This recognition program showcases the many supportive areas wherein high performance school personnel are recognized for the role they play in ensuring students and schools have the proper care and services available to ensure their environment is one of enrichment, safety and serving the needs of our students and schools. The winner of the award will be named Hillsborough County's Instructional Support Employee of the Year and will go on to compete for the title at the state and, potentially, national levels.
Presenting Sponsor - Rays Baseball Foundation
Congratulations to our 2014 Instructional Support
Employee of the Year finalists!
Alice Fessler– Desoto Elementary
Mrs. Fessler graduated from Jefferson High School with a College Preparatory Diploma. After marrying her husband of 48 years, David, they moved to his home in Brooklyn, NY. She worked in Manhattan as an Executive Secretary for an oil company and then for the U. S. Navy. They moved back to Tampa and she has been working for SDHC since 2001, first as a Principal's Secretary and then Executive Secretary for the late Mr. Vincent Sussman. She retired in 2008 and then came back to SDHC in 2010 in a Secretary I position, followed by a Principal's Secretary position. She is most proud of never having less than an exemplary rating in her audits.
Elizabeth (Beth) Hemmert – Claywell Elementary
Beth Hemmert moved to the Tampa area in 1997. She received a BS in business from Oklahoma State University. She has been married 27 years to her husband, Wade. Together they have one amazing son, Corey, who is a senior at Gaither High School. Corey began his education in the EELP program at Claywell Elementary in the fall of 1999, and she started working with Hillsborough County Schools at Claywell in February of 2000. She began as a Secretary I, moved on to Data Processor, and 6 years ago became the Secretary IV. Her proudest moments are watching her son grow into the fine young man he’s becoming.
Jennifer Velt – Broward Elementary
Jennifer Velt was born in Bridgeport, CT, but was raised in Western New York. At age 20, Jennifer moved to Tampa, where she began her teaching career as a religious school aide. In 2005, Jennifer graduated from The University of Tampa with a Liberal Arts degree with a concentration in photography. During her undergraduate years, Jennifer was co-founder and president of two Hillel chapters; earning a Life Time Achievement award. After graduation, she spent a year interning at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida; receiving awards and accolades in the entertainment department. In 2010, Jennifer became a part of the Broward Elementary School staff and has remained there for the past three years. Jennifer recently graduated from USF with a Master’s in Special Education.
Congratulations to the 2014 Hillsborough County Instructional Support Employee of the Year!
Amy Peters, Willis Peters ESE Center
Amy Peters graduated from Plant City High School and immediately started her career in education as a Kindergarten aide at Dover Elementary in 1985. Educating students comes naturally to Amy Peters, her school's name honors her father-in-law, Mr. Willis Peters, who was the principal at Dover and the exceptional center. She worked as a kindergarten aide for 16 years. Her enthusiasm for working with students with special needs grow each summer as she worked at Willis Peters Exceptional Center as a paraprofessional. In 2001, she made a leap of faith and began working at the center full time, and has been there ever since. Mrs. Peters has three grown children and two grandchildren. Her daughter is also following in her footsteps and is currently a paraprofessional at Willis Peters. One of the greatest accomplishments in her life is being recognized by her coworkers for what she loves to do every day which is working with students so that they are successful in life.