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Meet this year’s top teachers in Hillsborough, Pinellas

The two school districts will host virtual events Thursday to honor their finalists and pick winners in a handful of categories.
Members of the Tarpon Springs Jazz Ensemble from Tarpon Springs High entertained the crowd last January at Mahaffey Theater as Pinellas County announced its Teacher of the Year. This year's event will be virtual because of the coronavirus pandemic.
Members of the Tarpon Springs Jazz Ensemble from Tarpon Springs High entertained the crowd last January at Mahaffey Theater as Pinellas County announced its Teacher of the Year. This year's event will be virtual because of the coronavirus pandemic. [ Pinellas Education Foundation ]
Published Jan. 21
Updated Jan. 21

(Note: This story has been updated with the correct names of this year’s Emerging Teachers in Pinellas County.)

Public school districts on both sides of Tampa Bay will break with tradition Thursday evening and honor their top educators in virtual ceremonies.

Before the night is over, Hillsborough and Pinellas will each have a Teacher of the Year who can go on to compete for the statewide honor. Hillsborough will also name its instructional support employee of the year, and the recipient of the Ida S. Baker for diversity in education.

And Pinellas will recognize two recently hired “Emerging Teachers” who have already been named: Patricia Wing of John Hopkins Middle School; and Kourtney Chavez of James B. Sanderlin K-8.

As with other such events, this year’s ceremonies shifted to virtual formats because of the coronavirus pandemic. Hillsborough will begin its celebration at 5:30 p.m. In Pinellas, the festivities begin at 7 p.m.

Follow this link to view the Pinellas award ceremony and this one for Hillsborough.

Here are the finalists:

HILLSBOROUGH

Nicolette R. Dewsbury, 39, media specialist, Mann Middle School. Joined the district in 2010.

Nicolette R. Dewsbury
Nicolette R. Dewsbury [ Hillsborough County School District ]
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Audra Kondash, 40, kindergarten teacher, Witter Elementary. Joined the district in 2004.

Audra Kondash
Audra Kondash [ Hillsborough County School District ]
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Laura Meehan, 31, music specialist, Caminiti Exceptional Center. Joined the district in 2016.

Laura Meehan
Laura Meehan [ Hillsborough County School District ]
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Adetola Shokunbi, 34, third-grade teacher, Belmont Elementary. Joined the district in 2010.

Adetola Shokunbi
Adetola Shokunbi [ Hillsborough County School District ]
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Katie Stallings, 33, second-grade teacher, MacFarlane Park Elementary. Joined the district in 2019.

Katie Stallings
Katie Stallings [ Hillsborough County School District ]
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Ida S. Baker Educator of the Year finalists:

Anglin Brown Mosley, 53, a youth services varying exceptionalities support facilitator. Joined the district in 1995.

Angelin Brown Mosley
Angelin Brown Mosley [ Hillsborough County School District ]
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Chardae Duffy, 32, library media specialist, Woodson PK-8 Leadership Academy. Joined the district in 2010.

Chardae Duffy
Chardae Duffy [ Hillsborough County School District ]
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Amanda Palmer, 33, varying exceptionalities teacher, Hunter’s Green Elementary. Joined the district in 2012.

Amanda Palmer
Amanda Palmer [ Hillsborough County School District ]
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Selina Perez, 50, physical education teacher, Smith Middle School. Joined the district in 1996.

Selina Perez
Selina Perez [ Hillsborough County School District ]
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Instructional support finalists:

Meredith Bippen, secretary, Rodgers Middle School. Joined the district in 2019.

Meredith Bippen
Meredith Bippen [ Hillsborough County School District ]
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Michael Helton, 51, nutrition services manager, Dawson Elementary. Joined the district in 2012.

Michael Helton
Michael Helton [ Hillsborough County School District ]
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Lynn Jones, 58, exceptional student education paraprofessional, Mitchell Elementary. Joined the district in 2015.

Lynn Jones
Lynn Jones [ Hillsborough County School District ]
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PINELLAS

Joycelyn Avery-Wright, 56, teacher, Nina Harris Exceptional Student Education Center. Joined the district in 2006.

Joycelyn Avery-Wright
Joycelyn Avery-Wright [ Pinellas County Schools ]
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Nicole Caltabellotta, 35, fifth-grade teacher, Seventy-Fourth Street Elementary School. Joined the district in 2014.

Nicole Caltabellotta
Nicole Caltabellotta [ Pinellas County Schools ]
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Karen Collier, 37, fourth-grade teacher, Leila Davis Elementary School. Joined the district in 2008.

Karen Collier
Karen Collier [ Pinellas County Schools ]
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Heather Hole, 41, social studies teacher, Oak Grove Middle School. Joined the district in 2005.

Heather Hole
Heather Hole [ Pinellas County Schools ]
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Allison Jurado, 41, fifth-grade teacher, Oakhurst Elementary. Joined the district in 2014.

Allison Jurado
Allison Jurado [ Pinellas County Schools ]
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Sarah Painter, 41, fifth-grade teacher, Eisenhower Elementary. Joined the district in 2003.

Sarah Painter
Sarah Painter [ Pinellas County Schools ]
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Mark Powers, 37, language arts teacher, Clearwater High School. Joined the district in 2016.

Mark Powers
Mark Powers [ Pinellas County Schools ]
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Jennifer Riddick, 59, third-grade teacher, Fairmount Park Elementary School.

Jennifer Riddick
Jennifer Riddick [ Pinellas County Schools ]
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Gregory Stewart, 52, industrial arts teacher, East Lake Middle School Academy of Engineering. Joined the district in 2013.

Gregory Stewart
Gregory Stewart [ Pinellas County Schools ]
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Kelly Webb, 51, science teacher at Palm Harbor University High. Joined the district in 2008.

Kelly Webb
Kelly Webb [ Pinellas County Schools ]