• Excellence in Education Awards logo

    Thank you to our sponsors for supporting the 12th Annual Excellence in Education Awards!


    Senior Level Sponsors  $10,000+
    Gilbane logo        NDC Construction Company logo   Suncoast Credit Union logo


    Junior Level Sponsors  $5,000+

    Arey Jones logo   Astro Skate logo  Early Learning Coalition of Manatee County logo   Harvard Jolly logo   Manatee Education Foundation logo  Pirates & Marauders logo  


    Reception Sponsors  $3,000

     B&I Contractors logo    Long and Associates logo    MES General Contractors logo   Willis Smith logo   


    Sophomore Level Sponsors  $1,500

    Commercial Fire and Communications, Inc.  |  Hepner Architects, Inc.  |  Notre Dame of Greater Sarasota  |  Suncoast Behavioral Health  |  Williamson Design Associates

  • 2024
    Educator of the Year
    Katie Bagley
    Prine Elementary

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    Support Employee of the Year
    Denise Costello
    Sea Breeze Elementary

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    2023
    Educator of the Year
    Kelly Smith-Williams
    Lakewood Ranch High

    Support Employee of the Year
    Brianna Hall
    Lincoln Memorial Middle


    2022
    Educator of the Year
    Deelah Jackson
    Samoset Elementary

    Support Employee of the Year
    Kari Keech Babcock
    Lakewood Ranch High


    2021
    The School District of Manatee County celebrated ALL employees with the "Champions of Education Campaign".


    2020
    Educator of the Year
    Faith Bench
    Braden River Middle

    Support Employee of the Year
    Alison Cooper
    Williams Elementary


    2019
    Educator of the Year
    Debra Hartline
    Braden River High

    Support Employee of the Year
    Amanda Keeney
    Myakka Elementary


    2018
    Educator of the Year
    Heather Anderson
    King Middle

    Support Employee of the Year
    Marie Mueller
    Onceo Elementary


    2017
    Educator of the Year
    Nick Leduc
    Braden River Elementary

    Support Employee of the Year
    Michael Brackman
    Johnson Middle


    2016
    Educator of the Year
    Kari Stanley
    Miller Elementary

    Support Employee of the Year
    Cheryl Smith
    Mills Elementary


    2015
    Educator of the Year
    Brandi Witman
    Gullett Elementary

    Support Employee of the Year
    Marilyn Coughlin
    School Support Center