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Support Employee of the Year named

January 6, 2017
David Melnick, a food service manager II at Lake St. George Elementary School, was named the 2016-17 Support Employee of the Year for Pinellas County Schools. The announcement was made today at a luncheon that honored all the semifinalists and finalists. Sponsored by Achieva Credit Union since 1994, the luncheon was held at Feather Sound Country Club.

Melnick will now representative the district for the Florida School-Related Employee of the Year. Melnick was selected from a group of 156 nominees that were in five categories: classroom support, clerical, food service, maintenance/safety/health/transportation and plant operations.

Each semifinalist received $100 check and a gift bag from Achieva Credit Union as well as a framed certificate. Each finalist received a $200 check, a banner, trophy, gift bag and a framed certificate.

Below are the semifinalists and category winners. The category winners are highlighted and include a video that demonstrates their impact.

Classroom Support

•Gina Bass, McMullen-Booth Elementary School, ESE Associate
Sharon Loughry, Gibbs High School, Technology Technician
•Tomika Stubbs, Pinellas Park Middle School, Paraprofessional

Melissa Folks, Ridgecrest Elementary School, Data Management Technician
•Maria Ortiz, Professional Development (District), Secretary III
•Karen Roehm, St. Petersburg High School, Secretary IV

Food Service
David Melnick, Lake St. George Elementary School, Food Service Manager II
•Aura Mendez, Jamerson Elementary School, Food Service Manager II
•Susan Schermerhorn, Tarpon Springs Middle School, Food Service Manager IV


Paula Nuhn, Sexton Elementary School, Registered Nurse
•Nelson Garcia, Pinellas Park Middle School, Campus Activities Monitor
• Davida Wimbley, 49th Street Compound, Bus Driver

Plant Operations
•James Hawblitzel, Seminole Middle School, Head Plant Operator
•Jerome Lane, Bay Point Elementary School, Head Plant Operator
Gary Nottke, San Jose Elementary School, Head Plant Operator
Pictured: Semifinalists are to the lefit the finalist are to the right.
Support Semifinaliss finalists