•  Caliber Awards

  • (Download Adobe Acrobat Reader to view or print PDF)

    Recognizing and Celebrating Broward County Public Schools Outstanding Teachers, Principals, Assistant Principals and School-Related/District Employees.

2018 Teacher of the Year Finalists

  • The 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. No one person has a greater impact on the education of a child than does the teacher who creates the learning environment where students flourish and grow. Through their contributions, we have made significant progress in student achievement. 



    Stacey Brown Stacy Brown
    Pompano Beach Elementary School

    Stacey Brown, a 25-year veteran teacher, serves as a school leader to coaching, mentoring and supporting classroom teachers in literacy and mathematics. "If I could share one message with all teachers, it would be 'it's not the product, it's the process,' " said Brown. "Education is not about the program the teacher buys, it's about the process and knowledge the teacher develops."

    Principal Marisa Fishlock praised Brown as "a one-of-a-kind, talented, dedicated educator with a passion for literacy and children."



    Diana Escobar Diana Escobar
    Coral Cove Elementary School

    Diana Escobar, a 19-year teaching veteran, serves as the literacy coach at Coral Cove Elementary School. "By changing the way you look at things, the things you look at change," said Escobar. "By keeping up with change, I've been able to find the positive in the negative to motivate and shape the future of tomorrow, so they, too, can find the positive in the negative."

    Principal Stephanie Saban calls Escobar "a master educator and a consummate professional. She is an integral and brilliant part of Coral Cove Elementary School's success."




    Tammy Freeman Tammy Freeman
    Monarch High School

    Tammy Freeman has spent all of her 10 years as an educator at Monarch High School, where she is currently a language arts instructor. "Instead of giving my students the answers and having them become dependent on me for providing the answers each time, I choose to empower them by teaching them the process, which will help them to become better thinkers and learners throughout their lifetime," said Freeman. "Ms. Freeman is sincere, loyal, dedicated and willing to work at any task she is assigned, which positively affects her performance working with all stakeholders," said Principal James Neer. "She is a tremendous asset to Monarch High."




    Helen Kassim Helen Kassim
    Sunland Park Academy

    Helen Kassim has been teaching for seven years, and is currently a first grade reading resource instructor at Sunland Park Academy. "Teaching is a craft and a gift. It provides opportunities to develop the minds of others and to help them reach their full potential," said Kassim.

    Principal Sharonda Bailey said, "Ms. Kassim provides fresh insight to any area of concern, as well as offers new ideas to improve instruction and school operation processes. She maintains a pleasant demeanor and positive attitude." 



    Frank Pizzo Frank Pizzo
    Deerfield Beach High School

    Frank Pizzo has spent the last 17 of his 20 years in education at Deerfield Beach High School, where he is the lead teacher in the Academy of Finance. "Teaching is un-equivalently the very best occupation anyone could ever have – 'I'm a teacher, what is your superpower?' No other occupation in the world can make such an impact in someone else's life," said Pizzo."

    Mr. Pizzo has worked diligently in his classes and has been a good role model for our students," said Principal Jon Marlow. "He has always gone above and beyond in all of his responsibilities."