2022/23 Caliber Awards Program

  • BCPS 2023 Caliber Awards

TEACHER OF THE YEAR

  • Congratulations to the Teacher of the Year Finalists!

  • 2023 TEACHER OF THE YEAR FINALISTS

    The Teacher of the Year (TOY) program 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.

  • Learn more about the Teacher of the Year finalists

    Cari Rodriguez Harbordale Elementary School
    Dr. Danielle Bradley 
    Coral Glades High School 


    Dr. Danielle Bradley is a ninth grade teacher of Cambridge AICE English General Paper, English honors and gifted classes at Coral Glades High School, where she has spent the last 18 years with BCPS of her 22 years in education.

    “Dr. Bradley has a dynamic way of including students authentically in their own learning,” Principal Dr. Mark Kaplan said. “She methodically plans her lessons and demonstrates an uncanny ability to make those lessons come alive for her students.”


    Otto Jesus Rodriguez
    Otto Jesus Rodriguez
    South Broward High School 


    Otto Jesus Rodriguez is an 11th grade science teacher at South Broward High School, where he has spent all his 20 years with BCPS. Rodriguez is also a teacher and sponsor of South Broward High School's Latinos in Action program.

    "Mr. Rodriguez sets the bar extremely high for all those who work in education with this compassion, dedication and level of service he provides to his students, "Principal Patricia Brown said. "It is difficult to convey how awe-inspiring Mr. Rodriguez truly is as an educator. He has an outstanding impact on all his students and colleagues" 


     Haley Shurack
    Haley Shurack 
    Tropical Elementary School 

    Haley Shurack teaches pre-K students who are deaf and hard of hearing at Tropical Elementary School, where she has spent the last three and a half years with BCPS out of her five years in education. Shurack believes that building trusting and positive relationships with her students and their families is a key component of effective instruction.

    “Ms. Shurack has demonstrated success in working with children through her love and caring for her students,” Principal Robert Schneider said. “She has been a leader in innovative teaching techniques for our youngest deaf and hard-of-hearing students. Her work over the years has been marked by devotion, integrity and loyalty.”


    Lashaundra Williams 
    Lashaundra Williams 
    Hallandale High School 

    Lashaundra Williams is a ninth – 12th grade teacher of social science, U.S. History and Advanced Placement Psychology at Hallandale High School, where she has spent the last seven years with BCPS out of her nine years in education.

    “Ms. Williams is an enthusiastic educator who works tirelessly to ensure her students receive every opportunity to reach their full potential,” Principal Mark Howard said. “As the social studies department chair, she leads her department with integrity and attention to detail.”


    Jennifer Wilson 
    Jennifer Wilson 
    Tequesta Middle School 

    Jennifer Wilson is a sixth grade language arts teacher at Tequesta Trace Middle School, where she has spent the last eight years with BCPS out of her 16 years in education.

    “Mrs. Wilson is a teacher who does not know how to say no,” Principal Robert Rivera said. “Her leadership is infectious. Her tenacity is incomparable. Her passion for teaching and learning has impacted those around her to be better teachers and administrators.

SCHOOL-RELATED EMPLOYEE OF THE YEAR

  • Congratulations to the School-Related Employee of the Year Finalists!

  • 2023 School Related Employee of the year finalist

    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.

  • Learn more about the School-Related Employee of the Year finalists

    Raymond Hanna, Jr 
    Raymond Hanna, Jr. 
    Deerfield Beach Elementary School 


    Raymond Hanna Jr., School-age Child Care Supervisor, has served at Deerfield Beach Elementary School for the last six of his 13 years at BCPS. He has a reputation for providing high-quality service and support for his students, families and school. 

    “Mr. Hanna provides top-notch customer service and always goes above and beyond,” Principal Andrew Gerlach said. “He builds positive relationships with all stakeholder groups through genuine and honest conversations, and is always respectful, positive and passionate about his program, staff and students.” 


    Marvin Major
    Marvin Major
    North Lauderdale Elementary School 


    Marvin Major has served as Campus Monitor at North Lauderdale Elementary School for the last four of his 11 years at BCPS. He has worked tirelessly to ensure the school’s campus is a secure and safe place where students want to learn, and where teachers want to teach. 

    “Mr. Major embodies our school’s mission. Each day, he acts as a bridge between our school and our Haitian community,” Principal Nichele Williams said. “He brings pride to our school while honoring his Haitian American heritage.” 


    Maritza Sanchez North Side Elementary School 
    Maritza Sanchez
    North Side Elementary School 

    Maritza Sanchez has served as the Micro-computer Tech Specialist at North Side Elementary School for the last six years since joining BCPS. 

    “Ms. Sanchez goes above and beyond in everything that she is assigned,” Principal Heilange Porcena said. “Her passion for student achievement is evident when she volunteers to provide one-on-one and small group support to students during science.” 


    Danielle St. Leon - Hollywood Central Elementary School 
    Danielle St. Leon  
    Hollywood Central Elementary School 

    Danielle St. Leon is the Library Media Clerk at Hollywood Central Elementary School, where she has spent all her 14 years at BCPS. St. Leon believes students are motivated to learn when they are inspired to express themselves. 

    “Our teachers and staff will tell you Mrs. St. Leon is the “IT GIRL” because she is always willing to help to get whatever “It” is – done,” Principal Delicia Decembert said. “She gives “It” her all in everything she does.” 


    Nicole Willis
    Nicole Willis  
    Atlantic Technical College and High School 

    Nicole Willis has served as Career Advisor at Atlantic Technical College and High School since joining BCPS 16 years ago. Willis is well-known for serving her students, alumni, school and community in several capacities that go well beyond the requirements of her role. 

    “Nicole sees a need and she fills the gap. She engages her colleagues in delivering much-needed support services to students, so they have the resources they need to successfully complete their Career and Technical Education program and obtain employment,” Director/Principal Neeta Randle said. “She has a passion for the work we do at the technical college.” 

PRINCIPAL OF THE YEAR

  • Congratulations to the Principal of the Year Finalists!

  • 2023 Principal of the year finalists

    The Principal of the Year (POY) Awards recognize 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.

  • Learn more about the Principal of the Year finalists


    Patricia Brown
    Patricia Brown
    South Broward High School

    Patricia Brown, principal at South Broward High School, joined BCPS 28 years ago as a peer counsel coordinator. Brown believes it matters that we provide an environment where students are exposed to all academic and career options.

    “Principal Brown has consistently demonstrated her conscientiousness and genuine commitment to the education of all students and teachers, as well as a concern for professional growth and development, Director Teresa Hall said. “She is an instructional leader who understands the value of professional and personal connections.” 


    Christine de Zayas
    Christine de Zayas
    Eagle Point Elementary School

    Christine de Zayas, principal at Eagle Point Elementary School, is a 30-year veteran educator, who has spent the last 20 years at BCPS. She believes education is more than just a means of imparting knowledge and skills. It is a process that shapes the character and development of individuals as they grow and learn.

    “Principal de Zayas’ leadership has positively impacted her school, as well as supported the District and community through many initiatives,” Director Saemone Hollingsworth said. “As a leader of her school, she has proven to be a principal who is dedicated and committed to providing the absolute best for her entire school community.” ” 


    Marie Hautigan
    Marie Hautigan
    Piper High School  

    Marie Hautigan is the principal at Piper High School, where she has served for the last four years of her 15 years at BCPS. Hautigan believes education opens a pathway for a student to reach his or her full potential. Education improves an individual’s quality of life and results in a more intellectual, lucrative and benevolent society.

    “The improvements in school culture, expectations, academic rigor and student achievement at Piper High School are indicative of the positive impacts of Principal Hautigan’s leadership,” Director Haleh Darbar said. “She is relentless in her pursuit of building community and inclusiveness among her students.” ” 


ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL OF THE YEAR

  • Congratulations to the Assistant Principal of the Year Finalists!

  • 2023 Assistant Principal of the Year Finalists

    The Assistant Principal of the Year (APOY) Awards recognize 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.  

  • Learn more about the Assistant Principal of the Year finalists

    Hend Hafez
    Hend Hafez  
    Mirror Lake Elementary School

    Hend Hafez is an assistant principal at Mirror Lake Elementary School, where her career in education began 22 years ago as a substitute teacher. Hafez believes passionate educators are indispensable and can often make positive, indelible impacts on their students that last a lifetime.

    “Hend is a passionate individual who always goes above and beyond the call of duty. She is a motivator to others, including myself as she is the most positive person anyone will ever meet,” Principal Marlen Veliz said. “Her happy place is being with the kids. Students, teachers, staff and parents alike look to her for guidance and support.”  

     


    Henry Shadrack
    Shadrack Henry  
    Everglades High School 

    Henry Shadrack is an assistant principal at Fort Lauderdale High School, where he has served the last seven years out of his 20 years as an educator at BCPS. Shadrack believes all students deserve access to a comprehensive educational experience that provides them with the academic and interpersonal skills they need to be independent, productive and self-sufficient adults.

    “Mr. Henry represents the exemplary attributes of an outstanding educational leader. He continuously and methodically looks for ways to serve every member of the Everglades High School community,” Principal Sean Curran said. “Through his selfless leadership and hard work, Everglades High and the Everglades community have become a model for others to emulate.” ”  


    Timothy Winburn
    Timothy Winburn 
    South Broward High School

    Timothy Winburn is an assistant principal at South Broward High School, where he has served for the last 10 years out of his 18 years at BCPS. Winburn believes connecting with students on an individual basis and taking a true interest in who they are and what they aspire to be, is essential in guiding them on their path to their future.

    “Mr. Winburn is not only a consummate professional, but also an amazing person. I have rarely encountered a person who epitomizes the very essence of true caliber and who so naturally embodies the elements of a leader,” Principal Patricia Brown said. “Mr. Winburn continually focuses on how he can optimize all departments he oversees to ensure South Broward’s students receive the most of each.”  

     


2022-2023 Program

  • 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.

    To facilitate the new regional structure, regional administrators will oversee the nomination process for the respective region. The updated Caliber Awards Nomination Process Guidelines provides details to assist schools and departments. Additionally, the Schedule of Activities provides the relevant deadlines for the nomination process. 

     

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