Keyword for this page: Public Relations

Administration

Leah Lauderdale, APR, CPRC
Senior Director of Public Relations &
Strategic Partnerships

Kim Johnson
Senior Director's Secretary
534-0698

 

Volunteers

The Polk County School Board has an outstanding volunteer program. Investing in our schools helps students succeed. To learn more, click here or contact the Department of Public Relations & Strategic Partnerships at (863) 534-0636.

Business Partners

Good education is good for business and good for the community. To learn more, click here. You may also contact the Department of Public Relations & Strategic Partnerships or the Polk Education Foundation.

Web Banners

To submit your good news to share on the web banners, please contact the Department of Public Relations & Strategic Partnerships at goodnews@polk-fl.net.

Guidelines for Media

Click here to view the News Media Guidelines. These guidelines describe protocols for handling media requests.

The Core

Click here to view The Core (Volume 3 No.1).
Click here to view the Summer 2014 issue of The Core.
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Public Relations

Our goal is to provide members of our community with up-to-the-minute news and information on public schools in Polk County.

Staff List

All phone number area codes are 863

Name: Title and Responsibility: Phone:
Angie Birdwell Public Relations Coordinator 534-0818
Mike Brown Media Production Senior Analyst
Responsibilities: broadcast communications, media production supervision, audio/video design, technical support
534-0686
Darby Dowdy Multimedia Production Analyst
Responsibilities: media production, social media, audio/video support, technical support, media relations support
534-0699

Jason Geary

Media Relations Senior Analyst
Responsibilities: writing, editing, internal & external communications, media relations
534-0699
Vanessa Glenn Clerk Specialist 534.0636
Teresa Griffin PR & Recognition Analyst
Responsibilities: special events coordination, media relations support
519-8713
Ann Marshall Public Information Specialist 534-0522
Alison Martin District Switchboard Specialist
534-0500
Yolanda Ramirez District Switchboard Specialist 534-0500
Tia Rigsby Creative Communications Senior Analyst
Responsibilities: management & updates of CR website, graphic design, publications, media relations support
519-8713

Awards and Distinctions

It is an honor for the Department of Public Relations & Strategic Partnerships to be recognized for the quality of our work. The programs and projects on this page are representative of the good work that the Department of Public Relations & Strategic Partnerships produces daily with the united goal of providing high quality educational opportunities for Polk students.

2014 National School Public Relations Association ~ Golden Achievement Award

Presented by the National School Public Relations Association. For the 2014 Polk County Teacher and School-Related Employee of the Year Banquet.

2014 Sunshine Medallion Award ~ First Place

Presented by the Sunshine State School Public Relations Association. For the 2014 Polk County Teacher and School-Related Employee of the Year Banquet.

2014 Image Award ~ Judges' Award

Presented by the Dick Pope/Polk County Chapter of the Florida Public Relations Association (FPRA). For the "Take Your Child to School Day" public service program’s design of promotional materials, effective writing and dissemination of information to a variety of communication channels.

2013 Sunshine Medallion Award ~ First Place, Themed Promotion

Presented by the Sunshine State School Public Relations Association. For the 2013 Polk County Public Schools themed promotion, Balacing the Impact of FCAT Scoring Changes.

2013 Sunshine Medallion Award ~ First Place, Recognition Program

Presented by the Sunshine State School Public Relations Association. For the Polk County Public Schools recognition program, Hall of Fame and Honor Graduates Banquet.

2013 Sunshine Medallion Award ~ First Place, Newsletter

Presented by the Sunshine State School Public Relations Association. For the 2013 Polk County Public Schools electronic newsletter, The Core.

2011 Sunshine Medallion Award ~ First Place, Brand Campaign

Presented by the Sunshine State School Public Relations Association. For the 2011 Polk County Public Schools Good News Campaign.

2011 Image Award ~ Grand All Image Award

Presented by the Dick Pope/Polk County Chapter of the Florida Public Relations Association (FPRA). For the design, production and creative elements of the 2011 Polk County Teacher and School-Related Employee of the Year Event.

2011 Image Award ~ Judges' Award

Presented by the Dick Pope/Polk County Chapter of the Florida Public Relations Association (FPRA). For the design, production and creative elements of the 2011 Polk County Teacher and School-Related Employee of the Year Event.

2011 Image Award

Presented by the Dick Pope/Polk County Chapter of the Florida Public Relations Association (FPRA). For the design, production and creative elements of the 2011 Polk County Teacher and School-Related Employee of the Year Event.

2011 Image Award ~ Grand Image Award

Presented by the Dick Pope/Polk County Chapter of the Florida Public Relations Association (FPRA). For the 2011 Teacher Appreciation PSA's.

2011 Image Award ~ Judges' Award

Presented by the Dick Pope/Polk County Chapter of the Florida Public Relations Association (FPRA). For the 2011 Teacher Appreciation PSA's.

2011 Image Award

Presented by the Dick Pope/Polk County Chapter of the Florida Public Relations Association (FPRA). For the 2011 Teacher Appreciation PSA's.

2010 John Dillin Professional Award ~ Leah Lauderdale, APR, CPRC

The John Dillin Professional Award for service to the Florida Public Relations Association has been established as the highest, most prestigious award of the Association.

2010 Image Award ~ Judges'Award

Presented by the Dick Pope/Polk County Chapter of the Florida Public Relations Association (FPRA). For the 2009 Teacher Appreciation PSA's.

2010 Image Award

Presented by the Dick Pope/Polk County Chapter of the Florida Public Relations Association (FPRA). For the Give 'Em Something To Talk About Audio/Visual Public Relations Presentation.

2009 IPAF Silver Addy Award

Presented by the Polk Chapter of the American Advertising Federation. For a poster campaign discouraging the use of cell phones and electronic games in schools.

2008 Sunshine Medallion Award ~ Best in Show, Large District

Presented by the Sunshine State School Public Relations Association. For the 2008 Polk County "I Teach" video public service announcements commemorating teacher appreciation week.

2008 Sunshine Medallion Award ~ First Place, Large District

Presented by the Sunshine State School Public Relations Association. For the 2008 Leadership Lakeland Education Day event.

2008 Sunshine Medallion Award ~ First Place, Large District

Presented by the Sunshine State School Public Relations Association. For the 2008 Polk County Teacher and School-Related Employee of the Year recognition program.

2008 Sunshine Medallion Award ~ First Place, Large District

Presented by the Sunshine State School Public Relations Association. For the 2008 Polk County "I Teach" video public service announcements commemorating teacher appreciation week.

2008 IPAF Silver Addy Award

Presented by the Polk Chapter of the American Advertising Federation. For a TV campaign designed for Teacher Appreciation Week

2008 IPAF Silver Addy Award

Presented by the Polk Chapter of the American Advertising Federation. For a digitally enhanced photography used in the Leadership Lakeland Alumni Education Presentation

2007 Florida Public Relations Association ~ Judges' Award, State Level

For the "I Teach" video and poster campaign to commemorate 2007 Teacher Appreciation Week.

2007 Sunshine Medallion Award ~ 1st Place, Large District

Presented by the Sunshine State School Public Relations Association. For the "Zero Tolerance" anti-expulsion poster campaign that resulted in a 20% decrease in the number of weapons-related expulsions in our district.

2007 Sunshine Medallion Award ~ 1st Place, Large District

Presented by the Sunshine State School Public Relations Association. The second year in a row our district's annual report has received accolades as a public relations tool.

2007 IPAF Gold Addy Award

Presented by the Polk Chapter of the American Advertising Federation. For a poster series designed for Teacher Appreciation Week.

2007 IPAF Silver Addy Award

Presented by the Polk Chapter of the American Advertising Federation. For event materials created for the 2007 Teacher of the Year Campaign.

2007 IPAF Silver Addy Award

Presented by the Polk Chapter of the American Advertising Federation. For the logo design of Sleepy Hill Elementary.

2006 Adele Graham Award

Presented by the Florida Association of Partners In Education to Community Involvement Coordinator Margaret Anne Wheeler for significant service to the Florida School Volunteer Program.

2006 Sunshine Medallion Award

Presented by the Sunshine State School Public Relations Association. For the district's annual report as public relations tool.

2006 Sunshine Medallion Award

Presented by the Sunshine State School Public Relations Association. For the "Where's Sam?" Florida/Polk County Teacher of the Year Campaign.

2006 IPAF Silver Addy Award

Presented by the Polk Chapter of the American Advertising Federation. For an invitation designed for the ribbon cutting of Chain of Lakes Elementary