CLEARWATER – Debra Stotts, an office clerk at Largo Middle School, was named Pinellas County Schools 2013 Support Employee of the Year at a recent breakfast celebration in Clearwater.
She will represent the district’s more than 6,300 full- and part-time support employees in the Florida School-Related Employee of the Year program in the spring.
Stotts won the Indirect Involvement with Students category. Irma Vargas, a bilingual assistant at Skycrest Elementary won the Direct Involvement with Students category, and Katherine Dickinson, a secretary/bookkeeper at Curlew Creek Elementary, won the Limited Involvement with Students category.
Stotts is a six-year veteran of Pinellas County schools and was nominated for her leadership, volunteerism, community outreach efforts and the relationships she builds with students and parents. She mentors three students, volunteered more than 700 hours at Largo Middle and Largo High in 2011-12 year and serves as Largo Middle’s PTSA president. Stotts has organized numerous safety initiatives, school fundraisers and community service projects.
“She has always been one to arrive early and stay late,” said Largo Middle Assistant Principal Gail George-Coppens in a nomination letter. “She is always the first to ask if there is something she can do to help. It is always Debbie who can appraise a task and devise methods by which it can be done more efficiently.”