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Your Town: Flagler Schools awards diversity recognition

Also in Your Town: Career coaches needed with Flagler Education Foundation, following grant.
by: Paige Wilson Community Editor

Flagler Schools wants to congratulate Nina deBodisco, a fifth grade teacher at Bunnell Elementary School, and DeAndre Harris, an intervention teacher at Wadsworth Elementary School, as the first “Flagler Schools Excellence in Diversity Education Award” winners, according to a press release. The award is sponsored by the Flagler Schools Minority Educator Recruitment and Retention Committee and the African American Entrepreneur Association.

DeAndre Harris, an intervention teacher at Wadsworth Elementary School, was one the first “Flagler Schools Excellence in Diversity Education Award” winners. Photo courtesy of Flagler Schools

Earlier this year, Flagler schools formed the Flagler Schools Minority Educator Recruitment and Retention Committee, which was done in collaboration with Daytona State College and Bethune Cookman University. The primary goal of this committee is to increase minority teacher representation at all levels, to ideally alleviate teacher shortages and to see a more culturally enriched environment.

Both deBodisco and Harris were honored for demonstrating a commitment to cultural awareness and encouraging a multicultural approach with their students, colleagues, school and/or community.

For more information about the program, contact Chief Human Resources Officer for Flagler Schools Ben Osypian at 437-7526.


Also in Your Town:

Belle Terre teacher leads sewing camp

Gavin Winree and Danny Caronna at the sewing camp. Photo courtesy of Audrey Scherr

Cassie Meyer, a Belle Terre Elementary School teacher, started an after-school sewing club.  She recently volunteered her time to teach a Sew Creative Summer Kids' Camp at The Spot in Palm Coast. The eight kids at the camp, half of whom are boys, applied for and received full scholarships for the camp. The scholarships included all necessary supplies, as well as a sewing machine for each child to keep. The customers of Cut Up and Sew donated the money for the scholarships, as well as an embroidery machine to the teacher. 


Career coaches needed

The Flagler County Education Foundation has been award a $200,000 grant from the United Way of Volusia-Flagler Counties, according to a press release. The foundation will receive $100,000 this school year and the remaining half in the 2020-2021 school year.

The grant will be used to develop a Career Coaching program for Flagler Schools, as a part of its Classroom to Careers program. The Career Coaching program is a mentoring program where community members will be paired up with a student in one of the 21 Classroom to Careers programs in Flagler Schools, such as Fire Leadership Flagship at Flagler Palm Coast High School and the Law and Criminal Justice Flagship at Matanzas High School. Two additional flagships are also in the works.

Those interested in becoming a career coach in the program can contact Doug Glasco at [email protected].


iFlagler earns award

Flagler Schools announced that for the second time in four years, iFlagler is the Florida Virtual School Small District Franchise of the Year for the 2018-2019 school year, according to a press release. The award was presented last week at the annual FLVS franchise meeting in Orlando.

Executive Director of Teaching and Learning for Flagler Schools Diane Dyer said this honor is proof this educational option is needed among Flagler students.

“You have heard a lot about the success of the high school credit recovery programs and the increased graduation rate,” Dyer said in the news release. “(iFlagler) has been instrumental in these great accomplishments.”

iFlagler begins its tenth year of providing online education for students in Flagler County. Classes are offered to students from kindergarten through 12th grade.


Four participate in Boys State

Post 115 Boys State Chair Joe Leahy, delegates Dylan Wilcox, Nicholas Anane, David Wilcox and Hunter Perez, and Post 115 Judge Advocate Omer Smith. Photo courtesy of American Legion Post 115

Flagler American Legion Post 115 Boys State students recently participated 2019 Florida American Legion Boys State program in Tallahassee. 

Florida American Legion Boys State is a unique one-week program for rising seniors that focuses on participation and personal experience in a model state, complete with governmental bodies and elected public officials. It is designed to mirror the structure and operation of Florida's state government, while producing hands-on training in practical citizenship, leadership, and character development through a non-partisan perspective.

The four local high school delegates were Dylan Wilcox, Nicholas Anane, David Wilcox and Hunter Perez.

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