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Celebrate outstanding educators at the Evening of Excellence

Jan. 16, 2023

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Pinellas County Schools and the Pinellas Education Foundation will honor our fabulous teachers at the Evening of Excellence.

The celebration will take place at 6:30 p.m. on Feb. 8 at the Mahaffey Theater. Doors will open at 6 p.m. The ceremony will also be live-streamed. Learn more at

All nominees will be honored and the 2022-2023 Teacher of the Year will be announced at the annual Evening of Excellence on Feb. 8, 2023, at the Mahaffey Theater.

Congratulations to the nominees and Pinellas County Schools Top-10 Teacher of the Year finalists:

  • Rebecca Byrne, a first-grade teacher at Azalea Elementary
  • Jerry Cantrell, a science teacher at Seminole High
  • Amber Holmes, a third-grade teacher at Melrose Elementary
  • Dana Ingebresten, a science teacher at Boca Ciega High
  • Rachel Mita, a physical education teacher at Sandy Lane Elementary
  • Jaclyn Reyes, a library media technology specialist at Cypress Woods Elementary
  • Shelli Sorensen, a science teacher at Osceola Middle
  • Nicole Szydlowski, an English language arts teacher at Seminole Middle
  • Courtney Thompson, an ESE teacher at Nina Harris ESE Center
  • Adam Zele, a math teacher at Azalea Middle