2020 Teacher & Support Employee of the Year
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.
Christine O’Hara is a 2005 graduate of Central Michigan University. She has been teaching in Florida for thirteen years, with six of them in Charlotte County. Christine was identified as a High Impact Teacher by the Florida Department of Education in 2016 and 2017 because her fourth grade students’ growth on state testing was among the most positive in the state.
Last year, Christine moved from the classroom to become an instructional math coach and is a member of the District Elementary Math Framework Committee. She enjoys sharing her passion for math with teachers and students, and believes that everyone is a “math person.”
Outside of school, Christine enjoys teaching group fitness classes, and fishing in Charlotte Harbor with her fiancé Travis.
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.
I’m originally from Puerto Rico where I had a career as a surgical tech. I am a mother of a daughter and a set of twin sons. I enjoy reading, writing poems, and meditation as well as spending time with my six grandchildren. I moved to Charlotte County in 1994 and began working with the ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) program at Neil Armstrong Elementary School in 1999.
I currently enjoy working at Port Charlotte Middle School (PCMS) as the ELL (English Language Learner) paraprofessional, where I encourage and inspire my students to succeed in their academic courses as well as their social and personal lives.
I also enjoy working as a Teen Coordinator for the Boys and Girls Club of America, volunteering with Habitat for Humanity and mentoring students for Check and Connect program.
2019 Teacher of the Year
The 2019 Teacher of the Andrea Green. Andrea has been teaching in Charlotte County since 1999. She has served as an educator for grades 6 through 12 at both L.A. Ainger Middle School and Lemon Bay High School. Andrea currently teaches Advanced Placement Environmental Science, Honors Anatomy and Physiology, and Environmental Science at Lemon Bay High School. She is also the Environmental Club sponsor, a member of the Lemon Bay Literacy Council, and is an active participant in the school’s Science Professional Learning Community. Andrea recently earned a Master of Arts degree in Global Sustainability from the University of South Florida. Andrea’s professional goal is to help all students find success in, and cultivate an appreciation for science. She credits her success in education to collaboration with her many wonderful colleagues, past and present. She is also extremely thankful for the endless support of her husband, family, and friends.
2019 Support Employee of the Year
The 2019 Support Employee of the Year is Christy Buzzell. Christy was born in Urbana, Ohio, but has lived most of her life in Florida. As a child, she attended East Elementary and Punta Gorda Middle School and graduated from Charlotte High School. She is married to Bruce, and has four brothers and one sister. Christy started working at Charlotte County Public Schools as a paraprofessional in 1994 and has been with the District for 24 years. Fourteen of those years were at Deep Creek Elementary School and the last 10 years have been at Sallie Jones Elementary School. As a paraprofessional at Sallie Jones, she works with students in small groups to provide a more individualized instructional environment.
“It is an honor to be a finalist for the Support Employee of the Year.” ~Christy Buzzell