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Supt. Elia Named Finalist for 2015 National Superintendent of the Year

December 17th, 2014 Comments off

Hillsborough County Public Schools Superintendent MaryEllen Elia has been named a finalist for the 2015 National Superintendent of the Year.

The American Association of School Administrators announced four finalists this morning. The prestigious award honors school leaders throughout the country based on the following criteria: Leadership for learning, Communication, Professionalism, and Community Involvement.

Earlier this month, Elia was honored as Florida’s 2015 Superintendent of the Year.

“I’m honored to be recognized by my peers, and I know this is a recognition of the hard work and tremendous results we’re seeing with our students here in Hillsborough County,’’ Elia said.

A $10,000 college scholarship will be presented in the name of the 2015 AASA National Superintendent of the Year to a deserving high school student.

The other finalists are Philip Lanoue of Clarke County School District, Athens, Ga.; Patrick Murphy, Arlington Public Schools in Arlington, Va.; and Patrice Pujol, Ascension Public Schools in Donaldsonville, La. The winner will be announced at the National Conference on Education in February in San Diego, Ca.

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Students Donate to HCSO Homeless Initiative

December 16th, 2014 Comments off

Who:     Ben Hill Bear Patrol (Crime Watch Students)

What:    Students have been collecting clothing and other items for the homeless

When:  Thursday, December 18, 11:00 a.m.

Where: Ben Hill Middle School, 5200 Ehrlich Rd., Tampa

Why:     The students, who are part of the Ben Hill Bear Patrol, have been collecting clothing and other items to assist the homeless during the winter months.

How:     On Thursday, deputies from the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office Homeless Initiative will pick up the items from the school. This is already the second truckload of items the sheriff’s office has collected from the students. The items will go directly to the homeless in our community as the deputies meet with these men and women on the street. The students say they are concerned about the needs of the homeless and are hoping this contribution will help during the cold winter months.

Scholarships to Support More Science Teachers

December 11th, 2014 Comments off

Hillsborough County Public Schools and the University of South Florida are teaming up to bring more high-quality science teachers to classrooms.

USF received a grant from the National Science Foundation to provide scholarships to students preparing to be middle or high school science teachers. The Robert Noyce USF Teacher Scholarship Program for Science Majors will provide scholarships to 36 students. The students receive $10,000 each year for two years. Scholarship recipients commit to teaching in Florida public schools for four years.

The scholarship program aims to increase the number of highly qualified science teachers to teach in high needs schools, with attention to the educational needs of English language learners, minority students, and students from low socio-economic backgrounds.

Applications will be accepted beginning in spring 2015. For more information, email