The School District of Osceola County, Florida

2013-2014 Favorite Teachers

In the Osceola School District, we have thousands of outstanding educators, and every day, our teachers do amazing things to help our children succeed. At the end of last school year, the Community Relations Department, and the Education Foundation--Osceola County invited students to log on to our district's website to tell us in 50 words or less what makes their favorite Osceola teacher so special. Hundreds of entries were sent in, and 10 student and teacher winners have been selected. Each winning student received a $100 gift card sponsored by the Education Foundation. The winning teachers received a gift card for $100 in classroom supplies.

Congratulations to the following students and teachers who won our
2013/2014 Favorite Teacher Contest.

September 2013


October 2013




Stephanie O'Dell, Zenith Career Center - Student: Cassandra Acosta, Zenith Career Center
Robert Tritchel, Gateway High School - Student: Rolan Schiro, Gateway High School
"I would have to say Mrs. O'Dell is by far the best teacher I have ever had in Osceola County, and that says a lot considering all the great teachers we have here. She has taught me so much, and I feel like I learn something new every day when I leave her class. She is especially great for high school girls as a role model. The biggest things for her are self confidence, professionalism, and attitude. I have seen a countless amount of girls have a complete attitude change when having Mrs. O'Dell as their teacher."
"There are only so many teachers that can incorporate a sense of joy and humor into an Algebra II class. His interactive and jubilant attitude inspires me to be sure I love my line of work in the future."

November 2013


December 2013



Sean Brennan, Paths - Student: Tailyn Rodriguez, PATHS  
Karen Hill, Central Avenue Elementary - Student: Genesis Cespedes, Sunrise Elementary
"I believe that my teacher is special because not only did he make sure that everyone in the classroom learned the required material, but he had a positive attitude that made it fun while doing so. Not to mention that all his students passed the Biology end-of-course exam including myself, and that just proves how effective his teaching techniques truly are. Mr. Brennan is just an outstandingly great teacher!"
"During the first two months of school I felt scared and nervous because I didn't speak English. Ms. Hill made me feel comfortable with her infinite patience for anythig that I did, right or wrong. I love her very much, and I know that she loves me too. She changed my life dramatically. She makes me laugh when she tries to speak Spanish. Thank you Ms. Hill for believing in me, making me feel important, and showing me that I can make a difference."

January 2014


February 2014




Jennifer Johnson, Cypress Elementary - Student: Yoshua Esparra, Cypress
Roydrick Scott, Poinciana High School- Student: Lovenda Mareus, Osceola High School
"Ms. Johnson is the teacher that every student wants to have. She cares if you are not doing your work. She always checks on me and talks to my mom when I am not doing very good in school to make sure that I stay on track. Thanks to her dedication and love for teaching, I did great this year. I wish I could have her as my teacher for next year again!"
"Mr. Scott helped me a lot with my writing FCAT by offering Saturday school, and he did a lot of class reviews with us. Even though we said it was too much work, it turned out the hard work really payed off! I did well on the FCAT Writes, and I was so happy that I got a 4.0 on the test. So, thank you Mr. Scott for helping me get a good score on the FCAT Writes!"

March 2014


April 2014


Kent King, Narcoossee Middle School - Student: Seth Light, Harmony High School
Joanne Husbands, Bellalago Academy - Student: Deborah Ocasio, Bellalago Academy
"My favorite teacher would have to be Mr. King because he is an extraordinary teacher. If one student does not understand a lesson, he will sacrifice his lunch just to help them out. Now I don't know about you, but I don't know many teachers that would do that!"

"My teacher has helped me be successful in school throughout the year. In the beginning of the year, my percentage was a thirty then it went to a seventy-eight. Because of my good grades, I made the Honor Roll two times. My teacher helped me to get the highest score in my class. My teacher is the best teacher I have ever had. My teacher does really hard work, and I think she deserves extra credit. I thank my teacher for helping me in third grade."

May 2014


June 2014



Judith Garcia-Feliciano, Koa Elementary (formerly Poinciana Academy of Fine Arts) - Student Amaris Vazquez, Poinciana Academy of Fine Arts
Cindy Bohn, Celebration K-8 - Student: Isabella Fontanelli, Celebration K-8
"When I started in Mrs. Garcia's class, I was reading fluently. However, I had trouble with comprehension. Ms. Garcia taught me how to read, stop, and respond. She also taught me how to answer questions. Because of her, I passed the FCAT and won a reading medal!"
"Ms. Bohn is a great art teacher because she is so nice. She teaches me a lot of things and easy ways to do things. She also makes really funny songs to help us remember things. On our last day of school, she let us decorate a paper then make it into a paper airplane and fly it around all day. Mrs. Bohn is a great teacher for all the great things she does. She has this saying that she tell us: "Don't be ordinary - be extraordinary!"