Molly Winters Diallo, a Social Sciences teacher at Alonzo and Tracy Mourning Senior High School, was named the 2019 Francisco R. Walker Miami-Dade County Teacher of the Year in a ceremony at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Miami Airport & Convention Center tonight.
Four finalists vied for the coveted title this year, which included one nominee from each of the District’s three regions, and one from Alternative/Adult Education.
During her 20-year teaching tenure, 13 of them with Miami-Dade County Public Schools, Diallo impacted the lives of many students, both by helping them reach their academic potential and deepening their understanding of the forces that shape their lives, the nation, and the world. Many of her students routinely score above the global mean scores in the U.S. History End-of-Course exam and the Advanced Placement Psychology and Human Geography exams. Among Diallo’s favorite assignments to students is a county-wide scavenger hunt that encourages students to explore various neighborhoods and make geographic connections.
Diallo encourages her students to study abroad during college and works closely with them to apply for such experiences. Five of her students were selected for highly competitive fully funded State Department youth leadership programs in Cambodia and Indonesia. Another student spent her junior year in India as part of the Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and study Abroad.
The runner-up was Judy Rodriguez from C.O.P.E. Center North. Also recognized at the event were top rookie teachers. Stephanie Pierre, a teacher at Miami Norland Senior High School, was named Rookie Teacher of the Year. Ricardo Losada, a teacher at Lindsey Hopkins Technical College was the Rookie Teacher of the Year runner-up.
The signature sponsors are Delta Dental Insurance, United Way of Miami-Dade, Kendall Toyota, South Florida Educational Federal Credit Union, Nova Southeastern University’s Abraham S. Fischler College of Education, and Univision 23/UniMas 69. Supporting sponsors are Herff Jones, Vinecraft, and Fox-Mar Photography. This event is in partnership with United Teachers of Dade (UTD), Miami-Dade County Council of PTAs/PTSAs and the Dade Association of School Administrators (DASA). Kendall Toyota will present the winner with the keys to a new car.
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PHOTO CAPTION: Superintendent Alberto M. Carvalho flanked by the 2019 Francisco R. Walker Teacher of the Year Molly Winters Diallo (L) and Rookie Teacher of the Year Stephanie Pierre (R)
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