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 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