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Cannoy is named teacher of the year

The Westside Elementary teacher was chosen from nominations from the county's 17 public schools.

By ROBERT KING

© St. Petersburg Times, published March 11, 2001


BROOKSVILLE -- Susan Cannoy, who has taught first grade at Westside Elementary School since 1972, was named Hernando County's 2001 Teacher of the Year on Saturday night.

Each of the county's 17 public schools put up nominees for the annual award, which was announced at a ceremony at Hernando High School in Brooksville. The event was sponsored by the Hernando County Education Foundation.

A four-member committee appointed by the foundation interviewed the candidates, visited the classroom of each and reviewed their credentials.

"It was a hard process because they are excellent -- every one of them is excellent," said Janice Schlaich, a member of the education foundation board who served on the selection committee. Cannoy, 52, taught at Brooksville Elementary School in 1971 before moving the next year to Westside. In nominating her, Westside's Teacher of the Year selection committee said: "Many teachers have the knowledge to teach, but Susan painstakingly lays a solid foundation, which her students begin to build up that affects their future."

Cannoy has said that she wanted to be a teacher since she was in the fifth grade. "The children are the most important part of my career," she said. She has an associate's degree from St. Petersburg Junior College, a bachelor's degree from East Tennessee State University and a master's in elementary education from the University of South Florida.

Cannoy will be the county's nominee in the state Teacher of the Year competition.

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