Manatee County School District Announces Excellence in Education Awards Finalists

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Michael Brackman(pictured) BRADENTON, FL – Eight exceptionally devoted and talented employees of the Manatee County School District were surprised by a visit from Superintendent Dr. Diana Greene, Board Chair Charlie Kennedy, Board Member Gina

Messenger, representatives of the Manatee Education Foundation, members of the District Leadership Team, and Marty the Marauder; as they learned they have been named finalists for this year’s “Excellence In Education Awards.”

The Excellence In Education Awards celebrate excellence in education in Manatee County by selecting an “Educator of the Year” and a “Support Employee of the Year.”

The four finalists in each category are:

EDUCATOR OF THE YEAR FINALISTS

·Joseph Baker, 6th Grade Social Studies Teacher at Buffalo Creek Middle

·Josephine Johnson, Kindergarten Teacher at Tara Elementary

·Nicholas Leduc, 4th Grade Teacher at Braden River Elementary

·Courtney Walker, 2nd Grade Teacher at Bashaw Elementary

SUPPORT EMPLOYEE OF THE YEAR FINALISTS

·Alfonzo Cruz, Teacher Aide, ESOL at Lee Middle

·Michael Brackman, Teacher Aide, ESOL at Johnson Middle

·Valerie Olmstead-Dugan, Computer Information Specialist for Food and Nutrition Services

·Jennifer Polson, Senior School Secretary at Wakeland Elementary

The finalists will be honored, and the “Educator of the Year” and “Support Employee of the Year” will be announced at the Excellence In Education Awards ceremony to be held on Wednesday, March 8, 2017, beginning at 7 p.m. at Manatee Technical College’s main campus.

The Educator representative will advance to the Florida Department of Education Macy’s Teacher of the Year competition, while the Support representative will advance to the Florida School Related Employee of the Year competition.

“The finalists that are being announced today are great examples of the kind of caring and committed employees we have in this school district,” said Superintendent Greene. “I look forward to celebrating the work these employees have done for our students and schools at the Excellence in Education Awards on March 8th.”

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