Social Studies Outstanding Teachers of the Year
Monroe County School District is pleased to announce the Florida Council for the Social Studies (FCSS) Elementary Teacher of the Year for Monroe County is Anne Osborne from Plantation Key School and the Secondary Teacher of the Year is Nora Laubenstein. Mrs. Osborne and Mrs. Laubenstein were selected because of their ability to foster the development of democratic beliefs and values, the student-teacher relationships they have built, their professionalism, and their outstanding teaching methods.
Mrs. Osborne teaches several grades in the Gifted and High Achievers program at Plantation Key School. Mrs. Osborne has a passion for social studies. She has attended numerous summer seminars sponsored by the Florida Humanities Council and The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History. Her “coup de gras” social studies project this year was working with the Keys History and Discovery Center and the Art Guild of the Purple Isles (AGPI). The project began with a field trip to Lignum Vitae Key to learn Florida history. After the field trip local artists from the AGPI provided guidance as the students brought back sketches and created beautiful water color paintings that are currently hanging in the hallway at Plantation Key School as a reminder of their trip. “Mrs. Osborne provides hands on, authentic experiences that bring social studies to life for the Plantation Key School students. Our students are very fortunate to have a Mrs. Osborne as their teacher,” Plantation Key School Principal Lisa Taylor said.
Mrs. Laubenstein currently teaches Advanced Placement World History and Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID). Mrs. Laubenstein loves what she teaches and she strives to get her students to become historians by instilling a curiosity to learn from the past. This summer Mrs. Laubenstein will be leading her first overseas tour to Central Europe with some of her current and former students so that they can see part of the world through historical eyes. “Nora Laubenstein helps make students connect history to the everyday world around them. Her ability to engage students in their own learning enables them to be successful, not only in her class, but in other academic areas. Her work exemplifies excellence in education while building the confidence of the students she works with every day,” Key West High School Principal Amber Acevedo said.
Both will be honored at the FCSS awards dinner October 21, 2017, in Palm Harbor, Florida.
2016-2017 Monroe County School District Employees of the Year
Principal of the Year
Dr. Ann (Frannie) Herrin, Gerald Adams Elementary School
Assistant Principal of the Year
Dr. Kyle Sheer, Gerald Adams Elementary School
Teacher of the Year
Samantha Hopper, Key Largo School
Inclusion Teacher of the Year
Michele Licause Ryan, Sugarloaf School
School Counselor of the Year
Heather Coralluzzo, Marathon High School
Management Employee of the Year
Wanda Menendez, Benefits Department
School-Related Employee of the Year
Tariel Moran, IT Department
Inclusion Teacher of the Year
School District officials announced 1 of 14 teachers as the Inclusion Teacher of the Year. The Inclusion Teacher of the Year (ITOY) focuses on how the teacher has intentionally devoted his or her efforts to ensuring that every student feels included within the classroom setting. The process included a letter of recommendation for a teacher from each of the public schools from the principal, and required the teachers to answer questions about their greatest accomplishments in working with students in need of exceptional education.
The following teachers were nominated:
Jan Mulvihill | Key Largo School (Elementary)
Laura Barker | Plantation Key School (Elementary)
Saudhi Wise | Plantation Key School (Middle)
Mike Hughes | Coral Shores High School
Mary Coleman | Marathon Middle School
Jeff Cox | Marathon High School
Angela White | Stanley Switlik School
Michelle Ryan | Sugarloaf School (Elementary)
Victoria Fairbrother-Smith | Sugarloaf School (Middle)
Kaitlin O’Connell | Gerald Adams Elementary School
Lynly Hill | Poinciana Elementary School
Sam Hall | Horace O’Bryant (Middle)
Ricky Ridenour | Key West High School
Elaine Nosser | Key West Collegiate Academy
Officials surprised one of the nominees on Friday, April 7th, 2017. The ITOY for the 2016-2017 school year is Michelle Ryan, a first grade teacher at Sugarloaf Elementary School. Ryan and the nominees will receive stipends for their work for the District as Inclusion Teachers. The Monroe County School District serves approximately 8,800 students throughout the upper, middle, lower keys, and Key West. The accredited school district consists of ten public schools, six charter schools, and alternative and virtual schools. For more information about the District and its mission, visit www.keysschools.com.
Pictured, left to right: Dr. Lesley Thompson, Director of Student Services, Michelle Ryan, Inclusion Teacher of the Year; Harry Russell, Principal; Kelley Lanier, Assistant Principal