This year’s SLPS Class of 2019 is nearly 3,000 strong, and there is a lot to be proud of. Students earned scholarships totaling $25,801,907, 186 students earned their AA Degrees while in high school, and the District assigned 75 “A Promise Is A Promise” contracts to students planning to seek careers as educators.
Leadership St. Lucie is a community leadership adventure! Each year community leaders are selected to work together and develop together as they learn and grow in their knowledge and expertise necessary for them to serve in public or private leadership positions within St. Lucie County. Selections are made based upon a nominee’s volunteerism, education, professional achievement, personal objectives, commitment to the community and community accomplishments.
We congratulate Dr. Kevin Perry and Dr. Rafael Sanchez, proud graduates of this year’s Leadership Class of 35!
Morningside is honoring our Teacher of the Year, Jayne Hartman; Distinguished Minority Teacher of the Year, Tabatha Williams-Johnson; and our School Related Employee of the Year, Jackie Cobo, and sending best wishes as they move on to the county selection process. Congratulations!
Congratulations to our Northport K-8 middle grades students who represented our community at the St. Lucie Public Schools History Fair. These students prevailed and received accolades for exemplary work in several categories.
Heather Canales, Laura Guarino, and Allyson Sheets won third place in a group exhibit. Brooke Hundley and Laci Ford won first place for Group Website, and McKayla Sanon won third place for an individual website. Jamie Rosenberg won second place for Individual Website. Gracie Johnson, Kamara Pieere, Aleilla Jones, and Alexandria Urton won third place for Group Performance.
We are so extremely proud of these students for representing Northport K-8 so well. Thank you to coordinator Thomas McDonald for his guidance and drive to help our students succeed!
The Allapattah Flats school family congratulates the top two students in the elementary school spelling bee. The competition was fierce as the students were phenomenal spellers and they were each very determined to do their best. Diego Teran and Bryant Melton were the top two in elementary with Bryant Melton as the first place winner. Congratulations to all students who participated, you did a fantastic job! Good luck to Bryant who will go on to participate in the district spelling bee.
Jaci Caine serves on the Florida Youth Commission, an advisory body to the Governor’s Florida Children and Youth Cabinet. As a member, she participated in the Children’s Week activities in Tallahassee, FL, April 10th- 14th. Congratulations Jaci on a job well done.
On November 9th, there was a celebration for three Lincoln Park Academy seniors. Each of them have committed to the college or university of their choice to further their education and athletic excellence.
Caleb Pottorff – Cross Country to Florida State University
Joseph Stubbs – Baseball to Indian River State College
Madison Walsh – Softball to Lander University in South Carolina
Dawn Parker (DMMS) – School Related Employee of the Year
Zakiyyah Owens (CAM) – Distinguished Minority Educator of the Year
Bridgette Marie Hyde (REE) – Outstanding First Year Teacher of the Year
It was a night to be remembered as recognition and respect was bestowed upon individuals from all walks of education during the annual Night of the Stars gala on Saturday, February 18, 2017. In a live broadcast 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. John J. Davino took top honors as St. Lucie County’s Teacher of the Year. Mr. Davino is an AVID elective educator at Samuel S. Gaines Academy where he supports students on pathways to success in their rigorous academic coursework. Joining him on the stage were School Related Employee of the Year Mrs. Dawn Parker from Dan McCarty Middle School, Distinguished Minority Educator of the Year Zakiyyah Owens from Chester A. Moore Elementary, and Outstanding First Year Teacher of the Year Ms. Bridgette Marie Hyde from Rivers Edge Elementary.
Superintendent E. Wayne Gent said, “The individuals who were recognized this evening represent the outstanding professionals on our campuses who support our students’ learning goals. They challenge, mentor, and advocate for them with an unwavering commitment every day.”
Education Foundation President Thom Jones said, “I look forward to this celebration each year as an opportunity to honoring our teachers and support staff for the work they do each day for our students.” He added that The Education Foundation’s mission is to recognize excellence in education and support teacher development. “Event sponsors such as PNC Bank, this year’s Grand Benefactor, share our passion for recognizing excellence in education. MIDFLORIDA Community Credit Union sponsored the Teacher of the Year and Herff Jones honored the winner with a commemorative ring. Proctor Construction Company sponsored the School Related Employee of the Year, Keiser University sponsored the Distinguished Minority Educator of the Year, and Seacoast Bank sponsored 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, “I am honored to help bring this event to the community each year for the sake of our distinguished honorees. The Night of the Stars is one way in which we can truly honor their commitment to providing for the individual needs of all students.”
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
John J. Davino
John J. Davino is an AVID elective teacher for students in grades six, seven, and eight at Samuel S. Gaines Academy. AVID – Advancement Via Individual Determination – is the name of the elective course he instructs, and Mr. Davino’s job is to support his students in all of their classes by holding them accountable to the highest standards and providing academic and social support so they will rise to the challenge in preparation for the rigors of college and career readiness. Based on Mr. Davino’s data that boasts a 20 percent learning gain for his students, he is most definitely making an impact.
Mr. Davino appreciates opportunities to work alongside colleagues and share his craft with others. At his school, he has served as a Team Leader and Department Chair. As a member of the inaugural District Teacher Leadership Program, he has had many opportunities over the last four years to support district-wide professional development including the teaching and learning framework, instructional strategies, and new teacher mentoring.
Collaboration with colleagues supports the planning and implementation of engaging lessons for his students who are the source of his direct inspiration. Reflecting on specific individuals who motivate his desire to be the very best teacher, Mr. Davino attributes his inspiration to the quiet Spanish-speaking girl hiding in anonymity and maintaining average grades who comes out of her shell making all A’s, to the young boy who said to him, “Mr. Davino, I’m going to work for you because my brother said you actually care,” and to the girl whose confidence grew as she worked to channel her anger and model herself after the ethics and attitude of her teacher – Mr. Davino. For this model educator, inspiration from students continues to fuel his desire to teach.
About the School-Related Employee of the Year
Dawn Parker represents Dan McCarty Middle School. She serves as the school’s executive secretary responsible for maintaining the administrative schedule of the school’s principal as well as organizing events and serving as an ambassador to parents and community members who visit the school.
As a 12-year St. Lucie Public Schools employee, Parker has been on Dan McCarty’s campus for most of those years. She is extremely involved in campus and community activities beyond her office responsibilities. She supports students as a mentor, step coach, and Kids at Hope Treasure Hunter. In the community, she actively pursues committee work in her church and volunteers at Matthews Café.
About the Distinguished Minority Educator of the Year
As a thirteen-year veteran educator, Ms. Zakiyyah Owens currently serves as an elementary teacher at Chester A. Moore Elementary. She believes that her job is to establish a classroom community where all students feel valued and are able to express themselves in their own special way. She strives to maintain an environment in which students are motivated and praised for following expectations and for being responsible learners. She believes every child brings something special to the learning environment and she strives to assist in the development of their uniqueness.
She works tirelessly in the community to tutor and mentor students and encourages them to participate in group activities. She is the coordinator and founder of a community youth step team, and in all things, challenges students to go beyond their perceived limitations in order to reach their full potential.
About the Outstanding First Year Teacher of the Year
Bridgette Marie Hyde
Ms. Bridgette Marie Hyde is a third grade teacher at Rivers Edge Elementary School. She sees her job as one in which she is responsible for helping her students want to learn and know more, for helping build their community while also supporting their mutual respect for one another. She understands that to be a successful teacher, she must understand her students’ differing abilities, address the varying needs, balance priorities, and plan strategically. She also recognizes great value in seeking advice in order to maximize support for helping students.
Aside from her contributions in the classroom, Hyde is actively involved in committees on campus including the school’s Cooperative Culture/Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports Committee and STEAM Club for students. She is an enthusiastic educator who passes this trait along to her students.
SLPS honors its staff members for outstanding customer service. Congratulations to this month’s recipients of the STAR Award: Heidi Pinder, Rick Isenhour, Craig Pierce, Charles Brate, Belkis Madera, Lynn Louderback, Donella Crenshaw, Valentina Whyte, Jessica McLaughlin, and Cheryl Petrino
The 2016 Young Floridian Scholarship Awards Program is a joint commitment between the educational and business communities of SLC in recognition of outstanding high school seniors and their volunteer efforts.
Academic Excellence: Natalia Cordeiro (LPA)
Art: Rachael Howard (LPA)
Athletics: Jeffrey Gerlica (LPA)
Career and Technology: Anson Rivera (PSLHS)
Computer Sci/Engineering and Architecture: Joshua Hulka (TCHS)
St. Lucie Public Schools congratulates teams from Lincoln Park Academy, Manatee Academy, and West Gate K8. Each school’s Project Citizen entry advanced to the state primary competition, and teams were invited to participate in the state finals of Project Citizen.
Through the use of technology, students were able to virtually present to the judges in north Miami.
The following projects competed:
Lincoln Park Academy – Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Fresh Food
The students want to bring attention to the lack of fresh food stores in the Lincoln Park area of Fort Pierce and proposed ways to incentivize stores or food trucks to bring fresh foods to these “food deserts.”
Teacher: Alaina Moise
2nd Place – Oral Hearing
Manatee Academy – Drop the Weight
The students investigated the average weight of backpacks that the students carry on a daily basis and proposed alternatives such as lockers and electronic devices.
Teacher: Megan Shaver
Westgate K-8 – Let’s Give Attention to Suicide Prevention
The students felt that knowledge should be brought forth to both students and teachers about the warning signs of depression through a required training and recurring professional development program.
A day of celebration and joyful cheers has occurred in SLPS as the three finalists were announced for School Related Employee of the Year.
Congratulations to Delores “Annie” Jones (Lakewood Park Elementary), Emily Siangco (Student Services Department), and Charles Pilson (Manatee Academy)!
The Bulldog defense only allowed one goal in four games and provided the opportunities for hat tricks from both team captains – Javier Salgado and Diego Gonzalez. Mario Bello, Jesus Avila, and Roselis Mocteczuma also scored goals to lead the Bulldogs to their first championship.
Seventh graders in Mrs. Lauren Kappler’s West Gate K-8 Civics class won first place accolades in the St. Lucie Public Schools Project Citizen Showcase. Their project entitled Don’t Panic will compete at the State level and is currently on display at the Capital where legislators will serve on judging panels for a final evaluation of all projects by late May.