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2011-2012 GEMS

Melissa Grady, Centennial Bank 
(Displays 6/8/2012)

Melissa Grady from Centennial Bank was recognized at the May 2012 School Board meeting as a GEM for being a Switlik Elementary School Business Partner who assisted with the Governor’s recent visit.  Pictured (from left):  Switlik Principal Dr. Lesley Salinero, Melissa Grady, School Board Chairman John Dick, Superintendent Jesus Jara.







Switlik Team 
(Displays 6/8/2012)
The Switlik Team was recognized at the May 2012 meeting as GEMS for the efforts they contributed to Governor Rick Scott's recent visit to Switlik Elementary School.  Pictured receiving their awards are (from left, standing):  Switlik teachers Nancy Lunsford, Nan Young, Steve Hawes, Sandi Bisceglia, Principal Lesley Salinero, School Board Chairman John Dick, and Superintendent Jesus Jara  (kneeling):  teachers Jeannette Wert and Christy Meier

Robin Fry - Coral Shores High School Teacher 
(Displays 12/21/2011)
Robin Fry is an English/Language Arts/ Reading teacher who has been teaching in the Monroe County School District for 11 years. She began her career in the middle school at Plantation Key School teaching English/Language Arts and transferred to Coral Shores High School in 2004. Since arriving at CSHS she has taught English I, II, III, English II Honors, English III Honors, 9th grade Intensive Reading, ESOL English and Intensive Reading as well as Advanced Placement Language and Composition. Robin has been the Program Manager for English/Language Arts as well as the high school reading contact for the past five years.






Susan Holtzworth - Plantation Key School Media Specialist 
(Displays 12/21/2011)
Susan Holtzworth began her teaching career in 1981 in Pinellas County as a middle school language arts teacher and a library information specialist. As their Literary Arts Curriculum Coordinator, she designed, coordinated and managed curriculum for a $5 million grant to create the first total magnet school in Pinellas County.  Prior to coming to Monroe County in 2005, Susan was a Training Specialist for the Florida Center for Instructional Technology at the University of South Florida, training teachers throughout the state of Florida in technology integration. She assisted in the creation of several online publications including Exploring Florida and FCAT Express Reading for grades 4, 8 and 10. 
 
Susan is currently the Media Specialist at Plantation Key School, as well as their Data Coach, Reading Coach, Testing Coordinator, 3-4 Team Leader, Video Production and Technology teacher and is a member of the District Technology Team.  

Susan has earned her distinction as a Master Digital Educator for the state of Florida. As a member of the Development Team she created and trained the trainers for EETT technology grants and currently assists in summer training of Florida Digital Educators throughout the state of Florida.  She has presented at numerous conferences including FAME, FETC, Florida Reading Association, National Middle School Association, International Conference for Magnet Schools of America, National Middle School Association, Florida League of Middle Schools, Florida Secondary Reading Conference, and the Cleveland (Ohio) Public School System.

 
Melanie Tabbert - Key Largo School Reading Coach 
(Displays 12/21/2011)

Melanie Tabbert is the Reading Coach for Key Largo School. She also serves as the Data Coach, Title 1 Parent Contact, SES Coordinator, teaches an Intensive Reading class and is on the KLS Core RtI team which coordinates Key Largo’s schoolwide practice of “providing high-quality instruction and interventions matched to student needs”.   Melanie is a National Board Certified Teacher in English Language Arts, Reading and ESOL Endorsed, a Monroe County Content Area Reading PD trainer and Lesson Study facilitator. Melanie considers it a privilege to work with the dedicated administration, teachers and staff at Key Largo School where the goal is always the best education and development of our students.






Sandra Hardy - Adult Ed Student 
(Displays 11/29/2011)


Due to a brain injury, Ms. Hardy lost her job with the state of Florida where she worked in School Health Administration, Medication and First Aid.  Determined to continue serving her community, she enrolled in Adult Ed. and received her GED n 2010.  Sandra says that. "Nothing is too hard that you cannot do.  It's never too late to get an education."









Rodziah Josephson - Adult Ed Teacher 
(Displays 11/29/2011)
Rodziah Josephson was recognized by the School Board on November 15, 2011, as an MCSD GEMS for helping Susan Hardy receive her GED.  Rodziah is a teacher in the Monreo County Adult-Ed Program.  She has a stong philosophy which motivates everything that she does - and that is to not leave any student behind.  Her ultimate goal is student success and her personal motto is to Translate, Tranfer and Transform her students' lives.









Lisa Morris - Key West High School Employment Specialist 
(Displays 11/29/2011)

Lisa Morris is an Employment Specialist at KWHS.  Ms. Morris recognized Kristina's leadership skills and coordinated her application for the Florida Youth Leadership summit.  She assists students in learning the skills for College and Career Readiness.  Mrs. Morris is committed to the youth of our communty and is a GIrl Scout Leader along with many other community roles.









Kristina Gerbracht - Key West High School Student 
(Displays 11/29/2011)


Kristina Gerbracht was recognized at the November 15, 2011, School Board meeting as an MCSD GEM.  Kristina represented Monroe County at the Florida Youth Leadership Forum in Tallahassee.  She says that the forum helped her develop self-advocacy skills.  She wants to become a massage therapist after high school.  Her proud parents are Adele and Jim Gerbracht.










Jeff Arnott - Adult and Vocational Education Director 
(Displays 11/29/2011)


Jeff Arnott was recognized at the November 15, 2011, School Board meeting as a GEM.  Jeff is the MCSD Adult and Vocational Education Director.  His mission is to have "One Team, One Dream, One Goal.......Moving Forward!"  Under his leadership, Adult Ed and Vocational enrollment has increased by 30%.










Amber Archer Bosco - Key West High School Principal 
(Displays 11/29/2011)

Amber Archer Bosco was recognized at the November 15, 2011, School Board meeting as  GEM.  Amber is in her first year as Key West High School Principal. Her style of leadership, which focuses on building community, is an asset to KWHS.











Marina Kay Wiatt - Marathon High School Student 
(Displays 11/8/2011)
Marina Kay is a natural leader. She is a self-confident and determined young woman. She is devoted to understanding her studies and the world around her. Marina Kay will put her mind to a task and sees it through to fruition. She is not afraid to ask for assistance and genuinely wants to learn from those around her. Marina Kay stands by her word and once she makes a decision, her fortitude to see it through is insurmountable. She is not afraid of hard work and will tackle any challenge that comes her way. Marina Kay does not need reminded of her responsibilities-she is aware and accepts them. She is dedicated to her goals, is highly organized and continually pushes herself to be better. 

Her wicked sense of humor along with her down to earth nature makes her easy to get along with and someone to befriend. She is responsible, trustworthy and mature for her age. Marina Kay truly cares about other’s feelings and she has an uncanny ability to place herself in other’s shoes. Her compassion will get her through any obstacle along the way and see her through to success. Marina Kay can wear many hats and carry the responsibilities they entail well. It can easily be said that Marina Kay is a dream student.

Michele Costello-Lettau - Marathon High School Teacher 
(Displays 11/8/2011)
Michele Costello-Lettau has worked over 15 years in Education. She has taught preschool level ages 1-4 and all grade levels 6-12 In English/Language Arts.  Michele has worked a plethora of jobs from teacher assistant to volunteer Juvenile Justice Center animal rights speaker. This enabled her to empathize with students of all ages. She went into teaching, not for the subject matter, but for the students. She truly enjoys working with and learning from the students and believes they have the power and voice to change the world. Her strength is her ability to develop a meaningful rapport with students as well as help them see the value in literature as a way to understand a time period and the voices from times past.  She has been nominated for Teacher of the Year three years in a row and was awarded Inclusion Teacher of the Year in 2005. As an AP Language teacher, Michele has brought Marathon High School to the forefront in the district in AP Language test scores. She has masterfully reached the hard to reach students and has successfully prepared all of her students for college level writing-as seen in the many emails, messages and calls she continues to receive from former students.

Janet Meinke - Supervisor/Coordinator of Mathematics 
(Displays 11/7/2011)


Janet Meinke was a math teacher at Marathon High School for eleven years.  For the past two years she has served as the President for the Florida Council of Teachers of Mathematics.  Janet was Monroe County Teacher of the Year in 2004-5.  She is currently the Math Program Specialist for the District.






Hammond Gracy, Principal of Marathon High School 
(Displays 11/7/2011)

Mr. Hammond Gracy has been committed educator for 34 years.  He has taught high school level for 20 years and worked as a dedicated administrator for 14 years.  Since coming to Marathon, Hammond Gracy has established Marathon Middle/ High School at a true academic institution. Mr. Gracy expects the best from students and staff and is true to his word when dealing with matters involving teacher and student support. Hammond looks for the best in others and wants Marathon Middle/High School recognized as a strong institution full of knowledgeable and efficient teachers, passionate and dedicated students and supportive and generous community.





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