Brevard Public Schools 2018 Employee of the Year Finalists Announced, Gala Set Jan. 24

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Brevard Public Schools’ six finalists for the school-related employee of the year award were recently named. The finalists are Wendy Albert, Eau Gallie High; Pete Baxley, Meadowlane Primary; Carmen Goslant, Head Start Department; Dorothy Hixson, Tropical Elementary; Dinah Kramer, Human Resources, and Laura Richardson, West Shore Jr./Sr. High.

BREVARD COUNTY • VIERA, FLORIDA – Brevard Public Schools’ six finalists for the school-related employee of the year award were recently named.

The finalists are Wendy Albert, Eau Gallie High; Pete Baxley, Meadowlane Primary; Carmen Goslant, Head Start Department; Dorothy Hixson, Tropical Elementary; Dinah Kramer, Human Resources, and Laura Richardson, West Shore Jr./Sr. High.

These individuals were selected from 92 nominees submitted by individual schools and departments in recognition of their exceptional skill and dedication in the performance of their jobs.

The 2018 BPS school-related employee of the year will be chosen by a committee of education and community leaders and will be announced at the Applauding Brevard’s Champions (ABC) Awards Gala on Jan. 24, hosted by the Brevard Schools Foundation. Community Credit Union is the premier sponsor of the event, which will be held at the King Center for the Performing Arts in Melbourne.

Wendy Albert, Eau Gallie High

Wendy Albert, the technology associate at Eau Gallie High, has been employed by the district for 16 years and at the school for five. She is responsible for providing technical support to more than 1,200 computers and 1,700 users. This includes helping teachers implement technology in order to differentiate instruction, assisting with state testing needs and providing technical maintenance. Albert also serves on the principal’s leadership team, collaborates with other technology specialists and mentors new employees.

Pete Baxley, Meadowlane Primary

Pete Baxley has worked at BPS and Meadowlane Primary for nearly four years as a technology associate. He maintains the West Melbourne school’s computers and network, supported a major re-cabling project and ensures hardware and software are equipped for statewide testing. Baxley also guides students and faculty through technological challenges to help build their skills and confidence.

Carmen Goslant, Head Start Department 

Carmen Goslant is a family advocate who has been a district and Head Start Department employee for four years. In her role, she supports families in crisis, coordinates parent-education meetings and works with community partners to provide resources to families. Goslant also provides translation assistance to families who do not speak English

Dorothy Hixson, Tropical Elementary

For 29 of her 31 years with BPS, Dorothy Hixson has been at Tropical Elementary in Merritt Island where she serves as a technology associate. She maintains and updates all the technology at the school including 750 computers. Hixson also provides school administration with recommendations on technology trends and also collaborates with them to communicate with families and support blended learning opportunities and student achievement.

Dinah Kramer, Human Resources

Senior Human Resources partner Dinah Kramer has worked for the district for 29 years and in human resources for 15 years. She manages instructional certification to ensure employees are highly qualified for teaching positions and monitors state teacher requirements and laws. She also advises school administrators on personnel matters and recruiting efforts.

Laura Richardson, West Shore Jr./Sr. High

Laura Richardson has been an e-learning assistant at West Shore Jr./Sr. High in Melbourne for nearly three years and a district employee for 13 years. She helps students navigate the lab which often provides an introduction to online learning, a route to graduation or opportunities unavailable in the traditional classroom. She also is responsible for monitoring student progress in the lab, serving as a liaison between students and virtual instructors and maintaining computers.

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School Name Name Position 
Allen, Roy Elementary Trameel Pressley Custodian
Andersen, Hans Christian Dominic Scaglione Custodian
Apollo Elementary Penny Crouse Office Clerk
Astronaut High Susan Martin Office Clerk
Atlantis Elementary Segunda P.  Leach Certified Head Custodian
Audubon Elementary Felice (Renee) McDowell PAC  Ex Ed
Bayside High Wanda J. Dixon Campus Monitor
Cambridge Elementary Elio Zeppieri Custodian
Cape View Elementary Veria S. Hall Ceritified Custodian
Central Middle Denise Walleck Instructional Assistant II
Challenger 7 Elementary Susan Lucas Instructional Assistant II, Ex Ed
Clearlake Education Center Johnny Hubbard Head Custodian
Cocoa Beach Jr./ Sr. High Madelyn Brabbs Front Desk / Attendance Clerk
Cocoa High Sabrina M.  Evans Master Certified Head Custodian II
Columbia Elementary Guillermo Mercado Head Custodian I
Coquina Elementary Lamar Schmidt Technology Associate
Creel, Dr. W. J. Nancy Callinan Instructional Assistant / Title I
Croton Elementary Stephanie Nadeau Instructional Assistant
DeLaura Middle Candace Fleites Senior Cafeteria Manager
Discovery Elementary Lisa M.  Nieves ESOL Instructional Assistant
Eau Gallie High Wendy Albert Technology/Network Support-Associate
Edgewood Jr./Sr High Vincent M.  Artura Custodian
Education Technology Nancy Anner Accounting Specialist I
Endeavour Elementary Jackie A.  Nichols Parent Liaison / Title I
Enterprise Elementary Cynthia Erickson Head Custodian I
Fairglen Elementary Serena Hollenback Cafeteria Manager
Freedom 7 Elementary Marlene DeCioccio Group Leader
Gemini Elementary Gerry Warburton Instructional Assistant
Golfview Elem Magnet Dioscora (Joy) Buonocore Head Custodian
Harbor City Elementary Robert C. Owens Ceritified Head Custodian
Head Start Carmen Goslant Family Advocate / Head Start
Heritage High Peggy Rasmussen Baker
Holland, Spessard Elementary Barbara L. Lee Ceritified Custodian
Hoover, Herbert C. Middle Debbie Von Talge School Secretary
Human Resources Dinah Kramer Human Resources Partner
Imperial Estates Sandra Langevin Office Clerk
Indialantic Elementary Jane Muller Personal Care Assistant
Jackson, Andrew Middle Timothy McCleskey Instructional Assistant
Jefferson, Thomas Middle Tina Calderin Data Entry Clerk
Johnson, L.B.  Middle Nancy Forrest School Secretary
Jupiter Elementary Elba E.  Rodriquez Instructional Assistant / VE
Kennedy, John F. Middle Melissa Jo McDaniel Media Assistant
Carroll, Lewis Elem Jolie Turner Custodian
Lockmar Elementary Katlyn Atkins Instructional Assistant for P. E.
Longleaf Elementary Holly Sargent Instructional Assistant / VPK Blended
Madison, James Middle Karen Rondeau Instructional Assistant
Manatee Elementary Judith Ragusin School Office Clerk
McAuliffe, Christa Elementary Christine Bell Instructional Assistant / Title I
McNair Magnet Middle Carolyn Wilson Custodian
Meadowlane Intermediate Linda McDougall School Secretary
Meadowlane Primary Elem. Pete Baxley Technology Specialist
Melbourne High Billy Marra Head Custodian II
Merritt Island High Sheila Beal Office Clerk
MILA Elementary Melanie Bootz Bookkeeper
Mims Elementary Carrie Dirschka Instructional Assistant / Title I
Oak Park Elementary Donna Turner Instructional Assistant
Ocean Breeze Elementary Lorrie Walsh Bookkeeper
Palm Bay Elementary Patricia J. Clark School Secretary
Palm Bay Magnet High Roland S. Davis Technology Associate
Pathways at Gardendale Dawn Koch School Secretary
Pathways at Pine Grove Colleen Moore School Secretary
Pinewood Elementary Chris  Charron Technology Associate
Plant and Maintenance Robert J. Ames HVAC IV Lead
Port Malabar Elementary Candida Buque Custodian
Pre-K ESE Services Donna Tabb School Secretary
Quest Elementary Jen  Hera Clerk
Riviera Elementary Linette Torres School Secretary
Rockledge High Susan Flammio Office Clerk
Roosevelt Elementary Brian Andreasen After School Coordinator
Sabal Elementary John Scott McLeod Head Custodian
Satellite High Lisa   Greene Bookkeeper
Saturn Elementary Roxanne Mette School Secretary
Sculptor Charter School Tracey Busto VPK Teacher
Sea Park Elementary Stephen Branton Custodian – ND
Sherwood Elementary Jorge Vieira Technology Associate
Southwest Middle Becki VanHorn Secretary to Principal
Space Coast Jr./Sr. High Alexandra “Alex” Applegate Bookkeeper
Stevenson, Robert Louis Elem Tamekia Pope Cashier
Stone Middle Candi Liford School Secretary
Sunrise Elementary Beth Bliss Cafeteria Worker
Suntree Elementary Kelly Mincey School Office Clerk
Surfside Elementary Ashleigh Schenck Bookkeeper
Titusville High Beverly Lepka Office Clerk
Tropical Elementary Dorothy Hixson Technology Associate
Turner, John F.  Elementary Nancy Perterson Instructional Assistant
University Park Elementary Ernesta Jordan Family Advocate / Head Start
Viera Charter School Demetria Mills Cusodian
Viera High Jennifer Korthuis Front Office Clerk
West Melbourne Elementary Amanda Peters Media Assistant
West Shore Jr/Sr High Laura Richardson E-Learning Assistant
Westside Elementary Terry Lamielle Custodian
Ralph Williams Elementary Alex Sandoval Custodian