Two OCPS Physical Education
Selected Best In State
ORANGE COUNTY - The Florida Alliance for Health, Physical
Education, Recreation, Dance and Sport (FAHPERDS) selected two Orange County
teachers to receive individual state awards. Gina McFerren from
Freedom High School received the FAHPERDS High School Teacher of the Year Award
for the state of Florida. Ms. McFerren is a nationally-board certified teacher
and physical education curriculum leader at Freedom High School She is also the
school’s Wellness/Healthy Team school coordinator.
Carolyn Deeb from Avalon
Middle School received the FAHPERDS Middle School Physical Educator of the
Year. Ms. Deeb is a nationally-board certified teacher, the school’s Hoops for
Heart coordinator, and was the 2012 Sports Professional of the Year for
FAHPERDS and the Southern District Association of the American Alliance for
Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance (SDAAHPERD). Butch Valdes, president
of Physical Education for FAHPERDS, presented each teacher with their award
during the state convention held in Orlando in October at the Buena Vista
Palace Hotel. Both teachers are now
nominees moving forward for the Southern District award in their respective
categories to compete against 13 other states.
Seminole State College Nursing Grads Are
Top In FCS On Licensing Exams
SPRINGS - Graduates of the Nursing Programs at Seminole State College of
Florida once again exceeded state and national averages on their licensure
exams, according to results released recently by the Florida Board of Nursing. Seminole
State’s 121 Registered Nursing (RN) graduates achieved a 95.87 percent
first-time candidate pass rate on the National Council Licensure Examination –
the highest among the 28 Florida College System institutions. The state average
is 79.29 percent, and the national average is 84.28 percent.
students’ scores reflect the excellence of our faculty and curriculum in
preparing today’s nurses,”
says Cheryl Cicotti, associate dean for nursing.
the state-required exam that determines whether graduates are prepared for
entry-level nursing practice. In
addition, Seminole State’s Licensed Practical Nursing (LPN) graduates well
exceeded state and national averages with a first-time pass rate of 96.5
percent. The state average is 76.1 percent, and national is 85.5 percent. Seminole
State’s nursing programs are based at the Altamonte Springs Campus, which
features 16 state-of-the-art healthcare labs and high-tech patient simulators.
For more information, please visit the Nursing website.