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PRESS RELEASE

DATE:  January 25, 2018

CONTACT:  
Cristen McMillan
Phone:  772-564-5527   

 

Vero Beach, FL – January 25, 2018 –  The School District of Indian River County would like to recognize their District Teacher of the Year, Tess Borengasser, 2nd Grade Teacher at Glendale Elementary School, and District School-Related Employee of the Year, Jillian Brothers, Head Custodian at Fellsmere Elementary School.  Tess and Jillian were recognized along with their colleagues at the “Stars of the Year” Gala, sponsored by MidFlorida Credit Union, on Monday night at Sebastian River High School Performing Arts Center.  The Gala had a “Hollywood” feel and included performances from Sebastian River High School Encore Choir, directed by Mr. Larry Stanley; Storm Grove Middle School Jazz Band, directed by Mr. Sean Srigley; Storm Grove Middle School Orchestra, directed by Mr. Richard Ballinger; and Mr. Jody Brown, pianist.  Tess and Jillian will continue in the competition in hopes of becoming Finalists for the State Teacher and School-Related Employee of the Year.  The 2019 State Teacher of the Year Finalists will be announced in May, and the 2018 State School-Related Employee of the Year Finalists will be announced in March. 

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                Front: Jillian Brothers and Tess Borengasser

                Back: School Board Members Dale Simchick, Tiffany Justice; Superintendent

                Dr. Mark Rendell; School Board Members Charles Searcy, Shawn Frost, and Laura Zorc

 

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                Jillian Brothers, with her colleague and fellow Finalist, Patty Giordano, react to Jillian

                winning the District School-Related Employee of the Year Award

 

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 Tess Borengasser receiving her District Teacher of the Year plaque and bouquet from Dr. Rendell

 

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Jillian and Tess receive checks from Gala sponsor, MidFlorida Credit Union, for being selected as the District Employee and Teacher of the Year

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Sebastian River High School Encore, under the direction of Mr. Larry Stanley

 

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Storm Grove Middle School Jazz Band, under the direction of Mr. Sean Srigley

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 Storm Grove Middle School Orchestra, under the direction of Mr. Richard Ballinger

 

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Mr. Jody Brown, pianist