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Ms. Lord and Isabella Houghton celebrate their awards with Mr. Brandon.

Ms. Lord and Isabella Houghton celebrate their awards with Mr. Brandon.

Ms. Lord and Isabella Houghton celebrate their awards with Mr. Brandon.

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GBMS won two Career Academy awards! Ms. Pam Lord and Isabella Houghton, 8th grade, were recognized on April 5, along with other winners in the county. Ms. Lord won the Middle School Teacher of the Year award, and Isabella achieved Middle School Student of the Year. A career academy is defined as a “small learning community where students receive academic instruction towards certain careers,” for example, home economics.  

The awards have been going on for the last decade and are done to acknowledge the hard work and achievements of students, teachers, staff, and business partners of each school. To answer how the nominees were chosen, Santa Rosa Director of Workforce Education, Ms. Charlin Knight said, “We provide a nomination link a few weeks ahead of the event and send out to all district staff, students, teachers and business partners.” A selection committee reviews the nominations and makes the final decision.  

Winner Isabella was nominated by Ms. Lord, but she wasn’t aware of the awards before her name was put in. Isabella achieved second highest in Ms. Lord’s home economics class, and “did really well.” Ms. Lord said she eliminated throughout her classes to find her nominee and looked for the hardest working student with the best attitude. Isabella fit the criteria and ultimately was chosen.  

Ms. Lord was nominated by Mr. Michael Brandon in an email, with a statement about her work ethic with her classes. She was also unaware of the award before being nominated. Ms. Lord’s classes work towards a ServSafe license, “a five-year certification that allows the person to work in the Food Service Industry.” Students study ten chapters, then take the certification test. If the student passes, he/she will receive a high school math or science credit. Its goal is to educate food service workers about food safety. 

All winners from Santa Rosa county received a physical award and a cash reward. Ms. Lord says, “It was an honor to represent GBMS for my students and my school.” Congratulations to our winners for being acknowledged for their hard work!  

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