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Finalists Named For Osceola School District's Teacher of the Year and School-Related Employee of the Year
Posted on 01/30/2019
Teacher of the Year Finalist ImageThe field of nominees for both the Osceola School District's top employee awards -- Teacher of the Year and School-Related Employee of the Year -- has been narrowed down to the top ten finalists in each category.

The following educators have been named as the top ten finalists for Osceola School District's 2020 Teacher of the Year Award:

Janine Facey - ASD at St. Cloud Middle

Therese (Traci) Giardino – Math at Discovery Intermediate

Karen Gill - College and Career Counselor at Osceola County School for the Arts

Serena Brooke Linane – Fourth and Fifth Grade ESE at Kissimmee Elementary

Joseph Malfara - English III, Honors, and AP English Language and Composition at Poinciana High

Yoldana Polanco - Third Grade at Mill Creek Elementary

Stacy Seamon – Seventh and Eighth Grade Agricultural Sciences at Horizon Middle

Tom Smalling - Digital Design at Osceola Technical College

Jessica Stake - Elementary School Counselor at Hickory Tree Elementary

Lynsay Woodring - Fourth Grade at Partin Settlement Elementary


The following employees have been named as the top ten finalists for Osceola School District's 2019 School-Related Employee of the Year Award:

Kim Abaloz - Cafeteria Manager at Celebration K-8

Gary Bledsoe – Custodian at Mill Creek Elementary

Julissa Cardona - Title I Parent Liaison at Special Programs

Melissa Carpenter - Accounting Clerk I in Student Services Department

Lisa Kemp – Paraprofessional at Narcoossee Middle

Felisa Lewis - Parent Liaison at Chestnut Elementary School for Science and Engineering

Miriam Medina - Secretary at Boggy Creek Elementary

Iris Rodriguez – Bookkeeper at Poinciana High

Luz Skerrett – Secretary in Finance Department

Ashly Stokes - Accountant I in Facilities Department


Judges selected the finalists based on their applications. Each finalist was surprised at their work location by Superintendent Dr. Debra Pace to announce their finalist standing. The names of Osceola County's 2020 Teacher of the Year and Osceola County's 2019 School-Related Employee of the Year will be announced at the Education Awards Ceremony held on March 15, 2019, at Osceola Heritage Park.
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