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. Out of more than 220 support personnel, five finalists are chosen and one person is awarded the distinction of Orange County Public Schools Support Person of the Year. 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 2018-19 SPOY Finalists

PachecoMichelle Pacheco, Hunter's Creek Middle

Known by most for her "can do" attitude, Michelle Pacheco plays an integral role as the bookkeeper at Hunter's Creek Middle School. Whether ordering class materials, PE uniforms or booking buses for field trips, Michelle's work ethic and commitment to success resonates with Hunter's Creek students, staff and families. 

HernandezRoxana Hernandez, Lakeville Elementary

As a Parent Engagement Liaison, Roxana helps support Lakeville parents with a number of resources, including translations, networking opportunities and connections to community organizations. Because she believes language shouldn’t be a barrier, bulletin boards, school flyers, and even social media posts are translated into Spanish and Haitian-Creole to help keep parents informed.

BladykasMaryanne Bladykas, Palm Lake Elementary

The impact of Maryanne Bladykas spans more than three generations of students at Palm Lake Elementary. As a program assistant/behavior trainer, Maryanne delivers behavioral and social skills training for students with autism and related disabilities. She is respected by peers for her wealth of knowledge, but admired most for her joyous heart.  

DavisMagalie Davis, Robinswood Middle

For 10 years, Magalie Davis has wholeheartedly served the students of Robinswood Middle School. Home to a large population of Haitian students, Magalie’s translation services as a paraprofessional is one of Magalie's key contributions to the school. She makes families and students feel welcome and comforted, and she extends herself in numerous ways to assist the school as needed. Magalie’s colleagues consider her a gem because of her unmatched dedication and commitment. 

AndersonJosephine Anderson, Rolling Hills Elementary

Whether she is providing character education to students, collaborating with Partners in Education, or helping families, Josephine Anderson works diligently for the Rolling Hills Elementary community. She believes that serving as a liaison between the school, parents, and the community is a win for everyone.