Annually, each school chooses one of its educators to honor as its Teacher of the Year, and we as a community rightly praise these chosen people and express our thanks. But just as each Teacher of the Year represents all the hardworking teachers at their school, we honor all of those educators, too, as we celebrate the chosen Teacher of the Year and remind ourselves that without them, society would grind to a halt today, tomorrow, and forever.
Carillon Elementary- Christine Jamrok
A Carillon graduate herself, Christine is a gifted resource teacher and enrichment coordinator who combines her work ethic and innovative ideas to support teachers, staff, and students. She supported teachers and staff before the pandemic, but now the entire school community relies on her. Christine designed the school logo, created a faculty/staff photo using avatars, and built a Google form to digitally keep track of the school’s Cosmo Cards.
Evans Elementary- Courtney Redfield- Semi-Finalist
Courtney has been an integral part of the development of Minecraft Education Edition implementation within the district. She teaches students about Google Drive, Google Slides, and email. During distance learning, Courtney transformed a room in her house to be the ENN Television studio where she did the news every morning, taking on different characters during the broadcast. She obtained the talents of local personalities to do the weather and the Pledge of Allegiance. She even changed her voice and dressed as other characters to introduce birthdays, outside and technology activities, books to read, and more.
Geneva Elementary- Amy Bombard
Amy always responds with “sure” or “we can figure it out and make it work.” Amy lives life to the fullest, enjoying every moment. Her contagious smile, her organizational skills, and her enthusiasm make her a great team leader for Geneva’s specials team. Every day Amy models positive and healthy living as an inspiration to the entire school community. Her principal, Virginia Broullard says, “We could use a few more Amy Bombards in this world we are living in now.”
Hagerty High - Po Dickison- Semi-Finalist
Po opened Hagerty High in 2005. In her role as media specialist, Po has found new and innovative ways to support everyone on campus. When she was reassigned to testing coordinator, she accepted her new role with class and grace. Several times a week Po organizes the Jiggle Less Club, where she leads a group of staff members in wellness activities. She also serves as the club sponsor for the student robotics team.
Highlands Elementary- Eric Law
Eric was instrumental in helping Highlands go from face-to-face to Google Classroom overnight. He is respected by the staff and forms strong bonds with his students. He always has a smile and embraces challenge. A dedicated, hardworking professional, Eric brings humor, excitement, and current trends to his daily lessons.
Indian Trails Middle - Yindia Cruz
Yindia is truly the definition of a dedicated educator who teaches from the heart. She serves as the point-of-access for all of the school’s ESOL families and has a monumental task each and every day. Oftentimes ESOL families feel like they are outsiders. Yindia makes sure this isn’t the case. She gets to know each family and empowers students to challenge themselves to achieve language acquisition.
Keeth Elementary- Danielle Almond
Danielle always has an upbeat and positive attitude, even with the many frustrations at the start of this most challenging year. She dressed like a doctor and performed “surgery” to dissect the parts of a story to find the text feature. She conducts virtual scavenger hunts and she assists other teachers with their challenges. Danielle conducts classroom huddles where she focuses on kindness and inclusiveness, leading her students to develop caring relationships with each other. Many parents are impressed by the positive influence that she has on her students.
Jackson Heights Middle - Jill McLinden
Jill started out as a substitute teacher, but soon earned her certificate and blossomed into a talented educator. She is one of the original iSeries teachers in SCPS and has been instrumental in the implementation of many digital tools and courses. Over a five-year period, she has guided her students to receive over 2,800 digital tools certifications. Outside of the classroom, Jill is the lead for the electives team and the annual STEAM night.
Lake Howell High - Nadia Spence
Nadia’s biggest strength is her ability to plan, reach students from diverse backgrounds, and train them to be independent and collaborative learners. She teaches several courses at Seminole State College, allowing students to earn an AA degree while in high school. As sponsor of the Environmental Club, she has enabled students to learn about our natural resources and pollution prevention. Nadia has earned the respect of students, faculty, and staff.
Lawton Chiles Middle- Barbara Miller- Finalist
As the educational technology facilitator, Barbara is in especially high demand this school year due to the pandemic. She has been crucial in helping teachers prepare for distance learning as well as maintaining the school’s website, eCampus courses, and online resources. Barbara is passionate about her own classes, including the PAWS52 News Crew for students to share engaging and timely content to keep the entire school community informed.
Lawton Elementary- Jennifer Lawrence- Semi-Finalist
A STEM teacher who serves all students at Lawton, Jennifer leads the morning news crew and runs the SECME club. She is also responsible for preparing and running the science boot camp, writes the district curriculum, presents professional development sessions, and assists all teachers with technology. She has been and continues to be Lawton’s Superwoman. Jennifer will stop at nothing to ensure the success of her students both academically and personally.
Layer Elementary- Rebecca Holcomb
As the reading coach at Layer, Rebecca has earned the respect of her colleagues, students, and parents. She conducts staff development on writing and other literacy components. Rebecca works with parents by giving them suggestions for helping their children at home. Her strengths include a vast knowledge of writing and literacy curriculum, the ability to plan and deliver instruction and excellent time management, leadership, interpersonal, and communications skills.
Oviedo High - Kathryn Kammeraad- Semi-Finalist
Kate leads with her head and her heart. She led the move from FCAT to FSA assessments and was instrumental in helping her department stay coordinated during the transition. A versatile educator, Kate spent many years teaching the most at-risk reading students, and this year, volunteered to teach AP courses when several of her teammates chose to teach at Seminole County Virtual School. Despite her massive workload, Kate has remained positive and reaches all students, either face-to-face or through Seminole Connect.
Partin Elementary- Alice Malafronte
Alice has been teaching for 40 years, 20 of them teaching kindergarten at Partin. She is a favorite teacher among the staff. Alice is full of life and brings the fun of learning to her classroom. She uses songs, technology, flexible furniture, Kagan strategies, and many insects to engage her students. Also holding a gifted certification, Alice is able to support the most advanced learners while also meeting the needs of reluctant learners. Ready to retire, Alice says, “What better way to end a teaching career but to teach during a pandemic.”
Rainbow Elementary- Hafsa Hussain
Everyone who enters Hafsa’s classroom feels the innovative, warm, inviting atmosphere. She sets high standards for herself and her students and works hard to see that everyone meets them. She shares ideas, opens her classroom for observations, and volunteers to help wherever she is needed. Hafsa is the team leader for the third grade and works very well with her team.
Stenstrom Elementary- Marissa Ellis
As Stenstrom’s guidance counselor, Marissa finds ways to build relationships with all stakeholders, even during the pandemic. Within the student study team, Marissa serves as a positive voice ensuring that families are heard. As a member of the leadership team, Marissa provides critical updates to administration and helps relay important initiatives to teachers and students.
Tuskawilla Middle - Jarrett Jefferson
Jarrett’s classroom is like viewing an Edutopia video for model teaching. Jarrett is an energetic teacher full of passion and enthusiasm who believes that students learn from doing. His hands-on approach transforms the ordinary science curriculum into an incredible learning experience. Jarrett also serves as the new-to-the school teacher mentor providing support and guidance to new teachers on how to be a successful educator.
Walker Elementary- Jennifer Hanley
Jenni’s lessons are planned to meet individual needs. What makes Jenni truly extraordinary is her commitment to student learning and teacher growth. She is constantly learning and sharing best practices. She has assisted struggling teachers. A mother of two, SAC member, school leader, church and charity volunteer, and avid runner, Jenni has a competitive energetic spirit that has made her an irreplaceable member of the Walker team.
Winter Springs Elementary- Tanya Irizarry
Tanya is a truly dedicated professional who embodies all of the characteristics it makes to manage a successful Emotional and Behavioral Disorders classroom. She exemplifies a passion for students and for teaching using a multitude of strategies. Tanya constantly broadens her skills, based on best practices to ensure the needs of her students are met.
Winter Springs High- Kathy Brosch- Semi-Finalist
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When the words professional development are spoken at Winter Springs High, teachers think of Kathy above all others. She led both the school and the district in many technology initiatives, where her expertise is unmatched. She’s a teacher, a mentor, a leader, a counselor, a parent, and a helper to families. Partnering with other district professionals, Kathy has written Hour of Code lessons and computer science curriculum, always earning praise from peers, students, and parents.