Tuesday, December 11, 2018

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.