Tag Archives: Teacher of the Year

Strike up the band: Switzerland Point’s Laurie Zentz named Teacher of the Year finalist

Florida Commissioner of Education Pam Stewart, second from left, presents a check for $15,000, naming Laurie Zentz, center, as a finalist for the 2017 Macy's/Florida Department of Education Teacher of the Year Award at Switzerland Point Middle School in St. Johns, Fla., Friday, May 6, 2016. With them are St. Johns County Superintendent Dr. Joe Joyner, left, Principal Lisa Kunze and Macy's Vice President, Government and Public Affairs, Paul Imbrone, right. (Macy's/Phelan M. Ebenhack)

By NewsLine Staff

Like any other end to the school week, Switzerland Point Middle School band director Laurie Zentz had her band class engaged and focused on the lesson plans for today. She and her students had no idea that she was about to receive the surprise of a lifetime.

At 9:30 a.m., Florida Department of Education Commissioner Pam Stewart, along with Paul Imbrone, Macy’s vice president of government and public Affairs, made the surprise announcement: from a group of 72 teachers, Zentz was chosen as one of five finalists to compete for the 2017 Macy’s/Florida Department of Education Teacher of the Year Award.