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    The 2020 Caliber Awards Ceremony, celebrating the outstanding nominees and finalists for Teacher of the Year, Principal of the Year, Assistant Principal of the Year and School-Related Employee of the Year takes place Thursday, January 16, 2020, at the Greater Fort Lauderdale Broward County Convention Center. If you’re not attending, you can watch the Caliber Awards Ceremony via a live stream beginning at 5:45 p.m.

  • 2020 Awards Ceremony
    Thursday, January 16, 2020, 6 p.m.

    Greater Fort Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center
    1950 Eisenhower Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33316

    Parking
    General parking is available in the Convention Center’s garage for $6 (up to five hours).
    For driving directions and parking information, visit ftlauderdalecc.com/directions-parking.html 

    Attire
    Business Elegant

    Event Flow
    5 p.m. Networking reception
    5:30 p.m. Guests are invited to be seated
    6 p.m. Program begins

     

TEACHER OF THE YEAR

  • The Teacher of the Year (TOY) program honors outstanding classroom teachers who inspire students of all backgrounds and abilities to excel. Through their contributions, we have made significant progress in student achievement. You are encouraged to join us in honoring these educators by participating in this prestigious recognition program.

    Click here to view the complete list of the Teacher of the Year Nominees.

  • Congratulations to our Teacher of the Year Finalists

    Arnita Kethireddy North Side Elementary School
    Arnita Kethireddy

    North Side Elementary School

    Arnita Kethireddy, a literacy coach at North Side Elementary School, is a 26-year veteran teacher. A desire to instill the love of learning in children is the reason she became an educator. “Our job as educators is to help students see their potential,” said Kethireddy. “The joy that I experience when children are engaged in authentic learning inspires me to come to work each and every day.” 


    Dr. Miranti Murphy Boulevard Heights Elementary School
    Dr. Miranti Murphy

    Boulevard Heights Elementary School

    Dr. Miranti Murphy has spent the last six of her 36 years in education as the literacy coach at Boulevard Heights Elementary School. “I’m inspired by the opportunity to meet the needs of a diverse student population and to prepare students for real-world experiences and expectations, including college and career readiness,” said Murphy.


    Dr. Iris Payan Hollywood Hills High School
    Dr. Iris Payan

    Hollywood Hills High School

    Dr. Iris Payan, a chemistry teacher at Hollywood Hills High School for the last 19 years, combines 21st century skills and life lessons in her science classes. She has witnessed her students grow in science literacy and become productive young adults. “The best reward is when students graduate and return to thank me for the academic and life lessons they learned in my class,” Payan said. Genuinely caring for her students, she establishes a safe environment to makes connections on a personal level, and encourages them to believe that they can overcome any challenge.


    Cari Rodriguez Harbordale Elementary School
    Cari Rodriguez

    Harbordale Elementary School

    Cari Rodriguez, a 21-year veteran educator, has spent the last six years at Harbordale Elementary School, where she serves as the literacy coach. Whenever possible, she combines fun with learning. “Student achievement is my inspiration,” says Rodriguez. “Whether building an igloo while studying the Inuit, eating pasta puttanesca while reading, or dancing and singing to multiplication facts, I want my students to enjoy learning.


    Sarah Zorn-Milmed West Broward High School
    Sarah Zorn-Milmed

    West Broward High School

    Sarah Zorn-Milmed, a biology teacher at West Broward High School, has taught for 18 years. She believes that every student has the potential to soar if given the opportunity and support to help them reach their academic and life goals. “My inspiration comes from my students. I do everything in my power to ensure that they meet success on their individual paths,” Zorn-Milmed said. She encourages and provides the support necessary to help students not only succeed, but excel.

PRINCIPAL OF THE YEAR/ ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL OF THE YEAR

  • Congratulations to our Principal of the Year Finalists

    Melissa Holtz Wilton Manors Elementary School
    Melissa Holtz

    Wilton Manors Elementary School

    Melissa Holtz has served as principal for the past eight years at Wilton Manors Elementary School, home to the District’s only International Baccalaureate Primary Years magnet program. Focusing on the growth of the whole child, she believes it’s her job to ensure students in her care are uplifted every day. “Not every child is the same. Some are book smart, some are artistically talented and some struggle every day academically,” said Principal Holtz. “All children, no matter their story, can be changed forever by the words and actions of those around them.” 


    Rhonda Parris Park Lakes Elementary School
    Rhonda Parris

    Park Lakes Elementary School

    Rhonda Parris became principal of Park Lakes Elementary School in 2017 when it was ranked as one of the lowest 300 schools in the state based on state assessment results. Having already served as principal at Sanders Park Elementary School for five years, she knew this would be a great opportunity to continue her passion for developing teachers, building solid academic infrastructure and impacting student learning by closing the achievement gap. In two years, Principal Parris worked to improve the school’s letter grade from a D to a B, which removed it from the list of lowest-performing schools.


    John Vetter Floranada Elementary School
    John Vetter

    Floranada Elementary School

    John Vetter is in his seventh year as principal of Floranada Elementary School, where his philosophy is that people, not programs, teach students. “I believe it’s my responsibility as principal to seek out only the best people to work at our school, regardless of the position,” said Principal Vetter. “I know that children watch everything we do and so each adult on campus is a teacher, whether he or she realizes it or not.”

  • Congratulations to our Assistant Principal of the Year Finalists

    Sean Curran Fort Lauderdale High School
    Sean Curran
    Fort Lauderdale High School

    Sean Curran has served as assistant principal at Fort Lauderdale High School for the past five years. “I’ve been fortunate to work with and inspire some of the most brilliant students to achieve great things, and to work with and inspire struggling students to reach their fullest potentials,” said Curran. “We need to ensure that we provide a learning community that allows students the freedom to explore their place in the world and instill in them the confidence to pursue their goals.”


    Cheryl Hodgson-Toeller Blanche Ely High School
    Cheryl Hodgson-Toeller

    Blanche Ely High School

    Cheryl Hodgson-Toeller has spent the last 14 of her 16 years with the District as assistant principal at Blanche Ely High School. “I believe education is the most wonderful and powerful gift we can give to ourselves and others,” Toeller said. “Children are unique and must be exposed to learning in a way that addresses and is cognizant of their individual needs, while being fun, creative and challenging.”


    Vicky LaPorte Atlantic Technical College and High School
    Vicky LaPorte

    Atlantic Technical College and High School

    Vicky LaPorte is in her seventh year as assistant principal at Atlantic Technical College and Technical High School. In 2002, she became one of eight teachers for the first freshman class enrolled at the new high school. “A rigorous academic program is essential for every student,” said LaPorte. “But it’s also necessary to prepare students for college and careers, and more importantly, life.”

SCHOOL-RELATED EMPLOYEE OF THE YEAR

  • The School-Related Employee of the Year (SREOY) Award recognizes outstanding non-instructional support personnel for the significant contributions to our schools, District and communities. The award honors individuals who have demonstrated exceptional skill and dedication in the performance of their jobs, thereby earning the respect and admiration of students, teachers, administrators, co-workers and parents. 

    Click here to view the complete list of the School-Related Employee of the Year Nominees.

  • Congratulations to our School-Related Employee of the Year Finalists

    Jane Fleming Pioneer Middle School
    Jane Fleming

    Pioneer Middle School

    Jane Fleming is the confidential office manager at Pioneer Middle School, where she has served students and families for 28 of her 30 years in the District. In addition to her assigned duties and responsibilities, Fleming assumes a multitude of tasks each day and is also the principal’s secretary. Impeccable, self-motivated, exceptional knowledge in her field and well organized, are just a few of the words used by colleagues to describe her work.


    Hazel Chantel James Office of Student Support Initiatives and Recovery
    Hazel Chantel James

    Office of Student Support Initiatives and Recovery

    Hazel Chantel James is the administrative assistant/confidential secretary at Lauderdale Manors Early Learning & Family Resource Center, where she has served for five of her 16 years with the District. She wears many hats and assumes many roles, going above and beyond the call of duty to ensure that students and families are provided the utmost care and service. She is also an active volunteer who values the opportunity to give of herself to help others.


    Shenequa Lee Beachside Montessori Village
    Shenequa Lee

    Beachside Montessori Village

    Shenequa Lee has served as the information management technician at Beachside Montessori Village since the school opened 10 years ago. She is responsible for maintaining accurate records of teacher and student data. She considers her co-workers and students as family and demonstrates a commitment to honing her skills to meet students’ individual needs.

     


    Amanda Muir Deerfield Beach Elementary School
    Amanda Muir
    Deerfield Beach Elementary School

    Amanda Muir serves as the micro-technician at Deerfield Beach Elementary School, where she is responsible for managing the inventory and the maintenance and repairs for over 1,200 pieces of equipment. Although this is her first year at the school, she has been employed in BCPS for 20 years. She works closely with parents to ensure their vast and varied technical support needs are met. She works with administrators and staff to obtain and place new technology tools in classrooms.

     


    Suzanne Specht Plantation Park Elementary School
    Suzanne Specht
    Plantation Park Elementary School

    Suzanne Specht has served as the information management technician at Plantation Park Elementary School for the past 15 years. She is responsible for maintaining all student registrations, records and data entry. She also takes on other roles and responsibilities because she loves her school, staff, students and families. Usually the first contact parents and families have, she has become the face of the school.

Proud Sponsors of the 2020 Caliber Awards

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    Bright Star Credit Union

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    Bank of America
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  • Silver

    ASP It's All About the Children
    BPA

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    Sunshine Child Programs

  • Bronze

    Chuck Puleri & Associates
    Grand Canyon University

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