Beginning Teacher of the Year Award

School Board Recognizes Beginning Teacher of the Year and Mentor Teacher of the Year
Posted on 04/18/2019
Board Recognition

The Beginning Teacher of the Year Award is presented annually to outstanding first year teachers at the Elementary and Secondary level in the School District of Palm Beach County, who have been recommended by their principal for demonstrating excellence.

As part of the award process, nominees are asked to answer questions like describing their biggest classroom victory and how they’ve built relationships with students. Their responses allow the nominees to highlight their experiences.

The Mentor Teacher of the Year Award is also presented annually to exceptional first year mentor teachers in the District at the Elementary and Secondary level. Mentor Teacher of the Year nominees are asked to elaborate on why they became a mentor and what characteristics make them effective in their role.

All the nominees for Beginning Teacher and Mentor Teacher of the Year were formally recognized at the School Board meeting on April 17, with the winners of each award announced at the meeting.

Beginning Teacher of the Year Award Nominees – Elementary Level

• Emily Lay – Northboro Elementary

• Daria Miller – Clifford. O. Taylor/Kirklane Elementary*

• Danielle Stewart – Belle Glade Elementary

• Amanda Valdalez – Sunrise Park Elementary

Beginning Teacher of the Year Award Nominees – Secondary Level

• Yesenia Gonzalez – Seminole Ridge Community High

• Brittney Poliak – Eagles Landing Middle*

• Lorin West – John I. Leonard High

Mentor Teacher of the Year Award Nominees – Elementary Level

• Tara Beam – Northboro Elementary

• Christine Holt – Belle Glade Elementary

• Rosie Presas – Sunrise Park Elementary

• Andrea Suarez – Highland Elementary*

Mentor Teacher of the Year Award Nominees – Secondary Level

• Patrick Duncan – Park Vista Community High*

• Angela Jill Hardin – Forest Hill Community High

• Shannon Saumell – Independence Middle

*Award Winner

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