Bay District's Beth Lucas named 2019 Florida School-Related Employee of the Year
News Herald - 5/22/2019
May 22-- May 22--LYNN HAVEN -- Beth Lucas, paraprofessional from Merritt Brown Middle School, has been named the 2019 Florida School-Related Employee of the Year.
Lucas was selected by the State Board of Education out of a pool of employees spanning statewide for her work with students with autism following Hurricane Michael. Her role became critical when students were temporarily uprooted and moved to the campus of neighboring school, Mosley High School, facing multiple adjustments with the new campus, new schedule and many new routines.
Merritt Brown Middle School had the most damaged campus in the district following the storm, with initial repair estimates falling around $19 million. Lucas remained critical in her role as the students returned to their original campus in portable classrooms, once again causing students to face many new adjustments.
Lucas was awarded the 2019 Ann. F Smith Support Employee of the Year for Bay District Schools back in February as she and her students were adjusting back to life at Merritt Brown following the 100% displacement. At the ceremony, Lucas thanked her children, her husband and her mother who flew in to support her as a surprise.
According to the district, Lucas has been an anchor for her students and colleagues despite her own home sustaining severe damage from the storm and continues to be of huge support today.
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