DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (May 22, 2013) – Volusia County schools’ 25 “New Teacher of the Year” nominees for 2012-13 included seven Daytona State College of Education graduates, presented by the Futures Foundation during the May 7 school board meeting:
 
•         Denielle Dutil - Friendship Elementary School
•         Susan Gregor - Taylor Middle-High School
•         Monica Guidetti - Southwestern Middle School
•         Nancy Perez - Starke Elementary School
•         Aaron Shank - Read-Pattillo Elementary School
•         Aimee Shank - Westside Elementary School
•         Jeff Turek - Silver Sands Middle School
 
Superintendent of Schools Margaret Smith (left) and School Board President Diane Smith accepted the plaque from Vitale and Potter (left).Among nominee kudos, Aimee Shank was honored for her and her students’ work with Food Brings Hope, a charity program founded and chaired by Daytona State trustee Forough B. Hosseini.
 
Mike Vitale, senior vice president for academic affairs, and Les Potter, College of Education academic chair, also made a brief presentation thanking the schools for their partnership with Daytona State and placement of pre-service teachers.
 
Caption: Superintendent of Schools Margaret Smith (left) and School Board President Diane Smith accepted the plaque from Vitale and Potter (left).
 
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