Sarasota County names Sarasota Teacher of the Year finalists

Dec 16, 2020

TOY Samantha Miller

Samantha Miller, a design teacher at Sarasota Military Academy Prep, is joined by Head of School Thomas Vara on Tuesday after Miller learned that she is a finalist for Teacher of the Year.

Teachers in Sarasota County have had to reinvent their craft throughout the coronavirus pandemic, figuring out on the fly how to teach in unprecedented circumstances.

On Tuesday, four Sarasota County teachers were surprised when they were revealed as finalists for the district’s elementary, middle and high school Teacher of the Year honors.

The Education Foundation of Sarasota County sponsors the Ignite Education: Teacher of the Year annual recognition in partnership with Sarasota County Schools.

This year’s finalists are: 

  • Kari Johnson, kindergarten teacher, Fruitville Elementary School.
  • Samantha Miller, design teacher, Sarasota Military Academy Prep.
  • Emily O’Brien Swope, fourth and fifth grade English language arts teacher, Alta Vista Elementary School.
  • Becky Satterly, math teacher and dropout prevention coordinator, Booker High School.

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