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County honor goes to teacher assistant

By Times Staff Writer
Published January 25, 2008



Palm Harbor Elementary School teacher assistant Catherine Houck was named Pinellas County schools Support Employee of the Year on Thursday. Houck has worked at Palm Harbor Elementary for just two years, but administrators said she has played big roles at the school as an involved parent of a third-grader, three-term president of the PTA and current PTA treasurer. Her contributions have included helping make the front office more efficient, having the PTA provide students breakfast during FCAT testing last year and compiling grade-specific summer reading packets that went home with students on the last day of school. Houck won the indirect involvement with students category of the competition. Belleair Elementary teacher assistant Michelle Haber won the direct involvement with students category. Seminole Elementary data prep clerk Marie Vandegrift won the limited involvement with students category.


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