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Two OCPS Physical Education Teachers 
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

ALTAMONTE 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.
“Our students’ scores reflect the excellence of our faculty and curriculum in preparing today’s nurses,” 

says Cheryl Cicotti, associate dean for nursing.
NCLEX is 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.


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