The Hamilton County School District will host a reception to announce the winners of the 2005 Florida Department of Education Burdines-Macy's Teacher of the Year and the 2005 Florida School-related Employee of the Year. There are six nominees for the Teacher of the Year and eight nominees for the Employee of the Year.
The Florida Department of Education Burdines-Macy's Teacher of the Year program recognizes and honors the contributions of outstanding classroom teachers who have demonstrated a superior capacity to inspire a love of learning in students of all backgrounds and abilities.
Only one teacher may be nominated by a district to the state and only the superintendent may submit the nomination. All full-time, public school classroom teachers, grades pre-K through 12, adult education teachers, post-secondary vocational/technical education teachers, guidance counselors, media specialists, and department chairpersons who actively engage in classroom teaching are eligible for nomination.
The Florida Teacher of the Year receives an award check of $2,500 from the Department of Education. Each finalist receives an award check of $1,250 from the Department. Each Florida District Teacher of the Year receives an award check of $500 from the Department.
The Florida Teacher of the Year also serves as the Christa McAuliffe Ambassador for Education representing the Department of Education and teachers throughout the state. The Teacher of the Year may conduct workshops, address fellow teachers, parents, and business and community leaders at conferences and meetings, and talk to student groups about careers in education. The ambassador is on sabbatical leave from his or her school district during this year of service. The Department reimburses the district for the teacher's salary and benefits.
The Florida School-related Employee of the Year program recognizes outstanding education support personnel for the significant contributions they make to their schools and district school systems. The program honors one state representative and four regional finalists.
Only one nomination may be submitted by a district to the state and only the superintendent may make the nomination. All non-certified, non-instructional educational support personnel who serve at the school or district level (such as teacher aides, library aides, bookkeepers, secretaries and clerks, bus drivers, food service staff, custodians, building maintenance workers, warehouse workers, mechanics, school resource officers, and office managers) may be nominated. Nominees may be full or part-time employees.
The Florida School-Related Employee of the Year receives an award check of $1,000 from the Department of Education. Each regional finalist receives an award check of $500 and each district nominee receives an award check of $200.
Everyone is invited to the reception at 4 p.m on Thursday, March 3, at the J.R.E. Lee Administrative Complex. Refreshments will be served.