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Congratulations to the twelve finalists of the 2017 Excellence in Education Awards.

2017 Excellence in Education Awards Finalists Announced

January 05, 2017

Congratulations to the twelve finalists of the 2017 Excellence in Education Awards. Each year, all schools nominated the top candidates for the following categories: Ida S. baker Diversity Educator of the Year, Instructional Support Employee of the year and Teacher of the Year.

Instructional Support Employee of the Year Finalists

  • Nancy Alexander, Wimauma Elementary School
  • Terranique Ragins, Franklin Boys Preparatory School
  • Roma Soogrim-EsteMcDonald, Muller Elementary Magnet School

Ida S. Baker Diversity Educator of the Year Finalists

  • Olivia Williams Holcombe, Colson Elementary
  • Aaron Lee Berry, Alonso High School
  • Pedro Castrejon, Jefferson High School

 Teacher of the Year Finalists

  • Carrie D. Donatelli, Turner Bartels K- 8
  • Katerina M. Pawloski, Tinker K-8 
  • Lauren Schnebly Hackworth, Mitchell Elementary School
  • Maria Torres-Crosby, Memorial Middle School
  • Elizabeth Walker, Spoto High School
  • Cathelyn Gregoire, Armwood High School

The finalists were notified of the news in surprise visits Wednesday, January 4, 2017 at their school and were joined by Superintendent Eakins, School Board members, Hillsborough Education Foundation, sponsors and school district staff. The winners of the Instructional Support Employee of the Year, Ida S. Baker Diversity Educator of the Year and Teacher of the Year awards will be announced at the Awards ceremony taking place Tuesday, February 28 at the David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts.

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