Excellence in Education Winners Announced
During an emotional ceremony, three outstanding educators and support staff were honored as winners of the Excellence in Education Awards.
The Hillsborough Education Foundation along with Hillsborough County Public Schools presented the awards Wednesday night during an event at the David A. Straz Center for the Performing Arts.
The winners are:
2016 Ida S. Baker Diversity Educator of the Year
Angela McKinnon – Guidance Counselor – Young Middle Magnet School
2016 Instructional Support Employee of the Year
Wayne Moore – School Resource Officer – Just Elementary School
2016 Teacher of the Year
Mary Beth Radigan – Exceptional Student Education Teacher- Plant High School
About the winners
Angela McKinnon- 2016 Ida S. Baker Diversity Educator of the Year- Young Middle Magnet School
Angela McKinnon, an English Education major and graduate of the University of South Florida, has been with the Hillsborough County School District for 17 years. After 10 years as a high school English teacher, she transitioned into the world of guidance and counseling. As a middle school counselor Angela has impacted the lives of countless students by working with community partners, The Girl Scouts of West Central Florida, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., and Tampa Alumnae Chapter. She has created various counseling programs: Chit Chat City, Cocoa Book Club and Chit Chat Crochet, all sponsored through Donors Choose grants and community donations.
Wayne Moore- 2016 Instructional Support Employee of the Year – Just Elementary School
Officer Moore is a 17-year U.S. Army veteran and current Navy Reservist. He attended Troy University and Tallahassee Community College Law Enforcement Academy. He has been in the district since 2001 and is currently assigned to Just Elementary. He is the sponsor of the Gentleman’s Club where he provides mentoring and various opportunities for community service projects. His goal is to uplift our students to their fullest potential. He also coaches Legacy Preparatory Middle School football and baseball in the community. The staff has overwhelmingly voted him Instructional Support Employee of the Year seven times since the school’s opening.
Mary Beth Radigan- 2016 Teacher of the Year - Plant High School
Mary Beth Radigan received her bachelor’s degree from Ohio University, majoring in special education. She has been teaching for 29 years, nine of those years in Hillsborough County. When asked why she has been teaching special education for 29 years, she replies, “The population of students I am able to work with accept people unconditionally. This lesson takes most people, and cultures, a lifetime to achieve. I’m grateful for having these students to help me understand this phenomenon.” Pawbucks Coffee Shop, Paw Prints Cheerleading, Organic and Hydroponic Gardening and Unified Special Olympics are all programs Ms. Radigan has helped introduce to Plant High School.
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The winners were chosen out of 699 total nominees.
There were 14 finalists (four finalists for Ida S. Baker, 3 finalists for Instructional Support, and seven finalists for Teacher of the Year).