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Chamberlain staffers honored

© St. Petersburg Times
published May 12, 2002

Seventeen Chamberlain High School teachers were nominated this year for "Who's Who Among America's Teachers." A teacher and a security officer won area awards.

For "The Economics of Gatsby," advanced placement English teacher Sharon Gross won an R.R. Simmons Award for Excellence in Teaching Economics from the Gus A. Stavros Center for Free Enterprise and Economic Education at the University of South Florida's School of Education.

Gross used the software and Internet training she received at the Stavros center and a computer minilab for the project.

"The students read The Great Gatsby and used the minilab to do research and create presentations on how the economics of the 1920s influenced the characters," Gross said.

"Who's Who" nominations come from students on the National Dean's List or in "Who's Who Among American High School Students."

School security officer Jose DeJesus was named Hillsborough County School District 2001-2002 Non-Instructional Employee of the Year.

"This is a first for a school security officer and for Chamberlain," principal Pam Peralta said. DeJesus, formerly a police officer in Puerto Rico, runs the school's crime watch program in addition to handling calls for help within the school.

"He's such a positive role model for students," Peralta said. "The kids go to him because he is so visible."

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