City Commission Honors 2022 Social Studies Teacher of the Year

City Commission Honors 2022 Social Studies Teacher of the Year

Left to Right: Nancy Metayer, Andrew Kirk, Major Collins, Jayda Washington-Boothe, Annejeanette Washington Collins, Joy Carter, and Shawn Cerra. [City of Coral Springs]

By Bryan Boggiano

The city commission recognized Ramblewood Middle School’s Annejeanette Washington Collins for being Florida’s 2022 Social Studies Teacher of the Year at their Wednesday Meeting.

Washington Collins received the honor in October from the Florida Council for Social Studies.

The council awarded her with the Dr. Theron Trimble Florida Social Studies Teacher of the Year for Middle School Award for her innovative work in the classroom, according to city documents.

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“[The award] recognizes exceptional and innovative teachers for creating meaningful lessons for their students and advocating for social studies education,” the school district said in a statement to the city, “Collins is honored for her passion for bringing lessons to life in her classroom through innovative projects.”

One of Washington Collins’s accomplishments was spearheading a successful postcard-writing system to NASA.

NASA sent the student postcards into space, then returned them to the student writers.

The city notes Washington Collins employed various creative methods to engage students in democracy, American history, and the lives of famous figures.

“You are an incredible leader and educator here in our city,” said Commissioner Nancy Metayer. “You ensure that education is always at the center and forefront of everything that you do.”

Washington Collins is one of three award recipients recognizing elementary, middle, and high school teachers.

Besides her statewide honor, she was named Ramblewood Middle School’s Social Studies Teacher of the Year and was twice named Broward County Public Schools Social Studies Teacher of the Year.

“You are an ambassador of everything an educator should be,” said Commissioner Shawn Cerra. “The award you got is one of great magnitude, and you should be incredibly proud.”

Similarly, Commissioner Joy Carter said, “I just wish I had a teacher like you when I had social studies.”

Washington Collins accepted the honor surrounded by the commission, her husband [name], her daughter [name], and Ramblewood principal Andrew Kirk.

She thanked her family, her church, the school board, her peers at Ramblewood, and Coral Springs for the opportunities she has had as a teacher.

“You have supported us, you have embraced us, you made me not only want to live in Coral Springs but [also] to teach,” she said.

Washington Collins ended by giving a special message to her students.

“I’m here because of you,” she said. “I am nothing without every student that comes in my classroom.”

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