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Updated: 02/27/2014 08:00:02AM

DeSoto names 2014 Teacher of the Year

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ARCADIAN PHOTO BY JOHN BLACK, photeke@gmail.com

Jennifer Buonaiuto, left, named Rookie of the Year, and Teacher of the Year, Stephanie Langford, pose with Superintendent Karyn Gary.

ARCADIAN PHOTO BY JOHN BLACK, photeke@gmail.com

Superintendent Karyn Gary congratulates Lou Macdonald from the school district's Business Department for winning the Apple Award.

ARCADIAN PHOTO BY JOHN BLACK

J. Refugio Tobar, a fifth grader at Nocatee Elementary School, was named Volunteer of the Year for his kindness, helping in the cafeteria, and other thoughtful acts throughout the year.

ARCADIAN PHOTO BY JOHN BLACK, photeke@gmail.com

Sponsors and nominees for Teacher of the Year pose for a photo. From left: Julie Chidsey, Brittany Hines, Penny Kurtz, Jackie Backer, Jackie Harris, Tim Vowels , Teacher of the Year Stephanie Langford, Terri Womack, Jolie Schanck, Mary Pete Martin, Heather Nedley and Amy Sorrells.

ARCADIAN PHOTO BY JOHN BLACK, photeke@gmail.com

Elton Langford, Addy Langford, Bryan Sands and Bailey Sands applaud Stephanie Langford (holding flowers) as she is named DeSoto Teacher of the Year.

By MARTHA JO MARKEY

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DeSoto School Superintendent Karyn Gary announced the winners of the Volunteer, Substitute, Support Person and Teacher of the Year at the annual Employee and Volunteer of the Year event, held Feb. 20 at the Turner Agri-Civic Center. This was the second year the School District and the DeSoto County Education Foundation Inc. joined forces to host the event.

After the DeSoto County High School ROTC presented the colors, foundation chairperson Ann Ryals welcomed more than 170 people. Gary then introduced the nominees. Teacher of the Year nominees included Julie Chidsey, DeSoto County High School; Jolie’ Schanck, Nocatee Elementary School; Jacqueline Harris, West Elementary; Brittany Hines, DeSoto Middle School; Mary Pete Martin, DeSoto Early Childhood Center; and Stephanie Langford, Memorial Elementary School.

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