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District’s 2018 Teacher of the Year to be named at event Dec.13

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Teacher of the Year finalists Dec 2013

WHO WILL IT BE? Pictured from top are Sarasota County 2018 Teacher of the Year finalists Bethany Burnett (Elementary), Allison Cohen (Middle) and Es Swihart (High). One of them will be named district Teacher of the Year in a ceremony December 13.

Celebration will also honor an Alumni of Distinction  

SARASOTA, Dec. 8, 2017 – Superintendent Todd Bowden and Education Foundation of Sarasota County President Jennifer Vigne will announce the overall Sarasota County Teacher of the Year for 2018 from among three finalists at the annual awards ceremony honoring educators. This year’s event, titled Ignite Education, will be a brunch held from 10:30am-noon, Wednesday, Dec. 13, at The Westin Sarasota.

The Ignite Innovation Award will be announced along with the first Sarasota County Schools Alumni of Distinction. The individual Teachers of the Year for each school also will be recognized at the event.
   

The Education Foundation of Sarasota County produces the event in partnership with the Sarasota County School District. The three finalists — one each for elementary, middle and high schools — were surprised at their schools November 13, 2017. Nominations for the Alumni of Distinction awards were accepted through November 10 and a complete list can be found at http://edfoundationsrq.org/article/2018-alumni-distinction.

The finalists for Sarasota County Teacher of the Year are:
 

Bethany Burnett, Venice Elementary School fifth-grade teacher, Elementary School Teacher of the Year

Allison Cohen, Booker Middle School sixth-grade math teacher, Middle School Teacher of the Year
 

Es Swihart, Riverview High School Pre-International Baccalaureate English teacher, 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.

 

About the Education Foundation of Sarasota County

The Education Foundation of Sarasota County is an independent partner working to advance philanthropic support for Sarasota County Schools. Its mission is to enhance the potential of students, promote excellence in teaching and inspire innovation in education. Guided by the belief that education changes lives, the Education Foundation strives to match each donor’s passion with high-impact projects created to ensure students graduate with purpose and are prepared for a post-secondary pathway. The Education Foundation of Sarasota County and its philanthropic investors are champions for students, teachers, and schools. For more information on how to be a champion for education, visit EdFoundationSRQ.org.

 

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Pictured from left are Sarasota County 2018 Teacher of the Year finalists Bethany Burnett, Allison Cohen and Es Swihart. One of them will be named district Teacher of the Year in a ceremony December 13.

 

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