Manatee County Excellence in Education Award nominees
Four educator finalists and four support employee finalists were nominated for 2014-15 Excellence in Education Awards. Information from the Manatee County School District.
Nuris Fanning: English for speakers of other languages resource teacher, Orange-Ridge Bullock Elementary School.
Comment: Fanning makes it her mission to maximize time with students so they have the potential to equal or surpass their peers.
Lindsay Gilman: Second-grade teacher, Miller Elementary School.
Comment: Gilman is an exemplary educator passionate about her students. Always willing to go above and beyond to collaborate and problem solve.
Amanda Rojas: Social Studies teacher, Haile Middle School.
Comment: Rojas exemplifies as an educator who inspires students. A tireless educator and inspiration to other teachers who look to her leadership and dedication.
Brandi Witman: Kindergarten teacher, Gullet Elementary School. WINNER
Comment: Student success is her highest priority. Whitman is recognized by Gullett faculty as a leading instructor of primary-aged students. Has been elected consecutive terms as a leader by her grade-level team and demonstrates excellent communication, organization and collaboration skills.
Deborah Ackaway: Lab Manager, Myakka Elementary School.
Comment: Ackaway is an enthusiastic and positive role model loved by parents, staff and students. Always ready to offer assistance and willing to do whatever is needed to ensure the students and teachers have technology needed to complete their lessons.
Jennifer Brandon: Exceptional student education teacher aide, Miller Elementary School.
Comment: Brandon made a positive impact with the students, staff and parents in a short time. Brings out the best in the students and has a wonderful classroom presence.
Marilyn Coughlin: Executive assistant to Don Hall, deputy superintendent of operations. WINNER
Comment: As a team player always willing to lend a helping hand. Has shown unparalleled integrity and compassion for co-workers. Consistently has a positive attitude and an eye on quality.
Wanda Lorenz: Exceptional student education paraprofessional, Mills Elementary School.
Comment: Genuine, dedicated and a solid work ethic. Lorenz lights up the lives of the students she serves, has a heart of love and compassion and a refreshingly positive attitude.