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Second-grade teacher Stacey Visceglie leads class with her usual animated, high-energy style Monday morning at Challenger K-8 School of Science and Mathematics. Visceglie uses a teaching system designed to engage the whole brain.BRENDAN FITTERER | Times

Hernando Teacher of the Year uses interaction, repetition in 'whole brain' teaching

SPRING HILL On Monday morning, Challenger K-8 second-grade teacher Stacey Visceglie welcomed her class with the typical "Good morning, class, class, class." • They replied, "Good morning, yes, yes, yes." The repetitive nature of her greeting was likely part of the reason Visceglie was named the Hernando County Scho …


  1. Residents welcome Cortez Commons' businesses, but traffic issues abound

    Local Government

    SPRING HILL — Hauling several bags of merchandise to her car in the Hobby Lobby parking lot one day last week, Brooksville resident Sabrina Sparkman was wearing a smile that said "mission accomplished."

    “The whole com-munity now has only one way to come out. It is just crazy. Who thought this up?’’
The Rev. Arlinda Burks,
Mariner United Methodist
  2. What the Hernando commission really needs? More scrutiny

    Local Government

    I had a good chat recently with Bob Martinez, a former neighbor and onetime fellow member of a now rare species — newspaper people.

  3. District girls basketball: Land O'Lakes, River Ridge to meet a third time


    NEW PORT RICHEY — After sluggish starts Wednesday, the top seeds rolled to victory in the Class 5A, District 8 semifinals, with No. 1 Land O'Lakes topping Fivay 51-31 and host River Ridge dropping Tarpon Springs 60-26.

  4. District girls basketball: Wiregrass Ranch thrives on defense


    TAMPA — Wiregrass Ranch junior guard Trakyra Kidd picked up two fouls in the first three minutes of Wednesday's Class 7A-8 district semifinal against Steinbrenner.

    It didn't matter.

    Wiregrass Ranch’s Trakyra Kidd, who was a menace on defense for the Bulls, takes the ball down the court.
  5. Hernando Briefs for Jan. 30


    Neighborhood news calendar


    Free tax assistance program available

  6. Universal Unitarians celebrate anniversary, move to larger facility, launch new programs


    WEEKI WACHEE — It's been a busy time for the Unitarian Universalist Church in the Pines. The church recently moved to a new location to accommodate growth in membership, celebrated its 25th anniversary with a service that included an American tribal dance, and this weekend will launch its new First Sunday Forum …

    It’s been a busy time for the Unitarian Universalist Church in the Pines, which recently moved to bigger quarters.
  7. Hernando Business Digest for Jan. 30


    Business digest


    SPRING HILL TRAVEL AGENCY RECOGNIZED: My Paradise Planner of Spring Hill was honored during the 2014 Sandals Travel Agency Recognition Awards in Ocho Rios, Jamaica.