School District Awards


    ZACHARY OWENS Math Teacher – Coral Shores High School

     Zach loves "living and working in paradise!" His hobbies include scuba diving and going out on his boat - perfect hobbies for Keys living. He also gets to the gym regularly! We asked him what his 5 favorite things are and he tells us: traveling, his 2 cats (Margot & Fran), sports, relaxing with the Science Channel, and trying new foods.  Speaking of foods, does he have a favorite? "... any kind of sushi", and he highly recommends the rolls from J-DOA in Tavernier!  Lastly, we asked him what he likes about working for MCSD. Zach says, "I appreciate the supportive community. Through the opportunities that MCSD has given me, I have become a better educator."


    Nicole Smith, from Horace O’Bryant School, is the Monroe County School District Assistant Principal of the Year.  Her colleagues state she goes above and beyond to provide strong leadership, offer solutions and be a resource to students and staff.  She has developed a very positive and visible rapport with the kids, is firm when needed, and possesses a soft and compassionate heart.  She provides feedback and guidance to all who ask for it with an appreciation for one's strengths and suggestions for an alternative approach or perspective. As a resource to teachers and students, she has been instrumental in providing a smooth transition through all of the changes this year. In this challenging year, she has risen to the occasion to help the school year run successfully. 


    Doug Pryor has been selected as the Monroe County School District Manager of the Year for his integrity, professionalism and attention to details.  As Facilities Planner he has a huge responsibility to manage cost, timelines, vendors, contracts, stakeholder’s needs and wants.  He works across departments, with state regulators and outside contractors to build trusted and effective lines of communication.  He has a commitment to look for collaborative solutions and utilizes his leadership skills to bring people together to problem solve.  With Mr. Pryor at the helm, the district has completed many projects on budget and on time including Switlik School Renovation, the Maintenance and Transportations facility, Key West High School Backyard, Upper Keys Annex, Key Largo School Gym renovation and Transportation Internal Services Facility on Stock Island. He is the consummate professional and his leadership and management of these critical and highly visible projects has been flawless.  Mr. Pryor is a tremendous asset to this school district and our community and is very deserving of the recognition provided by this prestigious award.


    The Monroe County School District Counselor of the Year is Mrs. Tammy Orcutt from Gerald Adams Elementary.  Her colleagues refer to Tammy as a dynamic team player who approaches every task with a smile and a ton of energy.  Her door is always open to support staff and students alike. During this time, she has provided social-emotional learning lessons, read-aloud and taught preventive strategies and coping skills to students as they navigated this unprecedented time in their lives.  She sends inspirational messages weekly to the staff and students and praises a job well done.  This is our time to praise Tammy for her unconditional love for the staff and students at Gerald Adams, she is a true gem that makes a difference every day.