VCS Selects Outstanding School Volunteers

VCS Selects Outstanding School Volunteers

DELAND – In celebration of Florida School Volunteer Appreciation Month, Volusia County Schools is proud to announce the district’s 2020-2021 Outstanding School Volunteer Award winners and Mentor of the Year.

Each school had the opportunity to nominate volunteers in the categories of youth, adult, senior, and mentor. The nominations were ranked by a district committee to select the district-level winners in each category. This is the first year a Mentor of the Year award has been presented. The winners received their awards during surprise visits at their schools.

School Board Vice Chair Jamie Haynes, left, and Deltona High Principal Kim Feltner, right, congratulate Deltona High senior Scarlett Rocha for being selected Outstanding School Volunteer of the Year in the youth category.

School Board Vice Chair Jamie Haynes, left, and Deltona Middle Principal Kim Feltner, right, congratulate Deltona High senior Scarlett Rocha for being selected Outstanding School Volunteer of the Year in the youth category.

Outstanding School Volunteer Award in the youth category: Scarlett Rocha is a senior at Deltona High School who has made herself an invaluable asset to Deltona Middle School. For the last four years, Rocha has regularly volunteered to help file, answer phones, sort report cards, hand out schedules, and serve food at recognition events for teachers. There were many afternoons when she volunteered well into evening hours to prepare things for the first day of school, schedule pickup, and even the distribution of laptops for Volusia Live students. In addition, Rocha served as a member of the Parent Teacher Student Association, as well as the School Advisory Committee. She is currently vice president of the Health Services Academy and plans to become a doctor. She will be missed as she heads off to college this fall.

Mainland High Principal Joseph Castelli, right, congratulates VCS Mentor of the Year Terrence Anthony, left, and Outstanding School Volunteer of the Year in the adult category Trisha Scheuerman.

Mainland High Principal Joseph Castelli, right, congratulates VCS Mentor of the Year Terrence Anthony, left, and Outstanding School Volunteer of the Year in the adult category Trisha Scheuerman.

Outstanding School Volunteer Award in the adult category: Trisha Scheuerman chose to volunteer after her paid position as Parent Liaison was eliminated when Mainland High School lost its Title I status. Scheuerman works a full 40-hour work week Monday through Thursday and still works with Mainland students and families from home on Fridays, evenings, and weekends. Her main goal is to connect families with community resources to bridge the gap between home and school. She developed “Team Talks,” a six-week program designed to assist graduating seniors with the college process. These sessions were recorded so students who could not attend were able to access them later. Scheuerman is a trusted adult on campus and students know they can depend on her when they are in need.

Citrus Grove teacher Patricia Hutchinson congratulates Outstanding School Volunteer of the Year in the senior category Robert Whitaker.

Citrus Grove teacher Patricia Hutchinson congratulates Outstanding School Volunteer of the Year in the senior category Robert Whitaker.

Outstanding School Volunteer Award in the senior category: Robert Whitaker, a retired VCS teacher, has volunteered at Citrus Grove Elementary for the past five years. He helps weekly in classrooms, administers oral reading fluency tests in third grade, assists teachers in setting up their classrooms at the beginning of the year, and helps with every book fair. For the last four years, he has been a consistent presence in Patricia Hutchinson’s third-grade classroom. The students love to read to him. He has become someone they can count on, and each week they look forward to seeing him. Whitaker makes students feel excited to learn and brave enough to take risks, which makes them more likely to grow and achieve. “He is something special,” stated Hutchinson.

Mainland High Principal Joseph Castelli, right, congratulates VCS Mentor of the Year Terrence Anthony, left, and Outstanding School Volunteer of the Year in the adult category Trisha Scheuerman.

Mainland High Principal Joseph Castelli, right, congratulates VCS Mentor of the Year Terrence Anthony, left, and Outstanding School Volunteer of the Year in the adult category Trisha Scheuerman.

Mentor of the Year: Terrence Anthony, Mainland High School teacher, won the Mentor of the Year award. This is the first year this honor has been presented since the mentoring program began in 1987. In the last 25 years, Anthony has served as a teacher, coach, and a member of the school’s leadership team. During that time, he has had the opportunity to help numerous young people make decisions that have tremendously impacted their lives. He relates to students from all backgrounds, listening to them and encouraging them to keep on track. Even though he admits his mentoring style is tough love, he knows he has made a lasting and positive impression when students call him uncle, pops, dad, or his favorite, “coach-dad.”

For more information on volunteering with Volusia County Schools, contact Nancy Wait, Facilitator for Volunteers/Partnerships Programs, at 386-255-6475, extension 38381.