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Outstanding Educator of the Year finalists named in Pinellas

Officials for Pinellas Schools and the Pinellas Education Foundation surprised 10 district employees last week with the news that they were finalists for the 2013-14 Outstanding Educator of the Year award.

The finalists were among 80 nominations received earlier this year and were selected based on several criteria by a panel of judges. Over the next few weeks, they will undergo a second round of interviews and will be scored by a different panel of judges.

The winner will be announced Feb. 18 during the annual Evening of Excellence at Mahaffey Theater.

The finalists are:

Sarah Borchardt, a fifth-grade teacher at Starkey Elementary in Seminole who works with students who are gifted, have special needs and are learning English.

Susan Carney, a kindergarten teacher at Ozona Elementary School in Palm Harbor.

Melissa Colgan, a special needs teacher at Largo Middle School.

Kevin Ford, a band director and founder of the Leadership Conservatory for the Arts at Tarpon Springs High School.

Diana Harper, a fourth-grade teacher at Dunedin Elementary School.

Stephanie Martanovic, a seventh-grade civics teacher at Safety Harbor Middle School.

Tracey Raecek, an algebra teacher at Osceola Fundamental High School in Seminole.

Robert Sinibaldi, a PE teacher who works with special needs students at Walsingham Elementary in Largo.

Monica Taylor, a media specialist at Woodlawn Elementary School in St. Petersburg.

Gisela Torres, a Spanish teacher for the International Baccalaureate program at St. Petersburg High School.

Outstanding Educator of the Year finalists named in Pinellas 12/12/13 [Last modified: Friday, December 13, 2013 2:48pm]
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