Spoto High School Principal Phillip Carr, joined by Angela Webster, Riverview High Principal Robert Heilmann, Carol Strachan, Daniell Murphy and Nancy Dukes who were among the attendees during the annual Greater Riverview Chamber of Commerce Teacher of the Year Award ceremony, held at The Regent, located at 6437 Watson Rd. in Riverview.

A total of 20 Riverview area teachers, along with their school principals, attended a special ceremony held in their honor hosted by the Greater Riverview Chamber of Commerce last month at the Regent Community Center in Riverview.

The event was a special celebration breakfast to honor and recognize the teachers who were selected as “Teacher of the Year” for their school. 

“We felt that it is important to recognize our hard-working dedicated teachers from within our community,” said Greater Riverview Chamber of Commerce (GRCC) Board member and event Chairman Ross Spano.

GRCC president, Ed Booth, of Huth & Booth Photography, thanked the teachers for letting their light shine as well as the more than 40 area businesses and members of the Riverview and surrounding communities for stepping up to honor them.

Also in attendance and as one of three Teacher of the Year Recognition guest speakers, was former Hillsborough County Superintendent and current Supervisor of Elections, Dr. Earl Lennard, who commended area businesses for their recognition of the importance and value of the teachers while encouraging the honorees to remember the reason for choosing their careers.

“As you work with our children, always remember that you are a sculptor,” Lennard said. “When the Chamber honors you, they honor all of the teachers that you represent.”

The guest speakers list also included former Hillsborough County students Brian Kleinschmidt, of Anytime Fitness, and Bill Kagey, of Impact Program, Inc, both of whom were glad to shared their experiences of what it meant to have a teacher in their lives who cared about their students and positively shaped their  future.

Each attending teacher was awarded a personalized gift bag including gift cards and other items.

Spoto High School teacher Angela Webster with more than two decades of teaching experience under her belt was pleased to have been selected and honored during the event. But it was her school principal Phillip Carr, whose comments added to the value of her award as he spoke about Webster’s hard work in the classroom.

“Angela helped us open the school six years ago,” Carr said, adding, “She is the reason why our math scores are as outstanding. We are thankful for what she does on behalf of her students.”  

For more information about the event or the Greater Riverview Chamber of Commerce, please call 234-5944.

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