Volusia Schools Names Teacher of the Year Finalists


DELAND – Five teachers have been named Teacher of the Year finalists and will now compete for the honor of being named Volusia County School District's 2022 Teacher of the Year. The finalists are:

  • Joe Biggs, Kindergarten Teacher, R.J. Longstreet Elementary
  • Frank Garaitonandia, Art Teacher, Citrus Grove Elementary
  • Megan Martens, Kindergarten Teacher, Sweetwater Elementary
  • Adrienne Palmer, 9th- to 12th-Grade ESE Teacher, Deltona High
  • Joey Powell, Director of Bands, Silver Sands Middle

Volusia County Schools’ 2022 Teacher of the Year will be announced in January at a celebration hosted by FUTURES Foundation for Volusia County Schools. This year’s top-level sponsors are:

Presenting Sponsor – AdventHealth
Vehicle Sponsor – Daytona Kia, Daytona Mitsubishi, and Diamond Motors & Marine
Platinum Sponsor – Space Coast Credit Union
Gold Sponsors – Florida Prepaid College Plans and Volusia United Educators (VUE)
FUTURES Regent’s Club Members – Alexis Lenssen, CFP of Lenssen Wealth Management Group at Ameriprise Financial; Cobb Cole; Duke Energy; Florida Health Care Plans; Florida Power & Light Company; Launch Credit Union; and Rue & Ziffra
FUTURES Chancellor’s Club Members – Brown & Brown Insurance; Hyatt and Cici Brown; Coloni Family Foundation; Foundation Risk Partners; Giles Electric Company; LPGA; and Sam and Barbara Willett

The Teacher of the Year winner is selected through an application process. Each of Volusia’s schools nominates a teacher, who completes an application to vie for the district title. The full list is here: Volusia Schools Select Teachers of the Year. A sub-committee narrowed the field from 71 nominees to 16 semi-finalists.

The full committee, comprised of parents, business owners, community members, teachers, and administrators, then selects the five finalists. Another sub-committee will rank the finalists after observing them in their classrooms and conducting individual interviews. The winner’s name is kept confidential until the announcement at the celebration in January.

The VCS Teacher of the Year will be nominated for the state Teacher of the Year program and will serve as Volusia’s representative of quality education. The current Volusia County Teacher of the Year is Josie Ruth Stumpf, 5th-Grade Teacher at Holly Hill School.

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