Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Katie Jeffcott Named Pasco School-Related Personnel (SRP) of the Year

Zephyrhills, FL – (December 11, 2018) – Katie Jeffcott, resource management associate at R. B. Stewart Middle School, received the surprise news this morning that she is Pasco County Schools SRP of the Year.

Superintendent Kurt Browning, Assistant Superintendent for Middle Schools Marcy Hetzler-Nettles, School Board Member Megan Harding, R. B. Stewart Middle School Principal Shae Davis, Pasco Education Foundation Executive Director Stacey Capogrosso, and United School Employees of Pasco President Don Peace announced the news and presented Mrs. Jeffcott with balloons, flowers, and a tin of cookies.

“Are you serious?” Mrs. Jeffcott asked Superintendent Browning when he told her that she was SRP of the Year. She then gave him a big hug.

Mrs. Jeffcott started her career with Pasco County Schools nine years ago as a food and nutrition assistant at John Long Middle School. She has been at Stewart Middle for the last six years. Her primary responsibilities include all the inventory, distribution, maintenance, and repair of the school’s technology.

Katie coaches cheerleading, soccer (boys and girls), and track. She continuously volunteers at Stewart Middle outside of her coaching responsibilities, including with National Junior Honor Society (NJHS), dances (where she is often the DJ), and fundraising for school and community projects. She serves on several school committees such as 8th grade, technology, and school safety.

Katie has created and coordinated several programs such as alternative field day, intensive math rewards, 6th and 7th grade carnivals, and spirit week. She also coordinates pep rallies and book fairs.

Recently, Katie and the school’s NJHS came to the rescue of the local Meals on Wheels program after several robberies left them short of donations. The NJHS kids raised $1,200 with a trash-a-thon, collecting garbage throughout the community and receiving donations based on how much they collected. Katie and the students presented the check to Meals on Wheels in early November. She also partners with Thomas Promise, Relay for Life, and Angel Tree.

Mrs. Jeffcott will be honored with other employees of the year at a dinner ceremony on Tuesday, February 26, 2019. The district also will nominate her for Florida SRP of the Year.

Photo: Superintendent Kurt Browning, Assistant Superintendent for Middle Schools Marcy Hetzler-Nettles, R. B. Stewart Middle School Principal Shae Davis, Katie Jeffcott, School Board Member Megan Harding, Pasco Education Foundation Executive Director Stacey Capogrosso, and United School Employees of Pasco President Don Peace.

 

Holly Mickler Named Pasco Teacher of the Year

Dade City, FL – (December 11, 2018) – Holly Mickler, Pasco Middle School AVID teacher and coordinator, received the surprise news this morning while judging science fair projects that she is Pasco County Schools Teacher of the Year.

Superintendent Kurt Browning, Assistant Superintendent for Middle Schools Marcy Hetzler-Nettles, School Board Member Megan Harding, Pasco Middle School Principal Dee Dee Johnson, Pasco Education Foundation Executive Director Stacey Capogrosso, and United School Employees of Pasco President Don Peace announced the news and presented Ms. Mickler with balloons, flowers, and a tin of cookies.

“This is quite an honor; I’m a little overwhelmed right now!” said Mrs. Mickler, as students whose science fair projects she was judging clapped and cheered.

Mrs. Mickler has taught at Pasco Middle School for 14 years. She has a Bachelors’ Degree in Special Education from Appalachian State University, and earned the Best and Brightest bonus three times.

She believes that intentionally planned flexibility is what turns good teachers into great teachers. Her end goal shifts with the needs of her students and her mantra is, “Do what we gotta do!” to change, protect, and save futures. Mrs. Mickler believes that non-academic skills such as perseverance, time management, curiosity, manners, and character should be taught in addition to academic skills.

When she is not teaching, Mrs. Mickler works with her husband in their prison ministry, Hostage of Hope Ministries, where they supply inmates with various personal items and transcribe sermons from Tampa Bay Presbyterian Church.

Mrs. Mickler will be honored with other employees of the year at a dinner ceremony on Tuesday, February 26, 2019. The district also will nominate her for Florida Teacher of the Year.

Photo: PMS Principal Dee Dee Johnson, Holly Mickler, and Superintendent Kurt Browning.

Pasco Teacher, School-Related Personnel of the Year to be Announced Tuesday

Land O’ Lakes, FL – (December 10, 2018) – Superintendent Kurt Browning and other district administrators, School Board Member Megan Harding, Pasco Education Foundation Executive Director Stacey Capogrosso, and United School Employees of Pasco President Don Peace will announce Teacher and SRP of the Year beginning at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, December 11.

The District Teacher of the Year will be surprised in her Pasco Middle School classroom at 8:30 a.m. Pasco Middle School is located at 13925 14th Street, Dade City.

The District School-Related (SRP) Employee of the Year will be surprised at R.B. Stewart Middle School at 9:30 a.m. R.B. Stewart Middle School is located at 38505 Tenth Avenue, Zephyrhills.

All school- and site-based employees of the year will be recognized based on their location at the January and February evening school board meetings.

The west-side school-based Teacher, SRP, and all NNB of the Year will be recognized
at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, January 15, at the River Ridge Center for the Arts, 11646 Town Center Rd, New Port Richey. Please note that the regular school board meeting will begin at 5 p.m., not 6 p.m., in the River Ridge High School media center.

The east-side school-based Teacher and SRP winners will be recognized at 6:30
p.m. Tuesday, February 19,
at the Wesley Chapel Center for the Arts, 30651 Wells Rd, Wesley Chapel. Please note that the regular school board meeting will begin at 5 p.m., not 6 p.m., in the Wesley Chapel High School cafeteria.

The District Teacher, SRP, Non-Represented Non-Bargaining (NNB), Principal, Assistant Principal, District Administrator, Professional Teacher, and Guest Teacher of the Year all will be honored at a small dinner event at 6 p.m. on February 26, 2019, at the Hilton Garden Inn at State Road 54 and the Suncoast Parkway.

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

KTECH Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

The staff at Wendell Krinn Technical High School would like to extend an invitation to the public to attend our ribbon cutting ceremony on Tuesday, Dec. 4. The event will take place in the media center at 11:30 a.m., and a light lunch will be provided for all attendees following the brief ceremony.

Monday, November 26, 2018

Pasco County School Board Welcomes New and Returning Members

Land O’ Lakes, FL – (November 20, 2018) – The District School Board of Pasco County sworn in three members to the board. Cynthia Armstrong and Allen Altman were sworn is as returning members, and Megan Harding was sworn as the newest member of the board, filling the vacant seat of retiring member Steve Luikart.
As part of the reorganization of the board, Allison Crumbley was elected Chair and Colleen Beaudoin was elected Vice-Chair.
The board also adopted changes to its March 5, scheduled meeting to 6 p.m., and plans to consider the proposed west Pasco school reorganization changes at that time.  The January 15, and February 19, meetings will begin at 5 p.m., with special employee recognitions beginning at 6:30 p.m., and will be held at different locations that includes Wesley Chapel High School Performing Arts Center and River Ridge High School Performing Arts Center.

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