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Christopher Gates named finalist for 2015 Florida School-Related Employee of the Year

CHRISTOPHER-GATES2Christopher Gates named finalist for 2015 Florida School-Related Employee of the Year

Award recognizes outstanding school support personnel

      Congratulations to Christopher Gates, technology specialist at Broward Virtual School, for being named a finalist for the statewide 2015 Florida School-Related Employee of the Year award.

Commissioner of Education Pam Stewart announced the five finalists for the award, which recognizes outstanding education support personnel for the significant contributions they make to their schools and communities.

“Christopher Gates represents the best that our District has to offer to our students,” said Broward County Public Schools Superintendent Robert W. Runcie. “He embodies the qualities of a great leader, men-tor and serves as a role model not only to our students, but to his colleagues, as well.”

Gates is described as kind, considerate and always willing to help. Although his job responsibilities include ensuring the continuous availability of technology, he serves in many capacities at Broward Virtual School. Through his leadership, students have been involved in numerous community service initiatives, leading to local and national recognition, including President Obama’s Service Award.

“School support personnel are a critical component of providing Florida students with a high-quality education,” said Commissioner Stewart. “I congratulate our statewide finalists on a job well done and thank them for all they do to help students succeed.”

The statewide winner will be announced in late April at the annual Florida School-Related Employee Finalists’ Awards Breakfast. The top school-related employee will be presented with $1,000 in cash and tickets to Universal Orlando theme parks. Finalists receive a $500 cash prize and tickets to Universal Orlando theme parks.

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