Kissimmee Elementary’s Young named Teacher of the Year
By Ken Jackson
Chasity Mae Young, a third-grade teacher at Kissimmee Elementary, was selected as the 2015 Teacher of the Year at the School District of Osceola County’s awards ceremony Friday.
School officials in a press release stated Young’s ability to “instill confidence and a joy of learning in students” along with an easily-apparent passion for teaching led her to attaining the annual honor.
The district also lauded her willingness to exceed expectations, exemplifying the term “above and beyond” with hours spent at school after hours and on weekends.
“Ms. Young truly knows the strengths and areas in need of improvement of all of her students and adapts her lessons to create meaningful experiences for every child,” the district’s release said. “If any of her students are struggling with a specific skill, you will find Ms. Young facilitating after-school tutoring classes for any student who needs the extra help.”
Young has been selected to serve as the Lead Mentor for the Beginning Teacher Program, a support resource for new teachers. At Kissimmee Elementary, she assists with the schoolwide Fall Festival and with the Angel Tree program that helps families who are economically challenged. She also volunteers her time to mentor troubled teens at the Orange County Juvenile Facility for Young Girls, and has written a book about her own life that she uses to connect with the young ladies who are being held at the facility.
Superintendent Melba Luciano said Young strives to meet the needs of all her students in unique ways that capture their interests.
“Ms. Young’s work experience, strong belief in teamwork, and her sense of commitment to our students make her a dynamic educator,” Luciano said. “In honor of her success and passion, I am proud to have her represent the many outstanding educators here in Osceola County.”
Eliezer Carrasquillo, a work order clerk for the Transportation Department, was named the School-Related Employee of the Year.
Carrasquillo was lauded for his “tireless efforts going way beyond his assigned responsibilities to serve the children, the district, and the community.”
As an example, for the past two years, he has made himself available to drive a school bus, as the district is in critical need of drivers. This extra assignment never hinders him from completing his regular job.
Young and Carrasquillo will represent Osceola County at the state level in the Florida Department of Education/Macy’s 2015 Teacher of the Year and School-Related Employee of the Year” judging.