Baldwin Junior-Senior High School
Throughout his 30-year career, Timothy Clark has held many leadership positions, including: department chairperson, head football coach, and School Advisory Council facilitator.
Clark is a valued member of the school for both students and faculty. He tutors after school and sacrifices every Saturday to help struggling students improve their grades and reading skills. He coaches the faculty towards being model standards-based leaders.
“He has unquestionably demonstrated his willingness to go well beyond the parameters of his professional responsibilities,” writes Baldwin Vice-Principal Ed Fouraker. “Mr. Clark is without a doubt one of the most conscientious and caring teachers I have ever known.”
Chair of Mathematics
The Bolles School
A champion of students, Daniel Hall instills in them a love of mathematics. He is one of those rare teachers who has dedicated his life to bringing out the very best in his students, no matter their level of ability.
“We can think of no other teacher who had more influence on our son Mark’s development, both in and out of the classroom, than did Dan Hall,” writes William and Julie Babcock, two of the nominators of Dan Hall.
Their son Mark adds, “He made learning interesting for us. I was ahead of the game when it came to college math because of the preparation and background from his classes.” Last year, all 15 of his students passed the Advanced Placement BC Calculus exam with a “5,” the highest score possible for the test.
First Coast High School
Margie Nolan demonstrates the ability to teach English to the advanced levels, but made the conscious choice to work with students who are reading deficient. She is responsible for First Coast High School’s reading curriculum being used in the Intensive Reading classes, for which students receive credit.
Margie’s genuine care for the welfare of her students motivates and challenges them to move farther toward their potential. “She’s very concerned about her students’ future plans and is willing to help in any way possible, whether that means staying after school to prep for ACT or coming on Saturday to help educate students more about the FCAT,” Gabriel Bennefield, a former student, writes. “Her motivation and determination not to let one child fall behind has given me the same ambition to teach.”
Severely Language Impaired Program
Atlantic Beach Elementary School
Nancy Lotowycz’s commitment to the remediation of language comes from a strong belief in the healing powers of her profession, speech-language pathology, which she has been practicing for 32 years.
One must be extremely creative to maintain a three year old’s interest in putting forth the effort required to change language patterns and sounds. Yet Nancy is so effective that children often leave her program before the typical three to five year stay in the Severely Language Impaired program. Her individualized remediation to each child’s specific deficit is never wasted.
When children cannot communicate effectively, they will often demonstrate anger, frustration or they’ll shut down entirely. Nancy gives them the skills that help make their desperation subside. As a result, communicative frustration disappears.
She knows how to win her students’ hearts. Once she has them hooked emotionally, Nancy’s magical transformation of preschool and kindergarten-aged children begins.