INK! names Alicia "Ali" Pressel as St. Johns County, Fla. 2020-2021 Teacher of the Year

INK!'s Teacher of the Year awards campaign culminated with a special recognition program, along with honors, festivities, and a tribute to Alicia "Ali" Pressel, a teacher at Creekside High School who was named as the winner.
By: INK! (Investing in Kids)
ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. - Jan. 28, 2021 - PRLog -- INK!'s (Investing in Kids) Teacher of the Year awards campaign culminated on January 27 with a special recognition program, along with honors, festivities, and a tribute to Alicia "Ali" Pressel, a teacher at Creekside High School who was named as the formal winner among teacher finalists from St. Johns County, Fla. public schools. During the event, Tim Forson, St. Johns County Superintendent of Schools, spoke and congratulated Pressel and all finalists. Additional presentations included Pressel and honored educators with their families, friends, and students who joined the recognition ceremony held at school district headquarters in St. Augustine, Fla.

Pressel has been teaching at Creekside High School since 2008. She teaches four levels within the St. Johns County Career Academies program, the Academy of Environmental Sciences, and Advanced Placement (AP) Environmental Science. She sponsors the Environmental Club and the Geospatial Mapping Club at Creekside and works with multiple community business partners to bring grant opportunities, internships, and job shadow experiences to her students to promote career readiness.  She is a regular speaker on project-based learning and STEM initiatives at national conferences. In addition to serving on the Teacher Advisory Council with the National Geographic Society, Pressel was recently named a 2020 National Geographic Emerging Explorer for her work integrating mapping software and "place-based learning" within the environmental science career academy program at Creekside.

Pressel won a new vehicle from Beaver Toyota St. Augustine, a new laptop computer from Staples in St. Augustine, as well as gifts and prizes, and all finalists were presented with diamond stud earrings and jewelry, among additional items from sponsors. Pressel will have the opportunity to apply for the overall Florida Teacher of the Year program.

Finalist recipients included Allison Birbal, a sixth-grade science teacher at R.J. Murray Middle School, and Andrea M. O'Brien, a pre-kindergarten through fifth-grade library media specialist at Durbin Creek Elementary School.

According to Donna Lueders, INK!'s Executive Director, another important announcement included naming Lauren Woods, a teacher at Valley Ridge Academy, as Rookie Teacher of the Year.

At the January 27 ceremony, the Teacher of the Year and finalists were presented with jewelry and diamond stud earrings from Stefanie Robinson, owner of Flashes and Brilliance, and Laura Lambert, with Lafonn Jewelry. Many local sponsors and donors contributed to the campaign and event with a wide variety of goods and services. Contact Donna Lueders at 904-547-7120 or email Visit the website at

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