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December 20, 2004
Local Student Takes Second Place in Prestigious National Science Competition
Blake Thompson, a seventh-grader at Ft. Clarke Middle School, has taken second place in the prestigious national Young Scientist Challenge, sponsored by the Discovery Channel. ...continued>>

December 13, 2004
Retiring Duval County School Board Member Wins National Award
Retiring Duval County School Board Member Jimmie A. Johnson has been named the 2004 recipient of the annual Queen Smith Award for commitment to Urban Education by the Council of Great City Schools. ...continued>>

December 6, 2004
UCF Research Receives $83 Million in 2003-2004
Researchers at the University of Central Florida spent 2003-04 strengthening a foundation that has experienced unprecedented growth in the past five years. ...continued>>

November 29, 2004
Student Shines at Duval Elementary Arts Magnet School
The first time a violin and bow were placed in her hands, Bianka Sanders held them correctly. ...continued>>

November 22, 2004
Lake Educator Finds a Way for His Students to Succeed
Gary Pause is a self-described "rebel." But he is also a passionate educator and a champion for children whose success in the classroom is remarkable. ...continued>>

November 15, 2004
USF's Daniel Lim Wins National Award for Fighting Bioterror
University of South Florida microbiologist Daniel Lim has been awarded the Christopher Columbus Fellowship Foundation's 2004 Homeland Security Award in the biological, radiological and nuclear field....continued>>

November 8, 2004
OCPS Student Repeats Victory in National Speech Contest
OCPS student Jennifer Blocker is once again the national winner of the Modern Woodmen of America Oration Contest, a feat she accomplished previously in 2002....continued>>

November 1, 2004
Alachua Teacher Named 'Star of Teaching' by Federal Government
A veteran teacher with Alachua County Public Schools has been named an American Star of Teaching by the United States Department of Education....continued>>

October 25, 2004
Brevard Public Schools Receives $5.9 Million Magnet Grant
Brevard County Public Schools will receive a $5,935,212 three-year grant to improve student achievement and increase educational options for parents through magnet schools....continued>>

October 18, 2004
Pine View School Brings a Bus Load of Help to Arcadia
Pine View School students of Sarasota County recently loaded a school bus with supplies to transport to Memorial Elementary in Arcadia who suffered tremendous losses due to recent hurricanes....continued>>

October 11, 2004
Team Effort Leads W.F. Burns-Oak Hill Elementary to Higher Student Achievement
Last year students at W.F. Burns-Oak Hill Elementary, a small rural school in Volusia County, demonstrated impressive gains in academic achievement, and students and teachers alike are eager for another exciting year....continued>>

October 4, 2004
Teen Mentor Dedication Helps At-risk Students
Teen Trendsetters is a program aimed at getting more high school students involved in mentoring while at the same time helping under-performing elementary school readers....continued>>

September 27, 2004
UCF Employees Help Polk, Charlotte Residents Recover from Hurricane
UCF counselors Germayne Crow Graham, Megan Greene and Valeska Wilson volunteered at hurricane shelters and delivered ice, water and fliers, along with friendly conversations, to residents in eastern Polk County....continued>>

September 20, 2004
Alachua County Schools, Employees Support Community During Storm
On school days, Eastside High School cafeteria manager Lillian Prine is responsible for feeding more than 1,900 hungry high school students. When Hurricane Frances came through Florida, there were no students at the school, but Lillian was still feeding the hungry....continued>>

June 25, 2004
English Estates Students Fast ForWord® to Higher Student Achievement
With an enthusiastic staff, hardworking students, and dedicated parents, English Estates Elementary School in Seminole County improved its school grade from a D in 1999 to an A in 2003....continued>>

June 23, 2004
FIU Student Fights Child Prostitution in Bolivia
On Monday, April 26, 21-year-old Kelsey Vaughan not only graduated with a bachelor's degree in international relations from Florida International University in Miami sporting a 3.96 grade average, she did so while becoming the university's first student to earn the prestigious Harry S. Truman Scholarship....continued>>

June 21, 2004
Education's Unsung Hero
Early in September, Jennifer Wise, program manager and teacher of Kids and Canines housed at the School District of Hillsborough County's Dorothy Thomas School, learned that she was one of 100 recipients in the nation of the 2003 Education's Unsung Hero award by the ING insurance company....continued>>

June 18, 2004
All-American Success Stories in Workforce Education
Queenie was born a beautiful normal baby but, at nine months, she was diagnosed with cerebral palsy....continued>>

June 16, 2004
Local Teacher Earns National Math and Science Award
Deborah Wasylik, a biology teacher at Dr. Phillips High in Orlando, has been named a winner of the Presidential Award of Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST), the highest honor the government awards to classroom teachers of mathematics and science....continued>>

June 14, 2004
Middleburg High School Students Challenge Florida Legislature to Change Outdated Statute
At the beginning of the 2003-04 school year, Ms. Marty Mayer, the public speaking teacher at Middleburg High School, asked her students to create a project that involved speaking, writing, presentation, research and planning skills....continued>>

June 11, 2004
Palm Beach County High Schools Among Best in Nation, Magazine Says
Palm Beach County has some of the best high schools in the United States, according to a national business magazine....continued>>

June 9, 2004
All-American Success Stories in Workforce Education
Claire Elliott began taking career and technical courses during her sophomore year at Western High School....continued>>

June 7, 2004
Empty Bowls Feed the Hungry in Charlotte County
What started in 1998 as Joan Winkler's 4th grade classroom project at Liberty Elementary school to teach about homelessness and hunger issues has grown into a district-wide event in Charlotte County Public Schools....continued>>

June 4, 2004
All-American Success Stories in Workforce Education
Guadalupe Lamas emigrated from Mexico in 1969 at the age eight. By nine, she was working in the fields picking strawberries....continued>>

June 2, 2004
Bayshore Business Academy Student Turns "Career Day" Into Dream Job
Bayshore High School's Business Academy recently attended a Career Day sponsored by the St. Pete Times Forum designed to inform students of the many career possibilities available in sports entertainment....continued>>

May 31, 2004
Save the Lady by the Sea
She waits, torch held high, welcoming all to our nation. The Statue of Liberty stands as a symbol of freedom and international friendship....continued>>

May 28, 2004
Teachers Get Creative With Reading Techniques
To improve third-graders' abysmal reading skills, Forest Park Elementary School teachers threw out the teaching techniques they had learned in college....continued>>

May 26, 2004
All-American Success Stories in Workforce Education
Prior to coming to Traviss, Yolanda had earned her State of Florida High School Diploma and was a single parent. Her life was a challenge....continued>>

May 24, 2004
Dunnellon Middle School Teacher Selected for NASA's Educator Astronaut Program
Joe Acaba, a seventh grade science teacher at Dunnellon Middle School, is one of three teachers nationwide named to NASA's Astronaut Class of 2004....continued>>

May 21, 2004
UCF Technology Incubator Named National Incubator of the Year
Philip Chen, a seasoned scientist who had studied and practiced medicine for years, had some great ideas for starting a clinical laboratory, but knew little about running a business....continued>>

May 19, 2004
Take Stock In Children Scholarship Honors 22 Graduating Seniors
The Manatee County Schools Foundation recently honored 22 graduating seniors in the Take Stock In Children Scholarship Program....continued>>

May 17, 2004
Student, 84, to Get His IRCC Degree
If there were a "University of Life" and it gave out diplomas for experience, Nicholas Midelis would have a Ph.D. Instead, Midelis, 84, will pick up his associate in arts degree from Indian River Community College....continued>>

May 14, 2004
Andrew Jackson High School: Success, Any Way You Look at It!
Amazing things are happening at this inner city Jacksonville high school, which just a year and a half ago received an "F" for its school grade....continued>>

May 12, 2004
All-American Success Stories in Workforce Education
Lauren entered the Brevard Central Area Adult Education program shortly after her sixteenth birthday. She was pregnant and determined to continue her education....continued>>

May 10, 2004
Gifted . . . and Still Improving
Logan Marple moved to Florida from out of state as a second grader during Mary E. Bryant Elementary's 2002-2003 inaugural school year....continued>>

May 7, 2004
Lake County Rookie Teacher of the Year:
"Teaching is not a job. It's a joy!"

Fruitland Park Elementary School's Ellen Frazier Miller was recently named Lake County Schools' Rookie Teacher of the Year at a reception at Lake-Sumter Community College....continued>>

May 5, 2004
All-American Success Stories in Workforce Education
Daniel Cosme, who emanates positive vibrations, boundless energy, and irresistible sociability, has overcome the tragedy of losing his right hand and lower arm in an accident....continued>>

May 3, 2004
FSU Film School Dominates National Competition
Students from Florida State University's School of Motion Picture, Television and Recording Arts are basking in the familiar glow of yet another round of major accolades....continued>>

April 30, 2004
OCPS Volunteer Named State Finalist
Mary Ann Gavulic, a volunteer at Thornebrooke Elementary in Ocoee, has been named the Region III Outstanding Senior Volunteer by the Florida Department of Education....continued>>

April 28, 2004
All-American Success Stories in Workforce Education
Carol Gann moved to Florida in 1974 as a high school dropout. During the next ten years she found it very difficult to find employment and realized that she could not be self-sufficient without an education....continued>>

April 26, 2004
Principal's Enthusiasm and Collaborative Nature Lead School to Higher Achievement
In 1994, when Betty Powers was appointed Principal of Turie T. Small Elementary, she knew she faced many challenges. However, she did not know then how successful she would be at overcoming them....continued>>

April 23, 2004
Greenland Pines Scores Big Returns on Celebrity Reading Auction
For 13 years now, on a cool April morning, more than 100 fifth-grade students at Greenland Pines Elementary School in Jacksonville, Florida, have pulled out their "money" to bid on Jim Carrey, Chris Rock and Michael Jordan memorabilia in the school's Celebrity Reading Auction....continued>>

April 21, 2004
All-American Success Stories in Workforce Education
"No excuses, no escape," is what Yvonne Boykin says when she hears any young person with excuses for not succeeding in life. Yvonne has traveled down life's bumpy road and if she can succeed, she feels anyone can....continued>>

April 16, 2004
Lantana Middle School Teachers Collaborate Across Disciplines to Boost FCAT Scores
Two Lantana Middle School teachers have created a curriculum that offers intensive writing instruction in both of their classes although one of them teaches Language Arts and the other teaches Social Studies....continued>>

April 16, 2004
All-American Success Stories in Workforce Education
Ramonica has enjoyed styling hair since she was 14. In October 2001, she entered the cosmetology program at First Coast Technical Institute (FCTI) in St. Augustine, Florida....continued>>

April 14, 2004
Orange County Awarded $3 Million Reading Grant
Orange County Public Schools has won the state's biggest share of a federal grant aimed at boosting student achievement in reading....continued>>

April 12, 2004
All-American Success Stories in Workforce Education
Michael entered the Adult Disabilities Program on September 17, 2001, at age 18. He was raised in a single parent home and home schooled since the sixth grade....continued>>

April 9, 2004
Eustis Elementary Volunteer Helps Students the "Write" Way
Margie White says she has found her niche. And the staff at Eustis Elementary School is certainly happy it's on their campus....continued>>

April 7, 2004
Strong Leadership Transforms Inner-City High School
If you really want to see how an inner-city school can be transformed through strong leadership, you need go no further than Blanche Ely High in Broward County....continued>>

April 5, 2004
Best of the Best at Port Charlotte High School
Port Charlotte High School's Model United Nations Academics Team took to the road to compete in both the Southwest Florida Regional Model United Nations Conference and the Florida High Schools Model United Nations Conference held at Florida Gulf Coast University....continued>>

April 1, 2004
Education Officials Praise Union Park Elementary
Union Park Elementary in Orlando is proud to be an "A" school for two years in a row, and the students and staff are working hard to earn a "three-peat"....continued>>

March 30, 2004
Three Palm Beach Magnet Schools Win National Merit Awards
From across the United States, 481 magnet schools vied for a merit award in the 2004 Magnet Schools of America (MSA) Merit Awards Competition....continued>>

March 29, 2004
2004 All-Florida Academic Team Honored
Community Colleges and Workforce Education Chancellor David Armstrong and Chief of Staff John Winn recognized 124 students from Florida's two-year colleges for their academic excellence at a recent reception at the Florida State University Center for Professional Development....continued>>

March 26, 2004
UCF receives Best Practices Award for Work With Community Colleges
The American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education recently selected the University of Central Florida to receive its Best Practices Award for Collaboration with Community Colleges....continued>>

March 24, 2004
Broward School Administrators Win ACCLAIM Awards
In 1999, the Broward County School Board established the ACCLAIM Award to honor the best school leaders in the county....continued>>

March 22, 2004
Hamilton Hawks Soar Toward Bright Tomorrows
At Hamilton Elementary in Seminole County, continuous improvement is the result of a comprehensive approach to creating a learning community. Principal Nan Parker complements a comprehensive research-based curriculum, taught by well-trained faculty and staff, with effective community and family involvement programs....continued>>

March 19, 2004
Leesburg Community Comes Together to Build Better Readers
Community members in Leesburg recently hosted a Families Building Better Readers (FBBR) workshop to share simple activities that everyone can do at home to help children become better readers....continued>>

March 17, 2004
Mattie V. Rutherford Middle School Alternative Education Center
Mattie V. Rutherford Middle School Alternative Education Center, located in Jacksonville, is a short term disciplinary program serving those students who have committed a serious violation of the Code of Student Conduct....continued>>

March 15, 2004
Mark and Josh: Common Achievers
Middleton High School seniors Mark Gildea and Joshua Johnson have several things in common. They both enrolled in Middleton's Magnet Engineering program, were named pre-season High School Baseball All-Americans by Louisville Slugger, are high academic achievers, and they just so happen to share the same birthday!...continued>>

March 12, 2004
Harrison Arts Students Honored by AP Program
Two current Harrison Arts Center students and two members of Harrison's class of 2003 received honors from the College Board's Advanced Placement Studio Art program....continued>>

March 10, 2004
Training for a Career
"The Apprenticeship Program helped me turn a job into a career," said Jerry Burt, superintendent with Thomas May Construction Company in Orange Park and graduate of the apprenticeship program through Northeast Florida Builders Association and St. Johns River Community College....continued>>

March 8, 2004
Discovery Middle Cited by First Lady as Model for Literacy Program
A local middle school's success with a program aimed at helping students become stronger readers recently caught the attention of First Lady Laura Bush....continued>>

March 5, 2004
Families Building Better Readers in Pinellas County
It was a "construction zone" at Melrose Elementary School as parents of K-3 students entered the classroom to learn fun innovative ways to effectively build upon their child's reading skills and ability....continued>>

March 3, 2004
Educational Foundation Makes Reading Personal for First Grade Students
Hundreds of first grade students from three Lake County elementary schools were presented a book of their very own about their favorite subject — themselves!...continued>>

March 1, 2004
Miami Heat, Partners Celebrate New Reading Center
Paul Laurence Dunbar Elementary School, in Miami's Overtown community, has a new reading and learning center thanks to the Miami Heat basketball organization....continued>>

February 27, 2004
Jones High School Students Visit Lockheed Mentors at Work
Jones High Junior Joel Jeremie has big plans for his future: becoming a chief executive officer of a company....continued>>

February 25, 2004
Principal "Pays the Price" for Students' Reading Achievements
Getting students motivated can take on many forms. For the principal of Forest Glen Middle School in Coral Springs, getting kids exciting about reading took losing some hair....continued>>

February 23, 2004
Bus Helps Keep FCAT Scores Rolling!
Get on the bus — the FCAT Tutoring Bus, that is! Students at Keystone Heights Junior/Senior High School in Clay County can attend after-school FCAT tutoring sessions without worrying about how they'll get home....continued>>

February 20, 2004
UNF Graduate Wins Award for Book Drive
When UNF Student Teri DeLucca won the 2003 Bill and Angie Halamandaris Scholarship last year, little did she know how much that award would affect her....continued>>

February 18, 2004
Pierce Middle Preparing for the FCAT
Grab a plate of spaghetti with meatballs, salad topped with Italian dressing, and a slice of garlic bread, and let's talk! That was the idea six years ago when Principal Victor Fernandez of Pierce Middle School in Hillsborough County wanted to help parents understand what the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT) was all about....continued>>

February 16, 2004
American Legacy Magazine Honors Two Exceptional Florida Educators
American Legacy magazine and Verizon are honoring 10 exceptional educators who incorporate black history into their high school curricula throughout the year....continued>>

February 13, 2004
Broward County Teacher of the Year Believes in Hard Work
"Being a teacher is one of the most important jobs in our country," said Frederick Williams....continued>>

February 11, 2004
CFCC Nursing Students Educate and Mentor Young Mothers
Central Florida Community College nursing students are making a difference in the lives of young pregnant women and new mothers in Marion County Public Schools' Young Parent Program....continued>>

February 9, 2004
Florida State University Celebrates its Integration in a Monumental Way
On January 31, Florida State University unveiled a larger-than-life bronze sculpture to pay tribute to the first African-American students who integrated the university more than 40 years ago....continued>>

February 6, 2004
Julian D. Parker School of Math, Science and Technology of Martin County
What happens at a school when you have a dedicated and hard working team? The faculty and staff of the Julian D. Parker School of Martin County have the answer....continued>>

February 4, 2004
Warfield Elementary Teachers Dedicate Themselves to Continuous Learning
Principal Loreen Francescani reflects on the past at Martin County’s Warfield Elementary, but her focus remains squarely on the future of the children who attend this school....continued>>

February 2, 2004
Kalisha Eagle Soars to New Heights With IT Degree
Kalisha Nicole Eagle is a real success story. Today, she is employed at the University of Florida in their Office of Information Telecommunication....continued>>

January 30, 2004
Mariposa Elementary
"All kids can learn, you just have to believe in them," said Principal Granitz, of Mariposa Elementary School. In its transition from a "C" school in 2002 to an "A" school in 2003, Principal Granitz started with the basics....continued>>

January 28, 2004
A Web of Success in Leon County
Carol (Suzy) Langston's world had fallen apart several years ago, and she found herself homeless, alone, unemployed, and expecting her third child....continued>>

January 26, 2004
Brevard Tops in National Board Certified Teachers
Florida ranks second in the nation in the number of National Board Certified Teachers. Certification is earned through the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, a private, nonprofit group that evaluates teachers' best practices and determines whether they meet national standards....continued>>

January 23, 2004
Adopted at the age of three, CeCe Pitts has not had an easy beginning in life. Since birth, CeCe has had to struggle with an initial dependency to crack cocaine, and as a result she was developmentally delayed....continued>>

January 21, 2004
Coronado Beach Elementary Students Nestle in Their Pajamas and Read
On a cool winter evening, parents, students, and staff sporting their coziest pajamas piled into the Coronado Beach Elementary media center to celebrate reading....continued>>

January 19, 2004
FAU Fall Commencement Profile
You would think a mother of two, who has been married for 20 years and owns her own business, would be too busy to pursue an undergraduate degree. Not Lisa Barnum....continued>>

January 16, 2004
In Miami, Success Translates Very Well
More than 40 years ago, a revolution on a Caribbean island forever changed the face of education in South Florida....continued>>

January 14, 2004
"Morning Minute" and Storybook Characters Bring Reading to Life at Clermont Elementary School
Clermont Elementary School (CES) in Lake County is using several innovative ways to instill a love for reading. The first is the "Morning Minute". "Morning Minute" originated as a way to get kids excited about reading....continued>>

January 12, 2004
HUGS Helps Underprivileged Girls Succeed
Liz Ross, a senior at Stanton College Preparatory School, could not find a community service she liked to fulfill her volunteer requirements for the Bright Futures Scholarship so she started her own mentoring organization, HUGS, Helping Underprivileged Girls Succeed....continued>>

January 9, 2004
PORCH Program Awards Readers
"Reading is a priority for Taylor County," said Superintendent Oscar Howard. For the past seven years, Superintendent Howard's PORCH (Power Over Reading Challenges Homes) Program has brought this statement to life....continued>>

January 7, 2004
Gifted Teacher Recognized as One of the Top in the Country
Mr. Christopher Benavides, a resource teacher from Boca Raton, received national recognition at the 50th Annual National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC) Conference held in Indianapolis, Indiana on November 12-16, 2003....continued>>

January 5, 2004
Celebration School Shares Success Story
Dayle Timmons came to Celebration K-8 School November 18 with a mission: to see how a high-achieving school challenges its students to reach the next level....continued>>

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