Broward County Public Schools announced its top Teacher, Principal, Assistant Principal and School-Related Employee of the Year at the annual Caliber Awards Ceremony held Tuesday, March 19, 2013 at the Broward County Convention Center, Fort Lauderdale.
The celebratory event was attended by over 1,300 of the finalists and honorees’ peers, colleagues, family, friends and well-wishers, according to Nadine Drew, spokesperson for the Broward County School District.
This year’s top award recipients are:
2014 Teacher of the Year
Oakridge Elementary School
As a veteran teacher of almost 19 years, Evelyn Schwartz is the kind of teacher who sees a need and makes a plan to get it met. For the last 12 years, Schwartz has focused on inspiring and encouraging her first grade students to achieve at their highest levels. Her goal is for her students to be in an engaged, positive, safe environment where they can view school as a place where they can learn and contribute to the world around them, according to Drew.
2013 Principal of the Year
Gulfstream Middle School
In the field of education, Brian Kingsley stands out as a champion who is passionate, innovative and effective. With 15 years of education experience, three as principal of Gulfstream Middle School, his commitment to his students and the community is outstanding. He understands the importance of integrating the school into the surrounding community and has quickly become a pillar in the Hallandale Beach community, according to Drew.
2013 Assistant Principal of the Year
Flamingo Elementary School
As an educator for 17 years, JoAnne Misiewicz-Selzter definitely goes above and beyond the normal expectations. As assistant principal at Flamingo Elementary School, one of her greatest assets is her ability to be proactive. She has designed several staff development opportunities for teachers and teacher assistants and is a major team player to her peers, her community, her students and their parents, according to Drew.
2013 School-Related Employee of the Year
Krystal Morman, Community Liaison
McNicol Middle School
Morman had many plans for her life, and though they haven’t all gone as planned, she wouldn’t have it any other way. She says, “I finally realized that what I need would be far greater than what I want….that sometimes the plan that destiny has for you is far better than any plan you can ever have for yourself.” This belief has propelled her to take on each task with a smile and the notion that there is nothing impossible to complete, according to Drew.