Okaloosa County Teachers Receive HSU Educational Foundation Grants

Okaloosa County Teachers Receive HSU Educational Foundation Grants

Sixteen teachers received grants from the HSU Educational Foundation as part of the foundation’s Teaching Excellence Awards in Math and Science (TEAMS) program, which recognizes Okaloosa County teachers for their efforts in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education.  Four teachers received $5,000, four teachers received $1,000 and eight teachers received $500.  The grants awarded in the TEAMS program can be used by the teachers for anything they see fit.

The 2019 TEAMS award winners are from Niceville, Choctawhatchee, Fort Walton Beach, Crestview. and Northwest Florida State College Collegiate high schools; as well as Baker, Bruner and Pryor Middle Schools; Liza Jackson Preparatory School; and Northwood Elementary School.

The winners of the $5,000 prize were Karmen Broaddus, Deborah Schultz, Daniel Sligar, and Carrie Foxhall. Other winning teachers were: Curt Palermo, Major Scott Bates, Jona Friedman, Devon LaMonica, Anthony Bryant, Jacqueline Sheffield, Tasha Bates, Michelle Cook, De Cook, Shannon Kirby, Stacy Burlison, and Meredith Coleman.

The HSU Educational Foundation (HEF) was created to enhance a greater public understanding of the role of science and technology in the 21st century and prepare students for careers of global demand. The HEF seeks to support and encourage men and women engaged in the education of our young people specifically in the areas of science and mathematics at the high school level. 

To learn more about the Teaching Excellence Awards in Math and Science (TEAMS) program, visit https://hsu-foundation.org/programs/teams/.


HSU Foundation Celebrates Teachers for 5th Year In a Row; over $100k in awards

The HSU Educational Foundation TEAMS program was created as a business to classroom outreach in support of excellent teaching among science and math educators. The TEAMS program (Teaching Excellence Awards in Math and Science) in its 5th year, will present $28,000 this week to deserving science and math teachers following a nomination and application process that allows businesses greater awareness of how educators employ innovative teaching techniques and how they overcome challenges and prepare students with high demand workforce skills.

Over the past five years and with presentation of the 2019 TEAMS, the program’s impact has grown to include recognition in North and South Okaloosa, $100,000 in monetary awards, collaborative support by the Crestview Area Chamber of Commerce, the Okaloosa EDC and the Greater Fort Walton Beach Chamber of Commerce, including many business sponsors and participation of TEAMS selection panelists.

Encouraging student performance in STEM fields is not only crucial for our nation’s growth and innovation but is also essential to building a competitive economy and particularly important for meeting increasing demands for our nation’s workforce. 2.5 Million STEAM related jobs will go unfilled in 2020 and teachers are under pressure to answer the call.

The TEAMS program would not be possible without the sponsorship support of:

  • Vertex Aerospace
  • The Gulf Power Company
  • Carr, Riggs, and Ingram - Niceville
  • Emerald Coast Aviation
  • Beast Code
  • Merrill Lynch - Jerry Brown 

“It truly takes a village to educate a child! We appreciate the efforts and innovation of teachers, devoted to the success of all students, and we value the participation and support of the sponsors, the Okaloosa School District and the Chambers of Commerce,” said Amanda Negron, Hsu Educational Foundation Executive Director.

Thursday, April 4th at the Crestview Area Chamber of Commerce breakfast and on April 5th at the Greater Fort Walton Beach Chamber of Commerce, 16 Okaloosa County educators will be presented with $28,000 in monetary prize rewards and special recognition among the business community. “We just want the teachers to be energized and encouraged by this reward and spend the money on themselves, a vacation or however they like,” says Dennis Mitchell, TEAMS Committee Chair.

The TEAMS award presentation includes:

  • 4 $5000 TEAMS I awards
  • 8 $500 TEAMS I merit awards
  • 4 $1000 special TEAMS II awards