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January 2019
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In this edition of ConnectED:
  • Excellence in Education Awards - Meet Our Winners!
  • Teaching Tools - $30 Million Impact
  • Bristol-Myers Squibb Invests Big Again in STEM
  • 15th Annual Play Fore Education Golf Tournament Coming Up In March
  • Change a Life - Mentor a Student
  • Support Education with a Newly Designed License Plate
  • HEF Spotlight - Andrew Sturdon
Excellence In Education Awards -
Meet Our Winners!

On Jan. 24th,  Hillsborough Education Foundation and Hillsborough County Public Schools hosted the 2019 Excellence in Education Awards at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts. The evening, which was themed a "Night in Paris", honored the  687 nominees and 13 finalists for three prestigious awards.  The winners for Teacher of the Year , Ida S. Baker Diversity Educator of the Year and Instructional Support Employee of the Year were announced during the awards ceremony. 

From left to right: Ida S. Baker Diversity Educator of the Year winner, Sandra Misciasci, Teacher of the Year winner, Dr. Dakeyan Graham and Instructional Support Employee of the Year winner, Barbara Maxwell. 

To see the full photo album of the event click here

"Congratulations Dr. Dakeyan Graham for your commitment to our students!"
- U.S. Representative, Kathy Castor 

"Congratulations, Mrs. Barbara Maxwell, recipient of the 2019 Excellence in Education Instructional Support Employee of the Year Award." 
- Hillsborough County Sheriff, Chad Chronister 

"Congratulations to Excellence in Education 2019 Teacher of the Year,
Dr. Graham; Ida S. Baker winner, Sandra Misciasci and Instructional Support Employee of the Year, Barbara Maxwell. This is OUR WHY!" 
- Superintendent, Jeff Eakins

Teaching Tools - $30 Million Impact 
Founding Board Member of Teaching Tools, Sue House

Hillsborough Education Foundation is proud to announce that since its inception, the  Teaching Tools Store  has donated $30 million worth of school supplies to students and classrooms in need!  We are so thankful to all the organizations and individuals who have helped make this possible through donations and/or volunteering! 

To learn more about the Teaching Tools Store, click here.

Bristol-Myers Squibb
Invests Big Again in STEM

Ribbon cutting ceremony at Middleton High School's Biotechnology Learning Lab

Middleton High Schools' biomedical students now have greater opportunities in STEM fields thanks to  Bristol-Myers Squibb. On January 17th, the biopharmaceutical company made its  second $50,000 donation to the school's Biotechnology Learning Lab. This gift has provided funds for increased STEM research, fostering student excitement and deeper understanding of the biomedical sciences. 

"I want to join the ranks of physicians and STEM professionals in the future and I want to make a difference in patient's lives - in the science field in general... giving us this grant and letting us have the opportunity to learn all these complex skills is amazing." - Sneha Saravanan, Senior at Middleton High

In addition, BMS also serves as the Presenting Sponsor for the Hillsborough Regional STEM Fair produced by Hillsborough Education Foundation and the Tampa Bay STEM Network taking place at the Tampa Convention Center February 5th-7th.  Thank you BMS for your support of STEM initiatives! 

15th Annual Play Fore Education Golf Tournament Coming Up In March

Join us for a fun day of golf and help kids in our community at the same time! The Play Fore Education Golf Tournament presented by Batson-Cook is coming up on  March 11th at the Avila Golf & Country Club

Proceeds from the annual tournament go towards Hillsborough Education Foundation's mission to support scholarships, mentoring, free school supplies, classroom and school enrichment grants, recognition for educators and more.  

To register or learn more about sponsorship opportunities click here.

For additional information, contact Sharon O'Connor at:   or  (813)574-0267.

Change a Life - Mentor a Student
"My mentors have helped me build skills... and have pushed me to work hard and stay focused."  - Daniela, 12th grader at Sickles High

January was National Mentoring Month - Thank you to all our dedicated mentors, YOU ARE making a difference!

Take Stock in Children pairs at-risk students with caring, responsible adults who will provide emotional support and foster a positive self-image. Currently,
one-third of our nation's young people are growing up without a mentor to offer
real-life guidance. For students who face various risk factors, not having a positive role model could lead to them becoming disconnected from school and work.

Interested in becoming a mentor?  Click here  to view the areas of the county where we need mentors the most. Could be right near your job or home!

Just one hour of your time per week can make a LIFETIME of difference! To get matched with a student for the 2018-2019 school year, contact Anna Laird at   or (813)463-4283.

Support Education with a Newly 
Designed License Plate 

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New tag design, same great cause  - now available for purchase at your local tax collector's offic e!

With each purchase or renewal of one of these Support Education S pecialty  plates, $20 goes directly back to support students and teachers in our community. 

Be sure to get yours HERE!

Andrew Sturdon  | Chief  Financial Officer

Responsibilities include: Oversight of the Finance Department including: 
Financial Statements & Reporting, Cashflow & Investment Management, Budgeting & Forecasting, Accounting & Internal Auditing, Human Resources and Risk Management.

Time at HEF: 7 Months

Who was your favorite teacher and why?
Mr. Marnevich was a science teacher at my high school. He was always inspiring me with his excellent character. Whether through his role leading students in Student Christian Association, student government, coaching athletics, or in classroom academics, he made it a point to connect with every student. 

What was your first job?
My first position was at a Chartered Accountants firm in Cape Town South Africa, where I completed 5 years of Articles Training, beginning as a Junior Clerk and ending as Audit Manager. 
If you could have a super power, what would it be?
Being in more than one place at a time. 

What was your most memorable vacation?
Akumal, Mexico where my family and I saw baby turtles hatch on the beach and giant whale sharks. We even discovered coral reefs when we earned our diver certifications there.