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Finalists Named For Osceola School District's Teacher of the Year and School-Related Employee of the Year

The field of nominees for Osceola School District's Teacher of the Year and School-Related Employee of the Year has been narrowed down to the top ten finalists in both categories, all of whom received a surprise visit from Superintendent Dr. Debra Pace announcing the news.

The following educators have been named as the top ten finalists for Teacher of the Year:
Carolyn Alvarez - Poinciana High - Language Arts/Reading Teacher 
Morghan Cameron - St. Cloud Middle - Social Studies Teacher 
Tammie Combs - St. Cloud High - Choral Director 
Christina Conde-Helman - Kissimmee Middle - Social Studies Teacher 
Katherine Kerr - Discovery Intermediate – Math Teacher 
Ashley Thomas - Hickory Tree Elementary - Kindergarten Teacher 
Susan Tribit – Lakeview Elementary - Math and Science Teacher 
Michelle MacMillan - East Lake Elementary - ESOL Education Specialist 
Melissa Maldonado - Chestnut Elementary School for Science and Engineering - Reading/Literacy Coach 
Alvin Olivo - Osceola County School for the Arts - Digital Media and Computer Science Teacher  

The following employees have been named as the top ten finalists for School-Related Employee of the Year:
Martha Bowers - Media and Instructional Technology - Technology Production Specialist
Dianne Davis - Thacker Avenue Elementary School for International Studies - Nurse, LPN 
Brenda Den Delk - Student Services - Nurse, LPN 
Donna Kelley - Narcoossee Elementary - School Nutrition Services Manager 
Roberta Medina - Poinciana High - Principal's Secretary 
Dawn Parker - Tohopekaliga High - Principal's Secretary 
Ivette Soto - Educational Choices and Innovation - Clerk Typist
Rachael Stewart - Osceola Technical College - Placement and Follow-Up Coordinator 
Kathleen Williams - Harmony Middle School - Nurse, LPN 
Amy Wells - Special Programs - Program Assistant for Families in Transition Program  

Judges selected the finalists based on their applications.  The name of the district's Teacher of the Year and School-Related Employee of the Year will be announced at a modified version of the district's annual Education Awards ceremony to be held outdoors in the courtyard at the Osceola School District's Administrative Complex on March 10, 2021.  Attendees will be limited to the finalists and a small number of guests, and social distancing and other safety precautions will be in place that evening.  The winner will be announced on the district's social media channels and website that evening.