TAMPA — Finalists for three prestigious educational awards, including Teacher of the Year, were identified Friday in Hillsborough County.
The winners will be announced at a banquet on Jan. 23.
The current Hillsborough Teacher of the Year, music instructor Dakeyan “Dre” Graham, went on to become Florida’s Teacher of the Year.
This year’s group of 13 is a follows:
For Teacher of the Year:
Sommer SanFilippo, a reading resource teacher at Mendenhall Elementary; Chanell Newell, sixth-grade reading, Woodson PK-8; Samantha Hartman, first grade, Mort Elementary; Miranda Harwood, fourth grade, Brooker Elementary; Megan Thomas, biology, Riverview High.
For Ida S. Baker Diversity Educator:
Julie Snyder, migrant advocate, Robinson Elementary; Heidi Meyer, exceptional student education, Lopez Exceptional Center; James Martinez, industrial education, Hillsborough High; Keyada George, seventh-grade English language arts, Wilson Middle.
Instructional Support Employee of the Year:
Shirley Rosario, principal’s secretary, Farnell Middle; Eliane Broche, head custodian, Claywell Elementary; Natosha Bagley, exceptional student education aide, Witter Elementary; Angela White, sign language interpreter, Colson Elementary.