More DOE awards for Pasco teacher, Countryside High
Even after the Florida Teacher of the Year was announced Thursday night, the Florida Department of Education is not done giving out accolades to outstanding teachers and schools.
The DOE announced Friday that Pasco Teacher of the Year Robert Patterson was awarded the newly established Dr. Brian Dassler Outstanding Teacher/Leader award, which was created after Dassler, the DOE deputy chancellor of educator quality who died suddenly March.
Patterson, a fifth grade teacher at Veterans Elementary in Wesley Chapel, was recognized for his "strong relationships with his students and fostered a culture of learning and sharing without judgment." According to a press release, Patterson was described as "a natural leader... integral in the creation of the school’s Professional Learning Communities, which bring together teams of educators to analyze instruction and outcomes and develop strategies to help struggling students." Read more about him here.
Pinellas' Countryside High school was also recognized by DOE with a Family and Community Involvement Award for its career center and college and career fair.
Also recognized was Monroe County's teacher of the year, Samantha Hooper, a fourth grade teacher at Key Largo School. She was awarded the Mary J. Brogan "Excellence in Teaching" award and $1,000. According to a press release, her principal described her as "an engaging teacher who sets high standards for her students and herself and who is always looking for ways to improve her practice and help those around her reach their full potential."
Other schools recognized for their family and community involvement are: Santa Rosa County's Bagdad Elementary; Leon County's Fort Braden K-8 School; St. John's County's Ocean Palms Elementary; Duval County's Mandarin High; Orange County's Bay Lake Elementary and Freedom Middle; Manatee County's Daughtrey Elementary; Palm Beach County's South Olive Elementary and Congress Middle.