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District’s Teacher of the Year to be named April 5 from three finalists

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Teacher of the Year Finalists 2017

TOP TEACHERS: Pictured from left are Sarasota County 2017 Teacher of the Year finalists Holly Houghton-Brown, William “BJ” Ivey and Christine Braun. One of them will be named district Teacher of the Year in a ceremony April 5.

This news release is from Sarasota County Schools and the Education Foundation of Sarasota County.

SARASOTA, March 30, 2017 – Superintendent Todd Bowden and Education Foundation of Sarasota County President Jennifer Vigne will announce the overall Sarasota County Teacher of the Year for 2017 from among three finalists at the annual awards ceremony honoring educators. This year’s event will be a luncheon held from 12:30-2 p.m., Wednesday, April 5, at Michael’s On East in Sarasota. The individual Teachers of the Year for each school also will be honored at the luncheon.

A partnership of the Education Foundation of Sarasota County and the Sarasota County School District produces the event.

The three finalists — one each for elementary, middle and high schools — were surprised at their schools Feb. 2.

The finalists for Sarasota County Teacher of the Year are:

Holly Houghton-Brown, Tatum Ridge Elementary School fourth-grade teacher, Elementary School Teacher of the Year

Christine Braun, Pine View School social studies teacher, Middle School Teacher of the Year 

William “BJ” Ivey, Riverview High School social studies teacher and basketball coach, High School Teacher of the Year

About Teacher of the Year
The Teacher of the Year program recognizes educators in Sarasota County who exemplify dedication to student learning and innovative instruction. The program is co-produced by the Sarasota County School District and the Education Foundation of Sarasota County and is made possible through the funding and support of community partners. The district Teacher of the Year will receive a $2,500 cash award from the Education Foundation, sponsored by Sunset Automotive Group; the two runners-up will each receive $1,250. The district Teacher of the Year will represent Sarasota County Schools at the Florida Department of Education-Macy's Teacher of the Year program and will serve as a spokesperson for and representative of the teaching profession at various events until the next district Teacher of the Year is chosen. Due to a change in the timeline, the next Teacher of the Year will be named in December 2017 and will serve in the 2018 calendar year, rather than for an academic year.    

About the Education Foundation of Sarasota County
The Education Foundation of Sarasota County is a supporting partner that exponentially enhances the educational experiences available to the children of Sarasota County. Its mission is to strengthen the community by investing in educational opportunities for the students, teachers, and schools. The Foundation works to match donor’s passions with high-impact projects and initiatives that help every child in Sarasota County rise to their full potential. It achieves this mission through scholarships, access to advanced technology, supplies needed for creativity to flourish, and funds for educators’ professional development. The Education Foundation of Sarasota County and its philanthropic investors are champions for students, teachers, and schools. For more information on the Education Foundation of Sarasota County, call 941.927.0965 or visit EdFoundationSRQ.org.

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