An amazing group of 705 nominees, including thirteen top-notch finalists, was honored Thursday at the Excellence in Education Awards, presented by Suncoast Credit Union. The event recognized Hillsborough County Public Schools employees who demonstrate a passion for excellence as they deliver on our vision of Preparing Students for Life.
It was a beautiful evening, with delicious food served by some of our amazing high school culinary programs and student reporters roaming the room interviewing the nominees, our Superintendent and School Board members.
All the finalists were deserving of the top honor but only one extraordinary educator could win the top prize!
Ida S. Baker Diversity Educator of the Year: Keyada George from Wilson Middle School. Mrs. George has been a Hillsborough County Public Schools teacher for four years. When she is not teaching, Keyada chairs the Sunshine Social Club for staff at Wilson Middle School, works in the HOST before-school program and leads many schoolwide spirit activities for students. She credits her husband, two children and her mom for her drive and success.
2020 Instructional Support Employee of the Year: Angela White, Colson Elementary School. Angie White is a graduate of Hillsborough Schools and began her career more than 27 years ago at Dover Exceptional Center volunteering to teach sign language to parents. Now a full-time sign language interpreter, she has worked with all ages from Pre-K to post-graduation. Angie's current position serves as a critical role in a newly implemented fused model that allows her to work fluidly with hearing and deaf students. She uses resources to ensure that all students have access to the curriculum and services the needs of 12 highly diverse deaf and hard of hearing children. Angie enjoys being a soccer mom and camping with her family.
2020 Teacher of the Year: Miranda Harwood, Brooker Elementary School. Miranda Harwood has been in the Florida educational system for 14 years, with 10 years in Hillsborough Schools. She is an alumna of University of South Florida with a bachelor's degree in Elementary Education, a master's degree in Reading Education and an endorsement in ESOL and Reading. Miranda is enthusiastic, very competitive and highly driven toward creating a dynamic learning environment for her children to develop a lifelong eagerness for knowledge through the experiences in the classroom.