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Pinellas Outstanding Educator semifinalists named

A dozen Pinellas County teachers have been chosen from an initial pool of more than 75 as this year's Outstanding Educator of the Year semifinalists. They are:

* Jennifer Anderson, East Lake High School

* William Barlow, James B. Sanderlin IB World School (K-8)

* Michelle Brennan, Safety Harbor Elementary

* Becky Bride, Palm Harbor University High School

* James Gill, Seminole Vocational Education Center

* Christine Joseph, Skycrest Elementary School

* Krista Kelleher, Sawgrass Lake Elementary School

* Jennifer Klimis, Tarpon Springs Fundamental Elementary School

* Debra Maccini, Douglas L. Jamerson Elementary School

* Daniel Regan, Pinellas Park High School

* Jean Wark, Perkins Elementary School

* Joanne Wright, Safety Harbor Middle School

The finalists will be announced in January, with the winner named on Feb. 25.

"It's always a great pleasure to celebrate the accomplishments of the dedicated professionals who have committed their lives to educating our children," superintendent Mike Grego said in a news release. "This year's Outstanding Educator semifinalists are truly representative of all those who strive day in and day out to deliver their best. I offer them my heartfelt congratulations and thanks for all they do."

The district also announced Support Employee of the Year semifinalists on Wednesday. They are:

Direct Involvement

* Aymarah Benz, Bauder Elementary, ESE Associate

* Lori Gooding, Dunedin Elementary, ESE Associate

* Gregory Hinton, Lakewood High, Campus Monitor

* Amy Putnam, Cypress Woods Elementary, High Needs Associate

* Sandra Sumner, Shore Acres Elementary, ESE Associate

* Irma Vargas, Skycrest Elementary, Bilingual Assistant I

* Kathy Weller, Blanton Elementary, Title I Paraprofessional

Indirect Involvement

* Tameaka Brown, Gibbs High, Office Clerk I

* Mary Heldt, East Lake High, Senior Data Technician

* Anita Herman, Frontier Elementary, Secretary/Bookkeeper

* Cassandra Holt, James B. Sanderlin PK-8 IB World School, Secretary/Bookkeeper

* Melodie Moreno, Leila G. Davis Elementary, Family & Community Liaison

* Essie Sneed, Tomlinson Adult Learning Center, Secretary/Bookkeeper

* Debra Stotts, Largo Middle, Office Clerk I

Limited Involvement

* Patrick Curry, Melrose Elementary, Head Plant Operator

* Katherine Dickinson, Curlew Creek Elementary, Secretary/Bookkeeper

* Jeffrey Frey, Walter Pownall Service Center, Carpenter Journeyman

* Kristy Hayes, Ponce de Leon Elementary, Secretary/Bookkeeper

* Hilda Henley, Administration Building, Secretary to Assistant Superintendent

* Lisa Packard, Administration Building, Clerk Specialist I

* Jerry Reynolds, Countryside High, Head Plant Operator

The winner will be named on Jan. 18.

Posted by Jeff Solochek at 1:22:50 pm on November 14, 2012