S.T.A.R. Awards – Staff That Are Remarkable
Congratulations to our 2020-2021 S.T.A.R. Award Winners
Pasco County Teacher of the Year – Jennifer Dixon
Gulf High School, Teacher, Economics & Finanical Literacy, Psychology
“Effective teachers ‘wake up’ textbook content by ‘bringing it to life.’ Students are to be empowered, not indoctrinated. Because learning is a social act, students should be afforded opportunities to collaborate with their peers and find new and unique ways to problem solve and examine issues. When teachers are eager to learn, their love for their subject is evident and inspiring to students. Witnessing students making ‘real-world’ connections and bringing a global perspective to the classroom is profoundly rewarding.”
Ms. Dixon has been teaching in Florida since 2003. She is certified to teach
Art K-12, Exceptional Student Education (ESE) K-12, Business Education 6-12, and Social Studies 6-12. She has a Master of Education from Eastern New Mexico University and is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership Policy from Texas Tech University. For six consecutive summers she has traveled to China where she conducted professional development workshops for teachers, with an emphasis on multi-modal and student-centric pedagogy. Advocating for students with diverse learning styles is a new and unique concept in many parts of the world. Ms. Dixon is particularly interested in educating teachers regarding students with learning disabilities, an issue that has multi-tiered and cross-cultural implications. Always eager to remind students that “doors can be opened” as they further their education, she works closely with the Student Support Assistance Program in order to help high school seniors meet all of their graduation requirements.
Ms. Dixon has been the sponsor of the GHS junior and senior classes and Teen Court. She is the co-coordinator for both the Inaugural Title 1 Literacy Project with Marlowe Elementary and the Gulf High School Annual Veterans Day Panel Discussion. She recently traveled to India where she studied Jainism and Gandhi’s philosophy of peace and global understanding.
Pasco County School-Related Personnel of the Year – Andrea Morrow
Gulf High School, Parent Involvement Assistant
Andrea started her career with Pasco County Schools eight years ago and has been in her current role at Gulf High for one year. Her primary responsibilities include facilitating and organizing parent meetings and workshops along with Title I and 5 Star School paperwork. She has been recognized as the SRP of the Year at her two previous schools.
She is an active member of the school district through PTA, SAC and Pasco Education Foundation along with assisting her husband in coaching the Gulf High girls’ soccer team.
Since starting with the district, Andrea has created and coordinated several programs such as Hunger Walk, Suicide “Out of the Darkness” Prevention and Awareness Walk, and food drives. Currently, at Gulf High she has implemented Bucs Brigade, Getting Ahead Work Shop/Parenting Class, The Bucs Boutique, and Watch Dog training (where male role models assist with students).
Her community work continues with Marjorie’s Hope, Cinderella Project, and the Stoneman Douglas Memorial at Sims Park. This year, Andrea implemented Gulf High’s 1st Trunk or Treat, which brought out about 400 families to the school for safe Halloween activities.
Through her work within the district and the community, Andrea has won several Community, Family and Engagement awards going back to 2017. In 2019, Gulf High won the State Community and Family Engagement Award for the Family Health and Wellness Series program.
Pasco County Principal of the Year – JoAnne Glenn
Pasco eSchool Principal
JoAnne Glenn has served as the administrator for Pasco eSchool since its launch in 2009. Though she began her career as a high school administrator for Pasco County Schools in 2006, she has been a mathematics teacher in the Tampa area since 1994, teaching all levels of middle and high school mathematics. When she had the opportunity to begin teaching online in 1999, she didn’t hesitate. It’s a passion and hobby she continues today!
Pasco eSchool would not be one of the largest, most effective virtual schools in Florida without her vision, wisdom, and leadership excellence. She is a remarkable leader. JoAnne is an amazing support for Classroom on Demand (COD) for Geometry and Liberal Arts, as well as planning for the Aviation COD need. She is a Classroom on Demand lifesaver and answers messages at all hours so students can learn.
Mrs. Glenn received her Bachelor Degree in Mathematics and Master of Science in Mathematics Education from the University of Florida. She lives in Tampa with her husband, two children, and two chihuahuas.
Pasco County Assistant Principal of the Year – Josh Borders
R.B. Stewart Middle School
Josh Borders began his career as a social studies teacher at Pasco Middle School in 2003. In 2008, he became the school’s technology specialist before moving back into the classroom in 2011 to once again teach social studies. Josh was promoted to assistant principal at River Ridge Middle School in 2013, followed two-years as AP at Centennial Middle School. He has been an assistant principal at Stewart since July 2017.
Mr. Borders is an experienced leader who continues to push himself towards innovation in multi-tiered systems of support (MTSS), social emotional learning (SEL), curriculum and student/family/staff experiences. He cares about the success of all students and implements and monitors systems of support that ensure equity across all populations and grade levels. Josh continually strives to do what’s right for kids. He’s never afraid to reach out for help or support. He is great with staff, students, and parents, and really tries to find the best possible solution.
Mr. Borders has a Bachelor of Science in Social Science from the University of South Florida.
Pasco County Administrator of the Year – Samantha Del Valle
Office for Leading and Learning, Senior Supervisor, Teaching and Learning
Samantha Del Valle Is an assistant director in the Office for Leading and Learning. She oversees the Division of Enriched Programs, including advanced academic opportunities, magnet schools and programs, elective options and additional innovative educational opportunities. Samantha first came to Pasco County Schools in 2009, when she began her career as a Social Studies teacher in the IB Program at Land O’ Lakes High School. In 2013, she accepted a position as assistant principal at Pasco High School. During her time as an AP, Samantha led the implementation of the Cambridge Programme. In 2016, she moved to the district office to become senior supervisor in the Office for Teaching and Learning, which led her to her current role.
Samantha truly enjoys her career in Pasco County Schools. Her journey so far has led her to make what will be lifelong friendships. Additionally, she has been inspired by working with amazing leaders. The part of her work that inspires her the most each day is the work of planning to ensure equitable educational opportunities exist for all students.
Mrs. Del Valle holds a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in Secondary Social Studies Education from the University of Kentucky as well as an Educational Specialist Degree in Administration and Supervision from National Louis University. She is married to Brian Del Valle and is so grateful to him for always supporting her career. They have two children she loves very much, Sadie and Clay.
Pasco County Non-Instructional Non-Bargaining Employee of the Year – Michelle Bolin
Warehouse and Distribution Services, Distribution Services Coordinator
Michelle Bolin was born in South Weymouth, Massachusetts; grew up in Pasco County with her parents Allen and Lorenza Loura and two brothers, Michael and Mathew. Michelle attended Sanders Memorial Elementary, Pine View Middle and graduated from Land O’ Lakes High School in 1997.
While attending Land O’ Lakes High School, Michelle worked for two years in the school district’s Distribution Services Department as a BCE student. After graduating, she continued to work in distribution services while attending college at Pasco Hernando Community College. In 1999, Michelle was offered a position as finance assistant in the Distribution Services Department. While working full-time, Michelle continued her education, completing her Associate in Science Degree in Business Administration in 2000 at Pasco Hernando Community College and her Bachelor of Science Degree in Computer Information Systems in 2007 at Saint Leo University. In 2018, Michelle was offered the Distribution Services coordinator position.
Michelle currently resides in Spring Hill with her husband Frank Bolin, daughter Katelynn, and son Chantz. She spends a lot of her time with her family attending her daughter’s soccer practices and games and her son’s football practices and games. She loves cheering on her children during their sporting events, but when she has extra time, she loves relaxing by the pool, vacations, and long rides with her husband on their Harley.