Tarpon Springs High band director named 'Educator of the Year' - WNEM TV 5

Tarpon Springs High band director named 'Educator of the Year'

Posted: Updated:
PINELLAS COUNTY, FL (WFLA) -

You may remember back in December, Tarpon Springs High School's marching band was in the national spotlight when they performed in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.

Now, another member of the Tarpon Springs High School community is being honored.

The school's band director Kevin Ford was named Pinellas County School's 2013-2014 Outstanding Educator of the Year. Ford is a 20-year veteran of the school district and oversees the marching band.

Ford will be entered in Florida's Teacher of the Year competition.

Stephanie Martanovic, a seventh-grade civics teacher at Safety Harbor Middle School was picked as Outstanding Educator People's Choice/Fan Favorite. Students, parents and community members select the winner in this category.

The nine finalists for Outstanding Educator were:

  • Sarah Borchardt, a fifth-grade gifted, ESOL and inclusion teacher at Starkey Elementary
  • Susan Carney, a Kindergarten teacher at Ozona Elementary
  • Melissa Colgan, a Supported Varying Exceptionalities (SVE) teacher at Largo Middle
  • Diana Harper, a fourth-grade teacher at Dunedin Elementary
  • Martanovic Tracey Raecek, an Algebra teacher at Osceola Fundamental High
  • Monica Taylor, a media specialist at Woodlawn Elementary
  • Gisela Torres, a Spanish teacher for the International Baccalaureate program at St. Petersburg High
  • Robert Sinibaldi, an adapted Physical Education teacher for students with special needs at Walsingham Elementary

Information for this story was obtained from the Pinellas County Schools website.

Copyright 2014 WFLA. All rights reserved.

  • 8 On Your SideMore>>

  • Outpouring of support for New Port Richey soldier dealing with squatters

    Outpouring of support for New Port Richey soldier dealing with squatters

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 1:21 PM EDT2014-04-23 17:21:16 GMT
    Soldier & homeowner Michael Sharkey was deployed to Afghanistan two years ago. Facebook photoSoldier & homeowner Michael Sharkey was deployed to Afghanistan two years ago. Facebook photo
    Our 8 On Your Side story about a New Port Richey soldier who says his home has been taken over by squatters is striking a nerve in the community. Many News Channel 8 viewers and Facebook followers are angry about what happened to the soldier.More >
    Our 8 On Your Side story about a New Port Richey soldier who says his home has been taken over by squatters is striking a nerve in the community. Many News Channel 8 viewers and Facebook followers are angry about what happened to the soldier.
    More >
  • Pricey processing issue at Tampa hair academy resolved

    Pricey processing issue at Tampa hair academy resolved

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 9:35 AM EDT2014-04-23 13:35:13 GMT
    Loretta Maloy says she always expected to pay for the courses she took those several weeks, but thought $10,000 in loans just wasn’t right.More >
    Loretta Maloy says she always expected to pay for the courses she took those several weeks, but thought $10,000 in loans just wasn’t right.More >
  • New Port Richey soldier says squatters won't leave his home

    New Port Richey soldier says squatters won't leave his home

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 8:58 AM EDT2014-04-23 12:58:50 GMT
    Soldier & homeowner Michael Sharkey was deployed to Afghanistan two years ago. Facebook photoSoldier & homeowner Michael Sharkey was deployed to Afghanistan two years ago. Facebook photo
     When soldier Michael Sharkey was deployed to Afghanistan two years ago, he asked a friend to watch over his New Port Richey house. Now, they're fighting to get their house back.More >
    When soldier Michael Sharkey was deployed to Afghanistan two years ago, he asked a friend to watch over his New Port Richey house. Now, they're fighting to get their house back.
    More >
  • NewsMore>>

  • Amid Russian warning, Ukraine's in a security bind

    Amid Russian warning, Ukraine's in a security bind

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 2:44 PM EDT2014-04-23 18:44:57 GMT
    Pro-Russian gunmen in eastern Ukraine say they are holding an American journalist captive.More >
    Ukraine's highly publicized goal to recapture police stations and government buildings seized by pro-Russia forces in the east produced little action on the ground Wednesday but ignited foreboding words from Moscow.More >
  • Health advisory lifted for Hillsborough beaches

    Health advisory lifted for Hillsborough beaches

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 2:43 PM EDT2014-04-23 18:43:18 GMT
    The advisory that was issued on April 17th for Ben T. Davis, Cypress Point, Davis Island, and Picnic Island beach has been lifted.More >
    The advisory that was issued on April 17th for Ben T. Davis, Cypress Point, Davis Island, and Picnic Island beach has been lifted.
    More >
  • Pedestrian hit, killed on I-75 in Hillsborough

    Pedestrian hit, killed on I-75 in Hillsborough

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 1:32 PM EDT2014-04-23 17:32:52 GMT
    Investigators say Fred Butler, 66, of Providence, RI, was walking in a southbound lane of I-75.Investigators say Fred Butler, 66, of Providence, RI, was walking in a southbound lane of I-75.
    A man who was walking on Interstate 75 in Hillsborough County was hit and killed by a car Tuesday night.More >
    A man who was walking on Interstate 75 in Hillsborough County was hit and killed by a car Tuesday night.More >
  • Sign up for WFLA News Channel 8 Email Alerts

    * denotes required fields






    Thank you for signing up! You will receive a confirmation email shortly.
Powered by WorldNow
WNEM
Powered by WorldNow CNN
All content © 2014, WNEM; Saginaw, MI. (A Meredith Corporation Station) and WorldNow. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.