SunSentinel Super Shoppers have made their selections in our 2011 Teacher Appreciation on the Sentinel Deals fan page on Facebook.com.
Eight South Florida teachers will receive a free $100 box school supplies! The supplies were purchased and donated by Dana Potgieter of Coral Springs, Andrea Mass of Boca Raton and Mary Pat Pakoke of Coconut Creek as part of our Back to School Super Shopper Challenge in early August. We gave each $10 to spend to see how far they could stretch a buck buying school supplies by using coupons. They came back with $600 in goods!
The eight selections are:
Teresa Blank at Coral Glades High School in Coral Springs
Deanna Frazin Casper at Boynton Beach Charter School in Boynton Beach
Ronni Jones at Pinewood Elementary in Tamarac
Tina Jordano at Welleby Elementary School in Sunrise
Amy Klevens at Nob Hill Elementary in Sunrise
Kristin Marra of Pine Grove Elementary in Delray Beach
Marie Russell of Sanders Park Elementary School in Pompano Beach
Michelle Skalski of Tropical Elementary School in Miami
Here are the submissions that were selected: Read more at Facebook.com/SentinelDeals.
"Teresa Blank: I would like to nominate myself. I teach Marine Science I and II at Coral Glades High School in Coral Springs. I know how much my students love creative/hands on activities and a box of school supplies would really help us to be able to do more of those kinds of things. For example: one of their favorite activities is "Create a Creature" in which they work as a team to design an imaginary creature using what they have learned about the marine environment. They build a model of their creature and tell their classmates about it. Every year I am amazed at the imaginations and creativity of my students. It is also rewarding to see how much they have learned about ecological relationships in the marine environment (but may not even realize it themselves) through participating in this project. Thank you so much."
Marie Russell of Sanders Park Elementary School, Pompano Beach. She is a very caring kindergarten teacher. Marie is a born teacher. Like most of her fellow teachers at Sanders Park, not only is she an excellent teacher, but she goes the "extra mile." She keeps her classroom "treat box" filled with little trinkets for special rewards. Many times she has bought supplies like pencils, crayons, and pencil boxes for her students. She has brought in flip-flops and sometimes used clothing for students in need. She is the type of person who will buy a sandwich and water for a homeless lady. This past year has been a particularly difficult one for Marie both emotionally and financially. Her husband had brain surgery in the fall, and has not been working as much as he would like. At times life has been a struggle for Marie, her husband and their two little boys. Yet here she is at the beginning of the school year, setting up her room once again, optimistic and excited."
"I nominate my wife Deanna Frazin Casper - 2nd grade, Boynton Beach Charter School. Never in my life have I met someone with such a passionate desire for wanting to give to others, without expecting anything in return. I am truly inspired by the lengths she has gone to in order to secure a teaching position - she applied for literally over 100 positions!!! Whenever I see her with kids, her sweet, sensitive, caring disposition really shine through. Her years of experience teaching in lower income, multi-cultural schools will surely continue to serve her well on her path to educate children. Deanna - you have my vote!"
"I would like to nominate Ronni Jones from Pinewood Elementary in Tamarac. Ronni has taught special ed but has been teaching first grade for the last three years. Ronni goes above and beyond the call of duty with her 10 hour days, spending her own money on supplies and offering free tutoring to families that can't afford it for their child. I know for a fact that Ronni treats her students as if they were her own kids. I've seen her clothe students who don't have the proper attire, give backpacks to those who can't afford them and give the love and nurturing equal to that of a parent. Her passion for teaching is unfounded. She's driven to make sure that every student is challenged and succeeds. Her specialty, reading, and her love for books is transferred to the students through her enthusiasm and her innovative ways of making learning fun. I myself have taught 25 years and have seen many caring teachers. However, Ronni's random acts of kindness coupled with her extensive education, masters degree and hundreds of hours of in service demonstrates her dedication and love for teaching."
"Ms. Tina Jordano, PLACE teacher @ Welleby Elementary School in Sunrise, Florida. I asked my foster mommy to write this nomination on my behalf because I still do not have a good command of letters, the way that they sound, and how words are made. However, I am so much farther than I would have been because of Ms. Tina. Being born with a speech and language disability seems unfair, but Ms. Tina was the person that helped to close that gap. I was so lucky to be first introduced to her at Welleby Elementary School in Sunrise, Florida. After I was tested at the Children's Diagnostic Center, I was referred to the special PLACE class, which stands for Preschool Learning Activities and Classroom Experience. I entered the program at age 3. I wasn't even potty-trained at that time, and Ms. Tina used to have to change my training pants. I bet that this was not technically in her job description. As time went on, I remained in her classroom for three full school years. I had a team of people that served as advocates to ensure my success, but she was the main one that was always by my side. Even when I was misbehaving, she still showed me compassion and love. Since we were together for so long, I learned what it was like to have a schedule and to be secure. It was comforting to know what my day would be like and also a great feeling to have a positive expectation. Everyday, I looked forward to coming to school. There were new and exciting things to learn. Like the time we were enlightened about Michael Angelo. Ms. Tina allowed us to lay on our backs, underneath the tables, and paint the paper that she taped underneath the desks and tables. She told us that this is exactly what Michael Angelo did with the Sistine Chapel!"
"I nominate Amy Klevens. She is a third grade teacher at Nob Hill Elementary School, in Sunrise. She has spent quite a bit of her own money to make sure every child has what they need for the school year, in addition to seeing that all of her students go on field trips, whether they have the money, or she pays for them. She's concerned with each child learning and also cares about their emotional state, as well as any problem they may be facing at home or in school. Amy is very dedicated, starting her school day at 7:30 AM and has been found many times, still working at 11 PM, planning lessons or marking papers. I hope that she will win one of these packages. She's creative and enjoys working with the students to bring our their creativity."
"I'd like to nominate my daughter Kristin Marra of Pine Grove Elementary in Delray Beach. Kristin is a first year teacher who has already had her share of troubles. Last year one of her students was murdered at the hands of his step-father. This year already her classroom windows have been shot with bullet holes. It's crazy for sure but through it all, she's maintaining a positive attitude and working hard at keeping focused on the children she is responsible for. Kristin could use a joyous, happy event in her classroom. I think this would help to make this a good school year."
"Marie Russell of Sanders Park Elementary School, Pompano Beach. She is a very caring kindergarten teacher. Marie is a born teacher. Like most of her fellow teachers at Sanders Park, not only is she an excellent teacher, but she goes the "extra mile." She keeps her classroom "treat box" filled with little trinkets for special rewards. Many times she has bought supplies like pencils, crayons, and pencil boxes for her students. She has brought in flip-flops and sometimes used clothing for students in need. She is the type of person who will buy a sandwich and water for a homeless lady. This past year has been a particularly difficult one for Marie both emotionally and financially. Her husband had brain surgery in the fall, and has not been working as much as he would like. At times life has been a struggle for Marie, her husband and their two little boys. Yet here she is at the beginning of the school year, setting up her room once again, optimistic and excited."
"I would lime to nominate Ms. Michelle Skalsky Prek/Special Ed Teacher at Tropical Elementary School in Miami, FL..My autistic daugther blossomed so much with her this past year..all I can say is she became more than a teacher to me and my family, she became a wonderful supporter and friend, and we will miss her greatly since my daughter is changing schools this year coming up..Always went over and beyond for all the kids and showed always her true LOVE and dedication to them. I love her and thank God she came in to mine and Sarah's life!!"
There were more than 60 nominations and it was a difficult choice for us because all the teachers have touched the lives of so many children and families. Sun Sentinel staffers donated some extra supplies so we were able to include two more teachers.
All the teacher are being notified and the boxes will be shipped this week.
Congratulations to all those who were nominated.
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