Flagler County Schools picks top teacher, support employee

BY DAYTONA TIMES STAFF

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Eugenia Moore, left, and Donelle Evensen, were named Flagler County Schools’ top employees last week.

Donelle Evensen, a literacy coach at Rymfire Elementary School, has been named Flagler County Schools’ teacher of the year.

Eugenia Moore, a guidance clerk at Matanzas High School, was chosen as support employee of the year.

“Both Donelle and Eugenia are shining examples of what it means to be a significant adult. They came to Flagler Schools in different ways, but after getting to know the two of them, it is easy to see why they were named our Teacher and Support Employee of the Year. They will represent Flagler Schools well this upcoming year,” said Superintendent James Tager.

Teacher’s journey

Evensen is a graduate of Flagler Palm Coast High School. Upon graduation, she attended the University of Central Florida, majoring in Exceptional Student Education. She returned to Flagler Schools following her graduation from UCF in 2006 and began teaching at Rymfire Elementary that fall.

“It makes me feel like I may have accomplished what I’ve set out to do and that’s increase student achievement and increase support for our teachers and make them feel like they’re valued and are appreciated for what they do every day,” Evensen said.

She obtained her master’s degree in Elementary Reading and Literacy from Walden University in 2008. In 2017, she earned a master’s certification in Educational Leadership from Stetson University.

Evenson has been married for 16 years. She and her husband have four children.

A proud mom

At Matanzas High School, Moore also serves as a testing and ESE secretary. She has worked with Flagler Schools since 2004.

“Both my children are products of Flagler Schools. They’ve both been told they can do whatever they want and they have always had the support of their teachers. I am so proud of Matanzas and to be a part of the Flagler Schools family,” she stated.

Her son, Jadakiss, graduated from Matanzas last year and is a student at Daytona State College. Her daughter, Janay, is a sophomore at Matanzas.

Moore attended Mitchell College and St. Johns University before moving to Flagler County in 2002.

In addition to working at Matanzas, Moore has been a Girl Scouts troop leader for the past eight years.

Eversen and Moore will represent Flagler County Schools in statewide competitions in the coming months.

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