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Manatee teachers, support workers honored

MANATEE -- Four teachers and four support workers received a pleasant surprise Tuesday: recognition by the school district as nominees for the Edvantage Education Awards for excellence.

A committee will choose an Educator of the Year and Support Employee of the Year to be honored at a dinner Feb. 29.

Nominees for Educator of the Year:

n Pauline Barnes, eighth-grade language arts teacher at Sugg Middle, recognized as a role model and leading volunteer on projects including the school newsletter.

n Jillene Bergeron, family and consumer science teacher at Braden River Middle, whose accomplishments include leading numerous students to district, state and national competitions in an organization called the Family Career and Community Leaders of America.

n Mihija Daniel, second-grade teacher at Rowlett Magnet Elementary, whose annual volunteer efforts include the school’s golf tournament, arts festival and Veterans Day program.

n Dameon Headings, fourth-grade teacher at Palm View Elementary, whose main areas of focus include technology, math, FCAT preparation and the school’s Aspiring Leader program.

Nominees for Support Employee of the Year:

n Cristina Aburto, registrar at Tara Elementary, recognized for her focus on accurate data and willingness to help other schools.

n Linda Campos, registrar at Sea Breeze Elementary, who helped improve the school’s website and fills in for other schools’ registrars when they are ill

n Ange Inderwiesen, senior school secretary at Nolan Middle, labeled the “go-to person” because of her willingness to sacrifice personal time and who represents the school’s support staff at its school advisory council meetings

n Lori Pick, technology specialist at Mills Elementary, who has focused on providing newscasting experience to the school’s students and has also begun tutoring academically challenged third-graders.