First of all, I’d like to congratulate all of our Flagler Schools teachers, rookie teachers and employees, as well as our principal and vice principal of the year, who were recognized at our annual Gala Awards Ceremony on Jan. 24, which was a remarkable evening.

The evening of celebration was highlighted with the announcement of Allison Kucharski of Rymfire Elementary School and Jimmy Sorrentino from Buddy Taylor Middle School as the district’s overall winners of the Flagler Schools Teacher and Employee of the Year, respectively.

I’d also like to congratulate Jessica DeFord of Belle Terre Elementary School, and Sara Novak of Matanzas High School, who were honored as the 2023-24 Principal and Vice Principal of the Year, respectively.

Our teachers and staff are important to us all 365 days of the year (366 this year), so we’re pleased to be able to honor them with a bold, loud and fun ceremony where they receive a big thank you from our Flagler Schools community.

On March 25, all of our nominees are invited to a dinner where they will be feted—and fed—at Channel Side in Palm Coast thanks to a generous donation from the Flagler County Education Foundation and its sponsors, including SouthState, Quantum Electrical, Pierson Fern & Greens and 4C’s Trucking & Excavation.

I’d also like to take this opportunity to note that we celebrate March as Music in Our Schools Month in Flagler County, as designated by the National Association for Music Education. Here in Flagler Schools, music is an integral part of our curriculum at every level—from music theory, history and the development of musical skills on keyboard and string instruments, as well as chorus programs in our elementary schools to various band (jazz, percussion, symphonic), chorus and musical theater activities at the middle and high school levels. Music is alive and well in Flagler Schools!

Lashakia Moore
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LaShakia Moore
Superintendent, Flagler Schools