“I’m in the business of changing lives through education,” she said. “I’m a product of that because when I went to school, my whole family tree changed.”
When you’re an F school, it crushes your spirit.
In one South McKeel Academy classroom, girls sit around a table fitted with a strawberry tablecloth wearing strawberry-printed bonnets. They sip on strawberry juice and munch on strawberry wafers during a reading lesson on the book “Strawberry Girl” by Lois Lenski.
Jessica Solano fought back “pregnancy tears” Thursday when she was named Florida’s Teacher of the Year for 2017.
“Being an educator has been my identity for 40 years, though,” she said. “My task will be to find a new identity.”
Polk County School Board members are happy with Superintendent Jacqueline Byrd and they recently put their praise to paper in her first evaluation.
Jaime Winfree works with at-risk students others gave up on long ago. The Lake Wales High teacher thanked those who didn’t give up on her as she accepted the Polk County Association of Charter Schools 2017 Teacher of the Year award.