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Recognizing and Celebrating Broward County Public Schools Outstanding Teachers, Principals, Assistant Principals and School-Related/District Employees.
Congratulations to the 2019 Caliber Awards winners!
Teacher of the Year
Nova Middle School
Be respectful and never lie are the only rules in Kristin Murphy’s classroom. “To always do the right thing is, perhaps, one of the most important lessons we can teach our students,” says Ms. Murphy. An educator for more than 20 years, she never accepts anything less than a student’s true potential and encourages her students to do the same. “Some of my students are living the difficult situations we discuss in class. Every word that comes out of my mouth has the ability to affect my students.” When she is not in class, Ms. Murphy is a CrossFit competitor and a Dragon boat racer.
Principal of the Year
Walker Elementary School
“We can never lose sight of the fact that every student is unique with very different academic and social needs. Therefore, instruction must be adjusted to meet these needs,” says Philip Bullock, in his fourth year as principal of Walker Elementary School. An educator for more than 30 years and a father of five children, Mr. Bullock has firsthand knowledge of what students need to achieve success. “We cannot only teach the curriculum, we must also teach the child and meet them where they are, not where we want them to be.”
Assistant Pricipal of the Year
Hollywood Hills High School
“What matters most when educating our students,” says Erin Brown, assistant principal at Hollywood Hills High School, “is teaching them morals, perseverance and a strong work ethic.” An educator for more than 15 years, Ms. Brown goes to work each day with the purpose of providing a safe, engaging, and caring learning environment. “Throughout my career, I have learned that modeling the behavior you wish your students to exhibit, as well as establishing a caring relationship, will assist students in meeting the expectations set for them. As an educational leader, I believe it is our duty to help produce productive, ethical members of society.”
School-Related/ District Employee of the Year
Broadview Elementary School
“The next generation are the future leaders of our nation,” says Brittany Poitier, who believes that supporting and showing love to her students prepares them for leadership roles. She focuses on the whole student and addresses the root of any issue, which may include hunger, homelessness and social need. “Students cannot function if he or she is hungry or homeless. Once we assist in getting the student’s social and environmental needs met, the student will blossom in a way never seen before. A spokesperson for autism awareness and a race car driver, Ms. Poitier is fully equipped to drive her students to achieve their goals.
Sponsors of the 2018 Caliber Awards