District Teacher and Employee of the Year Named

Thursday, January 11, 2018 - 8:38pm

Flagler Schools Superintendent James Tager is proud to announce the District’s Teacher and Employee of the Year. During a Thursday evening gala at Flagler Auditorium, Rymfire Elementary School Teacher Kate Sturman was named District Teacher of the Year. Ariana Perez, who works in the Office of Student and Community Engagement and representing the Government Services Building was named District Employee of the Year. They will now both go on to represent Flagler Schools in statewide competitions.

Kate Sturman has been a teacher with Flagler Schools since 2005. She began at Wadsworth Elementary and them moved to Rymfire Elementary in 2006, when that school opened its doors for the first time. She currently teaches 5th grade English Language Arts and Social Studies. She is also a coach with the school’s Future Problem Solvers and Community Problem Solvers.

Barbara Sauvelpahkick, principal at Rymfire says “Kate is a cheerleader for Rymfire and for her students. Her dedication to the teaching profession is unquestioned. You’ll find her at practically every after-school activity.” Mrs. Sauvelpahkick even tells us Ms. Sturman has been known to do a cartwheel during faculty meetings every now and again.

Of the honor, Sturman says “It means so much. You put in so much work, you work with the kids...it’s everything. Teaching is everything. It means so much..”

Ariana Perez is a proud graduate of Flagler Palm Coast High School, class of 2009. She began working for Flagler Schools in 2013. She supports a variety of areas in the district’s Office of Student and Community Engagement. Ariana has gone back to school, working on obtaining her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology. It’s that dedication which Lynette Shott, Executive Director of Student and Community Engagement says is what makes Ariana one of the district’s top employees. “Ari is always focused on how she can help people get to where they need to get things accomplished, and she does it in a way that they feel they are being supported the entire time.

Perez was shocked when her name was called out. “This makes me want to grow more. Engage more, support more, mentor...everything.”

Superintendent Tager says “Both Kate and Ariana are wonderful representatives of Flagler Schools. They have found their purpose in life, and fortunately for Flagler Schools and our entire community, that purpose involves helping our students and families succeed.”

The State Department of Education will name the State Support Employee and Teacher of the year later this spring.