June 08, 2012
Eighth Street Elementary, Dunnellon Middle and Lake Weir High can all brag they have the top social studies teachers in Marion County.
The Marion County Social Studies Council hands out the honors each year to one middle and one high school teacher based on their knowledge and ability to engage students in lessons, leadership, and collaboration with others. Elementary schools were added this year for the first time.
Jennifer Bourque is the elementary school social studies teacher of the year. She teaches first graders at Eighth Street Elementary and has worked there since 1994. She’s been teaching in Marion County for 18 years. Her bachelor’s degree in elementary education comes from St. Leo College.
Stephen Williams is the middle school social studies teacher of the year. He teaches social studies at Dunnellon Middle School. Williams has worked at Dunnellon Middle since 2005 and has been teaching in Marion County since then. His bachelor’s degree in political science comes from St. Joseph’s College. He earned his master’s in divinity from Franciscan School of Theology.
Scott Provost is the high school social studies teacher of the year. He teaches IB History of the Americas, AP World History, and Honors World History at Lake Weir High School. He’s been there since 2007 and started with the district five years earlier. Provost holds a bachelor’s in history and master’s in education, both from the University of Florida.
All three teachers are among a record 26 educators nominated by their colleagues, students, and community members. Bourque, Williams, and Provost will represent Marion County at the Florida Council for Social Studies conference in Orlando this October.
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