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Plumb Elementary teacher named 2019 Teacher of the Year

Jan. 28, 2019

Nicole Kenngott is named Teacher of the Year.



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.


Top 10 Teacher of the Year finalists.

The other top 10 finalists for Outstanding Educator were also recognized Tuesday night. 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.


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