Matanzas High educator named Flagler teacher of the year

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Khady Harmon teaches physics and chemistry at Matanzas High School.

This year’s Flagler County District Teacher and Employee Celebration was held entirely online, on Jan. 28. Seventeen employees and 11 teachers from across the district were honored.

Following a number of video highlights introducing the 28 honorees, Superintendent Cathy Mittelstadt announced the District Teacher and District Employee of the Year.

Khady Harmon, a physics and chemistry teacher at Matanzas High School was named Teacher of the Year for Flagler Schools. On receiving the honor, Khady said, “No matter what happens, teachers are committed. The most important thing is our students. This is a year like we’ve never seen before, but I am so happy and honored to represent all the teachers in Flagler County.”

Harmon earned her bachelor’s in chemistry with a minor in math from the University of Texas. She moved to Florida eight years ago and began teaching at Matanzas High. She and her husband Michael have two young children.

State honors next

Chuck Coates, a project manager with Plant Services, was named Employee of the Year. Chuck has been with Flagler Schools for 12 years. Says Chuck, “This is a good feeling, to represent our department and the support staff, that we do so much for each of the schools. All of us are forward-thinking, about the years to come for our schools. This year has been difficult for all support staff, but we’re keeping the schools going.”

Coates and his wife Jennifer have two children. “Both Khady and Chuck are great representatives of Flagler Schools. They are proven leaders on their campus and their department, and I could not be happier to have them represent their fellow teachers and support staff,’’ Millelstadt added.

They will now represent Flagler Schools for statewide honors.

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