Nineteen educators from St. Lucie Public Schools recently attended the 58th Annual Florida Council for the Social Studies Conference in Orlando, Florida. Dr. Susan Taboada of Treasure Coast High School and Dr. Karen Garcia-Rinelli of Oak Hammock K-8 presented three sessions at the conference introducing a variety of Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) applications that can be utilized in social studies classrooms.
Terrance Barriner of Forest Grove Middle School, Ronald Frazer of Port St. Lucie High School, and Sandra Frapart of Palm Pointe Educational Research School at Tradition were recognized at the awards dinner as the Outstanding Social Studies Teachers of the Year for St. Lucie County. This year’s Keynote Speaker was Joan Trumpauer Mulholland, a Freedom Rider and Civil Rights Activist, who told her story and connected the struggles of the 1960s to those of today. Teachers learned a tremendous amount of information and participated in various content-specific activities that they can take back to their classrooms immediately. Participants enjoyed the collegial conversations with teachers from around the state and were mesmerized by the Keynote Speaker’s personal tale.