Hillsborough Education Foundation’s Surprise Patrol traveled to schools around the county earlier this month to surprise 13 top-notch educators as finalists for this year’s Ida S. Baker Diversity Educator of the Year, Instructional Support Employee of the Year and Teacher of the Year awards.
The 13 finalists represent the best of the best in Hillsborough County Public Schools. A winner in each category will be named at the 2020 Excellence in Education Awards presented by Suncoast Credit Union on Jan. 23rd at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts.
Ida S. Baker Diversity Educator of the Year Finalists:
- Keyada George, Wilson Middle School Seventh Grade English Language Arts Teacher
- James Martinez, Hillsborough High School Industrial Education Teacher
- Heidi Meyer, Lopez Exceptional Center Exceptional Student Education (ESE) Teacher
- Julie Snyder, Robinson Elementary School Migrant Advocate Teacher
Instructional Support Employee of the Year Finalists:
- Natosha Bagley, Witter Elementary School Exceptional Student Education (ESE) Paraprofessional
- Eliane Broche, Claywell Elementary School Head Custodian
- Shirley Rosario, Farnell Middle School Principal’s Secretary
- Angela White, Colson Elementary School Sign Language Interpreter
Teacher of the Year Finalists:
- Samantha Hartman, Mort Elementary School First Grade Teacher
- Miranda Harwood, Brooker Elementary School Fourth Grade Teacher
- Chanell Newell, Woodson PK-8 Leadership Academy Sixth Grade Reading Teacher
- Sommer SanFilippo, Mendenhall Elementary School Reading Resource Teacher
- Megan Thomas, Riverview High School Biology Teacher
One of our core beliefs is that effective teachers are foundational to student success. Empowering teachers with the support they need to be effective is crucial—and the 2020 EIE Awards presents the perfect opportunity for the entire community to come together and show that support.
We hope you will join us! Tickets are available now: eie2020.eventbrite.com.
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