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Elevating Excellence Award: December

Elevating Excellence Award: December
Flagler Schools

December’s "Elevating Excellence Award" winner has helped all our schools to align interventions that meet the unique needs of all our students.
Kathryn Hardesty serves as the Lead Multi-Tiered System of Support (MTSS) Coordinator for the District and Old Kings Elementary School. It’s a job that keeps her busy, but she says it is an extremely important and rewarding job.
In nominating Hardesty, Old Kings Principal Nicole Critcher says,
“Kathryn goes above and beyond to make sure students are receiving the interventions they need to be successful.  She works closely with teachers, staffing specialists, school psychologists, and district staff on best practices for the MTSS process.  Kathryn has developed processes and procedures for MTSS that have been successful at the school level and are now being used at the district level.”
Flagler Schools Superintendent Cathy Mittelstadt made a surprise visit to Old Kings Elementary just before the winter break, telling Hardesty, “You are doing important work, not only here at Old Kings, but all across the district. What you are doing now is going to have an impact on us for years to come.”
Flagler County Education Foundation Director Teresa Rizzo was also on hand to support this monthly honor.
The following is a list of the other nominees who have gone above and beyond to impact our students and district best.


We also want to congratulate all the nominees for the December Elevating Excellence Award:

  • Yamirez Cordova: Para Professional EBD Unit, Wadsworth Elementary
  • Suzanne Davis: Staffing Specialist, Indian Trails Middle
  • Bryan Holley: Data Systems Analyst
  • Shoshanah Mercado: School Psychologist/ESE, Flagler-Palm Coast High
  • Lillian Delgado: Rymfire Elementary Receptionist
  • Rob Kendall: Dean/Behavior Interventionist, Bunnell Elementary
  • Jeremy Jones: Bookkeeper & Custodial
  • Vickie Kandour: Guidance Counselor, Belle Terre Elementary
  • Connie Feeney: School Secretary, Flagler Technical College
  • Kristin Frank: ELA/Reading K-5
  • Constance Blank: Principal's Secretary, Buddy Taylor Middle
  • Angela Coates: IS Support Specialist
  • Holly Keck: Receptionist, Matanzas High
  • Joe Lesandro: Bus Driver Transportation
  • Dawn Schwamb: Food Service, Old Kings Elementary
  • Clint Chinn: Supervisor/Plant Services
  • Therese Fisher: ESE Support Facilitator, Flagler-Palm Coast High 
  • Selina Hernandez: Personnel Specialist, Human Resources       
Adults presenting check award to student

Kathryn Hardesty, Teresa Rizzo, Superintendent Cathy Mittelstadt, Ryan Deising, Kimberly Scaccia

Superintendent presenting check award to student

Kathryn Hardesty and Superintendent Cathy Mittelstadt

Six adults presenting check award

Nicole Critcher, Superintendent Cathy Mittelstadt, Kathryn Hardesty, Ryan Deising, Teresa Rizzo, Stephanie Ellis