SAINT AUGUSTINE — Teachers across the state recently received from the Florida Department of Education a letter classifying them as high-impact teachers, and among those teachers, 29 were Flagler College graduates, including 16 graduates from the Flagler College – Tallahassee campus.
The criteria to be considered for this list includes performing as a highly efficient teacher in the 2017-2018 school year and having taught in English language arts, mathematics or algebra 1 in grades 4 – 10. To then be designated highly efficient is to have a state-level value-added model (VAM) score which is calculated by the state. The DOE website has information regarding the calculations.
In a letter to high-impact teachers, Commissioner of Education, Pam Stewart, wrote, “We know more than ever about the impact teaching has on student outcomes. With this knowledge comes the opportunity to celebrate successes and to support all educators in their journey to become more effective in the classroom. This starts by recognizing you.”
Dr. Cheryl McCarthy, chair of the education department at Flagler College’s main campus in St. Augustine offered the following message to all education alumni: “Teachers today are faced with many challenges, so we are especially proud of our graduates who mentor, teach, engage, and lead their students in reaching their highest possible potential.”
The following are Flagler College alumni recognized as high-impact teachers:
Florida College – Tallahassee: Kayla Abram, Katheryn Allbritton,. Emily Bridges, Karen Burton, Deana Davis, Briana Fordham, Shakilla Gordon, Carrie Gunter, Sherica Howard, Megan Klug, Megan McKenna, Elizabeth McMahon, Carol Rice, Amber Sheridan, Stephanie Sheward, Kelly Tomberline, Jennifer Vanderhoof .
Main campus: Morgan Campbell , Brittney Da Silva, Christopher Deluca, Rachel Des Rosier, Suzanne Gentile, Kendall C. Hall, Caitlyn Likens, Rebecca Royal, Amanda Runk, Jessica Skinner, Shannon Sugrue, Colleen Zemanek.