School Relate Employee of the Year Finalists Announced


For Immediate Release

December 2, 2019

Contact: Lydia Martin

Phone: 772-429-5544


School Relate Employee of the Year Finalists Announced


ST. LUCIE COUNTY, FL – Superintendent E. Wayne Gent accompanied by members of the School Board, Education Foundation, and others paid surprise visits to this year’s finalists for School Related Employee of the Year (SREY).  Dorena Beckerman, a school assessment clerk at Lawnwood Elementary; Donna Haynes, an executive school secretary at Manatee Academy K8; and Linda Rubenstein, a health paraprofessional at Mariposa Elementary are the finalists who have the distinction of representing the School District at this year’s Night of the Stars gala.

“The SREY finalists represent the outstanding services our support staff provide to the District.  Their commitment and contribution are vitally important to the overall success of our students,” said Gent.

Honoring school related employees is a program that is supported by the Florida Department of Education in which outstanding education support personnel are recognized for the significant impact they make on their schools and district school systems.  Locally, one individual will be selected to represent St. Lucie Public Schools at the state level during the Night of the Stars gala scheduled for February 8, 2020.


 Dorena Beckerman, Lawnwood Elementary

Dorena Beckerman’s positive attitude and love of children are reflected in the outstanding quality support she provides for all students at Lawnwood Elementary.  Her work as a school assessment clerk is exemplary and she extends herself to support all aspects of the school.  She serves as the volunteer coordinator, family involvement team member, fall fundraiser sponsor and business partner liaison.  She gives of her time and talent to ensure that students have the very best learning environment.


 Donna Haynes, Manatee K8

Donna Haynes serves Manatee K8 in the role of executive secretary and always strives to perform above and beyond her job expectations.  She is a role model for her peers and students due to her vast experiences which translate into extensive support for all she encounters.  She is always smiling and has a positive outlook no matter the situation.  She recently initiated a drama program for the exceptional education students and is working with them to create a meaningful performance for both students and families.

Linda Rubenstein, Mariposa Elementary

Linda Rubenstein’s impact at Mariposa Elementary is felt throughout the school and earned the respect and admiration of her colleagues, students and parents.  She greets students who arrive by bus with a friendly smile or hug when needed.  In addition to her duties in the clinic as the health paraprofessional, Linda manages the school’s bus transportation system, leads the Parent Teacher Organization, and serves as a mentor to numerous students both formally and informally.


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Author: Lydia Martin

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