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Meet your 2016-17 Pinellas Outstanding Educator finalists

East Lake Middle School Academy of Engineering student Andrew Long, left, celebrates with his teacher Sarah Dobes, center, moments after Dobes was announced as the 2016 Outstanding Educator of the Year in Pinellas public schools at during the Evening of Excellence celebration on February 2 at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater. Dobes was among 10 finalists who were also acknowledged with special medallions during the event, which was presented by the Pinellas Education Foundation. Recognition also was given to business partners of the school district and to the Free Enterprise Hall of Honor Inductee.

DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD | Times

East Lake Middle School Academy of Engineering student Andrew Long, left, celebrates with his teacher Sarah Dobes, center, moments after Dobes was announced as the 2016 Outstanding Educator of the Year in Pinellas public schools at during the Evening of Excellence celebration on February 2 at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater. Dobes was among 10 finalists who were also acknowledged with special medallions during the event, which was presented by the Pinellas Education Foundation. Recognition also was given to business partners of the school district and to the Free Enterprise Hall of Honor Inductee.

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Ten Pinellas County educators received a pleasant surprise this week.

District officials and Pinellas Education Foundation representatives barged into their classrooms with the news: they would take the stage in January as finalists for the 2016-17 Pinellas Outstanding Educator of the Year.

They are:

William Black, a fifth-grade teacher at Anona Elementary School

Alison Blanco, a mathematics teacher at Osceola Middle School

Karen Cangemi, a reading/literacy coach at High Point Elementary School

Vanessa Ko, a mathematics teacher at Palm Harbor Middle School

Kali Kopka, a kindergarten teacher at Leila Davis Elementary School

Angela Pitts, a kindergarten teacher at Azalea Elementary School

Brandon Rader, a social studies teacher at St. Petersburg High School

David Reid, a curriculum technology specialist at East Lake Middle School Academy

Zanetta Robinson, a language arts teacher at Thurgood Marshall Fundamental School

Michelle Zajac, a third-grade teacher at Curlew Creek Elementary School

The district narrowed down 120 nominations to 10 finalists, which were scored by a panel of judges based on multiple criteria. The finalists will be interviewed and go through a second round of scoring by a different judging panel before announcing the winner at the annual Evening of Excellence on Jan. 31, 2017 at the Mahaffey Theater in St. Petersburg.

For now, the finalists will celebrate on a float in the annual Snowfest Parade in St. Petersburg on Dec. 3. 

[Last modified: Thursday, November 17, 2016 3:05pm]

    

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