STATE AND NATIONAL HONORS ADD UP FOR LOCAL EDUCATORS
August 25, 2014 MARION COUNTY
Marion County educators are collecting various state and national honors, including several over the past few months. Some of these teachers and administrators have already accepted their awards while others will be finalized in the near future.
Among the latest honorees in alphabetical order are:
Peggy Brookins – recently appointed by President Obama to the President’s Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for African Americans. Brookins teaches mathematics at Forest High School and helped create the school’s Engineering and Manufacturing Institute of Technology (EMIT) program. She’s taught at Forest since 1978 and is a National Board Certified Teacher. Brookins also received the Florida Education Association’s Excellence in Teaching Award.
Jayne Ellspermann – The principal at West Port High School, Ellspermann is also this year’s “Principal of the Year” for FASA, the Florida Association of School Administrators, and now one of six finalists vying for 2015 “National Principal of the Year” honors from the National Association of Secondary School Principals. She’s been with Marion County Public Schools since 1980 and has served in various teaching and administrative capacities at six schools over 34 years.
Dean Marino – Quarterfinalist and one of 222 music teachers nationwide for the Music Educator Award™ presented by The Recording Academy® and the Grammy Foundation®. In all, more than 7,000 teachers were initially nominated for the honor. Marino, a 2003 Golden Apple recipient and Marion County Teacher of the Year finalist, teaches at West Port High School.
John McCollum – One of four middle school principals state-wide recognized by Florida’s Department of Education, McCollum was a finalist for the DOE’s 2013-2014 Principal Achievement Award for Outstanding Leadership. After 35 years in public education – all in Marion County -- this is McCollum’s last; he retires at the end of this school year.
Buddy Oswald – Earlier this summer, Oswald, a 2009 Golden Apple recipient and Marion County Teacher of the Year finalist, received the American Civic Education Teacher Award from the Center on Congress. One of three teachers to win the award, he travelled to Washington, DC to accept the honor. Oswald is an attorney-turned teacher who leads American Government classes at Marion Technical Institute (MTI).
Dale Wade – One of three finalists for Florida’s Department of Juvenile Justice 2014 “Teacher of the Year.” Wade has worked in Marion County Public Schools for 23 years and teaches incarcerated students at Marion Juvenile Correctional Facility. Wade also received a Golden Apple 2011 as a Marion County Teacher of the Year finalist.
CONGRATULATIONS TO Lake Weir
Graphic Arts students who recently traveled to Orlando to battle it out in the Specialty and Graphic Imaging Association’s annual competition. They walked away with five honors including an Award of Excellence and four Certificates of Merit. Wining students included Courtney Dupree, McKenzie Johnson, Saylor Deas, Travis Mauldin, and Mallory Proue-Yarbrough. Graphic Arts Teacher Tom Natalino accompanied the students on their award-winning journey.
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