2022 Caliber Awards
Congratulations to the Teacher of the Year Finalists!
The Teacher of the Year (TOY) Award honors outstanding classroom teachers who inspire students of all backgrounds and abilities to excel. Through their contributions, we have made significant progress in student achievement. You are encouraged to join us in honoring these educators by participating in this prestigious recognition program.
Sheridan Technical College & High School
Esther Charles, with 18 years teaching experience in BCPS, has spent the last six years at Sheridan Technical College and High School preparing her students to be college and career ready.
“It’s once in a lifetime that you meet an individual as dynamic as Ms. Charles,” said Sheridan Technical Coll
New River Middle School
Elizabeth Fahy has served at New River Middle School for the past 17 years. As head of the marine science department, she focuses on collaborative learning and individual lessons, where students have a voice and choice.
“As one of the teachers in our marine science program, she has shown not only a dedication to environmental issues but also a true passion for marine science, our magnet program and especially our students,” said New River Middle Principal Melinda Wessinger.
Hallandale High School
Brandon Forbes is an English teacher at Hallandale High School. In less than five years, he’s expanded his role as ninth grade English language arts instructor to include Cambridge (AICE) International, honors English, Advanced Placement English and English department chair.
“From remedial to honors and advanced placement, Mr. Forbes is adept at adjusting his lessons so that no one gets bored or left behind,” said Hallandale High Principal Mark Howard. “He serves as a leader wherever he’s needed and does so with a humble heart.”
Westchester Elementary School
Jeannie Krouch, a 20-year primary grades educator, has spent the past nine years at Westchester Elementary School, providing educational experiences for kindergarten and first grade students.
“A consummate professional, Mrs. Krouch is intentional in her innate ability to connect with her students and parents,” said Westchester Elementary Principal Melissa Geraine. “She approaches her work every day with enthusiasm.”
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.”
Congratulations to the Principal of the Year Finalists!
The Principal of the Year (POY) Award recognizes outstanding school administrators for their exemplary contributions to students, schools and communities. Through their innovative leadership and dedication to academic excellence, they have increased student and school performance and have established safe learning environments for our children. These individuals have utilized teamwork and leadership skills to increase student performance, and promote safe learning environments, often through establishing partnerships with parents and community members.
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Montessori Academy
Mitshuca Moreau has served as principal of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Montessori Academy for the past seven years. During this time, she has focused on building morale and has created incentive programs to celebrate students and staff.
“I wake up every day wanting to go to work, see my students throughout the hallways of the school, and promote a positive, supportive environment for the staff and students. My work is not just a job, it is my quiet peace, especially when I am around the students or seeing joy on their faces,” says Ms. Moreau.
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.
Congratulations to the Assistant Principal of the Year Finalists!
The Assistant Principal of the Year (APOY) Award recognizes outstanding school administrators for their exemplary contributions to students, schools and communities. Through their innovative leadership and dedication to academic excellence, they have increased student and school performance and have established safe learning environments for our children. These individuals have utilized teamwork and leadership skills to increase student performance, and promote safe learning environments, often through establishing partnerships with parents and community members.
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.”
Everglades High School
Anthony Smith has been at Everglades High School for the past 16 years where he has worked to identify students in need of intervention and created partnerships with school personnel to ensure that every student can succeed.
“Mr. Smith is an integral part of our administrative team and a great resource for the entire Everglades High community,” says Everglades High School Principal Haleh Darbar.
Congratulations to the School-Related Employee of the Year Finalists!
The School-Related Employee of the Year (SREOY) Award recognizes outstanding non-instructional support personnel for the significant contributions to our schools, District and communities. The award honors individuals who have demonstrated exceptional skill and dedication in the performance of their jobs, thereby earning the respect and admiration of students, teachers, administrators, co-workers and parents.
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.”
Pasadena Lakes Elementary School
Dawn Michaud’s email signature reads at the bottom “Fixing broken smiles, one at a time”. For 18 of her 23 years with the District, she has been a tremendous support to students, faculty and staff of Pasadena Elementary School.
“Ms. Michaud has been a tremendous support to students, faculty and staff. She goes above and beyond her duties each day, to provide the necessary technology, tools, access, and resources to be successful,” says Pasadena Lakes Elementary School Principal Janet Williams.
Silver Lakes Middle School
Matilde Padilla is a Teacher Assistant at Silver Lakes Elementary School. She has worked with the school for 15 years and also serves as aftercare supervisor and SAC representative.
“Ms. Padilla takes initiative and ensures that students have access to the proper support to ensure their success in school,” says Silver Lakes Elementary School Principal Tammy Gilbert.
Rachel Kelly Silber
Hollywood Hills High School
Rachel Kelly Silber serves in many capacities at Hollywood Hills High School. Her involvement began more than 13 years ago as a volunteer and she has been a permanent employee for over five years.
“Ms. Silber can be found working anywhere and everywhere, helping anyone who needs assistance,” says Hollywood Hills High School Principal Daniel Most. “She is not just a great employee; she is an amazing human being and may be the most selfless person I have ever had the privilege to know.”
Danielle St. Leon
Hollywood Central Elementary School
Danielle St. Leon, the Library Media Clerk at Hollywood Central Elementary School, has previously been awarded School-Related Employee of the Year recognition at her school in 2008 and in 2014. For the past 13 years, she has focused on the happiness and well-being of her students and serving and guiding them to the best of her ability.
As the first fully accredited School District in Florida, Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) continues to be a leader in delivering excellence in education to every student, every school, every day. With more than 30,000 employees, BCPS is proud of those individuals who have dedicated themselves to ensuring the future success of our more than 261,000 students and 110,000 adult learners. The Caliber Awards program provides the opportunity for the District to recognize employees who have excelled as teachers, principals, assistant principals and school-related employees.
New this year, the process for nominating principals and assistant principals begins earlier as seen on the Schedule of Activities. With this change, schools have an extended period to select their teachers and school-related employees of the year, and may begin the nomination process early. The updated Caliber Awards Nomination Process Guidelines provides details to assist schools and departments.
For more information regarding the Caliber Awards program, contact Dr. Carolyn Stewart, District Community Relations Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 754-321-2300.