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National Board Certification:   2003-2004

Directory of All National Board Certified Teachers

Jennifer Corley
Lake Placid Elementary

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Jennifer Corley teaches fourth grade became a National Board Certified Teacher in Middle Childhood/Generalist.

She is a 1999 gradudate of Warner Southern College. For five years she has educated 4th grade children at Lake Placid the same classroom where she completed her Professional Internship. She works intently every day "keeping up with every child" and affirms, "You can never be over-prepared for the changing dynamics of 25 kids in one small room!"

Besides being a leader to her 4th graders, she cherishes each day with her own children. Together they love to be creative and silly, and stays active in sports and academics. Jennifer is a Girl Scout Leader and a Cub Scout Akela, a "Team Mom" and Cheerleading Coach.

Over the years, Jennifer has written and received ten educational grants for Reading, Math, and Science. She prides herself on fostering creativity and teaching through hands-on experimentation and discovery. Currently her class is researching electromagnetism for presentation at the school's upcoming Science Expo. She was recently awarded Master Educator by Reading Renaissance, and reads to all of her children every day.

Pamela Hoyle
Avon Elementary School

Image of Pamela Hoyle Pamela Hoyle teaches second grade and became a National Board Certified Teacher in Early Childhood/Generalist.

She is a graduate of the University of Florida with a B.A. and an M.A. in education. She has eight years of teaching experience. She taught for two years in Gainesville before moving to Highlands County. She has taught second grade at Avon Elementary for the past six years. Her certified area of teaching is Elementary Education.

The National Board Certification process was challenging yet an extremely fulfilling experience for Pam. She feels that her students as well as herself have truly benefitted from the educational journey of National Board Certification.

Pam has been married to her husband, Todd for seven yeaars. They have a two year old daughter.

Kim Lethbridge
Lake Placid Elementary School

Image of Kim Lethbridge Kim Lethbridge teaches fourth grade became a National Board Certificated Teacher in Middle Childhood/Generalist.

She received a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Florida International University. She began her teaching career as a substitute teacher in Miami-Dade County. She was then hired as a third grade teacher at Lake County Elementary and moved to Lake Placid just weeks before Hurricane Andrew devastated southern Miami. While teaching at Lake Country, she met Andrew Lethbridge. Together they have just celebrated their seventh wedding anniversary.

Kim has been teaching for twelve years in Highlands County. She went on to teach fourth grade at Woodlawn Elementary and Lake Placid Elementary, Through hard work and determination, Kim completed a Master of Arts degree in Elementary Education with an emphasis in language arts from the University of South Florida. The completion of this program involved commuting to Tampa while teaching full-time in Lake Placid.

Last fall, she decided to begin the journey towards National Board Certification in her ever present quest to add to her teaching repertoire. She wants to thank her husband for his continued support in all of her educational endeavors. Not only did her encourage her every step of the way, but he also ceepted the daunting task of proofreading all of her portfolio entries. The Lethbridges have three small children. After the birth of their third child this past December, Kim chose to take paternal leave for the remainder of the school year. She is currently enjoying the opportunity to devote her time to her family.

Julie Lowe
Fred Wild Elementary School

Image of Julie Lowe She teaches fifth grade became a National Board Certificated Teacher in Middle Childhood/Generalist.

She graduated from Warner Southern College in 1998, then taught second grade for three years in Polk County. Julie has spent the last three years teaching fifth grade at Fred Wild Elementary.

Julie says, "the National Board process was a tremendous amount of hard work but well worth the effort," She feels that she has inmproved as an educator since going through the process. The standards on which the National Board Process is based for Julie to ask herself why she was doing this and what could she do better to improve student learning? She is hoping to participate in a pilot program next year that will use Registered Therapy Dogs including her golden retreiver Abbie, in the classroom. The therapy dogs are used to motivate at-risk children. Her interest begin in this program while working on the community involvement of the National Board process.

Jamie Stayer
Lake Country Elementary School

Image of Jamie Stayer She teaches pre-kindergarten handicapped children and became a National Board Certificated Teacher in Early Adolescence through Young Adulthood/Exceptional Needs Specialist.

She is a long time resident of Highlands County and received her Associates of Arts Degree at South Florida Community College, before going on to finish at Florida Southern College. Julie began teaching at Lake Placid Elementary in 1985, and taught first grade for 7 years before moving into Special Education. She participated in a job-sharing position for the next two years with a teacher of the profoundly handicapped and moved to Lake County elementary to teach Pre-K Handicapped students when she returned to teaching full tine. Her program was eventally moved to Lake Placid Elementary for expansion reasons.

Mrs. Stayer enjoys trying new ideas and improving her teaching skills which is why she began the National Board Certification process. It was a huge commitment of time and energy which she feels helped her identify strengths and weaknesses in her teaching, expand her ideas, and grow as a teacher.

She thanks her husband, Bruce Stayer and their two beautiful children for the understanding and support they gave her throughout this endeavor. Jamie says their children are the joy of their lives and she feels blessed.

Richard Wedig
Sebring High School

Image of Richard Wedig Mr. Wedig teaches Spanish and became a National Board Certificated Teacher in Early Adolescence through Young Adulthood/World Languages other than English.

He has taught high school Spanish in Highlands County for over 30 years. Mr. Wedig holds a B.A. from the University of South Florida and an M.A. from the University of Wisconsin, and is also certified in French and Russian. He travels extensively abroad, including two summers in Spain, plus several trips to Europe, Central and South America, New Zealand, Australia, and South Africa.

As a computer enthusiast, anxious to integrate technology into classroom curriculum, he continually programs Spanish language drill-and-practice software for his students. He continues to grow professionally participating in several Florida Council for the Arts seminars, as a presenter and technical advisor and several summer language institutes abroad. In 2001, he was selected to serve as a panelist for the National Endowment for the Humanities grants review board in Washington, D.C.

Richard has been married thirty three years to his wife, Suzan who serves as webmaster for the Highlands County Schools website.

He believes that the need for cross-cultural understanding and multicultural acceptance has never been more urgent than it is today. Foreign languages play a key role in promoting healthy, positive attitudes about other countries and other cultures. He wholeheartedly endorses the slogan, "Bridge the cultural gap--learn another language, and double your world".

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