News Cast for January 25th:
PUBLIC NOTICE: CSX Railroad advises that the railroad crossings in Douglas Park at NE 13th and NE 14th are being closed for railroad repairs.
This closure will begin at noon today (Monday, 1/25/21) and will last approximately 2-3 days depending on weather. Motorists are encouraged to seek alternate routes, follow detours and exercise caution.
Okeechobee schools go online to honor teachers and employees
Kellyann Campbell, math coach at Yearling Middle School, was named the Okeechobee Schools Teacher of the Year at a virtual celebration Friday night.
The district also honored Ana Rhoden, of the districts Human Resources Department, as School Related Employee of the Year.
Taylor Douglas, a teacher in Ace Pre-K at the Okeechobee Achievement Academy, was named the winner of the Project ONE First year Teacher of the Year.
Osceola Middle School Principal Sean Downing was named Principal of the Year.
Campbell said she was thrilled and surprised to receive this award, “I thank the faculty at Yearling for recognizing me and I thank the committee for selecting me to represent the district. I hope to represent the district well.”
Last year’s winner, Krista Stanley, was named the Florida Teacher of the Year.
She gave the keynote address at the ceremony. She spoke on how being the state teacher of the year has been a great honor. She also encouraged her fellow educators to always give their best and strive to improve for the betterment of their students.
“I have spent the last few months in awe of the incredible work being done in education in Okeechobee and across the state. This year has been like any other but what we have seen is resilience, compassion, grit and most of all the overwhelming love we have for students.”
Project ONE (New Teachers)
Kayla Tomilson, Everglades Elementary School
Garth Striebel, North Elementary School
Jesenia Martinez, Seminole Elementary School
Aubrie Reister, South Elementary School
Sandra Phares, Osceola Middle School
Emma Falter, Yearling Middle School
Taylor Douglas, Okeechobee Achievement Academy (WINNER)
Managerial Administrator of the Year
Tomi Zeller, Central Elementary School
Assistant Principal of the Year
Alyson Shirley, North Elementary School
Principal of the Year
Sean Downing, Osceola Middle School
School Related Employee of the Year
Lisa Thomas, Central Elementary School
Michelle Van Metre, Everglades Elementary School
Marlen Catalan, North Elementary School
Melissa Williams, Seminole Elementary School
Yabel Zarrella, South Elementary School
Shaun Overstreet, Osceola Middle School
Hilda Medrano, Yearling Middle School
Kenia Cabezas, Okeechobee Freshman Campus
Mordie Story, Okeechobee High School
Audrey Maselli, Okeechobee Achievement Academy
Ana Rhoden, District Office (WINNER)
Cindy Ebanks, Food Service
Joey Hubbard, Maintenance
Sandra Bass, Transportation
Teacher of the Year
Sarah Kayda, Central Elementary School
Pamela Hudson, Everglades Elementary School
Elaine Keller, North Elementary School
Cristen Coleman, Seminole Elementary School
Kristi Robincheck, South Elementary School
Tami Wendt, Osceola Middle School
Kellyann Campbell, Yearling Middle School (WINNER)
Jeremy Goff, Okeechobee Freshman Campus
Beth Box, Okeechobee High School
Pamela Presley, Okeechobee Achievement Academy
Marcie Farrell, Okeechobee Virtual School
Heather Johnson, District Office