Teacher of the Year Awards
Awards Luncheon Saturday, April 14, 2018
Guest Speaker Jack Levine
11:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
The Vineyards Country Club, 400 Vineyards Blvd. Naples FL 34119
CCCR cordially invites you to the annual Apple Blossom Awards on Saturday, April 14th from 11:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. at the Vineyards Country Club, located at 400 Vineyards Boulevard in Naples. The Apple Blossom Awards honor early childhood teachers who educate and care for children birth to age five. In addition to the awards ceremony, the event includes lunch and a key note address by renowned child advocate, Jack Levine.
Jack Levine will be speaking on the topic ‘Wise Investments in our Children and our Future’. Levine served a 25-year tenure as president of Voices for Florida’s Children, a statewide advocacy network. Mr. Levine says, “We have to find ways of recognizing and honoring those who have made the choice professionally to be quality caregivers and educators of our young children. They are more than caregivers, more than teachers; they are a connector to the family that wants to do all they can for a positive future for their child.”
A very special part of the ceremony is honoring the annual recipient of the “Myra Shapiro Early Childhood Leadership Award”. This year, Barbara Mainster will receive this prestigious award for decades of advocacy and activism on behalf of Collier County’s children, particularly farmworkers and their families. Barbara Mainster recently retired from Redlands Christian Migrant Association (RCMA), where she served as its Executive Director for more than 28 years.
Eighteen nominees were selected and observed in the classroom by members of the Apple Blossom Awards Committee. Nominees were evaluated based on eleven criteria, including principles such as “sees strengths in each child” and “manages children on the basis of cooperation, reason, and mutual respect”. The 2018 nominees are Silvia Magaly Arias, Linessa Barnhart, Soila Conde, Edith Galan, Sonia Garcia, Elena Hardy, Crystal Lanier, Elma Mejeune, Debra Moran, Keshia Parris, Lina Patino, Rachel Perez-Drawdy, Martha Posada, Marcelina Rodriguez, Mollie Skidmore, Ana Solis, Carmen Starkweather, Gemma Tobey. Three awardees will be recognized: an “Infant/Toddler Teacher of the Year,” a “Preschool Teacher of the Year” and a “CCCR Teacher of the Year.”
Niccole Howard, Executive Director of Collier Child Care Resources, said, “We must strive to understand the importance of high-quality care and education for the children of Collier County. It is a privilege for CCCR to host the Apple Blossom Awards, which recognizes early childhood teachers whose skills are an integral part of the child’s development and instilling in each child a life-long love of learning.”
Questions: Please call Alicia Feldman at 239-643-3908 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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About Jack Levine, Guest Speaker
After a 25-year tenure as president of Voices for Florida’s Children, a statewide advocacy network, Jack founded 4Generations Institute to promote inter-generational policies and innovative programs that benefit the young, their parents and grandparents.
In addition, Jack is President of Advocacy Resources, a consultancy specializing in communications strategies, public policy initiatives, and creative resource development. He holds a Master’s Degree in Child Development and Family Studies from Purdue University. Jack received the Voices for Children Award from the Children’s Home Society of Florida.
To learn more about Jack Levine visit his brief biographical sketch online
A very special part of the Apple Blossom Awards hosted by CCCR, is the honoring of the annual recipient the ‘Myra Shapiro Early Childhood Leadership Award’. This year Barbara Mainster will receive this prestigious award for her decades of advocacy and activism on behalf of Collier County’s children.
An advocate for farm workers and their families, Ms. Mainster has often testified before congressional and legislative committees and is a frequent visitor to legislative halls in Washington and Tallahassee. Ms. Mainster also went door-to-door to several Florida lawmakers urging defeat of bills that would have unintended negative consequences for farmworker families.
Barbara Mainster devoted more than forty years to the Redlands Christian Migrant Association (RCMA), and served as its Executive Director for more 28 years. When Barbara joined RCMA in 1972, the association had three childcare centers. When Barbara retired the RCMA had grown to operate 68 child-care centers, three charter schools and serve nearly 7,000 children of migrants, farmworkers and settled farmworkers, and working poor families in 21 Florida counties. RCMA continues to flourish today, after Barbara’s retirement in 2017, and is the largest non-profit child-care provider in the state.
Her expertise is often sought by childcare and farmworker oversight groups. To name just a few, Ms. Mainster served as vice chair of the Governor’s Advisory Council on Farmworker Affairs (1996-98); is a past president of the Florida Children’s Forum; and was appointed by Florida Gov. Jeb Bush to the Florida Farmworker Housing Coalition in 2000.
Ms. Mainster was awarded the prestigious Nancy Thomas Award at the 21st annual One Goal Summer Conference of approximately 1,000 early childhood professionals in Tampa. This was among many state and national awards Ms. Mainster has received throughout her distinguished career.