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Superintendent Elia Wins Women in Leadership Award from Superintendent’s Association

February 27th, 2015 Comments off

Hillsborough County Public Schools Superintendent MaryEllen Elia on Friday won the 2015 Women in Leadership Award from the American Association of School Administrators (AASA).

The announcement came on the second day of the AASA 2015 National Conference on Education held in San Diego. In addition to winning this award, Elia was a finalist for 2015 Superintendent of the Year. That award, announced Thursday night, went to Philip Lanoue, superintendent of the Clarke County School District in Atlanta, Ga.

In December, Elia was honored as Florida’s 2015 Superintendent of the Year.

The prestigious national award honors the talent, creativity, and vision of outstanding women educational administrators in the nation’s public schools. Candidates are judged by their leadership for learning, communication skills, professionalism, and for promoting community involvement.

Elia, the first female superintendent to oversee Hillsborough County Public Schools, said this award is particularly meaningful to her.

“It means a lot to me,” Elia said. “My mentors have been strong women in education. Beth Shields (former Hillsborough County school administrator) gave me my first job in Hillsborough County schools, and she became one of the first women to break into the leadership ranks in the district. I owe a tremendous debt of gratitude to her and others who have mentored me and inspired me over the years.”

Retiring Coach Cuesta’s Number

February 24th, 2015 Comments off

Who:     Pop Cuesta, retired Jefferson High School baseball coach for 43 years

What:    Retiring his number prior to Jefferson’s game vs. King High School

When:  Thursday, February 26, presentation 6:30 p.m., game 7 p.m.

Where: Jefferson High School baseball field, 4401 Cypress St., Tampa

Why:     In recognition of Emeterio “Pop” Cuesta’s 43 years coaching at Jefferson High School, his number will be retired. It will be on display in the outfield as a symbol of his long-time commitment to the students and players at Jefferson. During his time at Jefferson- 38 of which he served as the school’s drivers education teacher- Cuesta coached a number of players who went on to play professional baseball, including Fred McGriff, Luis Gonzalez and Tino Martinez. Cuesta also coached Durant High School’s current baseball coach Butch Valdes and Alonso head coach Landy Faedo.

How:     Current baseball coaches from Hillsborough County Public Schools will make a presentation to Pop Cuesta. His number will then be retired.

School Bus Road-eo and Jamboree

February 23rd, 2015 Comments off

Who:     School bus drivers from nine districts including: Pinellas, Hernando, Charlotte, Flagler, Marion, Santa Rosa, Seminole, Suwannee, and Hillsborough

What:    Teams will compete in three areas including a written test, a multi obstacle course, and a bus inspection. The obstacle course will challenge their driving skills.

The top teams will receive prizes and trophies:

1st place- $500, 2nd place- $250, 3rd Place- $125

The first place winners will compete at the State of Florida National Competition in July.

When:  Saturday, February 28, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Where: HCPS Transportation Services, 9455 Harney Rd., Thonotosassa,

Why:     The revival of the School Bus Road-eo in Hillsborough County honors and celebrates the value of school bus drivers while sharpening their driving skills. In addition to being a competition of driving skills, the Road-eo is considered to be a unique opportunity for operators and maintenance teams to engage with other district professionals.

How:     Scores will be compiled between the three events to determine the team winners: first, second, and third.

This is a family event and the entire community is invited to support the competition, enjoy food, music, crafts, and fun. Several food trucks will be selling their specialties. The Tampa Police Department and Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office will have booths. In addition, craft tables and Road-eo memorabilia will be on hand.