Volusia Schools select Teachers of the Year

Volusia County Schools 71 Teachers of the Year were honored in a special outdoor ceremony Oct. 14 hosted by VCS, FUTURES Foundation, The Daytona Tortugas and AdventHealth.

Each of Volusia's public schools complete a formal process to select a Teacher of the Year. The winners, chosen by their peers, are nominated to compete for the honor of 2022 Teacher of the Year, to be announced in January.

The current Volusia County Teacher of the Year is Josie Stumpf, who teaches fifth grade at Holly Hill School.

Ms. Stumpf and 2019 VCS Teacher of the Year Nicole Grebosz were among the VIP speakers at the Oct. 14 all-star-themed Teacher of the Year reception at Jackie Robinson Ballpark.

The 2022 district Teacher of the Year winner will be announced in January and will be nominated for the state Teacher of the Year program.

The New Smyrna Beach and Edgewater area Teachers of the Year and their schools are:

•Lorrie J. Schwartz, Chisholm Elementary

•Heather Ranieri, Coronado Beach Elementary

•Gina M. Flanagan, Edgewater Public

•Tracy Graham, Indian River Elementary

•Hervey Eisenbach, New Smyrna Beach High

•Sue Carignan, New Smyrna Beach Middle

•Sarah Snyder, Read-Pattillo Elementary

The Daytona Beach, Holly Hill and Ormond Beach area Teachers of the Year and their schools are:

•Tonya Harden, Campbell Middle

•Lynsey Wood, Champion Elementary

•Esther Ashton, Hinson Middle

•Marie McCalligan, Holly Hill School

•Joe Biggs, Longstreet Elementary

•Nikki R.Golub, Mainland High

•Julie Reheiser, Ormond Beach Elementary

•Kelly Ambrose, Ormond Beach Middle

•Jan-Michael Scott, Ortona Elementary

•Christy Cleckler, Osceola Elementary

•Elizabeth Delores Harkness, Palm Terrace Elementary

•Heidi Flannery, Pathways Elementary

•Carly Cravotta, Seabreeze High

•Brandi Hartman, Tomoka Elementary

•Angel M. Sessoms, Turie T. Small Elementary

•Jessica Minor, Volusia Pines Elementary

•Linnell Cooper, Westside Elementary

The Port Orange and South Daytona area Teachers of the Year and their schools are:

•Don Brunning, Atlantic High

•Jan Consiglio, Creekside Middle

•Kimberly Krivich, Cypress Creek Elementary

•Vanessa Cassel, Horizon Elementary

•Reva Woodard, Port Orange Elementary

•Joey Powell, Silver Sands Middle

•Lauren Sita, South Daytona Elementary

•Amy Charron Woodard,

Spruce Creek Elementary

•Samantha Murray, Spruce Creek High

•Stephanie Ann Ramos, Sugar Mill Elementary

•Megan Martens, Sweetwater Elementary

The West Volusia area Teachers of the Year and their schools are:

•Nereida Colon, Blue Lake Elementary

•Frank Garaitonandia, Citrus Grove Elementary

•Nicole Santina Strocchia, DeBary Elementary

•Jim Lowenstein, DeLand High

•Lori J. Beans, DeLand Middle

•Adrienne Palmer, Deltona High

•Catherine Connell, Deltona Lakes Elementary

•Tanya Naylon, Deltona Middle

•Irma Lima, Discovery Elementary

•Sherri Barry, Enterprise Elementary

•Robin Bradshaw, Forest Lake Elementary

•Melissa Flesch, Freedom Elementary

•Michelle L. Kelley, Friendship Elementary

•Sandra Bradley, Galaxy Middle

•Laura Matthews, George Marks Elementary

•Elizabeth Bidwell, Heritage Middle

•Rebecca Gaebel, Manatee Cove Elementary

•Rebecca Dail, McInnis Elementary

•Vanesa López-Muñiz, Orange City Elementary

•Roxanne Hirt Goodling, Osteen Elementary

•Randee Ruth, Pierson Elementary

Brenda Burgett, Pine Ridge High

•Kari Dalusio, Pride Elementary

•Barbara Mulkey, River Springs Middle

•Cari Zillmann, Southwestern Middle

•Blair Duoos, Spirit Elementary

•Dr. Zena J. Ramsey, Starke Elementary

•Marianne Dolce, Sunrise Elementary

•Richard Gonzalez, Taylor Middle-High

•Sheryl Chase, Timbercrest Elementary

•Dr. Orlando Roman, University High

•Jessica Minor, Volusia Pines Elementary

•Maeve McNew, Woodward Avenue Elementary

Also nominated were:

•Rosalind Alderman-Little, Alternative Education

•Amy Chalfant, Volusia Online Learning

•Nathaniel Lee Sylvester, Legacy Scholar Academy

Deltona student selected as ABAC Ambassador

Cydney Slapa, a sophomore agriculture major from Deltona, has been selected as an Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College Ambassadors.

Through a process involving application, letters of recommendation and interviews, college administrators choose students whom they believe to be motivated and who show leadership potential.

The Ambassadors assist ABAC by representing and promoting the college at a variety of community and campus events. They work to maintain positive relationships between students, faculty, alumni, and the community.

Students must maintain at least a 2.5 cumulative grade point average on a 4.0 scale and commit at least 35 hours per semester to their service as Ambassadors.

Writing contest

The National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution has announced its 2020-21 annual writing contest.

The topic this year is "The Boston Massacre."

March 5 marked the 250th Anniversary of the Boston Massacre, considered to be a pivotal event that paved the way to the American Revolution.

The student is to imagine they are living in Boston and, after witnessing the event of March 5, describe their families discussion and what role it played in organizing the colonists against the British King and Parliament.

The writing contest is open to any student in grades 5 through 8 and is due Nov. 20.

For more information, contact Karen Knowles of the Capt. James Ormond Chapter at kknowles450@gmail.com.

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