Pinellas County Teacher of the Year

  • Each year schools in Pinellas County are encouraged to choose a Teacher of the Year nominee to represent their school. Candidates are required to fill out an application that aligns with the state packet including a resume, letters of recommendation, and answer various questions pertaining to their student achievement and instructional practices. All nominees are honored at the Pinellas Education Foundation's Evening of Excellence during which one is named the Pinellas County District Teacher of the Year. 

    Florida Teacher of the Year 
    The Pinellas County teacher of the year has the honor of being able to apply to be in the running for the Florida Department of Education Macy's Teacher of the Year
    2019 Pinellas County Teacher of the Year
    2019 Teacher of the Year - Nicole Kenngott

    Nicole Kenngott, a fifth-grade teacher at Plumb Elementary, was named Pinellas County Schools' 2019 Teacher of the Year. The award was presented Tuesday night during the Evening of Excellence at Mahaffey Theater in St. Petersburg. All 130 nominees were also recognized at the event. 


    Kenngott began her career with Pinellas County Schools four years ago. She has Master’s degree from Dowling College in Oakdale, NY and has a teaching style that uses innovative teaching strategies steeped in the philosophy of a “Growth Mindset”, AVID strategies, CHAMPS and Restorative Practices. 


    Plumb Elementary Principal Sandra Kemp said that Kenngott has a positive impact on the entire school community. “She often leads parent curriculum events, attends PTA functions, interprets for parents who are deaf or hard of hearing, supports activities for our students with autism, and attends sports events to cheer on some of her students,” Kemp said. “She is a champion for children and for continual learning.”


    Kenngott will now be entered into the state Teacher of the Year competition sponsored by the Florida Department of Education.


    Watch the 2019 Teacher of the Year Ceremony.


    Top 10 Finalist for Teacher of the Year 2019


    The other top 10 finalists for Outstanding Educator were also recognized at the ceremony. They are: 

    • Andrea Anderson, St. Petersburg High
    • Karen Bulino, Seminole Middle
    • Michelle Hajian, High Point Elementary
    • Lauren Iovino, Boca Ciega High
    • Angela Johnson-Drummond, McMullen Booth Elementary
    • Autumn Lunin, Safety Harbor Middle
    • Emily Maker, North Shore Elementary
    • Candace Reed, Azalea Elementary
    • Wendy Stryker, Safety Harbor Elementary


    In addition to naming the Teacher of the Year, Candace Reed was given the Outstanding Educator Fan Favorite Award. This award category was voted on by students, parents and the community via the Pinellas Education Foundation's website. 

     Teacher of the Year winner announced on January 28, 2019 at Mahaffey Theater, Nicole Kenngott.t

Past Teacher of the Year Winners