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Shannon earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education from the University of South Florida in 1996. She became National Board Certified in 2008 and is ESOL endorsed. She has a wide range of expertise in a variety of elementary grade levels, as well as experience teaching ESE inclusion and fuse classrooms. Throughout her career, Shannon involved herself in many leadership roles. She has been team leader at a variety of levels, and has written and received various grants to help increase student achievement. She has served as a Preparing New Educators mentor; and has hosted many interns with her Clinical Educators Training. She has assisted on the School Advisory Council and has been the CTA rep for her school site. Shannon was also the facilitator for The Daily Five book study at her site, and attends numerous professional development trainings throughout the district to ensure she is kept current in all areas she observes.

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Since 1998, Kristine Claffie has been an educator for Hillsborough County Public Schools. Since 2004 she has continually held National Board Certification as a Middle Childhood/Generalist. Kristine continued her growth as a University of South Florida student and in 2007 earned a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership. She has served as the primary Math and Reading Contact, facilitated faculty-wide trainings, been elected grade level chair and sponsored many academic clubs. In addition she has mentored multiple National Board candidates, colleagues and level III interns. In 2009, Kristine co-created a published Writing Skills game and was selected as Colleen Bevis Elementary’s S.H.A.P.E.S Mathematics Teacher of the Year for 2014.

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Mary Comunale was initially certified in 2001 as an Early Childhood Generalist and renewed her certificate in 2011. She has over 10 years teaching experience from Broward County Public Schools and the last nine years she has taught at Buckhorn Elementary School in Hillsborough County. She has taught all elementary grade levels with most experience at the primary level. She is also ESE certified and has 4 years of experience teaching as a resource teacher as well as in a co-teach setting.

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Ms. Cook certified in 1999 and renewed through 2019. She has taught since 1991 and has been nominated for Teacher of the Year three times. In addition to her Elementary certification, she is also certified to teach Specific Learning Disabilities, K-12, and ESOL. Over the years, she has taught many classes for National Board candidates, mentored many candidates, and continues to support the goals of National Board. Ms. Cook is the Secretary/Treasurer for the Hillsborough Classroom Teachers Association and is the Chair for the Hillsborough NBCT Council Network.

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Tina Cook is a graduate of Saint Leo University. She began her teaching career in Inverness, Florida at Inverness Primary. She then moved to Hillsborough County and has taught at Mintz Elementary, Symmes Elementary and is currently a Science Resource Teacher at Burney Elementary in Plant City. She has been a Title Reading Teacher, and has taught every grade level except Kindergarten. She fell in love with teaching science in the classroom. Based on her love for science, she decided to challenge herself professionally and become a Science Resource Teacher. She now teaches, plans and models and coaches in science all day. The philosophy “You can’t reach a child’s mind until you have reached their heart” still continues to push her to teach every day and give her best.

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Sandra Cooke is currently a Business Technology teacher at Middleton High School, and previously taught at D. W. Waters Career Center. She is a product of Hillsborough County Schools (East Bay graduate) and a graduate of the University of South Florida. Initially certified in 2001, Sandra has successfully renewed her NBCT credentials. She is an Ida S. Baker Educator of the Year recipient, America’s Promise Ambassador, Microsoft Office Specialist, FBLA Adviser, and PLC Facilitator. Throughout her 36 years as an educator, she has held several school-level leadership roles, facilitated district professional development workshops, and mentored many teachers. Sandra’s philosophy is to help students acquire those critical thinking and career skills that lead to their ability to become productive, self-sufficient citizens and to lend support to whomever she can.

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This is Lauren’s 12th year in education. She has taught grades 2-5 in elementary and has extensive experience in teaching ELL and ESE students as both a self-contained and departmentalized teacher at a Title 1/Renaissance School. Currently she is in her first year as district Elementary Peer Evaluator. She earned her B.A. in Elementary Education K-6 from the University of Arizona and has her English Language Learners Endorsement. In 2009, Lauren received her National Board Certification in Middle Childhood Education. That same year, she was honored to be nominated as her school site’s Teacher of the Year. Throughout her career, Lauren has involved herself in various school and district level leadership roles including training her site’s faculty in Professional Study Days in the areas of Reading/Social Studies and Science. She served as her site’s SAC Chair and Co-Chair for four years and assisted in presenting her site’s School Improvement Plan and data analysis. For the past two years, Lauren served as one of her school site’s Science Contacts and has facilitated team and vertical PLCs in Science Literacy Design Collaboratives (LDCs). In 2013, she was a part of the district’s Elementary CCSS Reading Task Force, where reading coaches and selected teachers collaborated to create lessons and performance tasks for our district’s English Language Arts curriculum. Lauren has recently mentored new teachers.

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Tammy’s eleven-year teaching career began in Hillsborough County, where she has taught exclusively in Title 1 schools. She is currently the chemistry instructor for the International Baccalaureate program at Hillsborough High School in Tampa, Fl. During her time in the classroom, she has taught a variety of high school science curriculums, 9th -12th grade.

She began her post-secondary education at the University of Connecticut, earned a Bachelor’s degree in Secondary Education from University of South Florida in 2002, and in 2011 a Master’s of Science in Education degree in Curriculum & Instruction with a focus on Integrating Technology in the K-12 Classroom, from Walden University. She earned National Board Certification for adolescent/young adulthood science in 2013.

She was recognized as the Science Teacher of Excellence, at Middleton High School by her peers in 2008 and 2007. Her biography is listed in the 2005 – 2006 edition of Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers.

She stays up to date in her field through memberships with the American Association of Chemistry Teachers (AACT), American Chemical Society (ACS), the National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC), and the National Association of Science Teachers (NSTA).

In addition to her work in the classroom, She has served her profession at the school and district levels, and in the educational private sector. She is currently the secretary of the Hillsborough High School Instructional Leadership Team and has represented her colleagues as their Empowering Effective Teachers (EET) liaison. She has served on district textbook selection committees and has developed district exams and reviews. In 2013, she became a Master Trainer for Hillsborough County Public Schools. Each summer she works as a facilitator with a group of other experienced Science teachers in the school district to present a one-week orientation to prepare newly hired science teachers for their classroom experience. For three consecutive summers prior to earning certification, she was employed by NCS Pearson, Inc. as a scorer of National Board candidate portfolio entries and assessment center responses. She developed content and facilitated online teacher learning communities with CTechEd. She has also served as a content reviewer for Dubuque: McGraw-Hill’s textbook titled Chemistry in Context: Applying Chemistry to Society (8th ed.). by C. Middlecamp, published in 2013.

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Pamela Czekaj graduated from Michigan State University. She has been teaching in the Hillsborough County School District for 9 years. She is currently teaching at Kenly Elementary School as the Academic Intervention Specialist. Her previous teaching experiences were in First Grade at Cleveland Elementary School (1 yr) and Foster Elementary School (7 yrs). Her professional accomplishments include: 2011-2012 Teacher of the Year nomination, 2011 National Board Certification, and 2014-2015 Ida S. Baker nomination.

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