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Broward Virtual School’s Christopher Gates Named State Finalist

Friday, April 10, 2015
Congratulations to Christopher Gates, technology specialist at Broward Virtual School, for being named a finalist for the statewide 2015 Florida School-Related Employee of the Year award.
Commissioner of Education Pam Stewart announced the five finalists for the award, which recognizes outstanding education support personnel for the significant contributions they make to their schools and communities.
“Christopher Gates represents the best that our District has to offer to our students,” said Broward County Public Schools Superintendent Robert W. Runcie.  “He embodies the qualities of a great leader, mentor and serves as a role model not only to our students, but to his colleagues, as well.”
Gates is described as kind, considerate and always willing to help. Although his job responsibilities include ensuring the continuous availability of technology, he serves in many capacities at Broward Virtual School. Through his leadership, students have been involved in numerous community service initiatives, leading to local and national recognition, including President Obama’s Service Award.
“School support personnel are a critical component of providing Florida students with a high-quality education,” said Commissioner Stewart. “I congratulate our statewide finalists on a job well done and thank them for all they do to help students succeed.”
The statewide winner will be announced in late April at the annual Florida School-Related Employee Finalists’ Awards Breakfast. The top school-related employee will be presented with $1,000 in cash and tickets to Universal Orlando theme parks. Finalists receive a $500 cash prize and tickets to Universal Orlando theme parks.
Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) is the sixth largest public school system in the United States and the second largest in the state of Florida. BCPS is Florida’s first fully accredited school system since 1962. BCPS has over 260,000 students and approximately 175,000 adult students in 238 schools, centers and technical colleges, and 99 charter schools. BCPS serves a diverse student population. Students are from 204 different countries and speak 135 different languages. For more information about BCPS, visit browardschools.com, follow us on Twitter @Browardschools, like us on Facebook @ facebook.com/browardschools, and download the free Broward County Public Schools mobile app.