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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. 

Emily Budzilek, a kindergarten grade teacher at Palm Terrace Elementary School, received the Elementary level First Year Teacher Award while Haleigh Smith, a World History teacher from Mainland High School, received the Secondary level First Year Teacher Award. Palm Terrace Elementary School and Mainland High School are both located in Daytona Beach. The reception, co-sponsored by FUTURES and Volusia United Educators (VUE), featured refreshments prepared and served by the Mainland High Culinary Academy.