S.T.A.R. Awards – Staff That Are Remarkable
Congratulations to our 2018 S.T.A.R. Award winners
Administrator of the Year
Student Support Programs and Services
Tammy Rabon is a senior supervisor in Student Support Programs and Services. She oversees programs, including federal grants, charter schools, home education and school choice. Ms. Rabon first came to Pasco County Schools in 1984 as a social studies teacher at Gulf High School. In 1991, when River Ridge Middle/High School opened, she moved there as a classroom teacher, and then became an assistant principal in 1994.
In 1998, she moved to Pasco Schools’ district office, and then to Land O’ Lakes High School, where she opened the first Pasco International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IB). In 2000, she returned to River Ridge Middle/High School as principal. Broadening her horizons, Ms. Rabon began her current tenure at the district in 2004, serving as director of Curriculum and Instructional Services. She then worked in Communications until becoming a supervisor in Human Resources and later Research and Evaluation Services. In 2013, she began her current role. Ms. Rabon has enjoyed serving the Pasco community for more than 34 years. She is most honored to have assisted countless students and families, as they navigated sometimes bumpy pathways to success, and provide a sounding board for other leaders.
Ms. Rabon holds a bachelor’s degree from Florida State University and a master’s degree in educational leadership from the University of South Florida.
NNB of the Year
Secretary II, NNB
Facilities and Maintenence
Maria Natividade Correia was born in Portugal on June 1, 1975. She is the youngest of eight children whose parents immigrated to New Bedford, Massachusetts in 1980 in hopes of giving their three younger children an opportunity for a better education. She graduated from New Bedford High School in 1993, becoming the second child in the family to receive a high school diploma. At the age of 19, she achieved two significant accomplishments — her business school diploma and a U.S. citizenship.
Mrs. Correia began an exciting career with Calvin Klein Industries, becoming the youngest office manager, and, with hard work and dedication, she earned the trust and respect of her co-workers. She later worked for Fairhaven Public Schools, where she found a passion working in the education sector.
In 2005, Mrs. Correia, her husband, Robert, and their son, Bailey, relocated to Spring Hill. She was offered a secretary III position in the Maintenance Department and shortly after transferred to her current position as a secretary II in Custodial Services. This decision would later prove to be one of her most challenging, yet rewarding, experiences. She has worked alongside some of the district’s most intellectual, hardworking, and dedicated individuals. She is very proud of her role in the restructuring of Custodial Services and hopes to one day retire knowing that she dedicated many wonderful years serving the students of Pasco County.
SRP of the Year
Achieve Center of Pasco
Instructional Assistant – ESE
Pamela Paone joined Pasco County Schools 20 years ago as an instructional assistant of exceptional student education (ESE) at Northwest Elementary School. She has since worked at three other schools – Hudson High School, Fivay High School, and currently the Achieve Center of Pasco. At the Achieve Center, Mrs. Paone works with students in the emotional behavioral disorder (EBD) unit. She said knowing that she and her colleagues make a real difference each and every day in the lives of these students is a “true privilege” and “seeing the light go on” in their eyes is her greatest accomplishment in education.
Mrs. Paone also has coached girls cross country and track, boys wrestling, and special olympics basketball. She has co-chaired the Students Against Destructive Decisions club, served as chairperson of the Cinderella Boutique, and sponsored three classes at Hudson High School in 2007, 2011 and 2015. When Mrs. Paone isn’t dedicating countless hours of her time working with students, she enjoys fishing, sitting on the beach, and doing crafts. She is a proud mother of three children and resident of Pasco County.
Teacher of the Year
Susan C. McNulty
J.W. Mitchell High School
Journalism, 9th – 12th Grade
“In 1988, I graduated with a degree in English literature, communication, and education from Florida State University. Barely 21 years old, I interviewed for jobs in banking, retail and business. In spite of a job offer in an entry-level management position, I felt a different call. In 1989, I began an internship as an English teacher at Dixie Hollins High School. My intention at the time was to delay the responsibilities of adulthood for a little longer because my father agreed to continue paying my expenses during my internship. My supervising teacher’s guidance solidified my resolve to become an educator. Those three months changed my perspective and led me to seek out my first job as a teacher.”
Susan McNulty began as a media specialist at Gulf High School, and then moved to J. W. Mitchell High School, where she continued working as a media specialist before becoming the ICT literacy coach. Mrs. McNulty has since returned to the classroom as a journalism teacher, who also serves as yearbook advisor and newspaper advisor. She strives to help her students find their voices as writers, expand their photography and design skills, and discover their future paths. In an effort to encourage students to maintain their commendable GPAs, she proposed that they receive a “journalism honors” status, and the school approved the idea. Mrs. McNulty also is an active member of Hope United Methodist Church, and volunteers at the Salvation Army soup kitchen, Metropolitan Ministries, and with the J. W. Mitchell High School Band.