3 teachers are named finalists


Petrina Leggon, Jane McMullen and Janine Plavac were chosen out of 38 candidates.

KAREN VOYLES/The Gainesville Sun
Published: Wednesday, January 9, 2008 at 4:07 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, January 9, 2008 at 4:07 p.m.

Alachua County's finalists for teacher of the year include a registered

nurse, an exceptional education teacher and a woman whose mother was also a

candidate for the honor this year.

Alachua County teachers selected 38 teacher of the year candidates, one

at each school. Then the field was whittled down to one elementary, one

middle and one high school teacher. All the candidates will be honored in a

few weeks at the 16th Annual Robert W. Hughes Teacher Recognition Program

reception. The county's top teacher will be named in February and will go

on to compete in the Florida Department of Education-Macy's Teacher of the

Year Program. The Florida teacher of the year will be named in July.

The 2008 finalists in Alachua County are:

-- Petrina Leggon, a first- and second-grade teacher at Williams Elementary

school who has been teaching for nine years. Leggon's mother, Floretha

Bryant, is a fifth-grade teacher at Prairie View Elementary School, where

she was named teacher of the year.

-- Jane McMullen, who has been an exceptional education teacher since the

1970s and and ESE teacher at Kanapaha Middle School since it opened 12

years ago.

--Janine Plavac, who spent three decades working as a registered nurse

before being hired as a teacher in the Academy of Health Professions at

Gainesville High School.

Click here for footage of the three teachers in their classrooms.

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