Pinellas County Schools announced the 10 finalists in the 2014-15
Outstanding Educator of the Year recognition program on December 11, 2014.
District officials, along with representatives and business partners of the
Pinellas Education Foundation, notified the finalists of their status during
surprise classroom visits. (Use the link above to see Mr. Aligood's surprise visit!)
The Outstanding Educator of the Year finalists are:
Aligood, a fifth-grade teacher at Plumb Elementary in Clearwater.
• Charissa Chandler, a second-grade teacher at Sandy Lane Elementary School, in
• Sharon Corvey, a Curriculum Specialist at Skycrest Elementary in Clearwater.
• Kathleen Earle, a Gifted teacher at Dunedin Highland Middle School in
• Amanda Johnson, a first-grade teacher at James B. Sanderlin IB World School
in St. Petersburg.
• Loretta La More, a Science teacher at Dixie Hollins High School in St.
• Krista Lemon, a fourth-grade teacher at Leila G. Davis Elementary in
• Kimberly Lopez, a fifth-grade teacher at Melrose Elementary School in St.
• Deborah Love, a Gifted teacher at Seminole Middle School in Seminole.
• Krista Valentage, a sixth-grade World History teacher at East Lake Middle
School in Tarpon Springs.
The district received 113 nominations from 103 different school sites, which
were scored by a panel of judges who determined the 10 finalists based on
multiple criteria. The finalists will undergo an interview process and a second
round of scoring by a different panel of judges, who will select the final
All of the finalists will be honored, and the 2014-15 Outstanding Educator
of the Year will be announced, at the annual Evening of Excellence, an event
created by the Pinellas Education Foundation, at Ruth Eckerd Hall Clearwater on
Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015.
The 10 finalists are sponsored by: Ajax Building Corporation, Suncoast
Credit Union, NOVA Southeastern University, KPMG, Horace Mann Insurance,
Catalina Marketing, Achieva Credit Union, Bright House Networks, Clear Channel
Outdoor and Career Source.
Plumb Elementary School is very proud to have one of our very own teachers as a Finalist in the Outstanding Educator of the Year competition for 2014-2015. Mr. Aligood is well loved by his students, and an asset to our staff at Plumb. Congratulations!