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PCS announces Mentors of the Year

Jan. 20, 2023

Jeanene Andrews, Clearwater Fundamental MS, Mark Weinkrantz Lunch Pals, Bobby Coston, Jr. Maximo,Jessica Koontz, Boca Ciega

Pinellas County Schools and the Pinellas Education Foundation announced the top mentors and mentoring programs at a special event on Jan. 19. The event took place in recognition of National Mentoring Month. We appreciate all our mentors who donate their time and energy to make a lasting impact on the lives of our students.  

The awards were announced during the Mentoring Coffee Hour, which was first established in September of 2021 during the COVID health crisis. The coffee hours gave mentors opportunities to meet virtually, network and share experiences. This month’s gathering was the first Mentoring Coffee Hour to meet in-person. Congratulations to the award winners: 

  • Take Stock In Children Mentor of the Year: Claire Cousins  
  • Lunch Pals Mentor of the Year: Mark Weinkrantz  
  • Most Active Mentor: Bill Schmidling  
  • Elementary School Mentor/Program of the Year: Bobby Coston Jr., Maximo Elementary School - 5000 Role Models   
  • Middle School Mentor/Program of the Year: Jeanene Andrews​, Clearwater Fundamental Middle School - Students Targeted for Educational Performance (S.T.E.P.)  
  • High School Mentor/Program of the Year: Jessica Koontz, Boca Ciega High School -Girlfriends 

Want to be a mentor? We’re hosting several Mentor Workshops this month. Sign up for a Mentor Workshop. For more information about the district’s mentoring program, contact the Office of Strategic Partnerships at 727-727-588-6405 or visit

Bill Schmidling Most Active