FPWHS FFA Students Breed Champions

FPWHS FFA Students Breed Champions

St. Lucie County Fair 2017 Steer Show Results:
Kiana Green (Chapter calf) 1st in class
Aaron Jackson 2nd in class
Bryce Deans 4th in class
Rhett Baumann 3rd in class
Arielle Fountain Reserve Grand Champion County Bred Calf!

K – 8 Open Enrollment

K – 8 Open Enrollment

CHOICE OPEN ENROLLMENT WINDOW OF OPPORTUNITY
(applies to in-zone and out-of-zone students)
Kindergarten – 8th Grade: March 1 – 31

Open Enrollment and School Choice Questions and Answers

  • If my children currently attend a school within my zone, has anything changed for them? No.
  • The new law says my child can enroll in any school in the District. Am I guaranteed a seat at the school of my choice? A seat must be available for your child’s grade at the school.
  • If I want my children to attend the same school outside of my zone, is there any guarantee they will be assigned together? No. Seats must be available in each of your children’s grades.
  • If my older child is enrolled in an out-of-zone school, will my younger child be given priority as a sibling? Yes.
  • Will my child be placed on a waiting list if he doesn’t get assigned to our out-of-zone school choice? No.
  • Will my high school child be allowed to change schools at any time to participate in extracurricular programs and/or sports? Placement in an out-of-zone school will only occur in January for the following school year. If enrolled, your child will be eligible to participate in extracurricular programs and/or sports.
  • If one of my children is currently enrolled in a District-wide attractor program, will my younger child be allowed to enroll in the same school? Yes, the younger child can apply for the out-of-zone school during the appropriate open enrollment period for the next school year.
  • Will my child get a bus if she is enrolled in an out-of-zone school? No.
  • If my child is enrolled in an out-of-zone school and I can no longer provide transportation, what happens? You will need to come to the Student Assignment Office to receive an assignment for an in-zone school.
  • How do I find out about the procedures for school assignment? Information including the application process, how to apply for an out-of-zone school, and capacity for each school will be published on the District’s website (www.stlucieschools.org).
  • My child is currently enrolled at a school in another district, but I want him to attend a St. Lucie Public School. When can I apply? Applications for students who live in another district may be submitted in March. Parents will be notified if a seat is available at their Choice school two weeks before school starts.
  • When will school capacities be available on the web page? Once approved by the School Board, each school’s final capacity will be published. Information will include which schools are over capacity and not available for out-of-zone assignment.
  • Will a percentage of seats be “held back” for out-of-zone students? The law states that parents can choose any school that has not reached capacity.
  • Has anything changed regarding enrollment in magnet schools? Ninety percent of the seats will be assigned through chronological order and the remaining 10 percent will be assigned by lottery for all students on the waitlist.
  • When will I find out if my child is assigned to a magnet school? The magnet assignment timeline has not changed. The process for assigning students to magnet schools will continue to begin in December.
  • If I need my child to be enrolled in a specific school because of a hardship, can I still apply for a transfer? Yes.
  • If I want my high school child to participate in a specific curriculum program that is not offered at her in-zone school, can I request a curriculum transfer? Yes, as long as there are seats available in the school and in the program requested.
Autism Speaker Series – March 23

Autism Speaker Series – March 23

Plan to attend the Autism Speaks presentation by Liane Holliday-Willey on March 23.

Location: St. Lucie School District Board Room

Time: 6 PM – 8 PM

The FAU CARD Autism Lecture Series is brought to you FREE by a grant from the Harry T. Mangurian Foundation.

 

Star Awards

Star Awards

St. Lucie Public Schools staff members were celebrated at the February School Board Meeting for demonstrating exemplary customer service.

Ana Fernandez (St. Lucie Elementary, Reception)

Steve Devlin (WLX-TV, St. Lucie Public Schools Education Channel)

Jaeda Williams (WLX-TV, St. Lucie Public Schools Education Channel)

Stephen Tipton (WLX-TV, St. Lucie Public Schools Education Channel)

Craig Jerome (WLX-TV, St. Lucie Public Schools Education Channel)

Mitch Miller (Transportation, Driver for Community Parade Events)

Dorothy Barron (Transportation, Driver)

Mona Webb (Transportation, Bus Aid and Worksite Leader)

James LeBon (West Gate K-8, Band Master and Volunteer for High School Band Programs)

Dorothy Barron                                                                               Mona Webb

 

 

 

 

Port St. Lucie High School Jaguar Battalion Black History Month Color Guard

Port St. Lucie High School Jaguar Battalion Black History Month Color Guard

 

From left to right: C/SSG Marco Nader, C/SFC De’vonte Cousar, C/CSM Damilola Joloagun, and C/MAJ Dalla Reyes
Picture by: Sarai Narvaez

Black History Month Color Guard

By: Sarai Narvaez

The Port Saint Lucie High School JROTC cadets were excited to present the colors and be part of the Black History month program at Port Saint Lucie High School. Cadet Sergeant First Class De’vonte Cousar led the Color Guard presenting the national flag, Cadet Commander Sergeant Major Damilola Joloagun presented the state flag, and standing as the guards were Cadet Major Dallas Reyes and Cadet Staff Sergeant Marco Nader. The Color Guard marched in honor to recognize the central role of Black Americans in U.S. history. Soon after the ceremony was followed by a presentation and a guest speaker, Michael Hill. We look forward to doing a Color Guard for the event again next year.

Bayshore’s Odyssey of the Mind Team Places Second

Bayshore’s Odyssey of the Mind Team Places Second

Bayshore Elementary’s Odyssey of the Mind Team competed on Saturday, February 25, and received 2nd place!

The team created a humorous story about a family that brings home an “Odd-a-Bot.” Instead of being programmed to perform tasks, this Odd-a-Bot robot learned from watching others. The team designed an original robot character that demonstrated human characteristics when performing tasks. In the performance, the Odd-a-Bot character moved and learned human actions from watching characters perform activities such as household chores, singing, and dancing. The Odd-a-Bot learned more than it was expected to learn, and confused its actions with humorous results. The team was coached by fifth grade teachers Megan Krinsky and Heather Cruz, and the team included 5th grade students Isabella, Rachel, Adrianna, Juliana, Samantha, Benny, and Lukas.

Congratulations to Bayshore’s Odyssey of the Mind Team!

A. White Selected to Serve as Page

A. White Selected to Serve as Page

Ariana White, an eighth grade student at Palm Pointe Educational Research School at Tradition, will serve as a Page for State Representative Gayle Harrell in the upcoming Legislative Delegation session in Tallahassee, March 6-10. The exciting news came in an acceptance letter from Clerk Portia Palmer of the Florida House of Representatives.

As a participant in this time-honored program, White will fulfill duties as a Page during committee meetings, House sessions, and press conferences. She will have opportunities to participate in tours of the Capitol, Governor’s Mansion, and other historic sites with other program participants.

Local Student Selected for Florida House of Representatives Page & Messenger Program

Local Student Selected for Florida House of Representatives Page & Messenger Program

ST. LUCIE COUNTY – Ariana White, an eighth grade student at Palm Pointe Educational Research School at Tradition, will serve as a Page for State Representative Gayle Harrell in the upcoming Legislative Delegation session in Tallahassee, March 6-10. The exciting news came in an acceptance letter from Clerk Portia Palmer of the Florida House of Representatives.

As a participant in this time-honored program, White will fulfill duties as a Page during committee meetings, House sessions, and press conferences.  She will have opportunities to participate in tours of the Capitol, Governor’s Mansion, and other historic sites with other program participants.

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

 

Open Enrollment Window

Open Enrollment Window

CHOICE OPEN ENROLLMENT WINDOW OF OPPORTUNITY
(applies to in-zone and out-of-zone students)
High Schools: January 9 – 31
Kindergarten – 8th Grade: March 1 – 31

Open Enrollment and School Choice Questions and Answers

  • If my children currently attend a school within my zone, has anything changed for them? No.

 

  • The new law says my child can enroll in any school in the District. Am I guaranteed a seat at the school of my choice? A seat must be available for your child’s grade at the school.

 

  • If I want my children to attend the same school outside of my zone, is there any guarantee they will be assigned together? No. Seats must be available in each of your children’s grades.

 

  • If my older child is enrolled in an out-of-zone school, will my younger child be given priority as a sibling? Yes.

 

  • Will my child be placed on a waiting list if he doesn’t get assigned to our out-of-zone school choice? No.

 

  • Will my high school child be allowed to change schools at any time to participate in extracurricular programs and/or sports? Placement in an out-of-zone school will only occur in January for the following school year. If enrolled, your child will be eligible to participate in extracurricular programs and/or sports.

 

  • If one of my children is currently enrolled in a Districtwide attractor program, will my younger child be allowed to enroll in the same school? Yes, the younger child can apply for the out-of-zone school during the appropriate open enrollment period for the next school year.

 

  • Will my child get a bus if she is enrolled in an out-of-zone school? No.

 

  • If my child is enrolled in an out-of-zone school and I can no longer provide transportation, what happens? You will need to come to the Student Assignment Office to receive an assignment for an in-zone school.

 

  • How do I find out about the procedures for school assignment? Information including the application process, how to apply for an out-of-zone school, and capacity for each school will be published on the District’s website (www.stlucieschools.org).

 

  • My child is currently enrolled at a school in another district, but I want him to attend a St. Lucie Public School. When can I apply? Applications for students who live in another district may be submitted in March. Parents will be notified if a seat is available at their Choice school two weeks before school starts.

 

  • When will school capacities be available on the webpage? Once approved by the School Board, each school’s final capacity will be published. Information will include which schools are over capacity and not available for out-of-zone assignment.

 

  • Will a percentage of seats be “held back” for out-of-zone students? The law states that parents can choose any school that has not reached capacity.

 

  • Has anything changed regarding enrollment in magnet schools? Ninety percent of the seats will be assigned through chronological order and the remaining 10 percent will be assigned by lottery for all students on the waitlist.

 

  • When will I find out if my child is assigned to a magnet school? The magnet assignment timeline has not changed. The process for assigning students to magnet schools will continue to begin in December.

 

  • If I need my child to be enrolled in a specific school because of a hardship, can I still apply for a transfer? Yes.

 

  • If I want my high school child to participate in a specific curriculum program that is not offered at her in-zone school, can I request a curriculum transfer? Yes, as long as there are seats available in the school and in the program requested.

 

 

High Impact Teachers Recognized by Florida Commissioner of Education Pam Stewart

High Impact Teachers Recognized by Florida Commissioner of Education Pam Stewart

St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) principals and select teachers received congratulatory notices from Florida Commissioner of Education Pam Stewart celebrating High Impact Teachers’ positive influence on student performance.  The identified teachers are recognized as having the highest impact in the entire state based upon a recent analysis of student performance on statewide standardized assessments.

In the communication from Stewart, she thanked teachers for their leadership and hard work in supporting student learning as well as their commitment to preparing Florida’s students for success in college, career and life.

Superintendent E. Wayne Gent along with members of the School Board join in congratulating the following SLPS High Impact Teachers:

  1. Albers, Jill
  2. Andrews, Shaina
  3. Ankrom, Ashley
  4. Avilla, Kelly
  5. Bailey, Sharon
  6. Baker-Decambre, Jeann
  7. Beckett, Kathy
  8. Beland, Brittany
  9. Bove, Timothy
  10. Brolmann, Holly
  11. Campbell, Joann
  12. Carey, Nicholas
  13. Ciccarelli, Catherine
  14. Clasby, Jilian
  15. Clements, Nicholas
  16. Cole, Michelle
  17. Collins, Carolyn
  18. Coons, Kim
  19. Cooper, John
  20. Cox, Donald
  21. Cunningham, Amber
  22. Davenport, Gretchan
  23. Davis, Ocella
  24. Davis, Todd
  25. Diaz, Judith
  26. Eltman, Kimbalee
  27. Farr, Laurie
  28. Feheley, Michael
  29. Flesche, Sarah
  30. Forbes, Kathryn
  31. Ford, Christine
  32. Garcia, Dolores
  33. Garcia, Sue Ann
  34. Garcia, Yanet
  35. Gaskin, Stephanie
  36. Gomez, Natalia
  37. Hamel, Kimberly
  38. Hamilton, Lisa
  39. Hartman, Jayne
  40. Haynes, Lawrence
  41. Hochberg, Dana
  42. Hotchkiss, Katherine
  43. Jessie, Tonia
  44. Justice, Laura
  45. Keany, Michael
  46. Kellerman-Powell, Adam
  47. Keys, Carey
  48. Kindred, Mary
  49. King, Maggie
  50. Larson, Rebecca
  51. Lasasso, Nichole
  52. Lermond, Tracy
  53. Lewis, Daria
  54. Lezynski, Cathleen
  55. Logue, Andrea
  56. Madorma, Sherree
  57. Martin, Kia
  58. Maxwell, Karen
  59. May, Michelle
  60. Mccain, Nicole
  61. Mccrory, Laurie
  62. Mcqueen, Actavis
  63. Mednick, Stephanie
  64. Merritt, Melissa
  65. Ochacher, Marc
  66. Nelson, Jennifer
  67. Perez, Gloria
  68. Perez-Martinez, Marybell
  69. Peschio, Denise
  70. Peterson, Julia
  71. Phillips, Elizabeth
  72. Plakalliu, Albana
  73. Polascak, William
  74. Porter, Melissa
  75. Portillo, Wendy
  76. Procko, Erin
  77. Redding, Amy
  78. Richter, Sarah
  79. Rodriguez, Cynthia
  80. Rudzinski, Lorri
  81. Ryan, Laura
  82. Santeramo, Victoria
  83. Saunders, Kathleen
  84. Savela, Cynthia
  85. Schremmer, Deborah
  86. Scott, Karen
  87. Seay, Paulette
  88. Small, Brandy
  89. Smith, Kathy
  90. Snure, Amanda
  91. Southerly, Sandra
  92. Spagnuolo, Nicholas
  93. Stetz, Jenna
  94. Taylor, Lisa
  95. Teixeira, Donna
  96. Torres, Cynthia
  97. Trabal, Roslyn
  98. Van Allen, Paula
  99. White, Kathy
  100. Wick, Jennifer
  101. Wilson, Lauren
  102. Woods, Courtney
  103. Woods, Jenna
  104. Wright, Kristopher
  105. Young, Margee
African American Proclamation

African American Proclamation

Mr. Jeff Johnson, St. Lucie Public Schools 2016 Teacher of the Year, read the following Proclamation at the February Board Meeting designating February, 2017, as African American History Month.

THE SCHOOL BOARD OF ST. LUCIE COUNTY

Proclamation

 

WHEREAS: The School Board of St. Lucie County takes pride in joining Americans throughout the country and various parts of the world in recognizing February, 2017, as National African American History Month; and

 

WHEREAS: African American History Month celebrates the contributions that African Americans have made to American history; and

 

WHEREAS: National African American History Month had its origin in 1915 and was initiated in 1926 by Dr. Carter G. Woodson as Black History Week, as it coincided with the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglas, two key figures in the history of African Americans;  and

 

WHEREAS: In 1976, the commemoration of Black History in the United States was expanded to Black History Month and in 1986, President Ronald Reagan proclaimed that “the foremost purpose of Black History Month is to make all Americans aware of our struggle for freedom and equal opportunity, and deepens our understanding of our nation’s history”; and

 

WHEREAS: In 1994 and 2002,  the Florida Legislature passed legislation to ensure that African and African American History content is taught in schools, a step that The School Board of St. Lucie County continues to take toward the infusion of African and African American History curriculum as part of the content taught and studied in Pre-K through grade 12; and

 

WHEREAS: This year’s theme, “Crisis in Black Education,” focuses on the crucial role of education in the history of African Americans, a history that is rich in centuries-old efforts of resistance to crisis  by the slaves’ surreptitious endeavors to learn to the local community-based academic and mentorship programs that inspire a love of learning and thirst for achievement; a theme worthy of being considered as one  of the most important goals in America’s past, present, and future.

 

NOW THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that The School Board of St. Lucie County does hereby proclaim February, 2017, as “African American History Month” and calls upon its schools and the community to observe this month with programs, activities and ceremonies that are recognized and promoted  throughout the district.

 

 

 

AT&T Donates $2,000

AT&T Donates $2,000

Mr. Ian Cotner, Regional Director for AT&T, presented a $2,000 check to the Education Foundation as part of the corporation’s effort to support STEM education and provide experimental learning opportunities for students.

The funds will be used to support Career and Technical Education and middle school drone programs.

 

Gold and Silver School Awards

Gold and Silver School Awards

The Florida Department of Education presents the Golden and Silver School Awards to recognize exemplary programs, which promote parent and community involvement in education.

The Golden School Award recognizes elementary, secondary and adult schools that meet the following criteria:

  1. A minimum of 80 percent of the school staff participated in training related to school volunteerism.
  2. A school volunteer coordinator is designated for recruitment, placement, training and supervision of school volunteers.
  3. The total number of hours of volunteer service equals twice the number of students enrolled in the school. Any volunteer activity that contributes to student improvement may be counted. (Example: fundraising)

The Silver School Award is presented to recognize secondary schools that meet the following criteria:

  1. The school must have a school volunteer coordinator who provides coordination of the program, placement of students, orientation/training for the staff, student/program evaluation and student volunteer supervision.
  2. The school must have a volunteer coordinator who provides coordination of the program, placement of the secondary students, orientation/training for the receiving staff, student/program evaluation, and student volunteer supervision.
  3. Student volunteers and faculty must both receive orientation and training.
  4. The composite student volunteer hours must equal at least one half the total number of students (FTE count) in the sending school (i.e., 2,000 students – 1,000 volunteer hours.)
  5. Elementary schools are not eligible for this award.

*http://www.fldoe.org/schools/family-community/activities-programs/volunteer-community-involvement/the-golden-silver-schools-awards.stml

Gold School Awards:

Allapattah Flats

Bayshore

C. A. Moore

Fairlawn

Floresta

Forest Grove

F. K. Sweet

Ft. Pierce Central

Ft. Pierce Westwood

Lakewood Park

Lawnwood

Lincoln Park

Mariposa

Morningside

Northport

Oak Hammock

Palm Pointe

Parkway

Port St. Lucie High

Rivers Edge

Samuel S. Gaines

Savanna Ridge

Southern Oaks

Southport

St. Lucie Elem.

St. Lucie West K-8

St. Lucie West Centennial

Treasure Coast

Village Green

Weatherbee

West Gate

White City

Windmill Point

Silver School Awards:

Ft. Pierce Central

Ft. Pierce Westwood

Forest Grove

Lincoln Park

Northport

Port St. Lucie

St. Lucie West Centennial

St. Lucie West K-8

Southern Oaks

Southport

Treasure Coast

 

5 Star School Award

5 Star School Award

The Five Star School Award was created by the Commissioner’s Community Involvement Council and is presented annually to those schools that have shown evidence of exemplary community involvement. In order to earn Five Star School recognition, a school must show documentation that it has achieved 100 percent of the established criteria in the following categories. Schools must also earn a grade of “C” or above, or school improvement rating of “maintaining or improving” for the year of nomination.

  • Business partnerships
  • Family Involvement
  • Volunteerism
  • Student Community Service
  • School Advisory Councils

Congratulations to:

Allapattah Flats

Bayshore

Fairlawn

Floresta

F. K. Sweet

Forest Grove

Lincoln Park

Morningside

Northport

Rivers Edge

St. Lucie West Centennial

St. Lucie West K-8

Southern Oaks

Southport

Treasure Coast

Village Green

West Gate

White City

Windmill Point

Innovative Grants Awarded

Innovative Grants Awarded

The Florida Education Association of Retired Educators awards two Innovative Grants to local educators each year.   Educators can apply for a $100.00 innovative grant for a project that will add to efficient and effective teaching to enhance student learning.

This year’s grant recipients were Ms. Jacqueline Harris of Village Green Elementary and  Ms. Sandra Southerly of Treasure Coast High School.

 

Congratulations to Our Shining Stars!

Congratulations to Our Shining Stars!

John Davino (SGA) – Teacher of the Year

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

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

Zakiyyah Owens

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.