The Teacher of the Year Summit was Held in Tallahassee on June 27, 2013 where 23 Florida State Teachers of the Year were recognized. Governor Rick Scott presented each educator with the Shine Award and applauded their commitment to education. "The Governor's Shine Award was created to recognize teachers who go above and beyond the call of duty in pursuit of educational excellence." Governor Scott said.
Of the 23 teachers attending, CCPS Teacher of the Year Michelle Kasanofsky was presented and recognized. Kasanofsky has been teaching for 24 years, the last 15 at Port Charlotte High School where she teaches music. She believes true learning occurs only when students feel comfortable enough in their learning environment to ask questions when they are unsure.
Congratulations to the following teachers who were awarded by the Veterans of Foreign Wars with the National Citizenship Education Awards:
- Duane Richards, Deep Creek Elementary
- Mary Murninghan, LA Ainger Middle
- Roman Leal, Port Charlotte High
Ms. Murninghan has also been recognizes at the State of Florida winner for this award and was honored at the VFW's State Awards ceremony on February 16, 2013. She will also be recognized at the April 16, 2013 CCPS School Board Meeting.
Congratulations to the following CCPS Support Staff Employees for being chosen as finalists for the 2013 Support Employee of the Year Celebration:
- Lola Casey - Peace River Elementary, Paraprofessional
- Lori Gerow - Charlotte High School, Administrative Assistant
- Becky Hazeltine - Liberty Elementary, Confidential Secretary
- William Sherfey - Transportation
- Zelda Smith - Port Charlotte Middle, Paraprofessional
Bob Bedford moved to Englewood with his family in 1973. He attended Englewood Elementary School and Lemon Bay Junior/Senior High School, graduating in 1986. He attended the University of Florida and graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Business in 1991. After graduating in 1991, he moved to Naples to work in banking. In the fall of 1993, Bob was hired as a business vocational teacher at Lemon Bay High School. He spent 16 years in the classroom. In addition, he coached boys and girls basketball, sponsored many clubs and originated the "Manta Stand", Lemon Bay High School's school store. After completing his Master's degree in Education Leadership from Nova University in 2007, he was hired as Assistant Principal for Curriculum in 2009. He has spent the last 3 years working with curriculum, testing, and school activities. His wife is also employed by Charlotte County Public Schools and both his daughters attend school in the county.
Charlotte County Public Schools is proud to announce that five finalists have been chosen for the 2013 Teacher of the Year Celebration. The following teachers represent all the GREAT characteristics and traits of all Charlotte County's finest teachers:
- Analia DeHayes - Kingsway Elementary
- Melody Hazeltine - Liberty Elementary, 2nd Grade
- Michelle Kasanofsky - Port Charlotte High, Music
- Paul Platt - Murdock Middle, History
- Eric Portwood - Port Charlotte Middle, History/Art
Punta Gorda Middle School Teacher Sharon Bruno Selected as the 2013 ITEEA Middle School Teacher Excellence Award Winner
Congratulations to Sharon Bruno for her commitment to the students of Charlotte County and the commendable efforts she has put forth in creating new and unique programs for Technology Education. Mrs. Bruno will be recognized nationally and presented with an engraved plaque at the ITEEA (International Technology and Engineering Educators Association) 75th Annual Conference in Columbus, OH in March, 2013.
Barb McCauley, Adult Admissions Counselor at Charlotte Technical Center, is joining the CTC Nursing Assistant class during their clinical rotations at Life Care Center of Punta Gorda on Saturday, October 27: "National Make-a-Difference Day."Â Barb enrolls the students for the Nursing Assistant class and feels that it is imperative to experience what her students do.Â Saturday, October 27th is the perfect opportunity. Barb states, "Assisted Living Facilities house and care for a large number of Charlotte County's elder residents and experiencing first hand their day-to-day routine and care can make a difference in the welfare of an important segment of our community."Â Join Barb and the staff and students at Charlotte Technical Center by doing something for our community to "make-a-difference" this Saturday.
Karen Candiani, Embry-Riddle Director of the Charlotte Aerospace Institute, Recognized by Women in Aviation International
Karen Candiani is the Director of the Charlotte Aerospace Institute (CAI) at the Charlotte Technical Center and a professor for Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. Karen is a member of Women in Aviation International and has joined their Outreach initiative. The Outreach helps aviation professionals locate educational information so that they can "reach-out" to their schools and communities in promoting skills and careers in aviation. The CAI is a partnership between Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU) and Charlotte County Public Schools (CCPS) and is designed to enhance a student’'s future success in college or professional trade schools. This STEM program uses aerospace topics to attract a wide range of students to the fields of science, technology, engineering and math careers in addition to aviation careers.
Congratulations to our very own Mike Riley, CCPS School and Community Relations Officer, for recently being honored by the Charlotte County Chamber of Commerce as this years Pacesetter Award recipient. Mike was recognized for his 22 years of community service and is the third representative from CCPS to receive the award in the past 30 years. Other CCPS employees to receive the award include former Assistant Superintendent Roseann Samson and former Superintendent Dr. Dave Gayler.
Myakka River Elementary Teacher Marilyn Galek Awarded Eight Nook E-Readers Through a Donor's Choose Grant
On Thursday, September 20, 2012, Barnes and Noble will be coming to Myakka River Elementary to conduct a Nooks clinic with first graders in Mrs. Galek's class. Mrs. Galek wrote a grant through Donor's Choose and was awarded 8 Nooks for her school classroom. She plans to work with her first grade students on using the Nooks, then will partner them up with fourth graders.
This is a first for Barnes and Noble at the elementary level in the Sarasota-Charlotte District areas.
Congratulations to Alice White, Eric Portwood, and Kellee Anderson, Named as Outstanding Social Studies Teachers of the Year!
The Florida Council of the Social Studies recently announced the selection of Outstanding Social Studies Teacher of the Year for Charlotte County 2012. Alice White of Vineland Elementary was selected for elementary level, Eric Portwood of Port Charlotte Middle was selected for middle school level and Kellee Anderson of The Academy was selected for the High School level.
All three outstanding teachers will be honored by the Florida Council of the Social Studies at the annual Teacher of the Year conference in Orlando in October. In addition, all three teachers will be recognized at the November 13, 2012 meeting of the School Board of Charlotte County.
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