Cullipher claims St. Johns County Teacher of the Year awards by Sheldon Gardner
St. Johns County's Teacher of the Year said English always has been her passion.
On Thursday night, her passion paid off. She was not only announced as the teacher of the year, she also was awarded a car by Beaver Toyota.
Daryl Cullipher put her hand over her mouth after she pulled a big key-shaped sign from a bag.
As she accepted the award for teacher of the year, she said teachers are lucky to be able to do what they do.
“We get to inspire people. That’s what we do,” she said. “We to get to rescue people. That’s what we do.”
As Cullipher, 32, of St. Augustine, walked to the stage to accept the award, her peers from St. Augustine High School applauded and shouted.
They also waved cardboard cutouts of Cullipher, with a cape and crown.
“She’s just a truly amazing teacher,” said Kristin Bozeman, assistant principal at St. Augustine High School, who crafted the cutouts.
People filled a ballroom at the Renaissance World Golf Village Resort for the celebration.
Scores of teachers were among the crowd, and finalists for rookie teacher of the year and teacher of the year waited to learn who earned top honors in the St. Johns County School District.
Superintendent Joe Joyner announced the teacher of the year. The event was about honoring all teachers, and the attributes of the best represent all of them.
“Tonight is a night just to celebrate the work that you do,” Joyner said.