School District Honors APPLES Mentor of the Year

School District Honors APPLES Mentor of the Year
Posted on 05/31/2022
School District Honors APPLES Mentor of the Year

The School District of Lee County is proud to congratulate Ana Lamotta for being selected as the APPLES Mentor of the Year. Lamotta is a peer collaborative teacher at Hector A. Cafferata Jr. Elementary School.

”I am honored to have received such a prestigious award,” Lamotta says. “I love what I do and am rewarded daily by having the opportunity to work with students, teachers, and administration. I truly have the best of all worlds as we share the common goal to increase student achievement.”

Lamotta began her teaching career with the District in 2004. She has been a mentor to beginning teachers nearly every year since. As a Peer Collaborative Teacher, she spends part of her day with teaching students and the other part supporting her school’s teachers.

“Mrs. Lamotta demonstrates a strong commitment to helping others grow,” says Assistant Principal Michael Licata. “She shows a willingness to share her experiences and knowledge. She creates a rapport that supports trust and openness and takes a genuine interest in her mentees both personally and professionally. Mrs. Lamotta is always willing to help and support in any way she can, while providing feedback that is honest, objective, and constructive.”

The School District of Lee County’s APPLES Program (Accomplished Professional Practices for Lee County Education System) offers a multi-tiered system of support to new and beginning teachers. One layer of support is that of the APPLES Mentor. APPLES Mentors were nominated by their administrators, a selection committee picked finalists, and then interviewed them to choose the award winner.