SCPS Announces 2018 Teacher of the Year Finalists and Grade-Level Winners

(SANFORD, Fla.) Seminole County Public Schools (SCPS) is pleased to announce its 2018 Teacher of the Year Finalists & Grade-Level Winners:

Emily Sless, 4th Grade Teacher, Highlands Elementary

Emily Sless is a product of SCPS, and has been teaching with the district for 15 years. When you enter Mrs. Sless’ classroom, you are sure to find students engaged whether working in cooperative groups focusing on specific skills and standards or small, teacher guided groups. Because of the creative energy and enthusiasm that Mrs. Sless exudes on a daily basis, her students are motivated, intellectually stimulated and eager to learn. Mrs. Sless has endorsements in Gifted, Pre-K Handicapped, ESOL, and Reading. She also has her Bachelor of Science and Master of Science Emotional Disturbances/Learning Disabilities from Florida State University.

Kimberly Stalker, 8th Grade Physical Science Teacher, South Seminole Middle

Kimberly Stalker has been teaching in the district for three years. Ms. Stalker has her Bachelor of Science in Food Science and Human Nutrition and a Masters of Education in ProTeach Secondary Education from the University of Florida. Ms. Stalker is an energetic and motivational instructor that facilitates learning with her students. Ms. Stalker is known to teach in full NASA astronaut gear, with her room transformed for learning gravity.   It’s also not uncommon finding her students performing a mock “autopsy” while exploring, reviewing and discovering the organization of life from organisms to atoms. Ms. Stalker brings Science alive for her students so they can maintain active engagement, differentiated learning opportunities and monitor standards mastery.

Jill Adams, 9th & 12th Grade English Teacher, Lake Brantley High

Jill Adams has been teaching in the district for 16 years. Mrs. Adams has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications from Villanova and a Master of Science degree in English Education from Nova Southeastern University. The Florida Department of Education has recognized her as a top educator for significant learning gains over a three-year period spring 2016-2013. Through her understanding, she has been able to individually differentiate the curriculum to meet the needs of her learners. Ms. Adams personalizes and provides incredible academic and emotional support, so every student grows beyond what they thought they were capable of obtaining.

The 2018 SCPS TOY Celebration is presented by the Foundation for Seminole County Public Schools and CFE Federal Credit Union.  It will take place on Friday, March 3, 2017 at the Westin Lake Mary (2974 International Pkwy., Lake Mary, FL 32746) beginning at 5:15 p.m.  During this event, the overall SCPS TOY will be named and will go on to represent the district at the state competition. 

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