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Top 10 Teacher of the Year finalists named

Nov. 17, 2020

The district named the top 10 finalists this week for 2020-2021 Pinellas County Schools Teacher of the Year. The finalists were notified via surprise Zoom visits by Teacher of the Year district and school administrators.

The 132 nominees were scored by a panel of judges who determined the 10 finalists based on multiple criteria. The finalists will undergo an interview process and the second round of scoring by a different panel of judges, who will select the final winner.

All of the nominees will be honored, and the 2020-2021 Teacher of the Year will be announced, at the annual Evening of Excellence, which is presented by the Pinellas Education Foundation. The Evening of Excellence will be held  Jan. 21, 2021.


The finalists are:

Sarah Painter; Eisenhower Elementary

Gregory Stewart; East Lake Middle School Academy of Engineering

Joycelyn Avery-Wright; Nina Harris Exceptional Student Education Center

Jennifer Riddick; Fairmount Park Elementary School

Allison Jurado; Oakhurst Elementary

Mark Powers; Clearwater High School

Nicole Caltabellotta; Seventy-Fourth Street Elementary School

Heather Hole; Oak Grove Middle School

Kelly Webb; Palm Harbor University High

Karen Collier; Leila Davis Elementary School