Pasco County Schools Celebrates Excellence at the STAR Awards Dinner

This post was created on 01/29/2024.

The stage was set for a night of celebration and recognition as Pasco County Schools, in partnership with the Pasco Education Foundation, proudly presented the S.T.A.R. Awards (Staff That Are Remarkable) Dinner on Thursday, January 25, 2024.

As the clock struck 6:00 PM, educators, administrators, and distinguished guests came together to honor the dedication and excellence that characterize the educators and staff within Pasco County's vibrant educational landscape.

This annual extravaganza shone a spotlight on outstanding achievements across various categories, including Teachers of the Year, Principal of the Year, Assistant Principal of the Year, School-Related Personnel (S.R.P.) of the Year, District Administrator of the Year, and Non-Instructional Non-Bargaining (N.N.B.) Employee of the Year.

And the award goes to...

The highlight of the evening was the revelation of the Teacher of the Year, an honor bestowed upon LeAnne John, a beacon of inspiration from Zephyrhills High School. With two decades of teaching under her belt, LeAnne has fostered a nurturing environment where young minds are guided through Agricultural Science and Career & Technical Education (C.T.E.). Her leadership at the Agriculture Career Academy has been a testament to her commitment, enabling students to flourish with industry certifications and hands-on experience.

Other notable recognitions included:

  • S.R.P. of the Year: Tami Milner
  • N.N.B. of the Year: Billy Wade
  • Principal of the Year: Chris Dunning
  • Assistant Principal of the Year: Jill Cortier
  • District Administrator of the Year: Daniela Bruno

Each recipient has left an indelible mark on their respective roles, embodying the innovative spirit and tireless efforts that underpin Pasco County's educational excellence.

A Legacy of Commitment

LeAnne John's story is one of relentless passion and influence. As an educator who seamlessly integrates empathy with ingenuity, she has played a pivotal role not only within Zephyrhills High School but also through her active involvement in professional development and community engagement via the National F.F.A. Organization. John's impact transcends the classroom, fostering far-reaching education-community synergies.

The celebratory S.T.A.R. Awards Dinner was more than just an event; it was a heartfelt ode to the remarkable staff who serve as the cornerstone of education in Pasco County. By elevating those striving for excellence, Pasco County Schools continue to nurture an environment where students and educators can reach for the stars.

Visit our new S.T.A.R. Awards website to view profiles of each winner!