42 teachers win appreciation awards

Published: Tuesday, November 13, 2012 at 6:45 p.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, November 13, 2012 at 6:45 p.m.

Beth Treese was moved when she read a student's recommendation for her to win a teacher appreciation award.


Gatorland dealerships Teacher Appreciation Award winners

Alachua Elementary: Katie Endelicato, fourth/fifth combo class teacher.
Archer Elementary: Cherith Davenport, gifted teacher
Bishop Middle: Cyndi Dunphy, reading and language arts
Buchholz High: Marilyn Booher, chemistry
Chiles Elementary: Laura Vansickle, third grade
Duval Elementary: Brunilda Lopez, third grade
Eastside High School: Ann Nichols
J.J. Finley Elementary: Emily Monda Poe, fourth grade teacher
Fort Clarke Middle: Dikassa Dixon
Stephen Foster Elementary: Emma Lipsky, 3rd grade magnet teacher
Gainesville High School: Kelly Corbett, science teacher
Glen Springs Elementary: Coralyn Carey, fourth grade
Hawthorne Jr./Sr. High: Elizabeth Treese, math, technology and journalism
Hidden Oak Elementary: Jennifer Colon, second grade
High Springs Elementary: Jackie Michael
Horizon: John Montmarquette
Idylwild Elementary: Sandy Tysowsky, third grade
Irby Elementary: Lorena Sanchez, second grade
A. Quinn Jones Center: Susan Burchfield
Kanapaha Middle: Amy Storch
Lake Forest Elementary: Amanda Hooghuis
Sidney Lanier Center: Cassandra Anderson
Lincoln Middle: Johanna Focks, advanced math
Littlewood Elementary: Denise VanValey
Meadowbrook Elementary: Dawn Moore, second grade
Mebane Middle: Amanda Rose, first-year teacher, 7th/8th grade reading
Metcalfe Elementary: Sunny Heo
Newberry Elementary: Julie Williams
Newberry High: Dulcy Wells
Norton Elementary: Lindy Freeland, first-year kindergarten
Oak View Middle: Barbara Brock
Rawlings Elementary: Nate Shenk
Santa Fe High School: Nate Bisco, band director
Shell Elementary Lynn Emmerich
Talbot Elementary: Kasia Malinowski
Terwilliger Elementary: Evelyn Jackson
Waldo Elementary: Diane Fuller
Westwood Middle: Curtis Ericson, seventh grade science
Wiles Elementary: Cheryl Ferguson
Williams Elementary: Anna Sperring

"It made my day," said the grinning algebra teacher from Hawthorne Middle/High School.

Treese was one of 42 teachers who received $100 Teacher Appreciation Awards at a reception Tuesday at Gatorland Toyota.

Students and parents nominated teachers at all Alachua County Public Schools, and the schools randomly selected winners

Gatorland dealerships are partnering with school districts in Alachua, Marion and Manatee counties to invest at least $150,000 in education.

Part of the partnership extends to the Teacher of the Year award, which will come with a new Toyota Prius this year.

Bob Bisplinghoff, CEO of Gettel Automotive Management Group, which owns Gatorland dealerships, said the goal is to support teachers.

"They are one of our most valuable assets," he said.

April Griffin, chair of the Alachua County School Board, said the honor teachers received was well-deserved.

"They don't get enough thank yous and recognition," she said.

Third-grade teacher Emma Lipsky teaches at Stephen Foster Elementary, and she said it was a special honor because of the kind words she received from her students.

"The students are why I'm here," she said.

Contact Joey Flechas at 338-3166 or joey.flechas@gvillesun.com.

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