School District Awards

  • Employee Spotlight: Barry SchultzBarry is kept busy at school working in a varying exceptionality classroom which is an important part of an inclusion classroom. He has a great selection of hobbies that allows him to catch his breath after his week such as doing home improvement projects, swimming, and watching sports. He says he loves “yelling for the Kansas City Chiefs and Kansas Jayhawks!” How about his other favorite things? Barry tells us that he loves quality time with his family, coaching sports, driving his truck while listening to 80’s music, ordering “important stuff” on Amazon (hehehe…), and enjoying a quiet beverage while relaxing by his swimming pool. Does Barry have a favorite food? He says he enjoys a nicely grilled steak along-side some fresh Keys pinks! Lastly, we asked Barry why he likes working for MCSD and he tells us, “The students, parents, school staff and administrators are all great. Plus there is no snow or ice in the Keys!”

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  • Unke named Prinpal of the YearCongratulations to Sugarloaf School Principal Brett Unke who has been selected as Principal of the Year for the Monroe County School District! Superintendent Theresa Axford, his wife Joyce, staff and students surprised Mr. Unke with the announcement this morning. His ability to create a positive culture and make everyone feel important, his focus on using data to drive instruction, and the intense oversight he has given throughout the construction process are just a few of the reasons for his selection.
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  • Ward named asst principal of the yearDebra Ward from Key Largo School has been named as the Monroe County School District Assistant Principal of the Year. Ward served as a teacher at KLS and is in second year as an AP. Her work coaching teachers, strong leadership particularly with elementary curriculum implementation and her extreme Tornado Pride supported her selection.

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  • Employee SpotlightStephanie is kept busy at work as a paraprofessional, so when she’s ready to take some down time she told us her top 5 favorite things are: time with her husband and twin sons, her pets, a cold brew coffee, scary movies, and shoes! Ladies, we’ve gotta love having the shoe gene! <smile> She shared with is that her hobbies include baking, running, golf, and a good read. How about favorite food? “Tacos!” Lastly, we asked Stephanie what she likes about working for MCSD and she told us, “Our administrators at MHS are very supportive, and our front office staff ROCK! I am very blessed to work with a wonderful TEAM of teachers and paras.”

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  • SpotlightNot only is Thomas a math master, he’s a Bee Keeper! His hobbies keep him busy maintaining 2 bee hives at home, collecting delicious fresh honey! He also grows a variety of fruits that the bees love to pollinate and support. We asked him what his favorite things are, aside from his wonderful hobbies. Thomas tells us that his number one favorite thing is spending time with his family. Next on his list is scuba diving for lobster. He also loves his tropical fish aquarium and hunting for Megladon shark teeth! In addition to his list of favorites, he loves traveling, and cooking & eating delicious foods! So what is his favorite food… “all seafood and sushi”. Lastly, we asked him why he liked working for MCSD and Thomas said, “I love that I can save the families in our community thousands of dollars in college tuition by offering the dual enrollment classes that I teach.”

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