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Friday, May 28, 2010

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(850) 245-0413

Department of Education Recognizes Finalists for the 2010 Florida School-Related Employee of the Year

~ Five employees selected for unparalleled service to their schools ~

TALLAHASSEE – Five inspiring employees were announced today by the Florida Department of Education as the finalists for the 2010 Florida School-Related Employee of the Year. Each finalist was chosen based on their unique ability to help their schools be successful and the outstanding service they provide to the teachers and students they work alongside. Education Commissioner Dr. Eric J. Smith will announce the statewide winner next month.

“Our students are incredibly lucky to have such devoted professionals in our schools, helping them succeed in a nurturing, positive learning environment,” said Education Commissioner Dr. Eric J. Smith. “Each finalist provides the extra helping hand that is often needed in our classrooms, and I commend them for their continued work to ensure the academic success of all students.”

The finalists are as follows:

  • Lorena Bruneau, Bookkeeper from Horizon Middle School in Osceola County
  • Susan Campbell, Guidance Secretary from Niceville High School in Okaloosa County
  • Christina Guhl, Education Paraprofessional from Lancaster Elementary School in Orange County
  • Margaret Tidmore, Title I Parent Liaison from New Horizons Learning Center in Bay County
  • Johnny Weeks, Building Supervisor from Bonita Springs Middle School in Lee County

The Florida School-Related Employee of the Year receives an award of $1,000 from the Department of Education. Each finalist receives an award of $400 and each district nominee receives an award of $100.

The Florida School-Related Employee of the Year Program recognizes outstanding education support personnel for the significant contributions they make to their schools and district school systems. Award selection is based on an application showing the nominees’ efforts to go beyond the basic requirements of their duties and contribute to the academic success of students, schools and the district. The program honors one state award winner and four finalists. Finalists were selected from a total of 67 nominees.

For more information about the Florida School-Related Employee of the Year award, please visit