By Sharon Aron Baron
Local teacher Annejeanette Washington-Collins has been awarded the 2023 Martin Luther King, Jr. Monument Award by the Coral Springs MLK Committee for her outstanding service and contributions to the community.
Washington-Collins has been a resident of Coral Springs for the past 14 years and currently works as an American History Teacher at Ramblewood Middle School. She is also a STEM advocate, educator, and college professor. Her work was recently recognized at the state level when she was named the Dr. Theron Trimble Florida Social Studies Teacher of the Year for Middle School by the Florida Council for the Social Studies.
The MLK Monument Award is given to local individuals or organizations that embody the ideals of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Washington-Collins was chosen for the award for her dedication to her students and her involvement in various organizations in the community, including those that represent African American and Caribbean American students.
“Annejeanette truly cares about her students and makes sure they are represented in various organizations in the community,” said Joshua Simmons, Coral Springs Commissioner, and MLK Committee Liaison. “She exemplifies the best qualities of a hardworking community leader.”
The award ceremony was held on February 15 at the Coral Springs MLK Monument, located in front of the Northwest Regional Library at 3151 N University Drive in Coral Springs. City officials and members of the Coral Springs MLK Committee presented Washington-Collins with her award.
Nominees also included Eagles Haven, Coral Springs Charter School, and Dr. Mark Gendal. The award recognizes exceptional individuals or organizations who promote the values of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and work to make the community a better place.
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