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Finalists Announced for BCPS School-Related/District Employee of the Year

Tuesday, January 09, 2018

Congratulations to Broward County Public School (BCPS) five finalists for School-Related/District Employee of the Year. The award recognizes outstanding educational support personnel for the significant contributions they make to BCPS and its students. 
This year’s finalists include four office managers/confidential secretaries and a facility serviceperson, who were selected for their hard-work, dedication and commitment to student achievement. The BCPS School-Related/District Employee of the Year will be named at the 2018 Caliber Awards Ceremony, recognizing the District’s outstanding teachers, principals, assistant principals and school-related/District employees. The ceremony takes place on Thursday, February 1, 2018, at the Greater Fort Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center.
Congratulations to BCPS School-Related/District Employee of the Year Finalists:

Mary Alvarez, Office Manager/Confidential Secretary, Lyons Creek Middle School

Mary Alvarez has served 18 of her 24 years in BCPS at Lyons Creek Middle School, where she is currently the office manager and confidential secretary. “Not only is Ms. Alvarez extremely knowledgeable about the many different facets of our school, she is extremely creative and often takes the initiative to do whatever it takes to get the job done,” said Principal Horace Hamm. “She is the epitome of going the extra mile with a smile and creating positive relationships with our parents, students, staff, and business and community partners.”


Susan Costa, Office Manager/Confidential Secretary, Deerfield Beach High School

A 28-year veteran of BCPS, Susan Costa has served as office manager and confidential secretary at Deerfield Beach High School for the past 16 years. Her goal is to make each day a little easier for her principal, assistant principals, faculty, staff, students, parents and community members. “Ms. Costa is extremely efficient and diligent in her responsibilities,” said Principal Jon Marlow. “She is an instrumental part of the daily operations of our school, and leads the way to ensure an environment that is conducive to student achievement.”


Andrea Larkin, Office Manager/Confidential Secretary, Bayview Elementary School

Andrea Larkin’s 23-year career in BCPS has taken her from school bus attendant to office manager and confidential secretary at Bayview Elementary School, where she has served for the past four years. “Ms. Larkin is dedicated to student achievement as much as any teacher,” said Principal Tonya Frost, who describes her as a master of building staff morale. “The team looks to her for leadership and guidance in daily operations, and she has developed relationships that fuel exceptionally efficient office operations.”


Tony Merrell, Facility Serviceperson, Park Ridge Elementary School

In his two years as facility serviceperson at Park Ridge Elementary School, Tony Merrell is credited with transforming the school’s facility and grounds into a bright and beautiful campus. “Mr. Merrell embodies his mantra, ‘I am Park Ridge,’ in everything he does, and outshines others as he seeks to make sure the quality of his work is outstanding,” said Principal Joseph Balchunaus. “He is often seen doing things that make our school better just because he knows it will make a difference. Mr. Merrell is a perfect example of the love and passion that an employee can bring to a school.”


Frinette Volquez, Office Manager/Confidential Secretary, Hallandale High School

Frinette Volquez began her career with BCPS 13 years ago as a cafeteria aide. She currently serves as the office manager and confidential secretary at Hallandale High School. “Ms. Volquez is dependable and incredibly hard-working,” said Principal Mark Howard. “She is always going above and beyond to ensure that exceptional customer service is provided to all stakeholders. She is a true team player who fosters positive attitudes and brings out the best in others. She is an exemplary role model.”

The Caliber Awards presenting sponsor is BrightStar Credit Union. Also supporting the Caliber Awards are: platinum sponsors Aetna, Bank of America and Nova Southeastern University – Abraham S. Fischler School of Education; silver sponsors After School Programs, Inc. (ASP), Broward Principals’ and Assistants’ Association (BPAA), Office Depot, Pearson, PNC Bank and Sunshine Child Programs; and bronze sponsors CEI Staffing, Herff Jones, Memorial Healthcare System/Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital, Schoolfundraising4kids, Spectrum Tours and The Corradino Group.
Special thanks to the Broward Education Foundation and Toyota of North Miami for providing a 2018 Toyota Camry SE to the 2018 Caliber Awards Teacher of the Year.

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