Top First-Year Teachers

Emily Budzilek, left, a kindergarten teacher at Palm Terrace Elementary School, received the Elementary level First Year Teacher Award while Haleigh Smith, a World History teacher at Mainland High School, received the Secondary level First Year Teacher Award from the FUTURES Foundation.

FUTURES Foundation for Volusia County Schools awarded its 2019 First Year Teachers during its annual recognition event April 23 at Mainland High School’s Auditorium.

Emily Budzilek, a kindergarten teacher at Palm Terrace Elementary School, received the Elementary level First Year Teacher Award while Haleigh Smith, a World History teacher from Mainland High School, received the Secondary level First Year Teacher Award. Palm Terrace and Mainland are both in Daytona Beach.

This year’s reception, co-sponsored by FUTURES and Volusia United Educators, featured refreshments prepared and served by the Mainland Culinary Academy.

This year’s Elementary First Year Teacher nominees were:

•Blue Lake, Jamie Grover

•Champion, Courtney Kirk

•Citrus Grove, Elissa Cohen

•Cypress Creek, Alicia Melendez

•Deltona Lakes, Kathryn L. Buday

•Edgewater, Ryan Burkhalter

•Enterprise, Paige Shinsky

•Freedom, Katina Hurst

•Forest Lake, Jillian J. Larriviere

•Friendship, Elianis Nunez

•George Marks, Karen Smith

•Holly Hill, Taylor Berry

•Horizon, Jennifer Pugh

•Indian River, Patricia Crouse

•R.J. Longstreet, Stacie Snyder

•Manatee Cove, Danielle Staudte

•McInnis, Katie Hazel

•Orange City, Samantha Williams

•Osceola, Shelby Seaman

•Pathways, Tara Floyd

•Pierson, Tayla Kelly

•Pine Trail, Dusty Buck

•Port Orange, Haley Seay

•South Daytona, Mallory Smith

•Spirit, Danielle Bertossa

•Starke, Laney King

•Sunrise, Shannon Shontz

•Timbercrest, Christopher Collier

•Turie T. Small, Porscha Morrow

•Westside, Christina Murray

•Woodward, Samantha MacHardy

This year’s Secondary First Year Teacher nominees were:

•Atlantic, Diana Skerrett

•Campbell, Taneshia Williamson

•David C. Hinson, Allison L. Tanner

•DeLand High, Kristin D'Aquino

•DeLand Middle, Shayla S. Stoughton

•Deltona High, Nathacha Curras

•Deltona Middle, Julie Tussing

•Galaxy, Cory Rowe

•Heritage, Shelby Flowers

•New Smyrna Beach Middle, Georgia Corr

•Ormond Beach, Ashley King

•Pine Ridge, Kelly-Ann Hammerdorfer

•River Springs, Luke Gonyea

•Silver Sands, Caleb Rich

•Southwestern, Victoria Arnold

•Spruce Creek, Griffin Fuller

•T. Dewitt Taylor, Amber Dees

•University, Susanna Alires-Medina

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