Dashawn Gilmore may be a pretty quiet kid, but it's not because he doesn't have much to say. No, it would be a mistake to think that. Because while Gilmore – a sophomore at Southern Lee High School – isn't a real big talker, he expresses himself plenty through a variety of artistic pursuits. He creates pottery in his ceramics class. He's written songs and stories, he draws and he's active with his school's step team. Oh, and by the time this month is over, he'll be a twice-published poet.
After putting so much effort into keeping Dr. Chris Dossenbach's Principal of the Year Award a secret, Southern Lee High Assistant Principal Molly Poston got a taste of her own medicine, in the best way possible. She entered the media center thinking that she was going to address students' behavior and walked into receiving Assistant Principal of the Year!
Andrea Sloan was so disappointed in her school's end of year test scores in 2016 that she questioned whether Lee County Schools had made a mistake in hiring her to be the principal at Tramway Elementary. But after restructuring the school to allow for teacher experts to let their leadership show through, and a whole lot of hard work put in by students, teachers and staff, Tramway Elementary, for the first time ever, won the Head of Class award.
LaKeisha Snipes doesn't like using tricks when it comes to teaching math. “'Conceptual' is my whole style of teaching,” explained Snipes, who teaches freshman math at Lee County High School and this year's Outstanding Secondary Math Teacher for Lee County. “Like with your times table, I want them to understand the math behind it, the conceptual aspect of it. I don't teach tricks, I teach the math behind it.”
After her experience over the summer with Central Electric Membership Corporation, Bragg Street Academy's Daria Fedrick needed to bring the membership cooperative model back to her personal finance class for the 2018-19 school year. She'd decided going in that the easiest way to do so would be to have students selling candy to their peers, and thus was born Bragg Street's “Sugar Shack.”
The Lee County Board of Education approved — at its regularly scheduled meeting — that the half-days on October 26, 2018 and February 15, 2019 are now full instructional days for students.