Feeds:
Posts
Comments

Archive for the ‘Lake Technical Center’ Category

ChelseaLake Technical College is proud to announce that Auto Collision Repair & Refinishing student, Chelsea Bonds, is the well-deserving recipient of a 2016 Women’s Industry Network (WIN) Scholarship. Chelsea graduated from Umatilla High School in June 2015 and started Lake Tech’s Auto Collision program in August.  Chelsea is a respected student-leader on campus as her program’s appointed Student Ambassador for Lake Tech’s Student Leadership Council.  She often gives guided campus tours to prospective students, as well as, represents Lake Tech at various community and high school events around the county.

The Women’s Industry Network is a “not-for-profit organization dedicated to encouraging, developing and cultivating opportunities to attract women to collision repair while recognizing excellence, promoting leadership, and fostering a network among the women who are shaping the industry,” according to the WIN website. The WIN Scholarship is awarded each year to only 5 recipients from across the nation who are chosen by a committee made up of women in the industry. Beverly Rook, chairman of the scholarship committee, said that “Recipients of the WIN scholarships demonstrate their desire to excel in the field of Collision Repair… Each scholarship recipient will receive a $1,000.00 scholarship to continue her post-secondary education in collision repair, a one-year WIN Membership, plus registration fees and travel expenses to attend the 2016 WIN Educational Conference in Tampa, FL, May 2-4.”

Chelsea said, “I’m excited to meet other women in the industry and to learn from my WIN mentor.” Chelsea has great ambitions to open her own auto body shop, but her dream doesn’t stop there. Not only does she want to help others by taking care of their cars, she also wants to incorporate personal care and well-being into her business design. “I hope to not only take care of people’s cars, but to have a salon, childcare, and possibly a health foods area available to my clients while they have their car repaired.” She admits that she’s still working out the details of her plan, but she’s determined to make it a reality.  She thanks God for her talents, and her parents, Lake Tech instructors, and the WIN network for all their support as she pursues her dreams.

More information about WIN and their scholarship opportunities can be found on their website, http://thewomensindustrynetwork.ning.com/.

Advertisements

Read Full Post »

The entire Lake County community is invited to choose between two proposed calendar options for the 2015-2016 school year through an online poll at http://www.lake.k12.fl.us/calendarvote.

Parents, students, employees and community residents have until Tuesday, Jan. 13, to select an option. A summary of the options is shown below.

OPTION 1:
• School starts Monday, Aug. 24, 2015.
• Five days off around Thanksgiving – Nov. 23-27, 2015.
• Spring Break from March 21-25, 2016.
• School ends Thursday, June 9, 2016.

OPTION 2:
• School starts Monday, Aug. 24, 2015.
• Three days off around Thanksgiving – Nov. 25-27, 2015.
• Spring Break from March 21-25, 2016.
• School ends Tuesday, June 7, 2016.

Visit http://www.lake.k12.fl.us/calendarvote to view each option in detail.

The online poll will close on Tuesday, January 13.

The results of the poll will be forwarded to the Lake County School Board. The Board is expected to consider the 2015-2016 school calendar options at its meeting on Monday, January 26.

Read Full Post »

A new venue at Lake-Sumter State College’s Everett A. Kelly Convocation Center gave the Educational Foundation of Lake County’s annual Night of Stars celebration a new vibe this year as dozens of volunteers and school employees were honored last week.

Night of StarsFrom more than 6,000 volunteers, schools selected 51 volunteers who were vying for the Volunteer of the Year honor. The three finalists for the honor were:

Harmony Gray, Beverly Shores Elementary School — As the youth division winner, she volunteered more than 440 hours this school year and has been a volunteer for two years. Some of her volunteer activities include: helping with the summer pre-kindergarten program; school office; and family science nights.

Gayle Minnig, Mount Dora High School — As the adult division winner, she has volunteered more than 2,000 hours this year and has been a volunteer for 4 years. Volunteering for the Hurricane Marching Band at Mount Dora High is her passion. Her biggest challenge date was to organize the band’s largest field trip in history: the Super Bowl parade in New Orleans.

Martha Koons, Beverly Shores Elementary School — As the senior division winner, she had volunteered more than 2,500 hours this year and has been a volunteer for 10 years. Her patience and dedication has helped hundreds of children learn to read not only at Beverly Shores, but at Eustis Heights and Leesburg elementary schools as well.

Minnig was selected as the Volunteer of the Year. Three finalists were also vying for the School-Related Employee of the Year honor. The three finalists were:

Night of StarsNilda Rivera — A Secretary from the Human Resources Department, Rivera has been with the school district for 10 years. She is responsible for fingerprinting and screening employees. Her supervisor finds her to be organized and constantly looking to improve productivity.

Allison Auld — A Bookkeeper at Leesburg High, Auld has been with the school district for seven years. Principal Bill Miller cites her skills and accuracy as a factor of her nomination but states “the finest characteristic of Mrs. Auld is her passion to assist struggling students. She has adopted several student mentees and meets regularly to offer encouragement.”

Lydia Flores — A Secretary for Title I Department, Flores has eight years of experience with the school district. She is known for her passion for working with families who are sometimes left out of the school setting. She has formed relationships within the community to provide food, clothing and household items to families in need.

Rivera was selected as the School-Related Employee of the Year. The nominees for the Volunteer of the Year and School Employee of the Year awards were selected by peer vote at their school site or department and a panel of independent judges scored the nominee packets using guidelines from the Florida Department of Education. Both winners will compete at the state level over the summer.

Other awards handed out during the celebration included:

  • Business Partners of the Year — Akers Media and Walt Disney World
  • Scott Strong Volunteer of the Year — Jim Miller
  • Foundation Board Member of the Year — Bill Giffing

Volunteers honored at the Night of Stars, which was hosted by the Educational Foundation of Lake County and sponsored by CFE Federal Credit Union, Electric Services Inc., Mathias Foodservice Equipment, SEIU, Herff-Jones and AXA Financial include (number of hours reflect their volunteer time served and years of service):

YOUTH DIVISION

  • Harmony L. Gray, Beverly Shores Elementary (440 hours, 2 years)
  • Ashley May, East Ridge High (300 hours, 1 year)
  • Darian Hunter, Fruitland Park Elementary (180 hours, 1.5 years)
  • Kristen Larson, Groveland Elementary (120 hours, 2 years)
  • Mariam McIntosh, Grassy Lake Elementary (253 hours, 1.5 hours)
  • Danielle Reid, Lost Lake Elementary (110 hours, 4 years)
  • Jane Saunders, Mount Dora Middle (117 hours, 1.5 years)
  • Robert Carlisle, Pine Ridge Elementary (20 hours, 3 years)
  • Maya Weissman, Sawgrass Bay Elementary (10 hours, 1 year)
  • Austin McCullough, Seminole Springs Elementary (23 hours, 1 year)
  • Mara Fenlon, Tavares Elementary (443 hours, 5 years)
  • Michael Crowe, Tavares Middle (70 hours, 2 years)
  • Rachel Schram, Triangle Elementary (175 hours, 2 years)
  • Robyn Demitry, Umatilla Elementary (200 hours, 4 years)
  • Jon Elbert Hoskinson, Windy Hill Middle (270 hours, 2 years)

ADULT DIVISION

  • Angela Tatro, Beverly Shores Elementary (1,240 hours, 2 years)
  • Margie Donelson, East Ridge High (400 hours, 2 years)
  • Cyndi Caruso, Eustis High (540 hours, 3 years)
  • Robin Bracco, Fruitland Park Elementary (200 hours, 4 years)
  • Cherie Larson, Groveland Elementary (600 hours, 6 years)
  • Adam Cronk, Grassy Lake Elementary (209 hours, 4 years)
  • Sherina Jones, Leesburg Elementary (800 hours, 3 years)
  • Theresa Sherman, Lost Lake Elementary (104 hours, 3 years)
  • Cheryl Johnson, Minneola Charter Elementary (789 hours, 4 years)
  • Gayle Minnig, Mount Dora High (2,000 hours, 4 years)
  • Dana Bruns, Mount Dora Middle (14 hours, 1.5 years)
  • Sarah Forero, Pine Ridge Elementary (189 hours, 2 years)
  • Jenny Solano, Sawgrass Bay Elementary (105 hours, 5 years)
  • Krista Pentz, Seminole Springs Elementary (264 hours, 2 years)
  • Anna Schroth, Sorrento Elementary (365 hours, 3 years)
  • Carla Stephens, Spring Creek Charter (300 hours, 9 years)
  • Mary Hongo, Tavares Elementary (424 hours, 4 years)
  • Andrew Jones, Tavares High (450 hours, 2 years)
  • Sandy Wooster, Tavares Middle (1,500 hours, 9 years)
  • Colleen Terry, Triangle Elementary (250 hours, 4 years)
  • Laura Rummel, Umatilla Elementary (160 hours, 4 years)
  • Hazel Morfe, Windy Hill Middle (100 hours, 8 years)

SENIOR DIVISION

  • Martha Koons, Beverly Shores Elementary (2,500 hours, 10 years)
  • Gerry Baiman, East Ridge High (400 hours, 1 year)
  • Beverly Lang, Fruitland Park Elementary (116 hours, 2 months)
  • Stuart Young, Groveland Elementary (363 hours, 1 year)
  • Barbara Carmody, Grassy Lake Elementary (150 hours, 4 years)
  • Vincent Brewer, Lost Lake Elementary (86 hours, 10 years)
  • Sharon Sayre, Pine Ridge Elementary (169 hours, 3 years)
  • Carol Finger, Sawgrass Bay Elementary (44 hours, 6 years)
  • Joyce Stevens, Seminole Springs Elementary (134 hours, 17 years)
  • Sue Wolf, Tavares Elementary (1,200 hours, 3 years)
  • Robert Herrick, Treadway Elementary (285 hours, 5 years)
  • Donna Hobbs, Triangle Elementary (1,690 hours, 5 years)
  • Michael Crawford, Windy Hill Middle (108 hours, 4 years)

SCHOOL-RELATED EMPLOYEES HONORED AT THE NIGHT OF STARS INCLUDE:

  • Dawn Johnson, Astatula Elementary
  • Shunta Hurst, Beverly Shores Elementary
  • Jennifer Pease, Carver Middle
  • Lynne Gigliati, Clermont Elementary
  • Richard Bowman, Clermont Middle
  • Patty Robbins, Cypress Ridge Elementary
  • Nicole Oster, East Ridge High
  • Xavier Rodriguez, East Ridge Middle
  • Maria Parra, Eustis Elementary
  • Sandra Todd, Eustis Heights Elementary
  • Cindy McVeigh, Eustis High
  • Regina Brown, Eustis Middle
  • Sarah Lockwood, Fruitland Park Elementary
  • D’Lynn Garay, Grassy Lake Elementary
  • Regina Penny, Gray Middle
  • Dawn Simons, Groveland Elementary
  • Jessica Hopperton, Lake County Virtual School
  • Lucy Hall, Lake Hills School
  • Alice Schellhorn, Lake Minneola High
  • Irene B. Storm, Lake Technical Center
  • Alex Marchbanks, Leesburg Elementary
  • Allison Auld, Leesburg High
  • Bobbie Beer, Lost Lake Elementary
  • Robin Harris, Mascotte Charter Elementary
  • Leonor Morales, Minneola Charter Elementary
  • Emma Arredondo, Mount Dora High
  • Mary Mulligan, Mount Dora Middle
  • Sue Dearwester, Oak Park Middle
  • Yvonne Milejczak, Pine Ridge Elementary
  • Roger White, Rimes Early Learning & Literacy Center
  • Kimber Keene, Round Lake Charter Elementary
  • Orlenda Martinez, Sawgrass Bay Elementary
  • Sharon Solomon, Seminole Springs Elementary
  • Maria Tew, Sorrento Elementary
  • Mary McKinnon, South Lake High
  • Teresa Hammock, Spring Creek Charter
  • Kathy Williams, Tavares Elementary
  • Benjamin Crunk, Tavares High
  • Gloria Reyes, Tavares Middle
  • Alphonso Williams, Treadway Elementary
  • Nancy Woodward, Triangle Elementary
  • Nancy White, Umatilla Elementary
  • Donna Daughtry, Umatilla High
  • David W. Brown, Umatilla Middle
  • Tom Smith, Villages Elementary
  • Kathy Staab, Windy Hill Middle
  • Lydia Flores, Title I
  • Shannon Hensley, Maintenance Department
  • Melissa Metz Moore, Facilities Department
  • Nilda Rivera, Human Resources Department
  • Nancy Hauptkorn, Main Transportation
  • Jerri Groves, South Lake Bus Lot
  • John Ross, Tavares Bus Lot

Read Full Post »

Laura Fagan, an eighth grade social studies teacher from Windy Hill Middle School, took the title of 2015 Rookie Teacher of the Year for Lake County Schools at last month’s Award Ceremony at Lake-Sumter State College.

“I want to share this recognition with you all,” Fagan said to her fellow Rookie Teacher of the Year nominees. “This award could be justified going home with any one of you, and I believe that is something to celebrate.”

Rookie Teacher of the YearThe two other finalists for the annual award were Cynthia Murray, a kindergarten teacher at Eustis Heights Elementary, and Lindsey Massaro, a band teacher at Umatilla Middle. The Rookie Teachers of the Year Celebration was hosted by the Educational Foundation of Lake County and presented by Ernie Morris Enterprises and HON.

The finalists were selected based upon a panel of judges’ review of their application. To be eligible for the award, teachers must have three years of experience or less. The final selection was announced after another panel of judges conducted on-site interviews and observed the three finalists in the classroom.

“It is an honor to have Mrs. Fagan recognized as the Rookie Teacher of the Year,” said Amy Cockcroft, Principal at Windy Hill Middle. “She has an amazing ability to bring her content to life, while getting her students to reach high standards and all while having fun.”

Fagan is in her second year teaching at Windy Hill Middle. She believes, “If asked, students would say my class is fun. But, I would argue that it is something else. What my students don’t know is that there is a difference between fun and novelty. The novelty of the history is what makes it fun and exciting. I am thrilled to find my students captivated by history.”

Nominees for Rookie Teacher of the Year from each school were recognized at the event, including:

  • Carissa Kase, Astatula Elementary
  • Kelly Messer, Beverly Shores Elementary
  • Gregory Chavis, Carver Middle
  • Heather Fern, Clermont Elementary
  • Howard Gowan, Clermont Middle
  • Joseph E. Davidson, Cypress Ridge Elementary
  • Christopher Eck, East Ridge High
  • Tanci Levit, East Ridge Middle
  • Angela Kirkpatrick, Eustis Elementary
  • Cynthia Murray, Eustis Heights Elementary
  • Nicole Marie Austin, Eustis High
  • Rebecca Collins, Eustis Middle
  • Jeanne Villegas, Fruitland Park Elementary
  • Dana Colangelo, Grassy Lake Elementary
  • Cari Urankar, Gray Middle
  • Micaella Glenn, Groveland Elementary
  • Jordan Bombard, Lake Hills
  • Charles P. Durante, Lake Technical Center
  • Courtney Welch, Leesburg Elementary
  • Nicole DeLuca, Leesburg High
  • Kacy Wolfe, Lost Lake Elementary
  • Jodi Cousins, Mascotte Charter Elementary
  • Luis Robles, Minneola Charter Elementary
  • Ben Bullock, Mount Dora High
  • Logan Steuben, Mount Dora Middle
  • Christina Fulton, Oak Park Middle
  • Patricia Franklin, Pine Ridge Elementary
  • Stephanie Fishel, Rimes Early Learning Center
  • Kathleen Chestnut, Round Lake Charter Elementary
  • John Joseph Ardizone, Sawgrass Bay Elementary
  • Amanda Gibson, Seminole Seminoles Elementary
  • Eric Calabrese, South Lake High
  • Christina Faryna, Spring Creek Charter
  • Cortney Smathers, Tavares Elementary
  • Nikki Sauerbrey, Tavares High
  • Victoria Warnet, Tavares Middle
  • Wendy Charles, Treadway Elementary
  • Dongmi Donnini, Triangle Elementary
  • Ashlee Raczkowski, Umatilla Elementary
  • Jennifer Rausch, Umatilla High
  • Lindsey Massaro, Umatilla Middle
  • Lisa Deffenbaugh, Villages Elementary
  • Laura Fagan, Windy Hill Middle

Read Full Post »

An evening to celebrate the outstanding teachers of Lake County and an opportunity to congratulate the newest Teacher of the Year brought hundreds of guests to Lake Receptions in Mount Dora.

The Teacher of the Year Celebration, presented by the Educational Foundation of Lake County, recognized 47 teachers from schools in Lake County that were nominated by their peers to represent their respective schools. From the nominees, a panel of six judges graded the teachers’ applications to narrow the list to three finalists: Keith Hyndshaw from Leesburg High, Tiffany Scott from Mount Dora Middle and Rachel Adams from Round Lake Elementary Conversion Charter. Three judges conducted a site interview with the finalists before arriving at the final choice.

Teacher of the YearThe celebration included a host of speakers, including Jerry Miller from Duke Energy and Lake County School Board Members Rosanne Brandeburg, Kyleen Fischer and Debbie Stivender. The emcee for the evening was State Sen. Alan Hays. The keynote speaker for the event was Dorina Sackman, 2014 State of Florida Teacher of the Year.

As anticipation grew for the final selection to be announced, Lake County Schools Superintendent Dr. Susan Moxley and 2013-2014 Teacher of the Year Noris Aguayo from Groveland Elementary and Academic Services helped set the stage with inspirational messages to teachers. Dr. Moxley opened the envelope to reveal Adams’ selection. Shortly after the announcement, Kimberly Jarvis, Principal of Groveland Elementary, transferred the Teacher of the Year Trophy to Linda Bartberger, Principal at Round Lake Elementary.

Adams has five years of teaching experience, including the last year as the fourth grade teacher at Round Lake Elementary Conversion Charter.

The other Teachers of the Year recognized at the event include:

  • Matt Burris, Astatula Elementary
  • Karen Zachar, Beverly Shores Elementary
  • Linda Wright, Carver Middle
  • Jennifer Lykins, Clermont Elementary
  • Nethia McConnell, Clermont Middle
  • Stacey M. Taylor, Cypress Ridge Elementary
  • Betty Howard, East Ridge High
  • Cheryl Manganiello, East Ridge Middle
  • Kristy Beach, Eustis Elementary
  • Damian Bardoni, Eustis Heights Elementary
  • Jessica Dawn Mariany, Eustis High
  • Roberta Schneck, Eustis Middle
  • Ellen Miller, Fruitland Park Elementary
  • James Neiford, Grassy Lake Elementary
  • Chelsey Gismonde, Gray Middle
  • Amy Tarquine, Groveland Elementary
  • John Wall, Humanities and Fine Arts Charter
  • Carolyn Mendez, Lake County Virtual School
  • Gina M. Hay, Lake Hills School
  • Stephanie Dunlap, Lake Minneola High
  • Beth L. Thornton, Lake Technical Center
  • Jessica Hunter, Leesburg Elementary
  • Sue Reid, Lost Lake Elementary
  • Wendi Newman, Mascotte Charter Elementary
  • Natalie Dyer, Minneola Charter Elementary
  • Billye Kozlowski, Mount Dora High
  • Andrea Smith, Oak Park Middle
  • Kristin O’Hara, Pine Ridge Elementary
  • Theresa Daugherty, Rimes Early Learning & Literacy Center
  • Imali Kent, Sawgrass Bay Elementary
  • Edwin Anderson, Seminole Springs Elementary
  • Jennifer Hurley, Sorrento Elementary
  • John Hebert, South Lake High
  • Kelly Ferrie, Spring Creek Elementary Charter
  • Terri Reynolds, Tavares Elementary
  • Debbie Ziebart, Tavares High
  • Thomas Valenta, Tavares Middle
  • JulieAnn Feezor, Treadway Elementary
  • Whitney Frazier, Triangle Elementary
  • Wendy Clark, Umatilla Elementary
  • Jaime Adkins, Umatilla High
  • Kerry McLaughlin, Umatilla Middle
  • Tatyana Baty, Villages Elementary
  • Laura Lindsay-Zahn, Windy Hill Middle

Read Full Post »

Forty-seven of the best teachers in Lake County have been named Teacher of the Year for their individual schools.

Over the next month they will be preparing a comprehensive packet designed by the Florida Department of Education. This packet will be scored by six judges and the three teachers with the highest scores will be named finalists.

A new team of judges from out of county will make site observations and conduct interviews to select the 2015 Lake County Teacher of the Year. The winner will be announced on Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014, at the Teacher of the Year Celebration at Lake Receptions, located at 4425 N. Highway 19A in Mount Dora.

Please join the Educational Foundation of Lake County in congratulating the following nominees.

  •   Matt Burris, Astatula Elementary
  •   Karen Zachar, Beverly Shores Elementary
  •   Linda Wright, Carver Middle
  •   Jennifer Lykins, Clermont Elementary
  •   Nethia McConnell, Clermont Middle
  •   Stacey M. Taylor, Cypress Ridge Elementary
  •   Betty Howard, East Ridge High
  •   Cheryl Manganiello, East Ridge Middle
  •   Kristy Beach, Eustis Elementary
  •   Damian Bardoni, Eustis Heights Elementary
  •   Jessica Dawn Mariany, Eustis High
  •   Roberta Schneck, Eustis Middle
  •   Ellen Miller, Fruitland Park Elementary
  •   James Neiford, Grassy Lake Elementary
  •   Chelsey Gismonde, Gray Middle School
  •   Amy Tarquine, Groveland Elementary
  •   John Wall, Humanities of Fine Arts Charter
  •   Gina M. Hay, Lake Hills
  •   Stephanie Dunlap, Lake Minneola High
  •   Beth L. Thornton, Lake Technical Center
  •   Carolyn Mendez, Lake County Virtual
  •   Jessica Hunter, Leesburg Elementary
  •   Keith Hyndshaw, Leesburg High
  •   Sue Reid, Lost Lake Elementary
  •   Wendi Newman, Mascotte Charter Elementary
  •   Natalie Dyer, Minneola Charter Elementary
  •   Billye Kozlowski, Mount Dora High
  •   Tiffany Scott, Mount Dora Middle
  •   Andrea Smith, Oak Park Middle
  •   Kristin O’Hara, Pine Ridge Elementary
  •   Theresa Daugherty, Rimes Early Learning Center
  •   Rachael Adams, Round Lake Charter Elementary
  •   Imali Kent, Sawgrass Bay Elementary
  •   Edwin Anderson, Seminole Springs Elementary
  •   Jennifer Hurley, Sorrento Elementary
  •   John Hebert, South Lake High
  •   Kelly Ferrie, Spring Creek Charter
  •   Terri Reynolds, Tavares Elementary
  •   Debbie Ziebart, Tavares High
  •   Thomas Valenta, Tavares Middle
  •   JulieAnn Feezor, Treadway Elementary
  •   Whitney Frazier, Triangle Elementary
  •   Wendy Clark, Umatilla Elementary
  •   Jaime Adkins, Umatilla High
  •   Kerry McLaughlin, Umatilla Middle
  •   Tatyana Baty, Villages Elementary
  •   Laurie Lindsay-Zahn, Windy Hill Middle

Read Full Post »

At the annual Night of Stars celebration, Lake County Schools and Education Foundation of Lake County shine a spotlight on the exemplary service volunteers and school-related employees provide to the School District.

From more than 6,000 volunteers, schools selected 39 volunteers who were vying for the Volunteer of the Year honor at
the Night of Stars celebration on April 12 at Lake Receptions in Mount Dora. The three finalists for the honor were:

Superintendent Dr. Susan Moxley; Nancy Velez, principal Eustis High; Melissa Arjona, Youth Volunteer finalist Eustis High; Sheriff Gary Borders; Joann Havens-Winner Volunteer of the Year (finalist Adult division) Tavares High; June Dalton, principal Tavares High; Debra Rogers, principal Umatilla Elementary (she is holding a picture of the Senior Volunteer finalist, Gail Tibbals); School Board Chair Kyleen Fischer.

Superintendent Dr. Susan Moxley; Nancy Velez, principal Eustis High; Melissa Arjona, Youth Volunteer finalist Eustis High; Sheriff Gary Borders; Joann Havens-Winner Volunteer of the Year (finalist Adult division) Tavares High; June Dalton, principal Tavares High; Debra Rogers, principal Umatilla Elementary (she is holding a picture of the Senior Volunteer finalist, Gail Tibbals); School Board Chair Kyleen Fischer.

Melissa Aronja, Eustis High School — As the youth division winner, she volunteered more than 450 hours this school year and has been a volunteer for four years. Some of her activities include: opening a food pantry at Eustis High, setting up fundraisers for the Boys & Girls Club and organizing a tutoring program for elementary school students.

Joann Havens, Tavares High School — As the adult division winner, she has volunteered more than 1,000 hours this year and has been a volunteer for 12 years. Through her efforts as a volunteer, the Tavares High Band has been able to raise funds to purchase more than $15,000 of new equipment.

Gail Tibbals, Umatilla Elementary — As the senior division winner, she had volunteered more than 2,000 hours this year and has been a volunteer for 12 years. She is a retired educator that has become an integral part of the volunteer group at Umatilla Elementary. She helps wherever she is needed, even to the point of taking home work to do so that the students have materials ready for them at school.

Havens was selected as the Volunteer of the Year. Three finalists were also vying for the School-Related Employee of the Year honor. The three finalists were:

Superintendent Dr. Susan Moxley; Liz Bourdon, Director of Title One; Gina Leake-Winner School-Related Employee of the Year; Rusty Dosh, Director Title One; Sheriff Gary Borders, Trella Mott, principal Tavares Middle; Doris Weizenecker- finalist Tavares Middle, School Board Chair Kyleen Fischer, Charlie McDaniel, principal East Ridge Middle; Rosanne Rodriguez-finalist East Ridge Middle.

Superintendent Dr. Susan Moxley; Liz Bourdon, Director of Title One; Gina Leake-Winner School-Related Employee of the Year; Rusty Dosh, Director Title One; Sheriff Gary Borders, Trella Mott, principal Tavares Middle; Doris Weizenecker- finalist Tavares Middle, School Board Chair Kyleen Fischer, Charlie McDaniel, principal East Ridge Middle; Rosanne Rodriguez-finalist East Ridge Middle.

Gina Leake — A Family School Liaison from the Title I Department, Leake has nine years of experience in the position. Title I Director Liz Bourdon said Leake is very enthusiastic and creative as she serves as a liaison between school personnel, parents and community agencies to facilitate parent awareness and school involvement.

Rosanne Rodriguez — An Exceptional Student Education (ESE) Clerk, Rodriguez has worked in the position for nearly five years at East Ridge Middle School. She assists the ESE Department by processing and maintaining specialized ESE records, forms and reports. Rodriguez also provides classroom coverage during meetings and acts as a Spanish interpreter when needed.

Doris Weizenecker — An ESE Clerk, Weizenecker has worked in the position for three years at Tavares Middle School. In addition to assisting the ESE Department with paperwork, she also works on the school’s Positive Behavior Support program, School Advisory Committee, Discipline Committee and Leadership Committee.

Leake was selected as the School-Related Employee of the Year. The nominees for the Volunteer of the Year and School Employee of the Year awards were selected by peer vote at their school site or department and a panel of independent judges scored the nominee packets using guidelines from the Florida Department of Education. Both winners will compete at the state level over the summer.

Other awards handed out during the celebration included:

  • Business Partners of the Year — United Southern Bank and Ernie Morris Enterprises.
  • Scott Strong Volunteer of the Year — Jennifer Dempsey
  • Educational Foundation Board Member of the Year — Joe Alexander

Volunteers honored at the Night of Stars, which was hosted by the Educational Foundation of Lake County and sponsored by Electric Services Inc., include (number of hours reflect their volunteer time served and years of service):

YOUTH DIVISION

  • Nikki Novak, East Ridge High (600 hours, 3 years)
  • Samantha Arnett, Eustis Elementary (30 hours, 1 year)
  • Brooks Edward James, Fruitland Park Elementary (11 hours, 1 month)
  • Matthew “Brian Everett, Lost Lake Elementary (96 hours, 1 year)
  • Kelcy Collins, Mascotte Elementary (106 hours, 1 year)
  • Morgan Keating, Pine Ridge Elementary (55 hours, 4 years)
  • Devyn Pelkey, Round Lake Elementary (52 hours, 1 year)
  • Kevin Sanders, Sawgrass Bay Elementary (40 hours, 2 years)
  • Joe Burns, Seminole Springs Elementary (43 hours, 1 year)
  • Mara Fenlon, Tavares Elementary (170 hours, 4 years)
  • Sunshine Cox, Umatilla Elementary (60 hours, 1 year)

ADULT DIVISION

  • Olga White, Astatula Elementary (288, 2 years)
  • Lisa Neuhauser Welling, Clermont Elementary (150 hours, 3 years)
  • Carol Lilley, Clermont Middle (50 hours, 1 year)
  • Desiree Cicco, Cypress Ridge Elementary (293 hours, 4 years)
  • Mary Lee Hopkins, East Ridge Middle (170 hours, 1.5 years)
  • Kim Peterson, Eustis Elementary (150 hours, 4 years)
  • Andrea Jauschneg, Eustis High (130 hours, 2 years)
  • Missy Ziler, Fruitland Park Elementary (60 hours, 4 years)
  • Tricia Blunt, Gray Middle (365 hours, 2 years)
  • Christine Lane, Groveland Elementary (568 hours, 1.5 years)
  • Lee Semp, Lost Lake Elementary (226 hours, 4 years)
  • Tonya Crawford, Mascotte Elementary (290 hours, 1 year)
  • Tonya Coleman, Pine Ridge Elementary (439 hours, 2 years)
  • Diane Waring, Round Lake Elementary (179 hours, 4 years)
  • Aimee Markussen, Sawgrass Bay Elementary (300 hours, 2 years)
  • Cheryl Land, Seminole Springs Elementary (396 hours, 3 years)
  • Kelly Mammolite, Sorrento Elementary (165 hours, 3 years)
  • Mary Hongco, Tavares Elementary (229 hours, 3 years)
  • Patrick Morgan, Triangle Elementary (93 hours, 5 months)
  • Tina Hall, Umatilla Elementary (1,500 hours, 4 years)
  • Dale Broom, Umatilla High (504 hours, 2 years)
  • Pamela Colmenero, Umatilla Middle (282 hours, 2 years)
  • Rebecca Lausier, Windy Hill Middle (100 hours, 9 years)

SENIOR DIVISION

  • David Tucker, East Ridge High (200 hours, 1 year)
  • Fred Robey, Fruitland Park Elementary (106 hours, 1 year)
  • Russell Hope, Groveland Elementary (182 hours, 4 years)
  • Dick Gerard, Lost Lake Elementary (85 hours, 9 years)
  • Laura Krull, Mascotte Elementary (590 hours, 3 years)
  • Donald DeNoon, Pine Ridge Elementary (101 hours, 9 years)
  • Ann Beebe, Round Lake Elementary (152 hours, 3 years)
  • Pamela Dixon, Sawgrass Bay Elementary (100 hours, 3 years)
  • Jeff Burgard, Seminole Springs Elementary (90 hours, 6 years)
  • Susan Abel, Sorrento Elementary (52 hours, 3 years)
  • Sally Zonner, Spring Creek Elementary (432 hours, 5 years)
  • Sue Wolf, Tavares Elementary (438 hours, 2 years)
  • Donna Hobbs, Triangle Elementary (1,900 hours, 4 years)

SCHOOL-RELATED EMPLOYEES HONORED AT THE NIGHT OF STARS INCLUDE:

  • Paige Morgan, ESE Teacher Assistant, Astatula Elementary
  • Sheila Snow, Custodian, Beverly Shores Elementary
  • Karla DeMarco, Guidance Secretary, Carver Middle
  • Becky Avery, School Secretary, Clermont Elementary
  • Eric Antonisen, Custodian, Clermont Middle
  • Christina Trevine, Food Service Assistant/Custodian, Cypress Ridge Elementary
  • Clyde Evans, Custodian, East Ridge High
  • Diane Faniel, Custodian, Eustis Elementary
  • Tim Cadwell, Bookkeeper, Eustis Heights Elementary
  • Rachel Koenig, School Secretary, Eustis High
  • Howard Alexander, Custodian, Eustis Middle
  • Kim Stumbo, ESE Clerk, Fruitland Park Elementary
  • April Dempsey, Food Service Manager, Grassy Lake Elementary
  • Larry Conley, Head Custodian, Gray Middle
  • Terry Elliot, Head Custodian, Groveland Elementary
  • Erma Cain, Head Custodian, Lake Hills School
  • Jani Ness, Bookkeeper, Lake Minneola High
  • Robert Zehner, PC Software Technician, Lake Technical Center
  • Lisa Odom, Bookkeeper, Leesburg Elementary
  • Karen Brunson, Clerical Assistant, Leesburg High
  • Jeff Davis, Custodian, Lost Lake Elementary
  • Jean Sapp, Paraprofessional, Mascotte Elementary
  • Wendy D’Angelo, Enrichment Assistant, Minneola Elementary
  • Teresa Lawson, Media Center Clerk, Mount Dora High
  • Kerri Andrews, Clerical Assistant, Mount Dora Middle
  • Beverly Hughes, Guidance Secretary, Oak Park Middle
  • Terry White, Custodian, Pine Ridge Elementary
  • Pearl Miller, Food Service Manager, Rimes Early Learning & Literacy Center
  • Gail Matthews, Nurse, Round Lake Elementary
  • Vrenlly Cruz-Guerro, Teacher Assistant, Sawgrass Bay Elementary
  • Brigitte Buchner, Clerical Assistant, Seminole Springs Elementary
  • Lisa Schmidt, Clerical Assistant, South Lake High
  • Pam Linemann, Bookkeeper, Spring Creek Elementary
  • Dorinda Honeycutt-Fenlon, Tavares Elementary
  • Gayle Sikkema, Bookkeeper, Tavares High
  • Pat Duncan, Treadway Elementary
  • Anthony Gilcrease, Custodian, Triangle Elementary
  • Bobbye Tracer, Teacher Assistant, Umatilla Elementary
  • Tina Watkins, Athletic Clerk, Umatilla High
  • JoAnne Hickey, Umatilla Middle
  • Stephanie Bryant, Family School Liaison, Villages Elementary
  • Kathy Staab, Bookkeeper, Windy Hill Middle
  • Susan Clemons, Human Resources Specialist, Human Resources Services

Read Full Post »

Older Posts »

%d bloggers like this: