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.