Two St. Petersburg College alumni made the top 10 finalist list for the 2016-17 Pinellas County Outstanding Educator of the Year award. Chosen from 120 nominees, the winner will be announced at the annual Evening of Excellence on Jan. 31, 2017 at St. Petersburg’s Mahaffey Theatre.
Educator of the Year Finalist: Alison Blanco
Alison Blanco graduated from SPC’s College of Education in 2012 with a Bachelor of Science in Exceptional Student Education, including endorsements in reading and English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL). Alison says she has been told how prepared she was coming from SPC. She also mentioned how amazing her SPC professors and advisors were. Alison currently teaches Math at Osceola Middle School.
Educator of the Year Finalist: William Black
William Black graduated from SPC’s College of Education in 2012 with a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education, including endorsements in reading and ESOL. Bill believes teaching has an impact like “a pebble dropping in a pond effect.” He currently teaches 5th grade a Anona Elementary.
St. Petersburg College offers one of Florida’s exemplary teacher preparation programs through its College of Education. If you love learning and want to share your passion for helping students discover their potential, consider SPC’s College of Education:
- Small class sizes with faculty that are available, accessible and professional tuition at half the price of state universities
- Graduate with Florida teacher’s certificate
- Quality school-based experiences every term supervised by experienced educators
- Curriculum infused with ESOL and Reading , which means graduates are exempt from the 300-hour ESOL Pinellas County training requirement
- Employing districts rate SPC graduates’ performances as “outstanding”
Learn more about becoming a Florida Certified Teacher at www.spcollege.edu/education.
Teacher of the Year related links
- Read more in Tampa Bay Times article.
- Learn more about SPC’s College of Education.
- Check out the Pinellas Education Foundation Facebook Page to like your favorite finalist for their Fan Favorite Award.