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Thursday, May 13, 2010

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(850) 245-0413

Florida’s 2010 Literacy Awards Announced

~ Award recipients honored for their exemplary commitment to reading ~

TALLAHASSEE – The Florida Department of Education is pleased to announce the winners of the 2010 Just Read, Florida! Literacy Awards. Following a comprehensive selection process, 15 statewide winners were chosen from 164 district nominations based on their commitment to literacy and their proven ability to promote and teach others about the fundamental skill of reading.

“I am proud of these literacy champions for making reading a top priority in their classrooms, schools and districts,” said Education Commissioner Dr. Eric J. Smith. “They are to be commended for their enthusiasm and dedication in providing Florida’s children with the critical skills they need for a successful future.”

Florida school districts were invited to nominate outstanding literacy leaders in four categories for consideration as regional finalists. Of those finalists, the top two in each category were interviewed and a winner from each category was selected. Each regional winner will receive a commemorative certificate and statewide winners will receive a plaque in appreciation of their enduring commitment to literacy.

The 2010 Just Read, Florida! Literacy Award winners are:

2010 Reading Leaders of the Year (District and School)
The Reading Leader of the Year is selected from among district and school level administrators who demonstrate superior leadership qualities and advance policies to foster excellence in literacy education at all levels.

  • Superintendent Ronald Blocker, Orange County
  • Elementary School Literacy Leader of the Year
    Eleanor Spivey – Patronis Elementary, Bay County
  • Elementary School Literacy Leader of the Year
    Kathryn Shuler – Mollie Ray Elementary, Orange County
  • Middle School Literacy Leader of the Year
    Farica King – King Middle School, Santa Rosa County
  • High School Literacy Leader of the Year
    Margaret McMillen – Boone High School, Orange County

2010 Reading Coaches of the Year
The Reading Coach of the Year award recognizes expertise in literacy and the ability to effectively deliver professional development activities related to literacy.

  • Elementary Reading Coach of the Year
    Leslie Watson Rivers – Round Lake Elementary, Lake County
  • Middle School Reading Coach of the Year
    Rebekah Bliss – Orange Park Junior High School, Clay County
  • High School Reading Coach of the Year
    Patricia Butler – Auburndale High School, Polk County
  • High School Reading Coach of the Year
    Christine Harris – Florida Virtual School

2010 Reading Teachers of the Year
The Reading Teacher of the Year award recognizes demonstrated expertise in the area of reading and the effective use of innovative and/or original instructional materials and methods designed to enhance student learning.

  • Elementary School Reading Teacher of the Year
    Tiffany Melovich – Colleen Bevis Elementary, Hillsborough County
  • Middle School Reading Teacher of the Year
    Tina Rice – Delaura Middle School, Brevard County
  • High School Reading Teacher of the Year
    Larissa McCoy – Alonso High School, Hillsborough County

2010 Reading Leadership Teams of the Year
The Reading Leadership Team of the Year award recognizes school reading teams that demonstrate leadership in building a school literacy culture through collegiality and collaboration.

  • Elementary Reading Leadership Team of the Year Sulphur Springs Elementary, Hillsborough County
  • Middle School Reading Leadership Team of the Year Neptune Middle School, Osceola County
  • High School Reading Leadership Team of the Year Yulee High School, Nassau County

Just Read, Florida! and the Department of Education make reading a priority in Florida public schools and actively work with community groups and volunteer organizations throughout the state to support that goal. For the complete details of the 2010 Regional Literacy Award winners and categories, visit http://www.justreadflorida.com/literacy-awards.asp. For more information about the Department of Education’s Just Read, Florida! office, visit www.justreadflorida.com