Friday, March 29, 2013
Cassandra Mattison, a graduate of King High School, was named 2012-13 Teacher of the Year for Hillsborough County at a banquet hosted by the Hillsborough Education Foundation on March 28.
The Spoto High School community was set to congratulate Cassandra Mattison back at school today, the morning after she was named Hillsborough County Teacher of the Year, at a March 28 banquet hosted by the Hillsborough Education Foundation. In accepting the award, Mattison "thanked the teachers at every school she has attended in Hillsborough County, starting with Shaw Elementary and ending with King High School," according to a Tampa Bay Times report on the event. "I would not be standing where I am today if it were not for teachers like you," she reportedly told the audience of more than 2,000 educators. Earlier this year at Spoto High, a "surprise patrol" alerted the 31-year-old English teacher, who serves as head of the English …
Thursday, January 24, 2013
Fourth-grade FishHawk Elementary School teacher Stacey P. Hirn is a finalist for the Ida S. Baker Diversity Educator of the Year award.
A typical day of teaching fourth-grade students became anything but ordinary for FishHawk Creek Elementary School teacher Stacey Hirn Friday, Jan. 18. Hirn was in the midst of a lesson on civil rights leader Rosa Parks when her classroom door opened and Principal Pam Bush ushered in the Hillsborough Education Foundation Surprise Patrol. Hirn's bewilderment turned to amazement when the patrol announced that Hirn was a finalist for the Ida S. Baker Diversity Educator of the Year award. "It was very exciting," said Bush. "Mrs. Hirn was so totally surprised, she was almost speechless. And if you know her you know she's rarely speechless." "I couldn't believe it," said Hirn. "There are so many teachers in this county who do such amazing things…
Kelly Foss is a finalist for the Instructional Support Employee of the Year.
The third time proved a charm for Symmes Elementary School secretary Kelly Foss. Twice before, Foss was named the Instructional Support Employee of the Year at Symmes. But she was never a finalist for the county honor until this year. Foss was busy reading the Flat Stanley story to a class of kindergartners at Symmes Friday, Jan. 18 when the Hillsborough Education Foundation Surprise Patrol, accompanied by Raymond, the Tampa Bay Rays' mascot, dropped in to announce she was a finalist for the award. "I was shocked," said Foss. "I didn't expect it at all." Foss is one of five finalists for the honor, chosen from 224 nominees from schools throughout Hillsborough County. A Riverview resident for 15 years, Foss began her career in Hillsborough …
The principal of Spoto High School said it was an honor to witness Cassandra Mattison receive recognition as a 2013 Hillsborough County Teacher of the Year finalist. He first met her as a student at King High School.
Thursday, August 2, 2012
When he learned of the fire at Frost Elementary School, Hillsborough County Commissioner Al Higginbotham reached out for assistance.
Thursday, August 2, 2012
News Report When Hillsborough County Commissioner Al Higginbotham heard about the fire at Frost Elementary this past weekend, his office reached out to the school, the local chamber of commerce, the media, community leaders and his colleague, Commissioner Lesley “Les” Miller Jr., to find assistance for the school. The Mosaic Co. responded with a $5,000 donation to Frost Elementary to replace the supplies and classroom items lost in the accidental fire. Two kindergarten teachers, Jamy Dailey and Holly Cover, lost almost everything in their classrooms. The School District of Hillsborough County has insurance to replace school inventory, but nothing the teachers had prepared for the fall school year will be covered. Additionally, Mosaic …