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PCS honors 2024 Mentors of the Year

Jan. 29, 2024

Mr. Hendrick with Mentor Award winners

As part of National Mentoring Month, Pinellas County Schools Office of Strategic Partnerships along with the Pinellas Education Foundation, honored seven of the district’s top mentors on Monday, Jan. 29, at the Stavros Institute.

This year’s group mentors of the year are:

  • Elementary School Mentor: Todd Haraminac, Rawlings Elementary School, 5000 Role Models program
  • Middle School Mentor: Jasmine Henderson, Seminole Middle School, Girlfriends program
  • High School Mentor: Garius Goshay and Daryl Simmions, Largo High School, 5000 Role Models program

This year’s individual mentors of the year are:

  • Take Stock in Children: Jack Fletcher, Boca Ciega High School and Gibbs High School
  • Lunch Pals: Christine Collinson, Ridgecrest Elementary School
  • Lunch Pals: Sandra Huff, Safety Harbor Middle School
  • Most Active Lunch Pals: Rebecca Carroll

Superintendent Kevin Hendrick offered perspective on how mentors impact the lives of mentees, from increased engagement and overall academic achievement to bolstering mental health. He also thanked the volunteer coordinators and the family and community liaisons for being a welcoming presence to volunteers and mentors at the school level.

Pinellas Education Foundation CEO Kim Jowell, spoke on the importance of the Take Stock in Children program.

School Board member Eileen Long was also in attendance.

Thank you to all of our amazing mentors across the district who donate their time and energy to make such a lasting impact. Want to be a mentor? We’re hosting several upcoming Mentor Workshops. 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

Mr. Hendrick presenting at the Mentor AwardsMr. Hendrick congratulating a mentor award winner