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Two Lakeland Social Studies teachers awarded for great work
Two Lakeland Social Studies teachers awarded for great work

Lakeland, FL-- Two Lakeland schools celebrate their amazing Social Studies teachers after they were named "Outstanding Social Studies Teachers of the Year for the 2012-2013 school year."

Matt Townley of George Jenkins High and Sarah McCarthy of Crystal Lake Middle were recognized by the Florida Council for the Social Studies after Rozy Scott, Secondary Social Studies and Teaching American History Grant Manager, nominated both candidates for the distinction.

The award honors teachers that positively influence the way in which students view the world thanks in part to their tireless dedication to teaching the subject of social studies. Of the nomination, Ms. Scott says, “While we have many outstanding social studies teachers in our district who truly make a difference for our students, Mr. Townley and Ms. McCarthy are among our very finest. We are indeed fortunate to have them teaching our students.”

Matt Townley says the best part about winning the award is, “Being able to represent my school. There are lots of things going on at George Jenkins. We have other really phenomenal teachers at our school.” George Jenkins High Principal Buddy Thomas echoes these sentiments when he speaks about Mr. Townley. He describes the educator as someone who uses innovation and creativity to positively impact students from different backgrounds.

Crystal Lake Middle Principal Chris Canning had nothing but nice things to say about Ms. McCarthy, “Sarah McCarthy is one of the most phenomenal, passionate, enthusiastic and awesome teachers that I’ve seen in my 37 years as an educator in the Polk County School System.”

Ms. McCarthy says her passion for educating students is at the heart of what she does. The continuous learner works hard to educate herself because she believes in order to be a great teacher, one must be a great learner. But she says the best part of being given such an award is that it affirms how much she loves doing what she does.

Matt Townley holds a Master of Education in Curriculum from Florida Southern College and a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from the University of South Florida.

Sara McCarthy holds a Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education in Social Sciences from Southeastern University.

On Saturday, October 27, both winners will be recognized for their achievement at an awards banquet scheduled to take place during the Florida Council for the Social Studies’ 55th Annual Conference.


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