SJCSD Assumes Control of FCTC

As of today, the St. Johns County School District (SJCSD) assumed administrative and operational control of First Coast Technical College (FCTC). The charter status of FCTC was terminated on June 15, 2016, by mutual agreement between the Governing Board of FCTC and the SJCSD.

The SJCSD will continue operation of the school as a technical center with a focus on career education.  The district intends to maintain all sustainable educational programs and further develop and/or expand offerings to meet the needs of both adult and high school students in the tri-county area.

Superintendent Dr. Joseph Joyner shared with the FCTC faculty and staff this morning that he is looking forward to bringing FCTC back as one of our district schools. “I could not be more excited for the opportunity to serve our community in the area of post-secondary education,” he stated.

Dr. Joyner announced today a new organizational structure with a leadership team from the SJCSD.  Cathy Mittelstadt, associate superintendent for student support services, will serve as the interim principal, Chris Force, director of career and technical programs will lead the instructional programs, and Patrick Snodgrass, director of purchasing, will oversee the operations and facilities departments.  This new leadership team will be working with FCTC students and staff members over the next few months.

The college will continue in its mission to provide career, technical, and adult education to meet the changing needs of students, businesses and the workforce. Summer classes are ongoing and registration for the fall semester is open. Enrollment information can be found on the FCTC website at  In the words of Ms. Mittelstadt, “This day launches a new tomorrow working together.”

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Districtwide Orientation Day and Early Registration

The St. Johns County School District is hosting a districtwide orientation on Tuesday, August 9 from 8 a.m. to noon. Orientation is an opportunity for students and parents to get supply lists, receive class schedules, and meet teachers.

While many schools have scheduled orientations on other dates and times, staff will be available at all schools on Tuesday, August 9 from 8 a.m. to noon. Parents are encouraged to call or visit the school website to verify any changes in orientation and open house dates.

It is also recommended that parents register their children for school as soon as possible. Parents may access information regarding registration requirements and their child’s attendance zone by visiting the school district website at and clicking on the “Families” tab. Additional information on registration and school attendance zones may be obtained from the Student Services Office at 547-7797.

The purpose of early registration is to help reduce the number of students who need to be enrolled at the beginning of school and to help the district prepare for the appropriate number of teachers.

The first day of class for the 2016-2017 school year is Wednesday, August 10 and is a full day (no early release).

The district, including schools, are currently operating on summer hours 7:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Summer hours are in effect until Friday, July 29.

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Summer Pilot Program for High School Facilities

In an effort to promote community health and well-being this summer, the St. Johns County School District (SJCSD) will offer a pilot program which opens its high school facilities to the public on select Saturdays throughout the summer. Outdoor facilities at Bartram Trail, Creekside, Pedro Menendez, Allen D. Nease, Ponte Vedra and St. Augustine high schools will be open the following dates and times:

  • Saturday, June 11  
9 a.m.-Noon
  • Saturday, June 18  
9 a.m.-Noon
  • Saturday, June 25   
9 a.m.-Noon
  • Saturday, July 9
9 a.m.-Noon
  • Saturday, July 23
9 a.m.-Noon                   

“To open our high school campuses to the community so that they can enjoy another recreational option is an exciting opportunity,” said Paul Abbatinozzi, director of School Services.  “I hope that St. Johns County residents of all ages come out every Saturday to enjoy an array of activities.”

Access to the tennis courts, track and outdoor basketball courts will be encouraged. Access will not be provided to the gymnasium, stadium field, batting cages or baseball fields. The facilities will not be open to any organized practices, games or sport-sponsored, fee-based training. Pets are not permitted.

For more information, contact the SJCSD School Services Department at (904) 547-7583 or visit the district website at


Principal Selected for PVPV/Rawlings Elementary

Catherine Van Housen, assistant principal at Patriot Oaks Academy (POA) has been selected by Superintendent Dr. Joseph Joyner to be the principal of PVPV/Rawlings Elementary School (PVPV/RES). Her nomination will be presented to the St. Johns County School Board at their June 15 meeting.

Van Housen will replace Kathleen Furness, who is retiring after 17 years with the St. Johns County School District (SJCSD). Furness served as principal of PVPV Elementary from 1999-2006. In 2006 she was named the principal of Rawlings Elementary as well, combining the two schools under single leadership.

“After carefully reviewing the principal profile including the skills and attributes outlined by parents and staff, it was clear that Ms. Van Housen would be the perfect match for PVPV/RES,” said Joyner.  “She is a leader of great character and integrity who will continue the excellence created and maintained by Ms. Furness.”

Van Housen joined the SJCSD in 2008 as an English Language Arts and Journalism teacher at Alice B. Landrum Middle School (LMS). She then became the instructional literacy coach at LMS before joining PVPV/RES as assistant principal in 2014. In 2015, she joined Patriot Oaks Academy as the assistant principal. Van Housen also spent over 16 years as a staff and freelance newspaper reporter, copy editor and web manager at publications including the San Diego Union-Tribune, Los Angeles Times, Dog Fancy Magazine, Hollywood Reporter and for the Business Journal in San Diego, St. Louis and Jacksonville.

“It has been my absolute pleasure to be an educator in Ponte Vedra for eight years,” said  Van Housen. “I’m honored to have the opportunity to continue serving the families in this wonderful community, to carry on the legacy of Kathleen Furness, and to steer the PVPV/RES ship into the future.”

Van Housen has a bachelor’s degree from the University of California, an Educator Preparation Institute Certification from St. Johns River State College, and a master’s degree from the University of North Florida.

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Summer Food Service 2016

The St. Johns County School District will be participating in the Summer Food Service Program for Children June 6—July 29 as outlined below. There will be a break in service on July 4 as the school district will be closed during this time.

Nutritionally balanced meals will be provided to all children regardless of race, color, sex, disability, age, or national origin during summer vacation when school breakfast and lunches are not available. All children 18 years old and younger are eligible for meals on a first-come, first-served basis at no charge, and there will be no discrimination in the course of meal service. The programs are approved for geographical areas of need where 50 percent or more of the children qualify for free and reduced price meals during the school year.

Summer feeding sites that are located at schools provide meals to all children in the immediate vicinity in addition to those enrolled in summer school; however, meals are only served during the identified meal service times. Please note that meal service times are subject to change. For any questions and verification of meal service times, you can contact 1(800) 622-5985 or (904) 547-8934.

Production sites include John A. Crookshank, W.D. Hartley, Ketterlinus, Osceola and South Woods elementary schools, The Webster School, Pedro Menendez, St. Augustine and St. Johns Technical high schools. Pre-packaged meals will be transported to other sites and will be refrigerated at each site until served. Site personnel will ensure all food items remain at an acceptable temperature before serving to children.

The sites listed below will be in operation as follows:

Site Service Days Beg/End
Breakfast Times Lunch Times Break in Service
St. Augustine High School
3205 Varella Ave.
St. Augustine, FL 32084
M-F June 6—July 29 7:30—8:15 a.m. 10:30 a.m. —12:30 p.m. July 4
John A. Crookshank Elementary
1455 N. Whitney Ave.
St. Augustine, FL 32084
M-F June 1—July 8 7:45—8:15 a.m. 12—12:30 p.m. July 4
John A. Crookshank Elementary
1455 N. Whitney
St. Augustine, FL 32084
M-F July 11—July 22 7:45—8:15 a.m. 12—12:30 p.m. N/A
Pedro Menendez High
600 SR 206 West
St. Augustine, FL 32086
M-T, Thursday June 6—July 22 none 10:30—11:15 a.m. July 4
Pedro Menendez High
600 SR 206 West
St. Augustine, FL 32086
M-F June 27—July 15 7:30—8:15 a.m. 10:30 a.m. —12:30 p.m. July 4
Osceola Elementary
1605 Osceola Elem. Rd.
St. Augustine, FL 32084
M-F June 6—July 8 7:45—8:15 a.m. 12—12:30 p.m. July 4
Armstrong Outreach Center
6408 Armstrong Rd.
Elkton, FL 32033
M-F June 6—July 22 NA 11:45 a.m. —12:15 p.m. July 4


The Players Championship Boys & Girls Club
555 W. King Street
St. Augustine, FL 32084

June 20—July 22


8:30—9 a.m. 11:30 a.m.—1 p.m. July 4
Ketterlinus Elementary School
67 Orange Street
St. Augustine, FL 32084
M-F June 6—July 8 8:30—9 a.m. 11:45 a.m.—12:15 p.m. July 4
ESHC Family Program
62 Chapin Street
St. Augustine, FL 32084
M-F June 6—July 29 N/A 12—12:30 p.m. July 4
W.E. Harris Community Center
400 East Harris Street
Hastings, FL 32145
M-F June 6—July 22 7:30—9 a.m. 11 a.m.—1 p.m. July 4
Solomon Calhoun Center
1400 Duval St.
St. Augustine, FL 32084
M-F June 6—July 22 7:30—9 a.m. 11 a.m.—1 p.m. July 4
Hastings Teen Center
6150 Main Street
Hastings, FL 32145
M-F June 6—July 22 7:30—9 a.m. 11 a.m.—1 p.m. July 4
South Woods Elementary
4750 SR 206 West
Elkton, FL 32145
M-F June 6—July 8 7:30—8:15 a.m. 11:30 a.m.—12 p.m. July 4
St. Johns Technical High School
2980 Collins Ave.
St. Augustine FL 32084

June 6—June 16


8—9 a.m. 11:45 a.m.—1 p.m. N/A
St. Johns Technical High School
2980 Collins Ave.
St. Augustine FL 32084

June 6—July 29


N/A 11:45 a.m. —12:15 p.m. July 4
The Evelyn Hamblen Center
1 Christopher St.
St. Augustine, FL 32084
M-F June 6—July 27 7:45—8:15 a.m. 12—12:30 p.m. July 4
The Webster School
420 N. Orange St.
St Augustine, FL
M-F June 6—July 8 7:30—8:15 a.m. 11:30 a.m.­—12:30 p.m. July 4
Ketterlinus Gym
60 Orange Street
St Augustine, FL 32084
M-F July 11—July 22 7:30—9 a.m. 11 a.m.—1 p.m. July 4
W.D. Hartley Elementary
260 Cacique Drive
St Augustine, FL 32086
M-F June 6—July 8 8—8:20 a.m. 11:30 a.m.—12 p.m. July 4
St. Paul School of Excellence
85 MLK Jr. Blvd.
St Augustine, FL 32084
Friday Only May 27 N/A 11:30 a.m.—12 p.m. N/A
Collier Blocker Puryear
101 N. Holmes Blvd.
St. Augustine FL, 32084
M-F June 6—July 22 7:30—9 a.m. 11 a.m.—1 p.m. July 4
Woodlawn Terrace Apts.
200 S. Woodlawn Street
St Augustine, FL 32084
Tues, W, Thurs June 6—July 22 N/A 11 a.m.—1 p.m. July 4


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Principal Selected for Durbin Creek Elementary

Angela Fuller, assistant principal at Palencia Elementary School (PES) has been selected by Superintendent Dr. Joseph Joyner to be the principal of Durbin Creek Elementary School (DCES).  Her nomination will be presented to the St. Johns County School Board at their June 15 meeting.

Fuller will replace Sandra McMandon, who has been selected as the new principal at Valley Ridge Academy.

“Angela is the perfect match for Durbin Creek,” said Superintendent Dr. Joseph Joyner.  “She is a person of high character and extremely community-oriented. I know that she will be an energetic and creative leader who will continue the excellence at DCE.”

Fuller joined the St. Johns County School District in 2014 as the assistant principal at PES. Prior to this she served at Assumption Catholic School in Jacksonville as an assistant principal for four years and then as its principal for six years. She also has a breadth of experience as a classroom teacher in self-contained and full inclusion ESE, general education in middle school and has taught in Jacksonville and Venice, FL; and Florence and Sumter, SC. Her internship in college was completed in St. Johns County at Mill Creek Elementary in 1994.

“I am truly honored to serve as the next principal for Durbin Creek Elementary and continue the goals and excellence established under Ms. McMandon’s leadership,” said Fuller. “I am eager to begin working with the outstanding staff, parents, and community to ensure each child finds success and achieves his or her maximum potential. Let’s go Explorers!”

Fuller has a bachelor’s degree from Flagler College and a master’s degree from the University of North Florida.


Principal Appointments

Wayne King, principal at Valley Ridge Academy (VRA), has been selected by Superintendent Joseph Joyner to be the principal of Sebastian Middle School. His nomination will be presented to the St. Johns County School Board at its May 10 meeting.

Ryan Player, principal at White Knoll High School in Lexington, SC, has been selected by Superintendent Joseph Joyner to be the principal of Alice B. Landrum Middle School. His nomination will be presented to the School Board at its May 10 meeting.

Sandra McMandon, principal at Durbin Creek Elementary (DCE), has been selected by Superintendent Joseph Joyner to be the principal at VRA. Her nomination will be presented to the School Board at its May 10 meeting.

King opened and has served as principal of VRA since 2014. He also served as principal at St. Johns Technical High School from 2011-2013 and Landrum Middle School from 2007-2011.  He has 19 years of experience in the school district as a teacher and administrator at the Gaines Alternative Center, the Evelyn Hamblen Center, SJTHS and Switzerland Point Middle School. King was named the St. Johns County School District’s (SJCSD) Outstanding Principal of the Year in 2010. Prior to his experience in the SJCSD, King spent three years at Flagler College as the assistant dean of students. King has a Bachelor of Arts in Education from Flagler College and a Master of Arts in Education Administration from Jacksonville University.

“Wayne King is one of our finest leaders with a wealth of diverse experiences,” said Joyner. “His innovative style and dedication to the success of students make him the perfect match for Sebastian Middle School.”

Player has served as the principal at White Knoll High School since 2012. Prior to this position he served as assistant principal at WKHS and D.W. Daniel High School. He has 16 years of instructional experience in Columbia, Rock Hill and Lexington, SC serving as a middle school math teacher, varsity football coach and summer school director. WKHS received the Blue Ribbon Lighthouse School of Excellence Award and an Excellent rating on the state school report card for 2013, 2014 and 2015, under his leadership. Player has a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics Teaching from Clemson University and a Master of Education in Education Administration from the University of South Carolina.

“Mr. Player is a high performing principal and will be an excellent addition to the leadership team in St. Johns County,” said Joyner.  His personal and professional values are a clear match with our school district and he will be an outstanding principal at Landrum Middle School.”

McMandon has served as the principal of DCE since 2011. She has been employed by the SJCSD since 1993 and is a lifelong resident and graduate of St. Johns County. She served as a teacher at Julington Creek and Cunningham Creek elementary schools, an assistant principal at Gamble Rogers Middle School and South Woods and Otis Mason elementary schools before joining DCE. In addition to maintaining an “A” status at DCE, she encourages her staff to grow as professionals and was appointed to the Florida Department of Education’s Commissioner’s Leadership Academy in 2015. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Education from Florida State University, Master of Education in Elementary Education and certification in Educational Leadership, both from the University of North Florida.

“Ms. McMandon has been one of our highest performing principals for many years,” said Joyner.  “She is one of those rare leaders who has both middle and elementary experience.  I am confident she will take Valley Ridge Academy to the next level of excellence.”

King will replace current SMS Principal Kelly Battell who will be joining the district office as Director of Student Services replacing Sallyanne Smith who is retiring in June.

Player will replace LMS Principal Jewel Johnson who will be joining the district as Director of Instructional Personnel replacing Cathy Geiger who is retiring in May.

“I know that Ms. Battell and Ms. Johnson will continue to the level of service and the excellence that has been established in these positions by Ms. Geiger and Ms. Smith,” said Joyner. “Ms. Battell and Ms. Johnson are both servant leaders with outstanding skills and I have the highest confidence in their ability to take on these new roles.”

Pending School Board approval, these principal nominees will begin their new positions on July 1.


Annual STAR Banquet

Eighty-three of St. Johns County Schools’ best and brightest were honored by Flagler Hospital and St. Johns County School Board at the annual Students Taking Academic Responsibility (STAR) Awards Banquet held Wednesday, April 6 at the World Golf Village Renaissance Resort.

The STAR Awards recognize the top three percent of all graduating seniors in the county. Thirteen students from Bartram Trail High School, two from Beacon of Hope Christian School, 20 from Creekside High School (CHS), 9 from Pedro Menendez High School (PMHS), 13 from Nease High School (NHS), 11 from Ponte Vedra High School (PVHS), 10 from St. Augustine High School (SAHS), and five from St. Joseph Academy received commendation for their outstanding academic performance.

“Flagler Hospital is pleased to bring this very special event to our community in recognition of our county’s top students, their parents and their mentors,” said Flagler Hospital President and CEO Joe Gordy. “St. Johns County’s ongoing success would not be possible without our area’s stellar educational system, led by Dr. Joe Joyner and the dedicated members of our school board.”

During the recognition ceremony principals introduced each student and then a special mentor selected by the student. Principals shared their STAR students’ future plans and why they selected the teacher they chose to honor. In addition to making top grades, these students are involved in athletics, performing groups, school clubs and community service.

The STAR students and their mentors are as follows:

Bartram Trail High School – Evan Armstrong with Atef Soliman; Kaitlyn Burdsall with Ramona Deese; David Damiani with Kate Keating; Jenna Ellinger with Robert Bruns; Douglas Griswold with Sharon Oliver; Andrew Hoover with Paul Grybb; Nicola Martens with Ofelia Hampton; Hannah Moring with Julie Tugya; Alison Murman with Jenna Yow; Sarah Stinson with Stephanie Hammett; Melinda Szabo with Cathy Crowe; Sydnee Vaughan with Chris Patterson; and Mark Wiegreffe with James Bachhuber

Beacon of Hope Christian School – Kenneth Pavilando with Jeremy Dowler and Caitlyn Pettway with Cindy Pryor

Creekside High School – Brighton Ancelin with Jameson Pickett; Sophie de Jong with Laura Wynn;  Hope Epting with Rick Fowler; Kaitlin Huo with Rachel Kurtz; Sierra Hutchens with Ann Rush; Chelsea Janda with Angie Trentham; Karen Jeong with Denise Heidenreich; Elizabeth Johnson with Cheri Stucki; Morgan Klein with Justin Vogel; Keilani Medvec with Kelli Knowles; Elizabeth Neuzil with Kevin Davenport; Nadia Obaed with Kelli Knowles; Justin Roy with Troy Keefe; Abigail Salley with Laura Wynn; James Schnell with Richard Villadoniga; Charles Sherwood with William B. Adams; Nina Sizemore with Lynda Kelly; Maxwell Tsurumoto with Kevin Davenport; Owen Wheeler with Amy Cocchiola; and Tyler Wills with Jameson Pickett

Allen D. Nease High School – Noah Ari with Jaime Combs; Sanjana Bhargava with Amy Banton; Gabriela Castello with Derek Coghlan; Nicolas Cort with Chris Williams; Alex Jasper with Marta Senyszyn; Angelica Lagasca with H.A. Smith; Aaron Lemos with A.J. Lloyd; Divya Mahesh with Debra Tewey; Tala Mansouri with Kim Hollis; Abigail Prohofsky with Rosa Maria Weaver; Nidhi Suresh with Holly Farson; Stephanie Thompson with Melissa Bourgeois; and Kyle Wai with Matt Augenstein

Pedro Menendez High School – Michael John Atkins, II with Becci Smith; Morgan Gomez aith Rusty Luker; Hannah Kilbride with Vicki Murphy; Isabella Masarik with Paul Villavisanis; Meagan McKinney  with Amy de Vries; Bryan Miller with Gail Needham; Jasraj Raghuwanshi with Cynthia Morrison; Sabrina Schrope with Gwen Westfall; and Tiffany Vlasenko with John Miller

Ponte Vedra High School – Abhimanyu Ahuja with Randy Blake; Margaret Barnhorst with John Weinbrenner; Megan Calvin with Catherine Snowden; Yooree Ha with Katilyn Collazo; Matthew Johnson; Nicole Johnson; John Molm with James Johnson; William O’Hara with Christine Kochan; Darryl Oswald with Christophe McArthur; Marissa Reinker with Randy Blake; and Cassia Wang with Kathryn Kehoe

St. Augustine High School – Zoe Dewith with Chelsey Baker; Caitlin Douglas with Jeff Dodd; Caitlyn Hutchings with Sgt. Robert Gober; Elsa Ingwersen with Christine Mars; Jonathan Justice with Suzanne Stauble; Deryl Long with Warren McCrary; Emily Onimus with Michael Beaman; Kyle Rose with Nathaniel Wuellner; Michael Whittaker with Clark Johnston; and Brooke Woods with Tiegh Collins

St. Joseph Academy – Delany Bolton with Michael Maloney; Athena Fruehan with Jeri Williar; Isabella Garofalo with Christopher Williams; Cynthia Hund with John Monsalve; Chandler McDevitt with Erin Flannigan

Joe Gordy, CEO of Flagler Hospital, served as emcee. School Board Chair Patrick Canan and Superintendent Dr. Joseph Joyner provided remarks and School Board Vice Chair Tommy Allen and School Board Members Kelly Barrera and Bill Mignon were in attendance.

The annual event is produced by Flagler Hospital in partnership with the STAR Committee Members including Daniel Burkert, PVHS; Jennifer Fornera, CHS; Melissa Roughan, BTHS; Wanda Logan, SAHS; Kim Hollis, NHS; Stephanie Jones, PMHS; Jeri Williar, St. Joseph Academy; Mary Whitfield and Cindy Pryor, Beacon of Hope Christian School and John Eaton, Colleen Hobin and Emily Stimler, Flagler Hospital. VIP Presentation Products provided the student and mentor certificate holders.

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Community Forum for Superintendent Search

button1The St. Johns County School Board will hold a Community Forum on Tuesday, April 5 from 6-7:30 p.m. in the auditorium of the School District Administrative Building located at 40 Orange Street to gather input from the public as they start the search process for a new superintendent. The new superintendent will be chosen in the fall and is slated to begin in early 2017 when Superintendent Dr. Joseph Joyner retires following a long and very distinguished career including over 13 years as the Superintendent of Schools in St. Johns County. Feedback and characteristics will be solicited from attendees to assist in determining what the public desires in the future superintendent of the St. Johns County School District (SJCSD).

This forum is just one way for the public to be involved in the search process. A Citizens Advisory Committee will be created to assist in the review of applicants based on the district’s qualifications and public feedback. Community members interested in serving on this committee are requested to submit an application. The application must be postmarked or submitted by close of business Monday, April 25 and is available online on the district’s website at

In addition, a survey will be made available through individual schools and on the district’s website beginning Friday, April 15 to seek input on the characteristics of the next superintendent. The survey will be disseminated using the district’s mass notification system via email as well.

“Our school system is a testament to the success of St. Johns County and it is very important to have the public involved in the superintendent search,” said School Board Chair Patrick Canan. “I encourage everyone who has children in our schools or loves our community to participate in one or all of these options to make your voice heard.”

SJESPA Negotiated Agreement 2016

Negotiators for the St. Johns Education Support Professionals Association (SJESPA) and the St. Johns County School Board have reached an agreement on their 2014-2017 contract for the district’s non-instructional employees. Representatives for SJESPA and the SJCSD met during the school year to negotiate specific articles within the book included below:

  • Move one level up on the salary schedule for eligible non-instructional employees for the 2015-2016 school year.
  • An increase to the hourly rate of pay which ensures an annual increase that is no less than  $550 for those full-time employees who move one level up to step 14 for the 2015-2016 school year.
  • An annual increase of $200 for those at the top of the pay scale for the 2015-2016 school year.
  • Clarification language regarding compensation for attending inservice, retirement and grievances.

“Both teams worked together in a manner that exemplifies our relationship with one another,” said Cathy Weber, chief negotiator and director for Salaries and Benefits, SJCSD. “This is a contract that recognizes and commends the hard work our support employees do every day for the students of our district.”

“I am very pleased with our newest contract for all support staff in St. Johns County,” said Carole Gauronskas, president of the local SJESPA.  “It was a team effort that shows the willingness of both sides to come to the table and bargain in good faith.  I am very proud of the work that was done by our SJESPA bargaining team.”

After SJESPA ratified the tentative agreement, it was approved by the School Board at its monthly meeting on March 8.

SJESPA is the recognized bargaining agent for the approximately 1,500 non-instructional personnel including teacher aides, clerical staff, computer operators, bus drivers, custodians, maintenance and food service.


SJCSD School-Related Employees of the Year

srey2The 2015-2016 School-Related Employees of the Year have been selected from each of the district’s 36 schools, one charter school and four district departments and were recognized at Tuesday’s monthly School Board meeting. School-related employees enhance the educational experience for the children whose lives they touch, and they are essential to the successful operation of a school or school district office.

These nominees were chosen for the significant contributions they have made in their schools and community, and to the school district as a whole. Criteria for the award includes exemplary job performance, dedication on the job, interpersonal skills, leadership ability, in-service/training to upgrade skills and contributions to the school and school district environment.

A district-wide screening committee has reviewed all of the nominations and the winner of the St. Johns County School-Related Employee of the Year will be announced at a reception on Thursday, March 17 at 6 p.m. at the World Golf Hall of Fame Museum. The St. Johns County nominee will be submitted for consideration at the regional level.

A list of the 2015-2016 School-Related Employees of the Year is below.


Jennifer Hicks Academic Services Department
Jane Young Bartram Trail High School
Patricia Hardy Creekside High School
Cynthia Marie Laga John A. Crookshank Elementary School
Karen Bowyer Cunningham Creek Elementary School
Yasmin Taylor Durbin Creek Elementary School
Von Raburn First Coast Technical College
Joann Williams Fruit Cove Middle School
Christina Fallica Gaines Alternative and The Transition Schools
Michelle Betrone W. D. Hartley Elementary School
Cecelia Theos Hickory Creek Elementary School
Eunice Lopez Human Resources Department
Wendy Thurston R. B. Hunt Elementary School
Todd Stone Information Technology Department
Kathryn “KD” Bender Julington Creek Elementary School
Brian Taylor Ketterlinus Elementary School
Gerri D. Garcia Alice B. Landrum Middle School
Brenda Herrera Liberty Pines Academy
Steven Sampson Otis A. Mason Elementary School
Pat Giuliani Pedro Menendez High School
Arthur “Art” Thomas Mill Creek Elementary School
La’Kevia Rollins R. J. Murray Middle School
Donald E. Colburn Allen D. Nease High School
Tyson Shank Ocean Palms Elementary School
Susan Lynch Osceola Elementary School
Michelle Leitao Pacetti Bay Middle School
Randy Villalobos Palencia Elementary School
Jenny Ware Dupree Patriot Oaks Academy
Nicholas Athanaseas Ponte Vedra High School
Maria Novoa PVPV/Rawlings Elementary School
Martha Fulford Gamble Rogers Middle School
Michael Oxborough St. Augustine High School
Rick Testasecca St. Johns Technical High School
Michael P. Marimpietri Sebastian Middle School
Emily Hoover South Woods Elementary School
Ann McCaskill Switzerland Point Middle School
Jennifer Schwall Timberlin Creek Elementary School
Rebecca Brewer Transportation Department
Joan Balerna Valley Ridge Academy
Tammy L. Stewart Wards Creek Elementary School
Kenneth P. Kehoe The Webster School


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