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INK! to hold St. Johns County 2021-2022 Teacher of the Year awards event on Jan. 20
INK! (Investing in Kids), the direct-support organization benefiting St. Johns County School District, announced the five finalists for the 2021-2022 Teacher of the Year award.
By: INK! (Investing in Kids)
On Thursday, January 20, INK! board members, staff, and volunteers along with St. Johns County School District Superintendent Tim Forson and officials will recognize veteran and rookie teachers during an event to announce the winning Teacher of the Year and Rookie Teacher of the Year. Nominees will also be in attendance for their outstanding demonstration of instructional skills, student interaction, professional excellence, and importance in the lives of hundreds of students. The recognition will begin at 5:30 pm with a banquet and program at World Golf Village Renaissance St. Augustine Resort, 500 S. Legacy Trail in St. Augustine.
Teacher of the Year finalists include Andrew Burk, band director at Valley Ridge Academy; Veronica Fuata, second-grade teacher at Cunningham Creek Elementary School; Robie Hagan, instructional literacy coach at Wards Creek Elementary School; Patricia McElhone, academic interventionist at St. Johns Virtual School; and Sharon Warwell-Murden, fifth-grade teacher at R.B. Hunt Elementary School. The countywide awards program will commemorate recipients as local scholastic leaders who help to build community awareness of the region's best educators.
All finalists were honored during the surprise visits in December by school officials and 2020-2021 St. Johns County Teacher of the Year, Ali Pressel from Creekside High School. Visits also included program sponsors and supporters who provided flowers, applause, and accolades at each school with school principals, staff members, and students. Beaver Toyota St. Augustine hosted the day with its Bucky the Beaver mascot on prize patrol. Old Town Trolley Tours provided transportation with Leonard's Photography donating photography. For information, contact Donna Lueders at 904-547-7120 or email Donna.Lueders@
Investing in Kids (INK!) provides innovative resources to support academic success for all St. Johns County public schools to benefit 44,000 students and approximately 2,785 teachers. The office is located at 1 Christopher St. in St. Augustine. For more information, visit the website at www.ink-stjohns.org.