Pasco teacher of the year is Wesley Chapel High School's Sean Gaudet
This year's Pasco County teacher of the year is Wesley Chapel High School drama instructor Sean Gaudet. He gets rave reviews from his students, not to mention his peers. Not bad for a guy who had never taught drama prior to joining the school staff in 1999, after nine years as a team leader at Whole Foods.
“I’ve always wanted to be a hero," Gaudet said in his application for the award. (We wrote this before he knew about winning, so we couldn't get fresh quotes.) "I wanted to be a hero not for the cape, although that’s undeniably cool, but in a world filled with bad things happening, I’ve always wanted to make things right. I know that I’m just one teacher out of many. There are lots of great teachers, and great stories. I am proud to be a contributing member of a great profession. On really good days, I even feel like a hero.”
The Pasco Education Foundation also recognized three other top district employees on Saturday evening. They are:
Clara Barlow, Lacoochee Elementary School instructional assistant, as School-Related Employee of the Year
Eddie Flicker, facilities and maintenance department, as Non-instructional Non-bargaining Employee of the Year
Kevin Shibley, Employee Relations supervisor, as Administrator of the Year
[NOTE: Because of the persistent unverified comments attacking people not associated with this award, the comments section of this blog post has been removed.]