DANA LASKEY OF
2013 PRAECEPTOR AWARD WINNER
and recipient of $5,000 cash prize
From left to right, ESE Gen. Dir. Maryann Parks, Cindy Helton of Suncoast Schools, Dana Laskey, and
Nicole Smith-Pellegatti of Human Development Center
The Human Development Center hosted a ceremony on May 16th to recognize excellence in the field of Hillsborough County Special Education Teachers. The 18th Annual Praeceptor Award was presented to Dana Laskey of Clark Elementary, who received the coveted Praeceptor Iceberg Trophy and a $5,000 cash prize.
Laskey's experience as a parent with an autistic child helped lead her decision to change careers from journalism to becoming an ESE teacher. Numerous heartfelt accounts of Ms. Laskey's determination, innovation, and dedication helped her to win this year's top award.
The Praeceptor Novus Award and a $1,000 cash prize was awarded to Kurt Steinwand of Mann Middle School. Top finalists for both categories included: Mary Marrs of Pizzo Elementary and Amanda Allen of Buckhorn Elementary.
Special thanks to all of the evenings speakers and presenters, Kim Church, Psy.D. Clinical Psychologist at HDC, Raymond Miltenberger, Ph.D. Director of Applied Behavior Analysis Program at USF, Dr. Waylon B.Moore, Master of Ceremonies ABC News Anchor, Brendan McLaughlin, and our awards presenters Cindy Helton of Suncoast Schools Federal Credit Union Foundation, and ESE General Director, Maryann Parks.
We would like to thank our loyal sponsors who made this evening possible
More pictures to come next week from the event....
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