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Tampa Bay Times Newspaper in Education
Teacher of the Year


The annual NIE Teacher of the Year award recognizes educators who advocate for literacy and civic learning through the use of the Tampa Bay Times and Newspaper in Education materials in the classroom.

  • Use the Tampa Bay Times to enhance student learning and the learning environment
  • Employ innovative newspaper-based lessons, strategies or projects to develop students’ literacy skills
  • Integrate the close reading of news into classroom instruction

2019 NIE Teacher of the Year

Grand Prize Winner
Donald Whitaker, Inverness Middle School, Citrus County

Honorable Mentions
Jennifer Kious, Durant High School, Hillsborough County
Linda Cox, Cannella Elementary School, Hillsborough County
Brenda Curtwright, Anclote High School, Pasco County

2018 NIE Teacher of the Year

Grand Prize Winner
Elizabeth Crawley, Seminole High School, Pinellas County

Honorable Mentions
Jamy Hoch, Countryside High School, Pinellas County
Rene Marquis, Bloomingdale High School, Hillsborough County
Donald Whitaker, Inverness Middle School, Citrus County
Heather Wiseman, East Lake High School, Pinellas County

2017 NIE Teacher of the Year

Grand Prize Winner
Cynthia Bowen, Carwise Middle School, Pinellas County

Honorable Mentions
Sarah Hastings, Alonso High School, Hillsborough County
Felecia King, Lockhart Elementary Magnet School, Hillsborough County
Audra Lewis, Young Middle Magnet School, Hillsborough County
Susan Terry, Carwise Middle School, Pinellas County

2015 NIE Teacher of the Year

Grand Prize Winner
Tracey Keim, St. Petersburg High School, Pinellas County

Honorable Mentions
Elizabeth Damsel, Jackson Elementary School, Hillsborough County
Diane Dove, Safety Harbor Middle School, Pinellas County
Susan Terry, Carwise Middle School, Pinellas County
Krista Wilson, Osceola Middle School, Pinellas County