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Kathryn Bylsma named Pasco teacher of the year



BylsmaKathryn Bylsma, science department head at John Long Middle School in Wesley Chapel, has been selected Pasco County's 2009 teacher of the year.

Bylsma, 49, has taught in Pasco since 1993. She recently served on the committee that helped draft Florida's new science standards.

She told the Pasco Education Foundation, which sponsors the award, that teachers must be keen observers, empathetic listeners, flexible facilitators, truthful reflectors, purposeful evaluators, unending learners, and enthusiastic communicators -- in other words, practically super human.

"You do what you need to do for kids," Bylsma said in a recent interview.

Other awards announced Saturday evening were:

  • Administrator of the year:  Terry Rhum, director, employee relations.
  • SRP of the year:   Donna Lyons, secretary, Mary Giella Elementary School
  • Non-instructional non-bargaining employee of the year: Leroy Christopher, plant manager, Stewart Middle School

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 10:12am]


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