By: Jen Russon
Non-instructional staff are often the first point of contact for people on an academic campus and set the tone for the kind of learning environment it is.
Employees who show exemplary interpersonal skills, and zeal for life and learning, are being recognized alongside Teacher of the Year nominees. These include school office managers, bookkeepers, bus drivers, librarians, custodians, counselors, and clerical workers.
These employees make the public schools in Coral Springs sparkle and shine and bubble with personality.
The 2021 Caliber Award nominees for Employee of the Year have demonstrated leadership and exemplary teamwork. They were nominated by all of the people who make up their school communities, from parents and teachers to students and administrators.
Coral Glades High: Carl Tomestic
Coral Park Elementary: Katarina Kopaszova
Coral Springs High: Brandon Wesley
Coral Springs Middle: Nancy Bartolone
Coral Springs Pre K – 8 School: Josie Jean Louis
Country Hills Elementary: Dori Reife
Eagle Ridge Elementary: Elizabeth Mynatt
Forest Glen Middle: Patty DeMatties
Forest Hills Elementary: Jennifer Cassara
James S. Hunt Elementary: Linda Leverett
Maplewood Elementary: Kathy Goldensohn
Park Springs Elementary: Angela Perry
Park Trails Elementary: Beth Krate
Parkside Elementary: Melissa Joseph
Ramblewood Elementary: Donna Benson
Ramblewood Middle: Elizabeth Aiello
Riverglades Elementary: Angelo Rainey
Riverside Elementary: Cristal Jennings
Sawgrass Springs Middle: Samuel Fulmore
J.P. Taravella High: Anuradha Mahabir
Westchester Elementary: Shilpa Parikh
Principals at each school submitted their nominee’s application packet, in September, to the cadre assigned to decide 15 finalists for the 2021 Caliber Awards.
Nominees from all schools will be narrowed down to the final 15 within their division. A screening committee will interview these employees around December 2, after which one Employee of the Year will be selected.
The winner will be honored at the 2021 Caliber Awards held in January or February at the Greater Fort Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center.
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- Jen Russon has been a staff writer for Talk Media since 2018. She is also a novelist, copywriter and editor at the imprint www.swallowpublishing.com. She lives in Coral Springs with her family.
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