Wednesday, April 3, 2013
Cassie Mattison of Spoto High says her students and fellow teachers are her inspiration.
Cassie Mattison of Spoto High School arrived at her job in style this week. The new Teacher of the Year in Hillsborough was rewarded with a limousine ride to the high school Thursday, according to the Tampa Bay Times. Mattison is chair of the English Department and school writing coach. Mattison said her inspiration is her students and other teachers. She is lauded for her rapport with students, according to the Tampa Bay Times article. Mattison said her job is easy because she has so much passion for it. “My goal was to be where I am right now, a department head and teaching AP literature and having influence at my school,” Mattison said. “I guess my goal right now is to keep doing what I’m doing, but do it better.”
Thursday, January 17, 2013
Hillsborough County Teacher of the Year finalists will be announced Friday.
Who will get surprise visits this week at work, signifying their selection as finalists for the 2013 Teacher of the Year award in Hillsborough County? According to Roselle Cronan, marketing manager for the Hillsborough Education Foundation, "surprise patrols" are set to visit schools Jan. 18 to announce this year's Teacher of the Year finalists. In contention for the honor are: For more information about the Teacher of the Year Program, visit Brandon Patch. For a list of past Teachers of the Year winners, visit the Hillsborough County School District website.
Sunday, January 15, 2012
After a few years away from the classroom, Michelle Peña is back and honored to be Alafia Elementary School's Teacher of the Year.
In her first full year back as a faculty member of Alafia Elementary, Michelle Peña's praises are being sung to the tune of Teacher of the Year. The school's staff recently chose Peña, who teaches third grade, for the honor, which is bestowed upon the person who best exemplifies what a good teacher should be. The 47-year-old Peña graduated from the University of South Florida with a degree in criminal justice before she became an educator. She worked as a probation officer in her early years, but wanted to have an effect on kids in their early years to prevent them from going into the sytem she worked in at the time. "When I was a probation officer I felt in my heart that if I could get into the schools and make a difference in a few kids …
Tuesday, January 25, 2011
Teachers and students at Alafia Elementary School are still grieving the loss of their beloved Teacher of the Year.
When the teachers at Alafia Elementary School nominated their Teacher of the Year this year, they had no idea that, by Christmas, she would no longer be with them. Joan Kabat, this year's Teacher of the Year at Alafia, was an Alafia teacher since the day the school opened its doors 24 years ago. A favorite teacher of many students in the Bloomingdale community through the years, Kabat unexpectedly died Dec. 14 at the age of 61. Her fellow teachers say she will be sorely missed. “Joan Kabat was a true friend of mine," said Angela Halle, fifth-grade language arts teacher. "I used to always joke that she was my second mom. We partnered for the last three years. As a colleague, she always shared ideas for what she would like to do with our …