The Teacher of the Year

This program recognizes and honors the contributions of outstanding classroom teachers who have demonstrated a superior capacity to inspire a love of learning in students of all backgrounds and abilities. Every year, nominations are made by students, principals, teachers and administrators for the Charlotte County Schools’ Teacher of the Year award. This event serves as the Foundation’s largest fundraiser for Take Stock in Children scholarships.
The 2018 Teacher of the Year was Keli Sare. Keli has been an educator since 2003 and has taught fourth grade, kindergarten, and varying exceptionalities. She is currently Sallie Jones Elementary School’s Lead Teacher. This teaching role allows her the opportunity to work with students in grades K-5, coach and mentor teachers through a collaborative coaching model, and facilitate professional development and professional learning communities. At SJE, Keli strives to inspire a love of learning for both students and staff by creating hands on high engagement lessons. She also enjoys sharing her teaching experiences with educators across the country as a presenter at national conferences.
Keli Sare,Teacher of the Year 2018

Keli Sare,Teacher of the Year 2018

Support Employee of the Year

The Support Employee of the Year Award recognizes outstanding support employees who have made unique and exceptional contributions to CCPS. Recipients of this award demonstrate commitment and leadership in their field of work and foster cooperative relationships with colleagues and in the community.
The 2018 Support Employee of the Year was Zelda Smith. Zelda moved to Florida in 2003 from Illinois, and she is a leader in many roles in Charlotte County. For example, in her spare time, she is the Vice-President of New Operation Cooper Street. She serves as a board member for Charlotte County Task Force Team. Also, she is a member of NAACP where she is the chairman for the Educational Department. In the past, she served as the Co-chair for the Dr. Martin Luther King Parade. After volunteering in the community, she still finds the time to work two jobs. She is a Site Coordinator for the Boys and Girls Club. And, at Port Charlotte Middle School, she has worked as an In-School suspension paraprofessional III for the last 10 years.
Zelda Smith, Support Staff of the Year

Zelda Smith, Support Staff of the Year