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St. Lucie County’s 2014 Outstanding administrators, teachers and staff honored

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According to, the definition of outstanding is something that is very good or very noticeable, making it more obvious than another; an example of something outstanding is a wine that is noticeably better at a tasting or a sculpture that is hard to miss. So be it, that the Florida Department of Education (FLDOE), et al, are giving credit where credit is due to outstanding individuals (inclusive of administrators, teachers and staff) that go far beyond the call of duty in the St. Lucie County School District. Congratulations to all from a grateful community of parents and students in St. Lucie County and the State of Florida.

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The following headlines from the District’s Lucie Links Newsletter reveals those outstanding administrators, teachers and staff being recognized for their achievements (see photos in slideshow presentation).

Local principal Wright honored by state education commissioner

Frances K. Sweet Elementary School principal Juanita Wright was honored at the Florida Department of Education Commissioner’s Leadership Award Luncheon recently held at Disney World. Florida Education Commissioner Pam Stewart expressed congratulations to Mrs. Wright as St. Lucie County’s 2014 Principal of the Year and nominee for the state award.

Assistant principal Sanabria recognized by education commissioner

Treasure Coast High School Assistant Principal Henry Sanabria was recognized at the Florida Department of Education Commissioner’s Leadership Award luncheon recently as St. Lucie County’s nominee for 2014 Outstanding Assistant Principal of the Year.

Fairlawn Elementary’s Helton VFW’s national Citizenship Teacher of the Year

Fairlawn Elementary School fifth grade teacher Shirley Helton learned February 4, 2014, she has been named the 2014 Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) national Citizenship Teacher of the Year. Helton was awarded the state honor in January at the organization’s state conference in Orlando. Helton expects formal recognition from the organization later in February.

Teacher of the Year finalists announced

Three teachers were surprised at their school sites the morning of January 24 when an entourage led by Superintendent Genelle Yost, school board members, district administrators and representatives of the St. Lucie County Education Foundation visited their classrooms to announce their selection as finalists for the 2015 St. Lucie County Public Schools Teacher of the Year. The finalists are: Heather Bolitho, media specialist at Oak Hammock K-8 School in Port St. Lucie; Matthew Boswell, Fort Pierce Central High School band and choral director; and Kelly Ridle, media specialist at Fairlawn Elementary School in Fort Pierce.

Employees honored as inaugural STAR recognition program recipients

Fort Pierce Central High School (FPCHS) culinary arts teacher Margaret (Peggy) Ash and school plant manager Barbara Hisey were honored at the January 28, 2014, St. Lucie School Board meeting for the inaugural presentation of the S.T.A.R. (Special Thanks and Recognition) employee recognition program. The two long-time school district employees were honored for doing “whatever it takes” to get the job done, as evidenced in their vital contribution to the success of the district’s Early Childhood Discoveries conference held on January 11, 2014 at the school.

Ms. Hisey and her team stayed late and their responsiveness to the needs of the event the Friday night before, and all day Saturday were outstanding. Ms. Ash and her culinary arts program students provided 250 lunches to those in attendance and her personal touch made all the difference.

REF: Lucie Links Newsletter (SLCSD) Feb. 2014




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