Pinellas schools announce finalists for top educator
Pinellas County Schools has announced 14 finalists in the district's 2010 outstanding educator program.
Principals., parents, community members and teachers nominated 92 educators. A principal's signature was required on all nominations. Two administrators and a local business leader observed semifinalists in the classroom and then selected finalists in several categories.
Winners in each category, along with the 2010 Outstanding Educator, will be announced Jan. 20 during a celebration at Ruth Eckerd Hall sponsored by the Pinellas Education Foundation. About $6,000 in prize money will be awarded.
Last year's Outstanding Educator was Bridget Bohnet, a seventh-grade math teacher at Clearwater Fundamental Middle School.
This year's finalists are:
Creativity & Innovation
Vanessa Bowen, Marjorie Rawlings Elementary
Jeanne Gagliardo, Safety Harbor Middle
Kerry Giordano, Thurgood Marshall Fundamental Middle
Commitment to Children & Families
Lorrie Bennett, Frontier Elementary
Robin Hedman, Mildred Helms Elementary
Michelle Lampert, Palm Harbor Middle
Ambassador of the Profession
Marlene Frisse, Orange Grove Elementary
Courtney Mack, Blanton Elementary
Commitment to Improvement of the Profession
Marcene Juergens, Osceola Middle
Andrea Sanchez, Bay Point Elementary
Deborah Stevens, Bay Point Middle
Inspiring Students to Performance at Higher Levels
Rosemary Collins, Safety Harbor Middle
Lisa Fagan-Brown, James B. Sanderlin Elementary
Brooke Johannessen, Cross Bayou Elementary
Apply for students' spots online this year
Parents who want to fill out an application for magnet, fundamental and career academy programs for the 2010-2011 school year will have to do it online this year, according to district officials.
The online application process using the Student Reservation System is replacing the phone application system used in previous years. Parents will need a user ID and password to log into the system. District officials are urging those who don't have them to get them before the application period kicks off Jan. 9.
Parents who need a user ID or password can go to any school with a photo identification and request one. Families that already have a user ID and password don't need to request another. The application period runs until Jan. 29. Visit pcsb.org/SchoolOptions/files/how_to_apply_2010-11.pdf.