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Lee County School District announce new teacher of the year award

Posted at 10:26 AM, May 28, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-28 10:26:06-04

LEE COUNTY, Fla. — The Lee County School District is happy to announce the new teacher of the year award recipient.

The award goes to 5th-grade teacher Valerie Donovan.

Ms. Donovan interned for a year at Rayma C. Page, Donovan made her mark this year as a full-time teacher.

She created ELA Escape Rooms that allow her students to journey through the standards in a fun yet meaningful way.

She exposed all her students to quarterly Novel studies and differentiated the lessons and tasks to meet all learners.

I am honored to be part of a team who supports each other immensely and takes the time to recognize first year teachers, I am so grateful and proud to be part of Lee County Schools!
Valerie Donovan

The Lee County, New Teacher of the Year program, recognizes newly certified personnel for the significant contributions they make to their school and The School District of Lee County. Their administrators nominated first year teachers, a selection committee picked six finalists and then interviewed them to choose the second annual award winner.

Donovan was surprised during a staff meeting with the teachers and Principal at her school. Her colleagues immediately cheered and congratulated her.