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Roberta Kalva, 2011 Employee of the Year: Buddy Taylor Middle School

| January 13, 2011

I have an eclectic background, ranging from government service to a medical degree, but it wasn’t until I experienced the educational field as a substitute teacher and reading tutor, that I finally felt that this was the perfect match. Education was really the place for me and Buddy Taylor Middle School has become my second home. The school employees’ collective support and encouragement have been unflagging, from my growth in the Media Center to my personal mission to guide each and every student to their personal best. Reading allows them to explore all facets of this world and I feel honored to receive this award for doing what I do: coming to work and feeling proud of being a Flagler County school employee.

Not only am I a recipient of such a prestigious award, but most recently, I have also gained the title of “Breast Cancer Survivor.”

Throughout my treatment ordeal, I knew that my peers were there to give me hugs and encouragement, keeping my mind busy with my work, and most especially, allowing me to remain as “normal” as possible. I could not have done it without them. My immediate family, which includes my dearest partner, my husband, and three gorgeous children, are humbled and grateful for all that we have. Thank you Buddy Taylor and Flagler School District for making a difference in my life.

Click on each teacher’s or employee’s name in the table below to go to his or her page.

2011 Flagler County Teachers and Employees of the Year, By School (Click on Each Name to Read the Honoree's Story)

Teachers of the Year
School or Location
Joan Blasingame
Old Kings Elementary School
Deborah Breeding
Bunnell Elementary School
Cara Cronk
Indian Trails Middle School
Heather Doutrick
Rymfire Elementary School
Agatha Lee*
Belle Terre Elementary School
Christina Miller
Buddy Taylor Middle School
James Pignatiello
Flagler Palm Coast High School
Maureen Stowell
Adult Education
Beverly Thompson
Wadsworth Elementary
William Brian Tuttle
Pathways Academy
Louise Wolfe
Matanzas High School
Employees of the Year
Dario Arias
Custodial Services
Liz Astuto
Wadsworth Elementary
Laura Cappello
Plant Services
Margaret Carcagente*
Belle Terre Elementary
Gillian Ceballos
Indian Trails Middle School
Christina Connors
Rymfire Elementary
Peggi Hammack (Koch)
Old Kings Elementary
Angela Harris
Food Service
Roberta Kalva
Buddy Taylor Elementary
Cindy Kyska
Pathways Academy
Veronica Maggs
Adult Education
Shelley Rashelle Martin
Government Service Building
Darise Anne Pagello
Flagler Palm Coast High
Anne Risley
Kathy Summerlot
Matanzas High School
Kimberly Turner
Bunnell Elementary School
(*) Winners of district-wide honors.

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