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Monday, June 07, 2010

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Department of Education Announces 2010 Florida School-Related Employee of the Year

~ Orange County educator goes above and beyond to foster student learning ~

TALLAHASSEE – Education Commissioner Dr. Eric J. Smith today announced Christina Guhl, an Education Paraprofessional at Lancaster Elementary School in Orange County as the 2010 Florida School-Related Employee of the year. Ms. Guhl, who helped organize all of her school’s service learning projects and raised reading achievement levels for many of her students in the reading lab, was honored with a $1,000 check from the Department for her outstanding efforts and superior commitment to the children she serves.

“I’m proud to recognize Ms. Guhl today with this distinguished honor and applaud her for continually going beyond the call of duty to help her students achieve at higher levels,” said Commissioner Smith. “Her work ethic, dedication and enthusiasm are infectious, and her efforts are truly making a difference, not only at Lancaster Elementary, but throughout the community as a whole.”

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 winners receive $1,000 from the Department of Education, and finalists receive an award of $400. Each district nominee receives an award of $100.

The 2010 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
  • 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 is selected from five finalists, based on an application showing the nominees’ efforts to go beyond the basic requirements of their duties and contributions to the academic success of students, schools and the district. The program honors one state award winner and four finalists from a total of 67 nominees.

For more information about the Florida School-Related Employee of the Year award, please visit http://www.fldoe.org/profdev/yearemp.asp.