SCPS Names 2018 Teacher of the Year

(SANFORD, Fla.) On Friday, March 3rd, Seminole County Public Schools (SCPS) named its 2018 Teacher of the Year, Mrs. Emily Sless of Highlands Elementary! As part of this prestigious award, Mrs. Sless will receive a Teacher of the Year ring from Herff Jones; a Mousecar from Walt Disney World Resort – their version of the Oscar and a Disney Annual Pass; and $1,000 from the Foundation for SCPS. Plus, a year’s lease of a 2017 Buick courtesy of Carl Black Chevrolet/Buick/GMC. In addition, she will go on to represent Seminole County in the state Teacher of the Year competition.

Bio: Emily Sless is a product of SCPS herself, and has been teaching for the district for 15 years. When you enter Mrs. Sless’ classroom, you are sure to find students engaged in learning.  Whether they’re working in cooperative groups that focus on specific skills and standards or small, teacher guided groups, her students are always dialed-in and having fun with every lesson. 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.

Special thanks to this year’s Presenting sponsor: CFE Federal Credit Union, our Golden Apple sponsors: Charter/Spectrum, Duke Energy, UCF, and our Red Apple sponsors: Carl Black Orlando, CenturyLink, Cigna, CPH, FBMC Benefits Management, Florida Hospital Centra Care, Public Risk Insurance Agency, SchenkelShultz Architecture / Matern Professional Engineering Services, Inc., Scholastic Book Fairs, Seminole State College of Florida, Wharton-Smith, Inc. Plus, our Media sponsors: Altamonte Wekiva Springs Life Magazine, Brion Price Photography, Lake Mary Life Magazine, Leonard’s Photography, Oviedo-Winter Springs Life Magazine, Orlando Sentinel, and our Master of Ceremonies, Bob Frier, Fox 35 Orlando News.

Foundation for Seminole County Public Schools:

The Foundation is a direct support organization to Seminole County Public Schools that serves to fund innovation in learning that normally wouldn’t be paid for with public funds. Since inception, The Foundation has raised more than $20 million to help ensure that today’s students become tomorrow’s productive members of society. The Foundation funds and/or manages approximately 35 programs that align with our three priorities: 1.) Addressing issues that inhibit a student’s opportunity to receive a quality education; 2.)Programs that enhance the learning environment and improve student performance; and 3.) Professional education and acknowledgement to help sustain our high-performing and Premier National School District. For more information, visit: or call 407.320.0176.

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