WATCH: Roderick Foster of Ronald McNair Magnet School Named Brevard Public Schools Employee of the Year

By  //  February 17, 2023

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WATCH: Congratulations go to Roderick Foster of Ronald McNair Magnet School as he has been named Brevard Public Schools 2022-2023 Employee of the Year. Meet all the outstanding finalists in the above video.

BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – Roderick Foster of  Ronald McNair Magnet School was honored a Brevard Public Schools 2022-2023 Employee of the Year. He is a Tech but he does more than just make sure our equipment is working as he is a mentor to students and a trusted voice in the McNair community.

“I take great pride in my involvement in this amazing school,” said Foster. “I make myself available beyond my normal work hours because I know how important it is for teachers, staff, and students to have working technology. I take pride in building rapport with students, mentoring as needed, and implementing on-campus initiatives as extracurriculars.”

McNair Magnet Middle School Principal Dr. Stephen Richardson submitted the following recommendation:

Professional, passionate, motivated, and loyal, are a few of the words that come to mind when I think of Roderick Foster. In my 18 years in education, Mr. Foster is the best tech specialist I have ever met!

Having worked in several schools, it is refreshing to have a tech who is so committed to the needs of the school and students, Mr. Foster effortlessly shows that commitment, while building relationships with all students in the process, Mr. Foster has connected his office phone to his personal cell phone. He did that to make sure that McNair is always taken care of. If he receives a call, he is known to return to campus on off days, during lunch breaks, and even after hours. He is the epitome of reliable.

In addition to always making sure that our technical needs are met, he is the only tech that I have ever seen become so invested in the students. In a school like McNair representation matters. More than 50 percent of my students are children of color. Mr. Foster takes it upon himself to get involved.

He mentors all students, allows APs to call on him to have one on one conversations with fatherless boys, assists with the drone and robotic clubs, offers his assistance with the step team, started a geek squad tech club, and supports our students at after hour ath letic events.

As an administrator, one of my biggest and most recent concerns has been the quality of applicants in our schools. Mr. Foster exemplifies all the characteristics of greatness at such a young age. I cannot stress enough how fortunate Brevard public schools is to have him as an employee. Furthermore, it makes total sense for him to hold the title of the district’s representative for employee of the year. Therefore, without reservations, I offer him my highest recommendation.


■ Ira Lightsey, Instructional Assistant- PreK Headstart, Mims Elementary

■ John Cruz, School Resource Officer, Astronaut High

■ Jacqueline Scislaw, Technology Associate III, Enterprise Elementary

■ Jamie Cabrera, School Secretary, Audubon Elementary

■ Lauren Dickens, Instructional Assistant II- Ex Ed, Meadowlane Intermediate

■ Roderick Foster, Technology Associate II, McNair Magnet Middle

CLICK HERE  to hear from the Employee of the Year finalists in their own words.


Employee Name: School: Official Job Title of Nominated Teacher:
Shamattie Cherniak Anderson Elementary Group Leader
Laura Day Apollo Elementary Kindergarten Instructional Assistant
John Cruz Astronaut High School School Resource Officer
Jamie Cabrera Audubon Elementary School Secretary
Deb  Doyle Bayside High School Clerk
Paula Guruwatte Brevard Adult & Community Education Administrative Secretary
Sandra Haverkamp Brevard Virtual School 9 Month Clerk
Paola Samboy Alonzo Cambridge Elementary Bookkeeper
Cheri Ebbrecht Cape View Elementary School Office Clerk
Andre Chang Central Middle School Parent Liaison
Tina Dernier Challenger 7 Elementary Cafeteria Manager
Marcus Moffett Christa McAuliffe Elementary Head Custodian
Regina Adderly Cocoa Beach Jr/Sr High School Head Custodian
Stephanie Tucker Cocoa High School Front Office Clerk
Tony Ramirez Columbia Elementary Technology Associate III
Jennifer Negreira Coquina Elementary Secretary
Margaret Keith Croton Elementary Clerk
Bernard Hobbs DeLaura Middle School Certified Custodian
Vicky Biro Discovery Elementary Title I Instructional Assistant
Leah Thames Dr. W.J. Creel Elementary Office Clerk
Edward Ferguson Eau Gallie High School School Resource Officer
Shannon Swan Edgewood Jr/Sr High Custodian
Vanessa Keys Endeavour Elementary Bookkeeper
Jacquie Scislaw Enterprise Elementary School Technology Network Associate
Cheryl Cowley ESF Financial Services Accounting Specialist II
Amanda Russell Fairglen Elementary VPK IA
Sandy Schmitt Freedom 7 Custodian
Leslie Morales Gemini Elementary Coordinator
Kara Brooks Harbor City Elementary School School Secretary
Ernesta Jordan Head Start Family Advocate – Head Start
Christine Melissa Audette Heritage High School Head Custodian II
Lauren Granger Holland Elementary School Head Custodian
Charles Smith Human Resources Position Control Coordinator
Jean Patricia McGivney Imperial Estates School Secretary
Omi Burgos Indialantic Elementary Head Custodian
Shylonda Waters Jackson Middle School Parent Liaison
Marlin Acosta Jefferson Middle School Head Custodian
Sydria Jordan Johnson Middle School Head Custodian
Mary Chambers Jupiter Elementary Kindergarten I.A.
Lebert Floyd Kennedy Middle School Head Custodian
Tammy J. Hanchey Lewis Carroll Elementary Elementary Bookkeeper
Amber Ryan Lockmar Elementary Bookkeeper
Lisa Carnes Longleaf Elementary Clerk
Carol Ann Huskey Madison Middle School Certified Custodian
Maria Dishaw Manatee Elementary Office Clerk
Roderick Foster McNair Magnet Middle Technology Associate
Senia Demarquez Meadowlane Primary Elementary Certified Custodian
Dianna G. Long Melbourne High School Secretary
Lisa L. Greene Merritt Island High School School Secretary
Peggy Knauf MILA Bookkeeper
Ira Lightsey Mims Elementary School Instructional Assistant for Kindergarten
Paul V. Thompson. Jr. Oak Park Elementary Tech Associate II
Cintella Chin Clarke Palm Bay Elementary Bookkeeper
Ashley Marie Burnside Palm Bay Magnet High School Front Office Clerk
Lorri A. DeBaets Pinewood Elementary School IA II-EX ED
Shauna Braden Port Malabar Elementary Bookkeeper
Errol Hernandez Government & Community Relations Printer
Isabel Gaudet Quest Elementary Secretary
Alex Sandoval Ralph Williams Elementary Head Custodian
Thelma Warren Riviera Elementary Coordinator Brevard After School
Sarah J. Lane Rockledge High School Senior Cafeteria Manager
Matt Riley Roosevelt Elementary Instructional Assistant
Rachel Hulen Roy Allen Elementary Instructional Assistant
Génesis Verushka Butler Sabal Elementary Before and After-school Coordinator
Andrea Greer Satellite High School Guidance Dept. Data Clerk
Juan Serrano Saturn Elementary Head Custodian
Ron Howe Sculptor Charter Maintenance Director
Sandra E. Caraballo Sea Park Elementary School Custodian
Edelyn Oquendo Sherwood Elementary Head Custodian
Donald James Falkenberg II South ALC School Secretary
Chris Gallo South Lake Elementary SRO
Sabrina Crowe Space Coast Jr/Sr. High School Head Custodian II
Jessica Marie Galloway Stevenson Elementary of the Arts Technology/Network Support – Associate
Amanda Lovett Stone Magnet Middle School Head Custodian
Donna Tabb Student Services School Secretary
Katrina Sanchez Sunrise Elementary School Secretary
Sandy Ashley Surfside Elementary School Custodian
Bev Lepka Titusville High 10-month clerk
Will Bonnat Tropical Elementary School School Resource Officer
Lisa M. Morgan Turner Elementary Clerk
Donna M.Curiale University Park Elementary School Secretary
Kristi Klein Viera Charter School Day porter
Rex Rains Viera ES Head Custodian II
Danielle Voges Viera High School Secretary
Amanda Peters West Melbourne School for Science Theresa A. Benson
Sharon George West Shore Jr/ Sr High School Custodian
Tracey Parrish Westside Elementary Security Specialist
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