Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Six Finalists for 2013 Brevard Teacher of the Year

VIERA – The names of six outstanding educators who have been selected as finalists for BPS 2013 Teacher of the Year have been announced. 


The finalists – three elementary and three secondary school educators – were selected from the 90 Teachers of the Year from each of the district schools and education service center areas. These individuals will now contend for the honor of being named Brevard 2013 Teacher of the Year. 


“These six exceptional teachers represent the talent and dedication illustrated by teachers throughout the district” said Superintendent, Dr. Brian Binggeli. “When you read their nominations for this award—made by colleagues—you can’t help but see the passion that these individuals bring to providing children with the highest quality education possible,” he continued. “My congratulations go to each one of them for earning this recognition!” 


The 2013 BPS Teacher of the Year will be chosen by a committee comprised of education, business and civic leaders in a formal selection process and will be announced in ceremonies at the ABC Awards Gala on Jan. 23. The winner will be Brevard’s representative in the state’s 2013 Teacher of the Year competition and be the recipient of more than $3,000 in cash and prizes. Finalists for the 2013 BPS Teacher of the Year are listed below in alphabetical order.



Joanna DiPeppe – Satellite High School
A National Board Certified teacher, Joanna DiPeppe, has been with BPS for 12 years, all of them at Satellite High where she teaches AP English and Composition. “As part of Satellite High School’s community, she does an outstanding job supporting her students and her colleagues in their endeavors,” Principal Mark Elliott expressed.  “Ms. DiPeppe’s dedication reaches beyond the classroom,” he continued.

Susan French- Sherwood Elementary
Susan French has been teaching in Brevard for 23 years and has been at Sherwood for the last nine. Currently she is a sixth grade classroom teacher. Principal Cindy Wilson had this to say about French’s nomination, “She has the characteristics that are necessary to be a great teacher: she inspires students to do their best; she creates a community within and outside her classroom; and she loves to learn and share new ideas.”

Debra Milliken – Oak Pak Elementary
Now in her 20th year of teaching, Debra Milliken has been at Oak Park since 2009 and currently teaches third grade. In his letter of recommendation, Principal Ron Dedmon said, “Mrs. Milliken is a strong force in education!  Her dedication, cooperation and commitment to students are commendable.  I strongly endorse Mrs. Milliken to represent the District as our Teacher of the Year!”
Jason Schack – Melbourne High School
Jason Schack, a PE teacher at Melbourne High, has been with the District for nine years; all but one in his current Location. James Willcoxon, principal of Melbourne High said this of Schack, “In my opinion, Jason Schack is a truly outstanding educator and role model for all students. He is a shining example of what a great teacher should represent each and every day with his students and colleagues.”
Amber Thibedeau – Sunrise Elementary
A nine year veteran teacher, Amber Thibedeau has been at Sunrise Elementary since it opened six years ago.  She is the Title I Science Teacher at the school. “Amber is one of the true professionals, which every administrator would like to have on their team,” said Principal Barry Pichard.  “Amber is a leader by example, very enthusiastic and excited about her students and her responsibilities.”
Jill Whitacre-West Shore Jr./Sr. High
Jill Whitacre, a seventh grade math teacher at West Shore for two years, has been employed with the District for the past 12. In a his letter of recommendation, Principal Rick Fleming begins, “Every once in a while in our profession, someone comes along that has a special gift for teaching and learning, and inspiring others to do the things they thought they never could. Here at West Shore, that special person is Jill Whitacre.”

Listed below are the names of the all of the 2013 BPS Teacher of the Year candidates:

SCHOOL
FIRST NAME
LAST NAME
Andersen, Hans Christian,  Elementary
Christine
Beck
Apollo Elementary
Michelle
Tucci-Gulbrand
Astronaut High
Kim
Hall
Atlantis Elementary
Michille
Hefelfinger
Audubon Elementary
Jennifer
Tonhauser
Bayside High
Christine
Barbuto
Cambridge Elementary
Lupe
Stephens
Cape View Elementary
Pamela
Smith
Carroll, Lewis, Elementary
Stefanie
Diegelman
Central Area Adult Education
Bruce
Pearce
Central Middle
Miranda
Korpas
Challenger 7 Elementary
Michael
Mugge
Clearlake Middle
Diahann
Shaw
Cocoa Beach Jr./ Sr. High
Jeri
Laufenberg
Cocoa High
Sara
Wyrick
Columbia Elementary
Vivaldo
Hays
Coquina Elementary
Sharon
McDowell
Croton Elementary
Kathy
Bartyczak
DeLaura Middle
Lisa
Bruno
Discovery Elementary
Mary
Wouters
Dr. W. J. Creel Elementary
Anita
Campbell
Eau Gallie High
Emily
Toriak
Edgewood Jr./Sr High
Laura
Robbins
Endeavour Elementary
Karen
Coppola
Enterprise Elementary
LeeAnne
Herold
Exceptional Student Education
Karen
Williams
Fairglen Elementary
Kimberly
Haggard
Freedom 7 Elementary School of International Studies
Payne
Thomas
Gardendale Elementary Magnet
Rhonda
Ripperger
Gemini Elementary
Holly
Hays
Golfview Elementary Magnet
Lorri
Benjamin
Harbor City Elementary
Tiffany
Letawa
Heritage High
Enrique
Luna
Holland, Spessard , Elementary
Judy
Vizzini
Hoover, Herbert C.  Middle
Crystal
Golinello
Imperial Estates Elementary
Magi
Sizemore
Indialantic Elementary
Kimberly
Donovan
Jackson, Andrew Middle
Kyle
Hess
Jefferson, Thomas, Middle
Peggi
DeRoy
Johnson, L.B.
Tammy
Greene
Jupiter Elementary
Jamie
Versluis
Kennedy, John F.,  Middle
Jolette
McDonald
Lockmar Elementary
Brittani
Bluhnm
Longleaf Elementary
Kristie
Pederquist
Madison, James, Middle
Joyce
Smolik
Manatee Elementary
Aulakh
Pamela
McAuliffe, Christa, Elementary
Attah
Tikili
McNair, Ronald, Magnet Middle
Maria
Diaz
Meadowlane Intermediate
Kimberly
Herring
Meadowlane Primary 
Bridget
Braun
Melbourne High
Jason
Schack
Merritt Island High
Amy
Finney
MILA Elementary
Janet
Eastman
Mims Elementary
Jamie
Reynolds
Oak Park Elementary
Debra
Milliken
Ocean Breeze Elementary
Kate
McDaniel
Palm Bay Elementary
Sally
White
Palm Bay High
Jasmin
Baez
Pinewood Elementary
Michelle
Lang
Port Malabar Elementary
James
Harding
Quest Elementary
Jamie
Slentz
Riverview School
Zorica
Simic
Riviera Elementary
Theresa
Chase
Rockledge High
Leslie
Shinault
Roosevelt Elementary
Holly
Schumann-Grubb
Roy Allen Elementary
Kathleen
Giannasi
Sabal Elementary
Lee
Taylor
Satellite High
Joanna
DiPeppe
Saturn Elementary
Brooke
Hotaling
Sculptor Charter School
Maria
Tyson
Sea Park Elementary
Maria
Clifford
Sherwood Elementary
Susan
French
South Lake Elementary
Anthony
Colucci
Southwest Middle
Keith
Merrell
Space Coast Jr./Sr. High
Milagros "Milly"
Sessions
Stevenson, Robert Louis, Elementary
Alison
Fletcher
Stone Middle
Melissa
Grabowski
Sunrise Elementary
Amber
Thibedeau
Suntree Elementary
Amy
Imka
Surfside Elementary
Tew
Sandy
Titusville High
Thomas
Hietpas
Tropical Elementary
Mary
Hoffman
Turner Sr., John F. Elementary
Cindy
Carlson
University Park Elementary
MaryEllen
Sorensen
Viera High
Kate
Howick
Virtual Instruction Secondary
Cindy
Dean
West Melbourne Elementary School For Science
Ashley
Skeen
West Shore Jr/Sr High
Jill
Whitacre
Westside Elementary
Cindy
Roach
Williams, Ralph M.Jr., Elementary
Marie
Sichler