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Posted on: June 16, 2023

Councilwoman Patricia Fairclough-Staggers Presents Teacher of the Year Awards

Councilwoman Fairclough with Teacher of the Year Recipients

During the May council presentations ceremony, Councilwoman Patricia Fairclough- Staggers took the opportunity to recognize all the nominated teachers of the year, as well as Rookie Teachers of the Year. As an educator herself, this presentation of plaques recognizing Homestead and South Dade’s outstanding teachers was especially important to her. As she remarked, “Teachers make every other profession happen. Teachers give their heart, mind, and souls as educators.” She continued,” Teachers are the unsung heroes for our generation and our future.” 

Councilwoman Patricia Fairclough -Staggers recognized each of the Teachers of the Year and the plaque recipients from each school as they were called to the front of the dais to be honored to the tune of Simply the Best, by Tina Turner. 

Every year, applications for Teacher and principal of the year are distributed to superintendents, eligible institutions, and program coordinators. Once applications are submitted, State selection Committees review the nominees, and the announcements of the finalists are made. The finalists will then travel to Tallahassee for a final interview and the winners are presented in the Florida Department of Education Teacher of the Year Roundtable and Gala.

Teachers of the Year

West Homestead K8 Center
Karen Perez-English as Second Language
Claude Chianesse- Rookie ToY, English


Homestead Middle School
Francelene Augustin 
Perla Galindo- Rookie ToY, Math Coach
Homestead Senior High

Marhonte Tennial- Science 
Miriam Farrel-Gonzalez- Rookie ToY, Special Education


MAST Homestead
Anthony Velasquez-Rookie ToY, English


Laura C. Saunders Elementary

Dr. Catherine McKham- 4th Grade 
Ericka Green- Rookie ToY, First Grade

Somerset SOHO

Carill Ruberia
Aydelin Elaya


South Dade Senior High
Shawn Waring- Vocational Arts


Neva King Cooper Educational Center
Florencia Pecorari- Special Education


Migrant Educators

Homestead Middle School

Alfonso Treto- Title I Migrant Education Program


Laura C. Saunders

Beatriz Vidales - Title I Migrant Education Program


District Office at the Chapman Center

Rachel Salinas Buenos- Title I Migrant Education Program

About the Teacher of the Year Program

The Teacher of the Year Program Mission is to honor and recognize excellence in teaching, support continued learning for all educators and highlight the importance and impact of the profession. Selecting a Teacher of the Year celebrates the thousands of outstanding professional educators in Florida schools.

For more information about the process for selecting Teacher of the Year visit 

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