• 9 Family Connection: Seminole County honors teachers of the year


    SEMINOLE COUNTY, Fla. - Three Seminole County teachers are celebrating this Valentine's Day as the county's teachers of the year.
    Channel 9's Bianca Castro was there as the district surprised one of the winners, who takes her passion for teaching outside of her classroom.
    The sun was barely up as more than a dozen administrators arrived at Oviedo High School to surprise teacher Elizabeth Jarzynka with the county's High School Teacher of the Year award.

    The quiet, special education teacher giggled as she learned of the award. 

    Jarzynka's individualized teaching method for her special needs students is so successful, her lessons are videotaped and used in classrooms around the district.

    "We had the opportunity to watch her in action and she's an absolutely incredible teacher and great representation of the high school teachers in Seminole County," said Seminole County Schools Superintendent Walt Griffin.

    Some of Jarzynka's students are now part of a dance team she created for them.

    Their team, called Creative Movements, performs regularly at their school and members have performed in state and national competitions.

    "When they reach that goal, it's very rewarding to see that smile on their face," said Jarzynka.

    Jarzynka and her fellow teachers and students weren't the only ones celebrating. Keith Erickson from Layer Elementary was named Elementary School Teacher of the Year and Bridget Dycus from Rock Lake Middle School is the county's Middle School Teacher of the Year.

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