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Pair of EPI Teachers at Elementary School Awarded for Their Impact on Student Learning

Posted on May 26, 2022 by EPI Admin

Award winners Guendolyn and Sharlene with Principal Confesor

Two Educational Partners International (EPI) program members at Deerwood Elementary in Kissimmee, Florida, were recognized for their impact on student learning. Kindergarten teacher Guendolyn Limpag and fifth grade teacher Sharlene Lynch both received the school’s “RISE” award. The honor recognizes teachers who model the qualities that the school celebrates and whose acronym forms the award’s name: Resilience, Integrity, Safety, and an Eagerness to learn.

Principal Audie Confesor noted that both teachers “bring positive energy and a smile that is contagious.”

“They both have been actively participating and collaborating with their teams and are always seeking ways to perfect their craft,” he shared. “Ms. Limpag’s kindergarten class showed the highest growth in reading, and both Ms. Lynch’s classes showed high growth in mathematics and science. Their students are always highly engaged and truly love their teachers.”

Both Limpag and Lynch began teaching at Deerwood with EPI last year, and each have already received recognition for their positive influence on their students.

Lynch was awarded Teacher of the Month at Deerwood last November. “Ms. Lynch is a new member of the Deerwood family and even though she is new to the country and to our culture here in the United States, she has embraced it with a smile on her face,” Confesor commented at the time. “She has shown resilience by adapting and surviving to all the challenges in her class and in her personal life, from adapting to a new country with a son all by herself to all other challenges she is confronting. She is also eager to learn and is not afraid to ask for help. She accepts any feedback with a positive attitude.”

Limpag also attracted notice early in her time at the school. “She is an amazing teacher that brings high energy to each lesson,” Confesor reported last September. “Her students absolutely love her, and our district visitors really enjoy visiting her classroom. Even our new Deputy Superintendent of Elementary Curriculum mentioned how lucky we are to have Ms. Limpag.”

Limpag joined the program from the Philippines and Lynch from Jamaica.


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