+ D.P. teacher named InVEST Teacher of the Year
Dr. Phillips High School teacher Adam Zupkoff was awarded the 2014 InVEST Teacher of the Year award.
InVEST is a program that promotes understanding of the insurance industry. It prepares thousands of students for insurance-related careers. At the high-school level, InVEST uses a hands-on curriculum that simulates an insurance agency to prepare students to become more knowledgeable about selecting insurance.
Zupkoff has taught high school for 20 years, including 15 at Dr. Phillips. A popular teacher, he was secretly nominated by his students. He earned a bachelor’s degree at Bentley College and a master’s degree in education at Nova Southeastern University. He earned the highest teacher certification level from the National Board Certified Teachers.
“Mr. Zupkoff has been an integral part of the Center for International Studies Magnet program for over a decade,” said Principal Dr. Suzanne Knight. “His business knowledge consistently helps his students excel both in the accounting and the international business classes.”
+ Ocoee High names winners
Ocoee High School recently honored its 2014 teacher of the year and support person of the year.
Randi Shaffer was named Ocoee High’s Teacher of the Year, while Clara Printers earned Support Person of the Year. Principal Bill Floyd congratulated both recipients.
+ Olympia student an NASP finalist
Olympia High School senior Malika Berrada was among the five students in Orange County Public Schools named semifinalists in the 51st annual National Achievement Scholarship Program.
They were among 160,000 who took the 2013 preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. Only 1,600 then became semifinalists, determined by their preliminary SAT score.
The students now are eligible to continue in the competition vying for about 800 Achievement Scholarship awards worth more than $2.5 million, which will be awarded next spring. The students will be notified in January if they are finalists and able to compete academically for one of 700 one-time National Achievement $2,500 Scholarships. Since 1964, the National Achievement Scholarship Program has recognized and awarded scholarships to academically promising black students.
+ SunRidge book fair raises $9,200
The SunRidge Elementary Fall Book Fair was a successful event, with sales topping $9,200. Funds raised from the book fair will be utilized to purchase books for the media center and materials for AR and SSYRA programs.