Local news features educators, students
Posted on 01/27/2023
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Check out these great stories that feature teachers from Baldwin Park ES, Keene’s Crossing ES, Lake Buena Vista HS, and Union Park ES, and a Maxey ES magnet story. Plus, students from Oak Ridge HS and Olympia HS. 

Wearing an orange sweatshirt, Sean Paino points to a studentRound and round they go! When students have this much in learning, they don’t even realize the physical benefits. Watch this A+ Teacher profile of Sean Paino, a physical education teacher at Baldwin Park Elementary, and you’ll see why he was nominated for this honor.

Aidanelly Ortiz talks to a student Still I rise — After Hurricane Maria destroyed her home, Aidanelly Ortiz moved her family to Orlando. Not only does she teach her students to persevere through hard times, but it’s also how this Union Park ES teacher lives her own life. She views each struggle as a life lesson that makes her stronger. Watch this profile to see why she’s an A+ Teacher.

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At Maxey Elementary in Winter Garden, the Visual and Performing Arts magnet is giving students a new passion for school. Interested in a magnet school for your child during the 2023-24 school year? The OCPS Magnet Application is now open at The application window closes Feb. 15, 2023.

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With a heart filled with grace, Serenity Gary volunteers to ensure others in her community have basic essentials because “you can never go wrong helping people.” Learn about this Oak Ridge HS student's philanthropic endeavors in this Getting Results Award feature.

Influencers of the Week

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Lake Buena Vista HS’ Michael Kellen’s admiration for his football coach’s storytelling abilities helped inspire his own passion for teaching and coaching students. 

Roberto Mendez, art teacher at Keene’s Crossing ES, loves helping students find inspiration and grow their creativity. 


Athletic excellence

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Attacking the rim, Olympia Titan’s Edgerrin James Jr. posted a recent 45 points career high game. Watch to learn why WKMG named him a Sonic Prep Player of the Week.

Tyler Davis, Oak Ridge HS wide receiver, is excited to help his team forge a new path toward a winning season. Learn more about the junior in this Sonic Prep Player of the Week feature.