Teacher & Support Employee of the Year

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Held by the:
Charlotte Local Education Foundation

Teacher & Support Employee of the Month

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Nomination Form:

Sponsored by:
Fawcett Memorial Hospital

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Contact Mike Riley
Community Liaison
941-255-7430
Michael.Riley@yourcharlotteschools.net

Employee Recognition

The Purpose of the Program

Teacher and Support Employee of the Year Celebration Logo The purpose of the "Teacher and Support Employee of the Year" program is to recognize outstanding teaching and outstanding support service in Charlotte County Public Schools. The Charlotte Local Education Foundation holds an annual celebration to celebrate and recognize these outstanding individuals.


Keli Sare, 2018 Teacher of the Year

Jenny James Congratulation to Keli Sare from Sallie Jones Elementary, for being named Charlotte County Public Schools Teacher of the Year for 2018.

2018 Teachers of Distinction

  • Matina Pulliam from Port Charlotte High School
  • Gretchen Schnulle from Sallie Jones Elementry
  • Jennifer Choken from Sallie Jones Elementary
  • Tracey Grundtisch from Charlotte Harbor Center

Zelda Smith, 2017 Support Employee of the Year

Linda Tucker Congratulations to Zelda Smith, Para III at Port Charlotte Middle School, for being named Charlotte County Public Schools Support Employee of the Year for 2017.

2017 Support Employees of Distinction

  • Cathy Bohling, Para II at Charlotte Technical College
  • Zachery Hartz, Lead Network Tech at the County Office
  • McKenzie Joseph, Principals Secretary at East Elementary

Special Thanks to the Following Public Education Supporters

Diamond

  • Mosaic Fertilizer, LLC

Platinum

  • CenturyLink

Gold

  • Murdock Baptist Churck
  • Suncoast Credit Union

Silver

  • Publix Super Markets Charities
  • Florida Power & Light Company
  • B&I Contractors, Inc.
  • Balfour Beatty Construction LLC
  • Owen-Ames-Kimball Company

Bronze

  • Ajax Building Corporation
  • Byrski Estate & Elder Law
  • Charlotte Behavioral Health Care
  • Farr Law Firm
  • Garnette Scholl
  • Fawcett Memorial Hospital
  • Palm Auto Mall
  • The Lovett Family/McDonald's
  • Florida SouthWestern State College
  • Patricia A. Scott, DDS, Oral Surgery
  • Betly Gissendanner
  • Panther Hollow Dental Lodge
  • James S. Amontree, MD

Copper

  • DMK Associates, Inc.
  • Dees & Dees, CPA's, P.A.
  • BB&T Bank
  • Charlotte State Bank & Trust
  • Guy & Annette Emerich

Quartz

  • Kiwanis Club of Punta Gorda
  • Banks Engineering
  • Peninsula Property
  • Peace River Distributing, Inc.
  • Buffalo Graffix
  • Ashley, Brown & Company, CPAs
  • Robert Pietrasanta

Other/In-Kind Sponsors

  • Blue Bell Creameries
  • Judy Lynch Photography
  • Progressive Health Plex

Past Years of Exceptional Educators

Table Scrolls if Necessary.

Jane Adams 1983 Teacher of the Year
Barbara Taylor 1984 Teacher of the Year
Dr. Donna Widmeyer 1987 Teacher of the Year
Bill Massolio 1990 Teacher of the Year
Bob Johnson 1992 Teacher of the Year
Jan McGregor 1993 Teacher of the Year
Ruth White 1994 Teacher of the Year
Cynthia Kautz 1995 Teacher of the Year
Bob Davis 1997 Teacher of the Year
Wendy Graham 1998 Teacher of the Year
Christine Broyles 1999 Teacher of the Year
Gale Tidwell 2000 Teacher of the Year
Debra Moore 2001 Teacher of the Year
Carol Leonard 2002 Teacher of the Year
JoAnn Winkler 2003 Teacher of the Year
Eric Bishop 2004 Teacher of the Year
Frank Lock 2005 Teacher of the Year
Karrie Wikman 2006 Teacher of the Year
Sally Lutz 2007 Teacher of the Year
Bob Johnson 2008 Teacher of the Year
Adrienne McElroy 2009 Teacher of the Year
Judy Lynch Haynes 2010 Teacher of the Year
Jeanne Marquez 2011 Teacher of the Year
Melissa White 2012 Teacher of the Year
Maureen Cerbone 2013 Teacher of the Year
Michelle Kasanofsky 2014 Teacher of the Year
Sharon Bruno 2015 Teacher of the Year
Tim Ostrow 2016 Teacher of the Year
Jenny James 2017 Teacher of the Year

Past Years of Excellent Support Staff

Table Scrolls if Necessary.

Rosalie Santello 1991 Support Employee of the Year
Sue Peyton 1991 Support Employee of the Year
Mary Rousseau 1994 Support Employee of the Year
Millie Rochester 1995 Support Employee of the Year
Judith Brabbs 1996 Support Employee of the Year
Mary Cox 1997 Support Employee of the Year
Peggy Holland 1999 Support Employee of the Year
Dorothy Ott 2000 Support Employee of the Year
Bill Spelman 2002 Support Employee of the Year
Joy Hause 2003 Support Employee of the Year
Joyce Welsh 2004 Support Employee of the Year
Jill Mead 2005 Support Employee of the Year
Ann Chestnut 2006 Support Employee of the Year
Margaret Shier 2007 Support Employee of the Year
Hope Schmidt 2008 Support Employee of the Year
Jennifery Kyle 2009 Support Employee of the Year
Philip James 2010 Support Employee of the Year
Mary Ellen Meek 2011 Support Employee of the Year
Vicky Tuttle 2012 Support Employee of the Year
Lola Casey 2013 Support Employee of the Year
Barbara Deubel 2014 Support Employee of the Year
Debbie Hemphill 2015 Support Employee of the Year
Linda Tucker 2016 Support Employee of the Year

Charlotte County Teacher & Support Employee of the Year Information

Teacher and Support Employee of the Year Celebration

Purpose

The purpose of the "Teacher and Support Employee of the Year" program is to recognize outstanding teaching and outstanding support service in Charlotte County Public Schools.

Teacher of the Year Application

This application should be used only to apply for the Teacher of the Year recognition; there is a separate application and process for the Support Employee of the Year.

Eligibility

As defined by the Florida Department of Education, the following full-time district educators are eligible for nomination:

  • Classroom teachers - Grades Pre-K through 12
  • Adult education teachers
  • Postsecondary vocational/technical education teachers
  • Department chairpersons who actively engage in classroom training
  • Guidance counselors
  • Media specialists
  • Speech/language pathologists
  • Special area teachers (i.e. ESE, foreign languages)
  • Other professional educators performing instructional support services with students
School personnel who work in an administrative or supervisory capacity, such as principals or deans of students, are ineligible for this program.

Evaluation Process

  • Complete the attached application and return it by the due date.
  • Only completed applications will be accepted.
  • Applications received after the due date will not be considered by the selection committee.
  • An independent selection committee of Charlotte County education, community, and business leaders will review the local applications. All information will be treated confidentially.
  • To ensure impartiality, a "blind review" process will be utilized.

Awards

  • CCPS Teacher of the Year Representative:
    Receives $1,000 from Charlotte Local Education Foundation
  • "Regional" Teacher of the Year:
    Receives $500 from Florida Department of Education and $750 from Macy's Plus $250 from Macy's to the schools of each "Regional" Finalist
  • State of Florida Finalist:
    Receives $1,250 from Florida Department of Education and $5,000 from Macy's Plus $1,000 from Macy's to each State of Florida Finalist
  • State of Florida Teacher of the Year Representative:
    Receives $2,500 from Florida Department of Education and $10,000** from Macy's Plus $1,000 from Macy's to the State of Florida Teacher of the Year Representative's school

For More Information

Contact Mike Riley
Community Liaison
941-255-7430
Michael.Riley@yourcharlotteschools.net