Produced by the Department of Community Relations
For the second year in a row, this invitation-only event will be broadcast live over a variety of cable and fiber optic television channels and Web sites. They are: Polk County School Board Television (Bright House Networks channel 614, Comcast channel 7, Verizon FiOS channel 45), PGTV, the county commission channel (Bright House channel 622, Comcast channel 5, Verizon FiOS channel 20), the school district’s www.polk-fl.net Web site and the county commission’s www.polk-county.net. Please return here the evening of the event to watch it live online!
You can also watch the event live on the following cable channels:
The nominees are listed below.
Alturas Elementary: Connie Christoph, visual arts; Betty Wood, paraeducator.
Auburndale Central Elementary: Chimere Washington, grade one; Karen Merritt, secretary.
Auburndale High: Tracy Butcher, ESOL; Jackie Mulford, secretary.
Boswell Elementary: Catherine Mack, grade four; Nona Dye, ESE.
Caldwell Elementary: Brandi Miller, grade one; Linda Coomer, paraeducator.
East Area Adult & Community: Karen Hagerty, GED; Christina Scott, secretary.
Lena Vista Elementary: Betty Baker, grade four; Luis Castro, custodian.
Stambaugh Middle: Nicole Sealey, reading; Angela Rausch, paraeducator.
Bartow Elementary Academy: Krista Greene, network manager; Angela Farris, foodservice.
Bartow High/IB/Summerlin Academy: Jon Eckman, music; Cecelia Greear, paraeducator.
Bartow Middle: Michele Parmer, agriculture; Linda Griggs, lab manager.
Compass Middle: Lorena Lucas, language arts; Inez Polite, lab manager.
District Office: Annette Stutts, office systems supervisor (school-related nominee).
Floral Avenue Elementary: Brandy Ammermann, grade three; Kerry Goheen, paraeducator.
Gause Academy: Kimberly Motta, history; Gloria Macias, paraeducator.
Gibbons Street Elementary: Sandy Doyle, physical education; Rodney White, ESE paraeducator.
Polk Life and Learning Center: Robert Steele, ESE physical education; Linda Johnson, secretary.
Spessard L. Holland Elementary: Brenda Guice, kindergarten; Mikayla Register, paraeducator.
Stephens Elementary: Laura Holloway, grade three; Wendy Winchester, secretary.
Union Academy: Dwayne Buchanan, science; Robert Holland, custodian.
Davenport School of the Arts: Nancy Varner, graphic art; Betty Locklear, custodian.
Horizons Elementary: Ryan Foster, reading; Karen Dumke, foodservice.
Loughman Oaks Elementary: Samantha McHenry, kindergarten; Nancy Hillman, paraeducator.
Ridge Community High: Esteban Jaramillo, JROTC; Dorothy Fason, secretary.
Donald E. Woods Center: Orinthius Simmons, physical education; Felipe Calzada, paraeducator.
Dundee Elementary: Jessica Short, math; Sherri McCarthy, paraeducator.
Dundee Ridge Middle: Shalunda Coleman, math; Susan Steorts, secretary.
Eagle Lake Elementary: Sarah Musick, grade one; Rene Edie, nurse.
Lake Region High: Gene Moore, history; Jody Oakley, secretary.
Pinewood Elementary: Shannon Rasmussen, physical education; Leticia Rivera, paraeducator.
Oscar J. Pope Elementary: Lori Long, grade one; Nuyen Spencer, custodian.
Snively Elementary: Sharon Francis, grade one; Patricia Bartschi, paraeducator.
Fort Meade Middle-Senior: Heath Petersen, English; Eva Weaver, paraeducator.
Lewis Anna Woodbury Elementary (Anna Woodbury campus): Deborah Gifford, grade four; Tamala Camp, secretary.
Lewis Anna Woodbury Elementary (Lewis campus): Laura Coffee, reading/science; Denise Barrington, foodservice.
Ben Hill Griffin Jr. Elementary: Lori Loveless, library media specialist; Mike Cannon, custodian.
Frostproof Elementary: Susie Flood, kindergarten; Sandra Miller, paraeducator.
Frostproof Middle-Senior: Carmen Hood, world history; Terry White, secretary.
Alta Vista Elementary: Amy Rousch, grade four; Indra Font, secretary.
Bethune Academy: Holly Harris, grade three; Rosa O'Neill, foodservice.
Boone Middle: Gary Hosier, physical education; Maria Arrubarrena, paraeducator.
Daniel Jenkins Academy: Nicole Bennett, band; Barbara Amos, foodservice.
Eastside Elementary: Celia Tejeda, Pre-K ESE; Carmen Torres, paraeducator.
Haines City High/IB: Myrna Ramirez, Spanish; Fritz Paul, paraeducator.
Sandhill Elementary: Stephen Klupp, kindergarten; Debbie Webb, paraeducator.
Highland City Elementary: Patsy Clarke, grade three; Karen Kissel, secretary.
Karen M. Siegel Academy: John Higgins, special education; Fartima Chambers, paraeducator.
Lake Alfred-Addair Middle: Shelley Dickens, language arts; Ephriam Stubbs, custodian.
Lake Alfred Elementary: Valerie Bilodeau, grade five; Karen Smith-Addison, parent involvement paraeducator.
McLaughlin Middle And Fine Arts Academy: Alice Sanders, math; Connie Nottage, lab manager.
Roosevelt Academy: Vicki Iliff, ESE math; Glenda Lucas, paraeducator.
Spook Hill Elementary: Cheryl Champion, grade one; Ionel Alvarez, paraeducator.
Bill Duncan Opportunity Center: Laura Ramsey, math; Shannon Hawkins, secretary.
Blake Academy: Maude Frazier Graham, grade two through three; Penny Campbell, secretary.
Carlton Palmore Elementary: Susan Williams, ESE; Cindy Glass, secretary.
Churchwell Elementary: Jennifer Dettling, academic intervention facilitator, Susan Hunt, paraeducator.
Cleveland Court Elementary: Lori Rakes, grade five; Dexter Johnson, custodian.
Combee Elementary: Andrea Sawyer, grade four; Phil Dillon, custodian.
Countywide ESE: Charles Austin Jr., ESE; Agnes Outlaw, paraeducator.
Crystal Lake Elementary: Michelle Holseth, grade four; Twilla Hunt, paraeducator.
Crystal Lake Middle: Greg West, agriculture science; Luis Rodriguez, custodian.
Dixieland Elementary: Debra Redig, kindergarten; Judy Norman, foodservice.
Doris Sanders Learning Center: Mark D'Agostino, special education; Doris Mayer-Williams, paraeducator.
Dr. N.E. Roberts Elementary: Robert Reinhardt, ESE; Roosevelt Barnum, custodian.
George Jenkins High: Jessica Salas, web/digital design; Yamilet Ruiz, secretary.
Griffin Elementary: Morag Betz, grade five; Rene Perez, custodian.
Harrison School For The Arts: Rocky Bridges, visual arts; Rosemary Munday, pilot substitute.
Highlands Grove Elementary: Tiffany Beardsley, grade four; Toisalon Bing, paraeducator.
Jesse Keen Elementary: John Jones III, grade two (teacher).
Kathleen Elementary: Jennifer Campbell, grade four; Joyce Tinch, secretary.
Kathleen High: Lori Bradner, science; Catrina Kelly, custodian.
Kathleen Middle: Lesley Smith, language arts; Diana Oxford, terminal operator.
Lake Gibson High: Melinda Diaz, government; James Davis, custodian.
Lake Gibson Middle: Penny LaFountain, career discovery; Mary Butler-Short, paraeducator.
Lakeland B.E.S.T.: Cristina Adams, grade kindergarten through two; Cynthia Crowder, paraeducator.
Lakeland High: Cheryl Pierce, chemistry; Melanie Odom, ESE paraeducator.
Lakeland Highlands Middle: Amy Steele, geography; Margie Bivins, paraeducator.
Lawton Chiles Middle Academy: Leon Williams, geography/U.S. history; Natalia Dulanto, custodian.
Lincoln Avenue Academy: Holly Wallace, language arts; Lori Crowley, paraeducator.
Medulla Elementary: Erika Mahoney, grade two; Olivia Rodriguez, custodian.
North Lakeland Elementary: DeAnna Brawner, kindergarten; Susan Collier, paraeducator.
Padgett Elementary: Meagan Cloud, grade four; Zena Moody, secretary.
Philip O’Brien Elementary: Laura Hennecy, grade two (teacher).
R. Bruce Wagner Elementary: Linda Brett, ESE; Nancy Ellis, paraeducator.
Rochelle School of the Arts: Clinton Glover, math; Patsy McRae, foodservice.
Scott Lake Elementary: Ruth Kirchoff, grade four through five; William Smith, paraeducator.
Sikes Elementary: Daniel French; grade four; Tonya Hester-Williams, paraeducator.
Sleepy Hill Elementary: Tracey Sullivan Keaton, grade one; Tammie Lott, secretary.
Sleepy Hill Middle: Jennifer Perez, language arts; Elijah Scott, custodian.
Socrum Elementary: Kyle Murphy, grade four; Jenny Jackson, paraeducator.
Southwest Elementary: Christa Legg, kindergarten; Patricia Kirkland, paraeducator.
Southwest Middle: Terry Hubbell, math; Tracie Johnson, secretary.
Tenoroc High: Lauren Christian, ESE; Liz Miner, secretary.
Traviss Career Center: Robert Driver, electricity; Gladys Basail, custodian.
Valleyview Elementary: Vonnie Weinreich, guidance; Janice Noles, paraeducator.
Wendell Watson Elementary: Christine Hecox, grade three; Cherlynn Garcia, paraeducator.
West Area Adult School: Leah Sanoba, GED; Carmen Addison, paraeducator.
Winston Elementary: Jacqueline Stiefel, kindergarten; Judith LeMere, paraeducator.
Kingsford Elementary: James Wilks, grade kindergarten through five; Deborah Koski, paraeducator.
Mulberry High: Kevin Wells, agriculture science; Brenda Cleveland, secretary.
Mulberry Middle: Ed Carley, network manager; Robin Nelson, secretary.
Purcell Elementary: Kristin Hasenmeier, grade three; Cindy Ferguson, paraeducator.
Lake Marion Creek School: Flynn Harvey, science/reading; Luz Perez, custodian.
Laurel Elementary: Deana Conley, art; Villarma Lauriston, custodian.
Palmetto Elementary: Theodore Eldridge, math; Felisa Lewis, paraeducator.
Polk City Elementary: Colleen Schmidt, art; Audrey Crapo, network manager.
Brigham Academy: Alyson Hooker, science; Emma Curran, secretary.
Chain of Lakes Elementary: Dustin Burson, language arts/social studies; Minerva Morales, secretary.
Denison Middle: Sally Cawthron, math; Melissa Alicea, paraeducator.
Elbert Elementary: Johnna Lang, grade three; Tina Elder, paraeducator.
Garden Grove Elementary: Tammy Smith, grade four; Elisa Gamez, secretary.
Garner Elementary: Kimberly Samaro, math/writing; Dot McCormick, secretary.
Inwood Elementary: Martha Brannan, library media specialist; Barbara Westfall, paraeducator.
Jewett Middle Academy: Lisa Meduho, language arts; Gloria Hunter, custodian.
Jewett School of the Arts: Paulette Waldon-Major, reading/language arts; Christine Forrester, foodservice.
Lake Shipp Elementary: Fans Williams, grade three; Alma Medina, secretary.
Ridge Career Center: Carol Romero, marketing; Albert Smith, foodservice.
Wahneta Elementary: Janet Splinter, grade two; Peggy Pennybacker, lab manager.
Westwood Middle: Cassandra Ehlendt, science; Craig McDowell, custodian.
Winter Haven High: Sarah Pritchard, business education; Pamela Dierolf, secretary.