEAMWORK on behalf of teachers, students, parents, support staff, and administration. Keep up the great work ❤

Teaming Up to Teach

Teaming Up to Teach

SLW Centennial High School and Treasure Coast High School English and reading teachers teamed up for an Advanced Thinking Maps training focused on evidence-based writing. Teachers utilized scaffolded, structured maps to guide the argumentative writing process. The teachers and administrators present were inspired and well prepared to, in turn, inspire and prepare our SLPS students! It was an effective and instrumental talent development day!

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Team St. Lucie Finishes 5th In State

Team St. Lucie Finishes 5th In State

Earlier this year, St. Lucie Public Schools hosted the local version of the Commissioner’s Academic Challenge.  Here, local high school teams competed for top honors and individual team members vied for a seat on the prestigious Team St. Lucie – an elite six-member team representing St. Lucie Public Schools at the 34th Annual Commissioner’s Academic Challenge. This state competition took place in April at Disney’s Boardwalk Inn where the St. Lucie Team advanced to the Division 2 Finals and ended up finishing 5th in the state! Congratulations, Team St. Lucie!

  • Callie Zheng – LPA
  • Madeline Sosa – LPA
  • Alan Senkus – SLWCHS
  • Maria Battaglino Hernandez – LPA
  • Mathew Zoll – FPWHS
  • Ryan Lu – TCHS

 

 

Team Spirit

Team Spirit

A team is only as good as its players, and St. Lucie Public Schools plays to win.  That’s why positive coaching, strong support, and a well-defined game plan with proven strategies keep this team motivated to win — for kids’ sake.

School leaders donned their favorite team jersey for the September Principals Meeting, and Superintendent E. Wayne Gent had a little fun quarterbacking the meeting.

Team from Palm Pointe walks in Relay for Life

Team from Palm Pointe walks in Relay for Life

The team from Palm Pointe Educational Research School @ Tradition participated in the Relay for Life held at Digital Domain Park recently.  Students and staff proudly walked to support those affected in some way by cancer.  Many fundraisers were done at school to support the American Cancer Society.  Thank you to all those who helped support this great cause, it was truly appreciated!

 

Teaching Opportunities in SLPS

Teaching Opportunities in SLPS

St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) is seeking individuals for immediate teaching openings. If you are an exceptional teacher or are an individual who holds a bachelor’s degree and would like to explore teaching opportunities through Alternative Certification credentialing, we are interested in you!

Individuals who want to make a difference in the life of a child, are dedicated to the process of continuous improvement, and bring a strong sense of enthusiasm and connection to the philosophy that Failure is Not an Option – No Exceptions are invited to visit our webpage at www.stlucieschools.org to apply for a position or contact the Human Resources Department of St. Lucie Public Schools at 772-429-7500.

Starting Salary: $37,710 with a $500.00 bonus to be paid to all teachers on-board by August 12th. We also pay for additional years of verifiable teaching experience.

Take a closer look at St. Lucie Public Schools. You’ll like what you see!

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Teachers travel on the Magical School Bus to the zoo

Teachers travel on the Magical School Bus to the zoo

A loaded school bus of Title One teachers and STEM Science Support members headed to the Brevard Zoo’s Open House recently. The event had many displays from local and state science-related agencies. Teachers learned about the many field trip and educational opportunities available to them. They were also able to collect items for their classrooms and many won items in the free drawings! Pictured getting on the bus to return are, from left, Jennifer Czajak, Julia Woertz, Omay Frixione-Coto, Ciara Trabal and Erikka Trabal.

Teachers participate in panel discussion at local Republican Club meeting

Teachers participate in panel discussion at local Republican Club meeting

Northport K-8 Teacher of the Year Mala Woessner joined First Year Teacher of the Year Cheryl Salerno from Samuel Gaines Academy, and Distinguished Minority Teacher of the Year from Allapattah Flats Tekia Montgomery, in a panel
discussion at the St. Lucie County Republican’s Club Dinner recently.  The dinner and panel was hosted by Mary Anne Patan, Republican Club president, and moderated by Dr. Mike Salerno from Barry University.  The discussion with
question and answer period was dynamic with topics such as FCAT testing, homelessness in St. Lucie County, Project Citizen civics requirements and Arts in Education, as well as veterans programming in the school.  The meeting
included area Republicans as well as senatorial and congressional candidates and future city council hopefuls.

Teachers Learning from Teachers at Palm Pointe

Teachers Learning from Teachers at Palm Pointe

Teachers learning from teachers how they can teach students to find their errors through supporting their claim was the recent workshop for Palm Pointe Educational Research School @ Tradition.  This collaborative training was very informative and helpful to all those that attended.

Teachers Helping Teachers

Teachers Helping Teachers

St. Lucie Public Schools recently hosted a unique and powerful event in the lives of our educators, ECET2 (Elevating and Celebrating Effective Teaching and Teachers). The event supported the four core messages of SLPS: academic achievement and excellence; high quality instruction; safe and caring schools; and recruitment and retention of high quality staff. This was an event planned by teachers for teachers to support and share their passion for education. The convening provided opportunities for great teachers to “tell their story” and provided opportunities for teachers to learn with each other, network, and collaborate.  The event was funded by grants from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation as well as the St. Lucie Education Foundation.

The teacher leaders who organized the event were recognized at the School Board Meeting on October 14, 2014. Pictured in the back row are, Superintendent Genelle Yost, Natasha Rodriguez, Chavonn Silas, Angela Patton, Didi Campbell, Chairman Debbie Hawley, and on front row are, Heather Bolitho, Lori Applebee, Amber Martin, Jenny Clancy, Charelene Edwards, and Michelle Farley.

 

Teachers go to Saturday school

Teachers go to Saturday school

Gifted teachers in St. Lucie County schools went to Saturday school recently at Morningside Elementary to learn how to solve the Rubik cube and utilize it in their classrooms. Morningside Elementary teacher Brad Culbertson, whose lessons have been featured in US News and World Report magazine, shared the engaging standards-based curriculum with 10 fellow teachers as they learned how to harness the cube for b ehavior management, creative problem solving, logical thinking skills, and that relic — delayed gratification! Lessons were discussed and modeled, and teachers were given opportunities to develop lesson plalns utilizing the cube in math, science and in classroom management. The workshop was presented by the school district’s ESE and Curriculum and Instruction departments. At the top of the picture is Culbertson, with colleagues Jo Ann Gregory and Debra Tedder from Lawnwood Elementary.

Teachers extend warm welcomes to new Village Green staff

Teachers extend warm welcomes to new Village Green staff

As kindergarten teacher Patricia Collins stands and shares tidbits about herself, Village Green Environmental Studies School teachers look on with warm smiles and excitement as they ready themselves to welcome her to the Village Green family with applause. The process is repeated more times as they welcome Jacqueline Baptiste-Harris and Margot Williams to first grade, Ashley Foreman to the kindergarten team, and Erin Saunders as the new speech language pathologist. Gina Burns joined the second grade team after this opening day event.

Teachers are Learners at Fairlawn

Teachers are Learners at Fairlawn

Teachers gave up some of their summer break to take part in a STEM (Science Technology Engineering Math) training. Teachers worked together to create STEM Design challenges that allow students to solve real-world problems. They designed lessons that will give students the opportunities to collaborate with peers, design a model and test the model for effectiveness. Pictured are Brittney Eatman, Vanessa Solomon, Karla Munoz, Erika Stefani, Cathy Laite and Michelle Powers.

 

Teacher of the Year finalists announced

Teacher of the Year finalists announced

Three teachers were surprised the morning of January 26, 2012, when an entourage led by Superintendent Michael Lannon, school board members, district administrators and representatives of the St. Lucie County Education Foundation visited their classrooms to announce their selection as finalists for the 2013 St. Lucie County Public Schools Teacher of the Year.

The finalists are: Karen-Lee Crosby, pre-kindergarten teacher at Lawnwood Elementary School; Natasha Santoro, second grade teacher at Rivers Edge Elementary School; and Mary Jo Trubisky, Exceptional Student Education teacher at Windmill Point Elementary School.

The difficult task of selecting the finalists was determined by a committee of former Teachers of the Year, principals, and district administrators. The finalists will be visited in the coming weeks in their classrooms for committee members to observe their classroom instruction. The local announcements are always in the year prior to the beginning of the state Teacher of the Year reign due to the duration of the statewide selection process.

 

Karen-Lee Crosby has been with St. Lucie County Schools for seven years, all of those at Lawnwood Elementary School as either a kindergarten or pre-kindergarten teacher. She previously served as a teacher at a faith-based school in Sandwich, Massachusetts, and a field hockey coach at the junior high school there.

One of the more innovative instructional practices Ms. Crosby utilizes is student-led conferences, where four year old children present a portfolio of their student work through the year to their parents, a departure from the typical parent-teacher conference. Through intentional design of lessons, pre-kindergarten students are involved in lessons that allow them to explore, question and develop fluency in math, science, reading and literacy

Ms. Crosby currently serves on her school’s Building Level Planning Team, is the Sunshine Committee co-chair, has been a Professional Learning Communities facilitator, has been on the school’s WOW design team and safety committee. She is one of three teachers to serve on a Pre-Kindergarten Collaborative Committee bringing school based teachers together with Head Start and private pre-school providers to identify and develop best practices for early childhood education.

 

Natasha Santoro has been teaching for 15 years in St. Lucie County Schools as a teacher at Rivers Edge Elementary in a variety of grade levels, except for one year in 2008-2009 when she served as a math coach for two elementary schools mentoring teachers on the newly adopted math curriculum. Ms. Santoro holds a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education, and she also has a Master’s degree in Instructional Technology. She has served as a mentor for education majors at Florida Atlantic University, beginning teachers, struggling teachers, and those earning their national board certification.

With her familiarity with instructional technology, Ms. Santoro has provided guidance and professional development to peers in utilizing the ThinkCentral technology, video conferencing and other classroom technologies. She regularly provides in-service to fellow teachers on the Marzano framework, and is a Learning Community facilitator. She has also presented at many education conferences, particularly in her mathematics specialty.

Ms. Santoro finds time to serve her community as well, volunteering and serving Children’s Home Society, the Hibiscus Children’s Center, PACE Center for Girls, Harvest Food & Outreach Center, and many other family centered organizations.

 

Mary Joann Trubisky is described as a Leader! Believer! Treasure Hunter! Motivator! Ms. Trubisky has been serving exceptional education students for over 25 years, the last decade at Windmill Point Elementary School. She earned her national board certification as an Exceptional Needs Specialist, Early Childhood through Young Adulthood certification in 2005. She has been at Windmill Point Elementary School since 2000, as an exceptional education teacher for K-fifth grade students. Her purpose has been to adapt and modify regular education curriculum for students with various exceptionalities within integrated classrooms – and she has the incredible success record of assisting 70 percent of the struggling third and fourth grade student she worked with passing the reading FCAT with a 2 or higher.

Ms. Trubisky shares her instructional expertise by mentoring student interns, as well as rookie teachers. She is also a member of a learning community and research team for the school participating in Lesson Study for the school, and has planned and facilitated numerous professional development and student activities supporting her work in these initiatives.

Aside from her teaching responsibilities, Ms. Trubisky is the school’s Positive Behavior Support Coordinator, Kids at Hope coordinator, and RtIB liaison, all initiatives outside of her classroom duties that nonetheless support personal, emotional, and instructional support for students. She is credited with Windmill Point Elementary’s school-wide PBS plan that yielded the lowest referral and discipline rates within St. Lucie County Schools for several years and the school being recognized as a model PBS school.

The 2013 Teacher of the Year and 2012 School-Related Employee of the Year, which are statewide programs, as well as the two local school district employee recognitions of Distinguished Minority Educator of the Year and Outstanding First Year Teacher, will be announced Saturday, February 25, 2012, at the “Night of the Stars” celebration held at Lincoln Park Academy. The Grand Benefactor is Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, and the event sponsored by the St. Lucie County School District the St. Lucie County Education Foundation. the Teacher of the Year award is sponsored by The Morganti Group, the School Related Employee of the Year is sponsored by the St. Lucie County Education Foundation, the Outstanding First Year Teacher award is sponsored by Torrey Pines Institute for Molecular Studies, and the Distinguished Minority Educator award is sponsored by Keiser University.

Pictured is Education Foundation president Michael Waninger congratulating Mary Joann Trubisky.

Teacher of the Year finalists announced

Teacher of the Year finalists announced

Three teachers were surprised at their school sites the morning of January 24 when an entourage led by Superintendent Genelle Yost, school board members, district administrators and representatives of the St. Lucie County Education Foundation visited their classrooms to announce their selection as finalists for the 2015 St. Lucie County Public Schools Teacher of the Year. Pictured is Superintendent Yost, right, with finalist Heather Bolitho of Oak Hammock K-8 School.

The finalists are: Heather Bolitho, media specialist at Oak Hammock K-8 School in Port St. Lucie; Matthew Boswell, Fort Pierce Central High School band and choral director; and Kelly Ridle, media specialist at Fairlawn Elementary School in Fort Pierce.

The difficult task of selecting the finalists was determined by a committee of former Teachers of the Year, principals, and district administrators. The finalists will be visited in the coming weeks in their classrooms for committee members to observe their classroom instruction. The local announcements are always in the year prior to the beginning of the Florida Teacher of the Year reign due to the statewide selection process not culminating until the following school year.

Heather Jean Bolitho, Oak Hammock K-8 School:
Heather Bolitho truly believes and exemplifies that teachers change lives forever. She sees every student who comes into the media center, or whose classroom she visits, for the individuals that they are. Ms. Bolitho cherishes the qualities and differences that make each student unique. She has created a warm, safe learning environment in the school’s media center for students. They love to take reading risks and accept reading challenges because they know she is there to support and guide them.
Ms. Bolitho has been at Oak Hammock K-8 School since 2006, first serving as a reading teacher for five years prior to becoming the school’s media specialist. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Communication Studies in 2002 from Carlow University in Pittsburgh, PA, and a master’s degree in Library and Information Studies from Florida State University in 2013.
The media center is Ms. Bolitho’s platform to support students, staff and families. Whether helping students select paper books or e-books they will certainly enjoy and read, sharing print and technology resources with teachers, or planning family literacy events, Mrs. Bolitho always has a smile on her face and a song in her voice.
Students describe Mrs. Bolitho as helpful, nice and awesome. They especially appreciate the way she speaks and interacts with them, and they recognize her belief in them.

As a Treasure Hunter in the Kids at Hope school, Ms. Bolitho is committed to searching for all the talents, skills and intelligence that exists in all the students at her school. These are not just the words of the Kids at Hope pledge to Ms. Bolitho, which students and staff hear from her in the pledge every morning during announcements, she exemplifies these words every day with the students and her school-wide colleagues
Ms. Bolitho also serves her school as reading department chair, collaboratively working with teachers to plan meaningful assessment and instruction, to analyze and use data to make instructional decisions for students. She has also served as vice president of the St. Lucie County Reading Council, chair of the Literacy Council, and a mentor to new teachers.

Matthew Boswell, Fort Pierce Central High School:
Matthew Boswell has been at Fort Pierce Central High School (FPCHS) his entire four-year teaching career. Boswell graduated from Florida State University in 2010 with a bachelor’s degree in instrumental music education. And according to FPCHS principal Todd Smith, upon his accepting the leadership of the band and choral program at the school, Boswell has accomplished the unthinkable – taken a program of less than 90 students and in four short years established a premier performing arts program and earned the school’s band’s first superior rating in over 17 years.
The typical individual may have seen the low enrollment in the school’s band and chorus program as a barrier to potential success and used the position as a stepping stone for another opportunity. But, instead, Boswell used the challenge to actually build two programs at FPCHS. Not only has the band program soared, but additionally, under his direction, the choral department and musical productions have thrived. The FPCHS choir has routinely earned superior ratings and qualified for state competition for the first time in 15 years. And, the number of student drama productions offered has more than doubled and the program produced back-to-back sell-out shows in Grease and Footloose.
Boswell is also an educational leader, Smith said, who willingly accepts other roles, such as a beginning teacher mentor, and technical director for school-based professional development. In each setting, he has demonstrated the ability to proactively and successfully manage the daily activities without interfering with his innate desire to champion the rights of his students or colleagues. But most importantly, Boswell is seen as a teacher at heart, with the goal to prepare his students for success in life.

Kelly Ridle, Fairlawn Elementary School:
As the media specialist at Fairlawn Elementary School, Kelly Ridle is an integral part of the school’s team and takes her role very seriously. Her patience, enthusiasm, and genuine concern for all students are exemplary. She works collaboratively with colleagues, always staying focused on the goal of student achievement, realizing that every student can learn more than they currently do. She works with students to deepen their understanding of literacy and works with families to access resources for them to use with their children.
Ms. Ridle earned her bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education, Magna Cum Laude, at Florida Atlantic University in 2004, having studied Interdisciplinary Studies at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, VA.
She began at Fairlawn Elementary School in 2003 as a first and second grade teacher, before becoming the media specialist for the school this year. With experience in such professional settings as a public relations manager, and a home health care liaison, prior to becoming a classroom teacher, Ms. Ridle brings her ability to establish relationships, communications and organization skills to her current role she describes as a literacy adjunct, combining classroom teacher knowledge in reading programs, Common Core standards, and student data-based needs with the media center resources to promote literacy for students and resources for teachers and classroom instruction.
Ms. Ridle has also served Fairlawn Elementary as an Odyssey of the Mind student group and sea camp group sponsor, in-service facilitator, Scholastic Book Fair chairperson, Thinking Maps trainer, school advisory council member, and Building level Planning Team member. She is an active community volunteer and biker.

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The 2015 Teacher of the Year and 2014 School-Related Employee of the Year, which are statewide programs, as well as the two local school district employee recognitions of Distinguished Minority Educator of the Year and Outstanding First Year Teacher, will be announced Saturday, February 22, 2014, at the “Night of the Stars” celebration held at Lincoln Park Academy, sponsored by the St. Lucie County School District the St. Lucie County Education Foundation.

Sponsors for the different awards are: The Morganti Group, Teacher of the Year; The St. Lucie Education Foundation, School Related Employee of the Year; Keiser University, Distinguished Minority Educator of the Year; and Seacoast National Bank, Outstanding First Year Teacher of the Year.
The event will be televised live on WLX, The Education Channel, Comcast Cable Channels 13 in north St. Lucie County, 19 in south St. Lucie County, and Hometown Cable Channel 19 in Tradition, beginning at 6:00 PM. The program will also be streamed live through the school district website under the WLX button, and later posted on the Video on Demand section at http://www.stlucie.k12.fl.us/MediaServices/.

All nominees and their school sites are:
GREEN ZONE
C.A. Moore Elementary Katherine Christopher
Dan McCarty School Robin L. Fillmann
Forest Grove MS Leigh Kimberly Bretherick
Ft. Pierce Central HS Matthew Boswell
Ft. Pierce Westwood HS Maureen Greenberg
Lakewood Park Elementary Jennifer Lusardi
Lawnwood Elementary Ashlay Parker
Palm Pointe @ Tradition Jade Alisen Joie
Samuel Gaines K-8 Christen McCray
St. Lucie Elementary Angela Ehrhard
Weatherbee Elementary Cindy Keesler Winterkamp
White City Elementary Rhiannon Myers

RED ZONE
Allapattah Flats K-8 Danya Etter
Bayshore Elementary Jennifer Archer
FK Sweet Elementary Cynthia Langel
Ft. Pierce Magnet School of Arts Heather Nesbitt
Lincoln Park Academy Sally VanDereedt
Manatee K-8 Dawn Montoya
Oak Hammock K-8 Heather Bolitho
St. Lucie West Centennial Hs Carol E. Rondeau
St. Lucie West K-8 Michelle Fryer Dommel
Treasure Coast HS Grace Pierre-Louis
West Gate K-8 Kimberly L. Wolcott-Rappuhn
Windmill Pointe Elementary Stephanie E. Sakowski

BLUE ZONE
Fairlawn Elementary Kelly Ridle
Floresta Elementary Grace Duvelsdorf
Mariposa Elementary Theresa Delancy
Morningside Elementary Allison R. Hargroves
Northport K-8 Alexander M. Phillips
Parkway Elementary Laurie A. Farr
Port St. Lucie HS Shea Lodes
Rivers Edge Elementary Natasha R. Rodriguez
Savanna Ridge Elementary Andrea N. Rice
Southern Oaks MS Tiffany Barrett
Southport MS Maureen Dakin
Village Green Environmental Studies School DeeDee Bradley
Alternative Education Steven Michael Farley

Teacher of the Year Finalists

Teacher of the Year Finalists

St Lucie Public Schools is a venerable and grand institution, home to exemplary educators whose passion and commitment to the students they serve knows no bounds.  Each year the district has the privilege of recognizing teachers selected to represent their individual schools as Teacher of the Year. Given there are so many highly qualified educators found at each school, the selection process is arduous and this year is no exception.  Superintendent Genelle Yost and members of the Saint Lucie County School Board are honored to announce the finalists for Saint Lucie County Public Schools Teacher of the Year for 2016.

Sherree Madorma is the nominee from Rivers Edge Elementary School.  Ms. Madorma began her teaching career in Coney Island, New York, teaching fifth grade next to her father’s fourth grade classroom.  Sherree teaches fifth grade students and a phenomenal 94% of her students demonstrated  learning gains in mathematics.  Her classroom is a beehive of activity each day – children laughing, engaged, and enjoying the learning process through innovative methods provided by their teacher.  Ms. Madorma offers a Morning Math Club for her students every Thursday from 7:25 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.    Parents appreciate this free tutorial service and other teachers are joining in with their own Morning Math Clubs.  Sherree uses data extensively to enhance the learning opportunities for her students and rejoices and celebrates their achievements.   Aware of the importance of recognizing extraordinary efforts by staff members, Mrs. Madorma implemented “Monthly Shout-Outs” that acknowledge two teachers and one school related employee each month.  Staff members learn together, collaborate, and celebrate one another’s successes.   Above all, Sherree encourages students to shoot for the moon, and even if they miss they will still land among the stars and they enthusiastically do!

Julie Caiazzo is Oak Hammock K8’s nominee this year.  Ms. Caiazzo is a second grade teacher for both general education students and students with disabilities.  Julie began her teaching career in Saint Lucie Public Schools about five years ago.  She is both committed to and passionate about the students she serves.  To better communicate with those children who are deaf or hard-of-hearing Julie is taking classes in sign language using her own resources and time.  Ms. Caiazzo is the PBIS chairperson, Kids at Hope core team member, new teacher mentor, District Math Assessment team member to name a few of the roles she fills at school.  As a direct reflection of her leadership, open communication, and dedication, the school was recognized as a PBIS Bronze Level Model School for the first time.  Children entering Julie’s classroom immediately sense the safe learning environment fostered by their teacher.  Ms. Caiazzo provides an atmosphere where students know they can succeed.  The expectations are clear, concise, and encouraging.  By example, children are taught to be kind and respectful of others, to be positive in their actions.  Julie Caiazzo pursues every opportunity for personal and professional growth and implements best practices in her classroom and works collaboratively with colleagues.  Julie supports creativity and nurtures the adventuresome spirit in young children and encourages them to “dream big.”

Latricia Stubbs is the nominee from Dan McCarty Middle School.  Latricia is an 8th grade Language Arts teacher.  More important than the grade she teaches is the skill she has in fostering a climate where students want to learn and believe they can!  Ms. Stubbs teaches in a school where many students struggle in both their personal lives and in their educational accomplishments.  Latricia has immersed herself in the Saint Lucie Way and continually adjusts her teaching methods to achieve the highest level of performance of her students.  She develops relationships with the families of students through notes and personal phone calls.  Parents know her through their children and they willingly work cohesively together so their children can know academic success.  Ms. Stubbs serves as department chair and works tirelessly with colleagues to provide opportunities for students to apply the skills they have learned.  Working with the school administration, Latricia developed a plan of action to increase the writing scores at Dan McCarty Middle School through the creation of writing prompts and practices designed to increase student achievement.  The assessment data at the end of the year indicated a sixteen point gain in those scores.  It was recommended by the DA team from the Florida Department of Education that Ms. Stubbs teach all grade eight students the lessons she developed.  Through the specialized schedule created by administration, Latricia did just that!  She works with Saint Lucie County Instructional Partners to facilitate workshops at the Saint Lucie County Differentiated Instruction Summer Academy and participated in the Five Day Reading Edge leadership training.  Latricia believes that all children, wealthy or impoverished, can learn.  She spends her afternoons and evenings planning, reflecting, and finding best practices for motivating students toward higher achievement and instilling a firm belief their lives can be better with education.