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Two National Board Certified Pinellas County teachers are among 70 educators nationwide who contributed to a new book titled Powerful Classroom Stories from Accomplished Teachers.

Renee O'Brien from Bay Point Middle School and Michael Taylor from Meadowlawn Middle School submitted stories for the book that includes the work of National Board Certified teachers or teachers who are in the process of becoming certified.

O'Brien's piece is included under the heading "National Board Core Proposition 2: Teachers Know the Subjects They Teach and How to Teach Those Subjects to Students." Taylor's is included in the section titled "National Board Core Proposition 5: Teachers Are Members of Learning Communities."

Valerie Brimm, principal at Pinellas Park Middle School, received a doctorate in educational leadership from the University of South Florida in December.

Brimm, 42, began working for Pinellas County Schools in 1986 after graduating from Florida State University. A Northeast High School alumna, she taught science and physical education at Largo Middle School while completing a master's degree in educational leadership at the USF.

She was an assistant principal at Safety Harbor Middle School before her promotion to principal in 2002.

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