2012 Florida School-Related Employee of the Year announced! | News
Bartow, Florida -- The Florida Department of Education (FLDOE) announced the 2012 Florida School-Related Employee of the Year. This year, the distinct honor goes to Norma Reyes, an English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) paraprofessional at Purcell Elementary in Polk County.
The announcement came yesterday during the State Board of Education meeting which was being held in Tampa. Speaking of Mrs. Reyes, Florida Education Commissioner Gerard Robinson said, “Norma instills in her students a can-do spirit that will help them achieve their dreams and I applaud her devotion to their future success.”
Purcell Elementary Principal Beth Nave describes Mrs. Reyes as the “soul of celebration.” Mrs. Reyes is known for her uncanny ability to effortlessly juggle event planning responsibilities, always making sure school meetings and events run smoothly.
This tireless dedication to finding and facilitating activities that engage families and students is only rivaled by her unwavering devotion to her students. She is considered an icon for the Hispanic students she teaches. She expects much of them, always challenging them to push beyond language barriers and master lessons. This desire to see them succeed is balanced by a warm-heartedness that ensures she is always there to offer an ear if they need someone to speak with.
The Florida Department of Education awards the Florida School-Related Employee of the Year Award in recognition of outstanding education support personnel for their contributions to their schools and communities. The program honors one state representative and four finalists who have demonstrated exceptional skill and dedication in the performance of their jobs, thereby earning them the respect and admiration of students, teachers, administrators, coworkers and parents. The winner receives an award check of $1,000 from the Department of Education.
Release courtesy of Polk County Public Schools.