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Polk County Public Schools to Announce Teacher of the Year on Feb. 21

February 16, 2018

Polk County Public Schools is proud to announce the nominees for Polk County’s Teacher of the Year and School-Related Employee of the Year.

More than 230 school district employees have been named Teacher of the Year and School-Related Employee of the Year at their respective schools.

They are now candidates for Polk County’s Teacher of the Year and School-Related Employee of the Year. The winners will be revealed at a ceremony on Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018 at 7:30 p.m. at the RP Funding Center Exhibit Hall, 701 West Lime Street, Lakeland.

The award for top teacher celebrates Polk County Public Schools’ educators for their dedication to their students and passion for teaching.

The school-related employee award honors school staff members who provide outstanding service in a variety of support roles, such as paraeducators, secretaries, food service, custodial, transportation and other responsibilities.

Finalists and winners receive cash and other prizes from event sponsors.

Community members from local organizations and businesses, as well as past finalists and winners, judge nominee applications. Judges do not know nominees’ identity or the school where they work. Teacher of the Year and School-Related nominees complete an application with categories that include leadership and professional development activities, community and school involvement and teaching style.

This year’s event will be streamed live on YouTube at The invitation-only ceremony will also be replayed at a later date on Polk County School Board Television (Comcast Channel 7, Frontier FiOS Channel 45).

For more information, including a complete list of nominees, please visit