New Teacher of the Year 2019

New Teacher of the Year 2019
Posted on 05/06/2019
New Teacher of the Year 2019

The District is proud to announce that Daniel DeShazo is being honored as the 2019 New Teacher of the Year. DeShazo is the Junior Leadership Program Teacher at Caloosa Middle School. JLP is a JROTC-style cadet program teaching leadership, discipline and character.

“Mr. DeShazo has taken this opportunity and embraced it with open arms,” says Caloosa Middle School Assistant Principal Melissa Booth. “He quickly demonstrated a natural ability to build and foster relationships with students while embodying our school’s vision of inspiring a passion for learning and leadership.”

DeShazo is a career changer, hired by Caloosa Middle at a District career fair last year after five years in the U.S. Marines. He previously worked for the district as a Behavioral/Security Specialist and Helping Teacher.

“I am very honored,” DeShazo said in reaction to be chosen. “I am amazed the District would take the time to honor a first-year teacher like me. It’s very rewarding.”

The New Teacher of the Year is a new award for the District. First year teachers were nominated by their administrators, a selection committee picked five finalists, and then interviewed them to choose the inaugural award winner.

“The division of human resources wants to positively highlight the teaching profession,” says Chief Human Resource Officer Dr. Angela Pruitt. “Since it is a critically important time to hire great teachers for our children, we want to shine a light on a deserving beginning teacher to assist with recruitment and retention into the field of education.”

District staff joined Caloosa Middle’s administration and teachers to surprise DeShazo with the award this morning. “It is my hope that Mr. DeShazo will one day be a Golden Apple Teacher,” adds Booth.