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Teacher & Staff Recognition Programs

First Year Teacher Award

FUTURES First Year Teacher Award program recognizes beginning teachers who exceed district expectations. All nominees are honored at a reception in the spring and each receives a certificate of achievement. Two are selected as the First Year Teacher Award recipient at the elementary and secondary levels. The 2017 FYT Award recipients were Nicklaus Conrad from George Marks Elementary and Shannon Salisbury from DeLand Middle School.

 Teacher Of The Year Award

FUTURES works closely with the Volusia County School District on this important recognition program which honors a Teacher of the Year nominee from every public school. The  recognition culminates in a 900+ person celebration each January wherein an overall TOTY recipient is selected to represent the entire school district. Our  2018 TOTY is Jason Kester, Culinary Arts Teacher at Mainland High School in Daytona Beach.

Principal Of The Year Award

Each year, the Principal of the Year Award program, wherein peers select a recipient for the elementary and secondary levels, is facilitated by FUTURES.  Ms. Patricia Corr, principal of Galaxy Middle School, is the 2017 Secondary Principal of the Year, and Dr. Julie Roseboom, the principal of George Marks Elementary School, is the 2017 Elementary Principal of the Year. These announcements are made during a surprise visit by School Board members, Superintendent Tom Russell, district administrators, and FUTURES Foundation representatives.

Superintendent's Outstanding Achievement Award

The Superintendent's Outstanding Achievement Award was initiated to honor support staff members who have demonstrated outstanding commitment, teamwork, cooperation, and innovation in the workplace. Marian Ridgeway, Real Estate Specialist in Planning and Business Services, and Morgan Berry, Principal's Secretary at Citrus Grove Elementary, were named the 2017 Superintendent's Outstanding Achievement Award winners.