By: Sharon Aron Baron
Marjory Stoneman Douglas teacher Adam Greenhut has been selected as one of six selected finalists in this years Broward County Public Schools Teacher of the Year Award.
Adam Greenhut, not only teaches 9th and 10th grade mathematics at Marjory Stoneman Douglas, he once attended the school as a student. Greenhut has been teaching at the school for 11 years and currently teaches Geometry and Geometry honors where he specializes in using technology as a means of passing along his understanding of mathematical concepts.
Greenhut says he has a unique perspective as an educator in his community. “My classroom extends into the community,” said Greenhut. “The composition of school and community opens doors of communication that allow for teachers, students and parents to collaborate more effectively. Integrating this community into the education of its students has been seamless.”
Other 2016 Teacher of the Year Finalists:
Amanda Hicks, 4th Grade Teacher, Hollywood Hills Elementary School
“Amanda is a master teacher,” said Principal Vered Roberts. “She is an outstanding educator who consistently applies innovative teaching techniques as she creates a kind, loving and challenging environment for her students. She’s the kind of teacher every principal wants on their teaching staff, and every parent wants for his or her child.”
Nicole Brown, 8th Grade Teacher, Deerfield Beach Middle School
A 22-year veteran of the District, Brown has achieved National Board Certification twice. “I believe that every student can learn and grow,” said Brown. Her winning formula: “I set high expectations for learning, value students’ opinions, strengthen their weaknesses and celebrate their successes.” Principal Francine Baugh said, “Ms. Brown is a highly effective instructor. Her lessons are goal-oriented and her students are excited about learning.”
Patricia Delmonte, 9th – 12th Grade, Mathematics Teacher, Monarch High School
Delmonte specializes in helping students “get math.” “In the classroom, she has a unique talent for conveying very difficult material in such a way that students can absorb the concepts and utilize their learning,” said Guidance Counselor William McIntyre. Also a leader among her peers, Delmonte has helped her fellow teachers improve their craft through her mentoring.
Kimara Giddings, Pre-K – Adult, Family Literacy Teacher, Community Schools South
As a Family Literacy teacher, Giddings devotes her efforts, collaborative spirit and knowledge to teaching adults and their children. “She is an innovative teacher, committed to meeting the diverse needs of adult students and their children simultaneously,” said Principal Carletha Shaw. “Her dedication to educating the whole family is commendable.”
Dr. Rona Moore Olukolu, 6th – 8th Grade, Reading Teacher, Pines Middle School
Dr. Olukolu considers education a highway of knowledge that can open the windows and doors of opportunity to the wonders life has to offer. As a National Board Certified teacher in Literacy, she has worked to employ and celebrate literacy, focusing on the new standards of learning. “Dr. Olukolu sets a high standard for herself and her students,” said Principal Carlton Campbell. “Her students are always engaged and excited about her class.”
The presenting sponsor for the Caliber Awards is BrightStar Credit Union. Gold sponsors are After School Programs, Inc. and BENCOR Retirement Group; silver sponsors are Baptist Health, Nova Southeastern University Fischler School of Education and Sunshine Child Care; and copper sponsors are Broward Health, Broward Principals and Assistant Principals Association, Florida Power & Light and Herff Jones.
The winner will be announced at the annual Caliber Awards recognizing Broward’s outstanding employees on Wednesday, April 1, 2015, at 5:30 p.m., at the Greater Fort Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center.