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The Support Person of the Year award honors educational support personnel for the contributions they make to their schools, district-level sections, units, and departments. The district's Support Person of the Year represents Orange County to compete at the state level to be named at the annual Florida School-Related Employee of the Year.

Congratulations to the 2020-21 Support Person of the Year finalists!

Jennifer Bhullar

Jennifer Bhullar, Nurse | Baldwin Park Elementary

Ms. Bhullar loves being part of a school environment and helping the students and staff with their day to day needs. From helping diabetic students stay healthy to bandaging scraped knees, she values the daily interactions. She’s conducted CPR/First Aid certification classes and staff trainings on signs and care of head injuries and seizures. Mr. Bhullar has formed partnerships with the Winter Park Health Foundation and Kinsa for Schools to aid students and families, when needed. 

Lydia Folks

Yi-Ping (Lydia) Folks, School Secretary/Bookkeeper | Blankner School

Her servant’s heart is just one of her qualities the school community loves about Ms. Folks. As a school secretary and bookkeeper, Ms. Folks is detail orientated and goal driven. While her primary responsibilities involve the financial health of the school, she is never too busy to help others. Whether she’s creating spreadsheets, unjamming a copy machine, assisting a parent or calming an upset student, she enjoys making a positive impact on those around her. 
Cynthia Gomez

Cynthia Gomez, Administrative Secretary | Professional Learning

In addition to her financial related duties, Ms. Gomez uses skills she learned in the OCPS Emerging Leadership Academy to help plan district events, like the Superintendent’s Summit, the annual Principals Breakfast and the Assistant Principal Institute. To ensure each event’s success, she builds relationships with other departments and outside vendors. Learning, helping others and supporting district initiatives that contribute to students’ success brings her fulfillment.

Joseph Rebuck

Joseph (Dan) Rebuck, Physical Education Paraprofessional | Castleview Elementary

Mr. Rebuck enjoys helping students learn the lifelong benefits of physical, mental and emotional fitness. He sees PE as an opportunity to teach real-world skills like teamwork, empathy and leadership that will benefit students throughout their lives. Additionally, Mr. Rebuck feels lucky that he plays a role in assisting students in building their self-esteem and self-worth through cooperative games and activities. Participating in Lunch Bunch, Field Day, Fun Runs and Ride Your Bike to School Day, he models active participation in his school community.

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Olga Vazquez, Transportation Specialist | Transportation Services

Ms. Vazquez takes pride in being timely, efficient and friendly. Her ability to create, implement, manage and evaluate on-time arrival, cost per student, safety and customer service help her team successfully meet the department’s operational needs and the district’s strategic goals. She’s also served on a variety of transportation committees, like Safe Routes to School and Best Foot Forward to improve the safety of student bus riders and pedestrians.