Chelsey McCurdy, a second-grade teacher in her third year of teaching at Lost Lake Elementary School, has been named Lake County Schools’ 2018-19 Rookie Teacher of the Year.

The announcement was made at Lake Sumter State College during a March 14 ceremony that celebrated the Rookie Teachers of the Year from each school. The award goes to outstanding teachers who have been in their instructional role no more than three years. Nominations are made by employees at each school.

Ms. McCurdy, pictured with Lost Lake Elementary School Principal Susan Pegram, graduated from the University of Central Florida with a bachelor’s degree in early childhood development and education and a master’s degree in educational leadership. In her role at Lost Lake, she has helped refine math blueprints and coached other 2nd grade teachers on strategies for improving the learning experience for students.

When asked what inspires her as an educator, she wrote in her application packet, “Teachers do not go into this profession for the income. They go in for the outcome and to help inspire our future leaders of America.”

Ms. McCurdy received a commemorative ring from Herff Jones, a chair from Ernie Morris, four passes to Walt Disney World, and several gift cards from sponsors along with a trophy, and her name will be added to a plaque with past Rookie Teachers of the Year.

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