Florida School-Related Employee of the Year Program

Florida School-Related Employee of the Year Program


This program recognizes outstanding education support personnel for the significant contributions they make to their schools and district school systems. The program honors one state representative and four finalists. In accordance with section 1012.21(5), Florida Statutes, the bureau provides coordination and technical assistance in the nomination, selection, and recognition processes.

Nomination packets are sent to district superintendents at the beginning of each school year. Selection processes may differ by district. Only one nomination may be submitted by a district to the state and only the superintendent may make the nomination.

All non-certified, non-instructional educational support personnel who serve at the school or district level (such as teacher aides, library aides, bookkeepers, secretaries and clerks, bus drivers, food service staff, custodians, building maintenance workers, warehouse workers, mechanics, nurses, and office managers) may be nominated. Nominees may be full or part-time employees. Instructional and administrative personnel are as defined in section 1012.01(2) (a) – (d) and (3), Florida Statutes. Certified administrative staff and contract employees are not eligible.

State Winner and Finalists - By Year

2018*:

Winner: Stephanie Melton, W.E. Cherry Elementary School, Clay County
Finalist: Sylvester Jones, Rutherford High School, Bay County
Finalist: Jermaine Green, Jose de Diego Middle School, Miami-Dade County
Finalist: Debra Canning, Office of Strategic Partnerships, Pinellas County
Finalist: Sarah Woods, Gulf Gate Elementary School, Sarasota County

*The winner will be announced at the May 16 State Board of Education meeting in Pinellas County. For more information about each of the finalists, please see the 2018 School-Related Employee of the Year Finalist press release.

2017:

Winner: David Melnick, Food Service Manager at Lake St. George Elementary School, Pinellas County
Finalist: Eunice Johnson, ESE Paraprofessional at Irby Elementary School, Alachua County
Finalist: Jamie Skinner, Food Service Manager at Ralph Williams Elementary School, Brevard County
Finalist: Donna Peavy, Media Paraprofessional at Avon Park High School, Highlands County
Finalist: Jane Winters, After School Director at Beacon Cove Intermediate School, Palm Beach County

2016:

Winner: Abel Garcia, ESOL Paraprofessional at Reddick-Collier Elementary School, Marion County
Finalist: Angela Wright, Computer Lab Proctor at Hawthorne Middle/High School, Alachua County
Finalist: Kenyatta D. Medlock, Community Liaison at Whiddon-Rogers Education Center, Broward County
Finalist: Vanessa Molina-Council, ELL Paraprofessional at Citrus Grove Elementary School, Martin County
Finalist: Alberto “Tico” Justiniano, Head Custodian at Narcoossee Elementary School, Osceola County

2015:

Winner: Cheryl A. Thomas, Relief Bus Driver and Training Assistant at the Coachman Service Center, Pinellas County
Finalist: Christopher Gates, Technology Specialist at Broward Virtual School, Broward County
Finalist: Shaunda Burdette, Teacher Aide at the District Service Center’s Educational Services Department, Citrus County
Finalist: Stacey Fuhrman, Vision Paraprofessional at Citrus Grove Elementary School, Martin County
Finalist: Mark Nelson, Uniformed Security Officer at Acceleration Academy West High School, Orange County

2014:

Winner: James Lefko, Food Service Manager, Bayshore Elementary School, Lee County
Finalist: Toni Padgett, Career Specialist, Fleming Island High School, Clay County
Finalist: Kathy Moresi, Executive Assistant/Peer Lead, Florida Virtual School
Finalist: Deloris Patterson, School Secretary, Dr. Phillips Ninth Grade Center, Orange County
Finalist: Debra Alvis, Administrative Assistant, Greenwald, Booker Middle School, Sarasota County

2013:

Winner: Sue Mullen, Data Entry Manager, Breakfast Point Academy K-8, Bay County
Finalist: Susan McVeigh, ESE Parent Specialist, Flagler County Schools - ESE Department, Flagler County
Finalist: Jennifer Seidenstucker, Treasurer II, Eagles Landing Middle School, Palm Beach County
Finalist: Debra Stotts, Office Clerk I, Largo Middle School, Pinellas County
Finalist: Eric Henik, The Palm Pointe Educational Research School @ Traditions, Plant Manager, St. Lucie County​

2012:

Winner: Norma Reyes, ESOL Paraprofessional, Purcell Elementary School, Polk County
Finalist: Stuart Sheinman, Technology/Network Support Associate, West Melbourne Elementary School for Science, Brevard County
Finalist: Linda Turner, Registered Nurse, Montclair Elementary School, Clay County
Finalist: Brenetta Lawrence, Program Specialist, Bond Elementary School, Leon County
Finalist: George Beasley, Sr., Custodian - Plant Maintenance, Seminole High School, Seminole County