January is a celebratory time of year–a time of happy holidays, season’s greetings, and joyful toasts to an auspicious new year.
We like new beginnings at the Education Foundation of Sarasota County. After all, our focus is on preparing future generations to step confidently into their college and career paths.
Now, at the threshold of 2021, we can look in the rear-view window and acknowledge that the past year of the coronavirus pandemic has been incredibly difficult, yet equally promising, in different ways for so many people.
This is particularly the case for our teachers who have experienced more than their fair share of ups and downs. There is no better time than now to celebrate them.
In addition to the usual traditions marking the turning of the calendar page, this time of year traditionally marks our annual Teacher of the Year celebration.
The COVID-19 safety protocols may have disrupted our usual large celebrations but witnessing the recent reality has elevated our appreciation for and support of our teachers.
On that point, it gives me great pleasure to recognize the four finalists for Sarasota County Teacher of the Year:
- Kari Johnson, kindergarten teacher, Fruitville Elementary School;
- Samantha Miller, design teacher, Sarasota Military Academy Prep;
- Emily O’BrienSwope, fifth grade ELA teacher, Alta Vista Elementary School;
- Becky Satterly, math teacher and dropout prevention coordinator, Booker High School.