Celebrating Teachers and World Changers 2021: Suncoast Elementary

Suncoast Elementary School Teacher of the Year
Rita Morrongiello, Exceptional Student Education (ESE)

What inspired you to become a teacher?

I have a brother with Autism and I remember the positive impact many of his teachers had on his academic and social success, so that has always inspired me to want to teach children with special needs. 

Where are you from and what is your educational background/experience?

History Comes Alive for Local Third Graders

A wide array of famous people, both living and once living, paid a visit to West Hernando Christian School on Friday, April 23. Children in Mrs. Michele Durling's third grade class portrayed well-known and not so well-known figures in a “Living Wax Museum.” Among these people were a now 85-year-old marine biologist, a six-year-old child on the forefront of the Civil Rights movement, three presidents and a famous inventor. 

Interlocal meeting covers school expansion plans, curriculum standards, mask mandate & more

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Masks, Social issues drew passionate discussion at the Interlocal Governmental Meeting on April 6, 2021.  Primarily a School Board meeting, the annual meeting is attended by the Hernando Board of County Commissioners (BOCC), the Brooksville City Council, and the Hernando County Sheriff's Office (HCSO).  Education leaders from SunTech and state agencies were also present.

For approximately 3 hours, the members of the convening boards discussed a range of items, some presented here.

Hernando school board votes to end 'Digital Home Learning' option

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The Hernando School Board has voted to end the digital home learning option. The option was put into place last year when the COVID-19 pandemic forced young people out of classrooms and into home-based remote learning.

The decision to end the option was made on the recommendation of School Superintendent John Stratton. The vote took place during the Board's April 13 meeting.

Proposal provides bonus for civics teachers

Teachers who demonstrate excellence in civics education would be eligible for a cash bonus under a plan unveiled by Gov. Ron DeSantis last week. Civics is the study of the rights and duties of citizenship.

We're all expected to exercise the duties of citizenship,” DeSantis said. “And that of course means voting, but it also means being involved in your community, participating in the political process in some way or another.”