Flagler Schools Announces Teacher and Employee of the Year

Thursday, January 12, 2017 - 7:51pm

Andrew Hutcheson, an Advanced Placement Physics teacher at Matanzas High School and Brandon Seminara, the Assistant Director of the Flagler County Youth Center were named the Flagler School District Teacher and Employee of the Year respectively for 2017. The announcement came during an evening gala honoring all the district’s teachers and support employees of the year, held at Flagler Auditorium Thursday evening.

Andrew Hutcheson began teaching at Matanzas High School in August of 2011 following stops in Virginia and Ohio. He received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Environmental Biology from Mount Vernon Nazarene University (MVNU) in 2003. Two years later he was awarded his Master of Education from MVNU. Andrew’s wife Wendy is a counselor at Flagler Palm Coast High School and in a way, he sees himself sharing this honor with Wendy, who form Team Hutch. “She is a guidance counselor so she educates students to have strong emotional intelligence. I am a Physics teacher, so I educate students to be the creative problem-solvers we need in a 21st century society.” If you step foot in Andrew’s class, you’ll instantly know it’s a little different than other Physics classrooms. Hutcheson embraces online gaming and incorporates it into his lessons. It’s an approach his students embrace. However, Andrew Hutcheson is quick to use any number of teaching approaches in order to reach each individual student.

Brandon Seminara is a product of Flagler Schools. He graduated from Flagler Palm Coast High School in 2010. He is currently enrolled at Daytona State College where he is working on his Associate’s Degree. Brandon currently serves as the Assistant Director of the Flagler County Youth Center. It’s a place with which he is very familiar. Brandon first started dropping by the center in 8th grade. Brandon Seminara began volunteering at Flagler Palm Coast High School following his graduation before he was hired as a computer technician for the District’s Technology Team. Brandon is the president of the FPC Alumni Association as well as a member of the FPC School Advisory Council. Of the honor of Employee of the Year, Brandon says “As a former student and current employee, I truly believe in the mission of Flagler Schools, for they have provided me the tools necessary to be successful.”

Both Hutcheson and Seminara will represent Flagler Schools in the statewide Teacher and Support Employee of the Year competition. Flagler Schools wishes the two the best of luck!