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Pinellas schools name 14 finalists for 2010 outstanding educator program

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

Pinellas schools name 14 finalists for 2010 outstanding educator program 11/28/09 [Last modified: Saturday, November 28, 2009 3:31am]
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