Kindergarten teacher wins Hillsborough's We Deliver award
This year's "We Deliver" award in Hillsborough County went to Shelby Baldree, a kindergarten teacher at Hammond Elementary School in Odessa.
Fifteen parents, grandparents and community members nominated Baldree, 40, who joined the school district in 2005. Many described her work with children who are ill or learning-disabled.
"She is the absolute best advocate for her students that I have seen in any teacher, at any level," wrote Ken Ruthard, who added that when he was deployed to military duty in Afghanistan, "Mrs. Baldree sent me care packages with letters from the students. She also allowed me to Skype her students to thank them and discuss what it is like in Afghanistan."
The "We Deliver" award, which originated in 2006, recognizes school employees for their extra efforts to help students or the community. There were 418 nominees this year. The prize is $10,000.