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Miami Dade College School of Education Graduates Nominated for School District’s “Rookie Teacher of the Year”


Miami, November 25, 2009 -

In the five years since its first baccalaureate graduating class, Miami Dade College’s (MDC) School of Education has earned several accolades for its ability to train the region’s educators. Recently, four School of Education graduates were nominated for “Rookie Teacher of the Year” by Miami-Dade County Public Schools. 

The candidates include: 

Connie (Conchita) Fernandez graduated from the School of Education’s baccalaureate program in 2006 and is currently teaching at Whispering Pines Elementary School.  

Anna Martin earned a bachelor’s of education in 2007 and completed her master’s degree at the University of Miami in special education with a specialty in early development disabilities. She is currently pursuing a doctorate and teaches at Homestead Middle School. 

Lymari Martinez graduated in 2007 and is pursuing a master’s degree in Special Education. She teaches at William Lehman Elementary School. 

A 2009 School of Education graduate, Debra Adams, teaches at Booker T. Washington Elementary School while pursuing a master’s.

The bachelor’s degree in education was offered for the first time at MDC in 2003. Classes are currently available at MDC’s North, Kendall, and InterAmerican campuses. 

The School of Education offers new and returning students a state-of-the-art facility; flexible scheduling during the day, afternoon, evening and weekends; user-friendly instructional technology; a modern library connected to global information and databases; faculty and professional staff who are responsive to student needs; teacher certification programs; and an array of student activities and events, including professional organizations Kappa Delta Pi, Education Honor Society, and the Council for Exceptional Children. 

Students who complete the program can obtain certification that allows them to pursue a career in teaching, educational administration, and similar professions. 

“It is an honor to be recognized by your peers who believe that you exemplify and demonstrate strong teaching qualities,” said Dr. Susan Neimand, director of the School of Education at MDC. “We are all very proud of these four amazing women.”  

For more information about MDC’s School of Education, visit or contact Dr. Susan Neimand, at 305-237-6152.


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