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BCPS Superintendent Makes Surprise Visits to Announce 2024 Caliber Awards Teacher of the Year Finalists

Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) is proud to announce the five finalists for the 2024 Caliber Awards Teacher of the Year. On Wednesday, December 6, 2023, BCPS Superintendent Dr. Peter B. Licata, School Board members and school leaders visited teachers in their classrooms with the surprise announcement and gift baskets. 

Congratulations to the outstanding educators chosen as Teacher of the Year finalists:  

Monique Acher is a Career Technical Education teacher and Department Chair at South Broward High School, teaching at BCPS for 25 years.   

“Ms. Acher is a problem-solver, a go-getter and a dynamic member of the South Broward High family,” said South Broward High Principal Alexander Francois. “She is an exceptional individual who strives to perform at her best in every aspect of her life.”  

Angela Cohen is a Literary Coach at Indian Trace Elementary School, teaching at BCPS for 11 years.  

“In the time that I have had the privilege of working with Angela, I have witnessed academic and social growth in our students, thanks to her instructional leadership,” said Indian Trace Elementary Principal Amy Winder. “She goes above and beyond to determine students’ strengths and weaknesses and works collaboratively with their teachers and parents to create instructional plans to meet their diverse needs.” 

Nicole Coutain-Marshall is a Literacy Coach at Village Elementary School, teaching at BCPS for 23 years.   

“Ms. Coutain consistently emphasizes that all scholars deserve an opportunity to receive a high-quality education,” said Village Elementary Principal Wanda Haynes. “She firmly believes that teachers should create engaging and inviting classrooms but more importantly, they should be lifelong learners themselves to serve our scholars to the best of their abilities.” 

Nadine Lallouz is an English Language Arts teacher and Department Chair at Broward Virtual School, teaching at BCPS for 27 years.  

“In my 30 years of teaching, I have encountered many types of educators. Some are excited and willing to try innovative techniques, some are dedicated to mentoring new instructors, and some are committed to furthering school improvement and, of course, most have a strong desire to educate and impact our youth,” said Broward Virtual Principal Christopher McGuire. “Nadine Lallouz encompasses every one of these qualities.” 

Dr. Claudia Singkornrat is a Science teacher at Pompano Beach High School, teaching at BCPS for 21 years. 

“Dr. Singkornrat has a strong passion for science and an unwavering commitment to student success,” said Pompano Beach High Principal Lisa Spencer. “Her impeccable teaching style is not only informative but also engaging while fostering a deep appreciation for the subject among students.” 

The 2024 Caliber Awards Ceremony honoring the nominees, semi-finalists and finalists for Teacher of the Year, Principal of the Year, Assistant Principal of the Year and School-Related Employee of the Year will take place on Friday, February 2, 2024, at 6 p.m., at the Lauderhill Performing Arts Center.  

For more information about the 2024 Caliber Awards Ceremony, visit

Watch today’s surprise visits to announce the Teacher of the Year finalists, provided by BECON-TV.



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