2022 Caliber Awards

  • 2022 Caliber Awards

Congratulations to the 2022 Caliber Awards Winners!

  • Seema Naik

    Teacher of the Year
    Seema Naik 
    Eagle Ridge Elementary School
    Seema Naik, a teacher at Eagle Ridge Elementary School, started her career in education 10 years ago – first as a volunteer so she could be involved in her two daughters’ education. She then applied to become a cafeteria aide and teacher assistant before becoming a primary grades teacher.

    “In my experience as a school leader, there are only a few teachers I would consider to be a pioneer. It is clear-cut in my mind that Mrs. Naik is a STEM pioneer in the education world,” said Eagle Ridge Elementary Principal Lindsey Sierra. “She has led Eagle Ridge in creating new STEM opportunities for our students.”  


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    Heilange PorcenaPrincipal of the Year  

    Heilange Porcena
    North Side Elementary School

    Heilange Porcena has navigated the community of teachers, students and parents who feared the unpredictable with an exemplary visionary leadership. For the past six years. Ms. Porcena has built relationships with these stakeholders to ensure that quality of instruction and expectations of effort remained the focus at North Side Elementary School.

    “I am honored and grateful that in this moment in time, I have the opportunity to make a difference in a community that is often overlooked. As I walk through the halls of North Side Elementary, I am humbly reminded that through education, my life was changed for the better. I stand on the shoulders of those went before me and will pay it forward and make an impact in the lives of the children at North Side Elementary,” says Ms. Porcena. ”


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    Derek Gordon
    Derek Gordon
    Western High School
    Derek Gordon started his career as a visual art teacher in the Career Technical department at Western High School. An assistant principal for more than nine years, he has assisted teachers develop their curriculum to prepare students for exams.

    “I have trusted Mr. Gordon with the most high-pressure aspects of managing a school environment and made him my second in command,” said Western High School Principal, Jimmy Arrojo. “He makes strong decisions in the best interest of the school, has the respect of the staff and works tirelessly to get the job done.

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    Kimberly Kummler
    Kimberly Kummler
    Manatee Bay Elementary School

    Kimberly Kummler has provided health care and wellness to the students at Manatee Bay Elementary School for more than five years. In addition to assessing and evaluating the health and development status of students, Ms. Kummler also provides preventative services and health education to students and staff.

    “Ms. Kummler is a strong advocate for students’ needs,” says Manatee Bay Elementary Principal Heather Hedman-DeVaughn. “When COVID-19 presented itself, Nurse Kim rose to a new level of support and was extremely knowledgeable, supportive, and visible.”  


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  • Presenting

    BrightStar Credit Union

  • Platinum

    Aetna logo


  • Silver


    Bank of America
    Jet Blue logo

  • Bronze

    Herff JonesPNCBank

    Royal Caribbean International

2022 Caliber Awards Program Booklet

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