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Updated: 02/07/2013 08:00:16AM

Teacher, school-related employees of the year announced

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Christine Roslow


Veronica Diaz, a fifth grader at Spessard L. Holland Elementary auditioned and made the Florida All State Chorus, and participated on Friday, Jan. 11 in Tampa.

Three Spessard L. Holland Elementary students were accepted into an art show for K-2 students. It was the Free to Be Me art show sponsored by the Polk Museum of Art on Saturday, Jan. 12. The students are, from left, kindergartner Taicen Taguri, second grader Ashton Hubbard and second grader Ryan Peavy. In the top row is art teacher Sonya Johnson and Spessard L. Holland Principal Melody Butler.

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Nominees for the top teacher and school related employees were announced and winners will be crowned at a ceremony Feb. 12.

The Teacher of the Year nominees from this area include: Terry Stinson, Alturas Elementary; Debby Pion, Bartow Elementary Academy; Ted Wright, Bartow High/IB/Summerlin Academy; Nicole Huett, Bartow Middle; Della Glandorf, Floral Avenue Elementary; Melinda Alcox, Gause Academy; Lynn Scarbrough, Gibbons Street Elementary; Kimberly Grunden, Jean O’Dell Learning Center; Craig Hilgenberg, Spessard L. Holland Elementary; Janet Bolinger, Stephens Elementary; Jodi Pemberton, Union Academy; Jennifer Mesanovic, Highland City Elementary.

The School-Related Employee of the year nomninees from this area include:

Dayanize Jimenez, Alturas Elementary; Helen Manear, Bartow Elementary Academy; Cecelia Greear, Bartow High/IB/Summerlin Academy; Kristina Clark, Bartow Middle; John Akin, Floral Avenue Elementary; Michelle Osborn Gause Academy; Dionne McGarr, Gibbons Street Elementary; Classie Jones, Jean O’Dell Learning Center; Malissa Armstrong, Spessard L. Holland Elementary; Rita Himebrook, Stephens Elementary; Linda Eagan, Union Academy; Lee Prosser, Highland City Elementary.

Financial aid seminar Monday

On Monday Kay Noble will be at the Bartow High School auditorium to discuss with parents and students financial aid that is available to them.

This is for juniors and seniors in Bartow High, Bartow IB and Summerlin Academy. It starts at 6:30 p.m.

For information, call Lisa Crawford at 534-7405.

Christine Roslow can be reached at

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