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For Immediate Release:
May 21, 2015
Media Contact:
Jamil Rivers
jrivers@miamidade.gov
305-245-4420

Commissioner Dennis C. Moss and the Miami-Dade Board of County Commissioners recognize outstanding educators of the year

All three honorees represent schools in District 9


(From left to right: Miami-Dade County Commission Chairman Jean Monestime,  ETO Administrative Director Michael Lewis, Commissioner Dennis C. Moss, Principal of the Year Guillermo Munoz, Assistant Principal of the Year Nicole Berge-MacInnes, Commissioner Esteban Bovo, Jr.,  Teacher of the Year Geoffrey Aladro, South Region Superintendent Barbara Mendizabal, and Commissioners Jose “Pepe” Diaz and Sally Heyman.)

(MIAMI, FL) – Commissioner Dennis C. Moss and members of the Miami-Dade County Board of County Commissioners on May 19 recognized the 2015 Principal, Assistant Principal, and Teacher of the Year. South Dade was represented well as each recipient of this prestigious honor currently serves at a school in District 9. 

“It is rare when one of the outstanding educators of the year are from your district,” Commissioner Moss said.  “Even rarer when two outstanding educators of the year are from your district.  It is extraordinary when three outstanding educators of the year are from your district. This year District 9 has that amazing distinction.”

Guillermo Munoz of Homestead Senior High School was recognized as Principal of the Year.  Munoz is known to act with purpose and goes out of his way to make his staff and students feel valued.  It is that love that has contributed to the great turnaround at Homestead Senior High.

Nicole Berge-MacInnes of Coral Reef Senior High School was recognized as Assistant Principal of the Year.  Coral Reef Senior High is a very high-achieving magnet school, but few are aware that Coral Reef has a large population of students with autism spectrum disorders.  Ms. Berge-MacInnes holds these students close to her heart and makes sure that all stakeholders experience “the greatest school on Earth.”

Geoffrey Aladro of Frank C. Martin International K-8 was recognized as Teacher of the Year.  Aladro is an 8th grade U.S. History teacher who brings history to life for his students by integrating research, technology and project-based learning.  His students leave with a true understanding of our rich American history and mastery of technological equipment to foster their future success.

“I am a proud graduate of the Miami-Dade County Public School System which also educated my children,” Commissioner Moss said.  “I have a deep admiration for what our public schools do every day in the community and around the country. Today we recognize three of the best of the best for their outstanding service.”