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

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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.

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