VBHS Teacher is State Teacher of the Year Finalist

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Contact: Cristen Maddux
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

May 7, 2019

VBHS Teacher Dr. Nicole Mosblech Named A Top 5 Finalist For State Teacher of the Year

Vero Beach, FL, May 7, 2019- The School District of Indian River County (SDIRC) is excited to announce that Dr. Nicole Mosblech has been selected as a State Teacher of the Year Finalist. This morning, Jacob Oliva, Chancellor of Public Schools, Paul Burns, Deputy Chancellor for Educator Quality, and their team from the Florida Department of Education, joined District staff and administration at Vero Beach High School to surprise Dr. Mosblech, during her third period AP Environmental Science class.

In January of this year, Nicole was chosen as our District Teacher of the Year at our Stars of the Year Gala. After that night, Nicole worked rigorously on finishing a State packet, which included her resume, a minimum of three letters of recommendation, a lesson plan, a Superintendent nomination letter, and 6 essay questions. In addition to this, Nicole was required to submit a video recorded 30-minute lesson, of which she chose to present to her AP Environmental Science Class, involving a case study in which students used scientific research and published data to analyze the effectiveness of culling wolves to save endangered caribou as a conservation strategy. After completing each requirement, and turning in her packet in February, our entire District has been eagerly awaiting the news!

“Being chosen as one of the Finalists for Florida Teacher of the Year is such a great honor!” said Dr. Nicole Mosblech, State Teacher of the Year Finalist. “I absolutely didn’t expect this, as there are so many amazing teachers this year that have been chosen to represent their counties. I’m so incredibly proud to represent Vero Beach High School and Indian River County teachers; a community of professionals who all deserve to be celebrated for ways in which we allow our students to learn and grow each day. I just feel that I’m a reflection of all these amazing individuals that are part of my academic community!”

Shawn O’Keefe, Principal at Vero Beach High School, added, “We are ‘Vero Proud’ of Dr. Nicole Mosblech in being recognized as a State Finalist for Teacher of the Year. Dr. Mosblech is a noble educator who makes brilliant connections with her AP Environmental Science Students, as she imparts rigorous content and inspires responsible stewardship of the Earth, in her students. There is no doubt that she makes a lasting impact upon the lives of her students each school year, and we are grateful that she is a part of Vero Beach High School and Indian River County School District.”

In June, Dr. Mosblech will join four other Finalists from the State of Florida, in Tallahassee, to interview with the State selection committee. After interviews are completed, each of the 74 District Teachers of the Year will gather in Orlando in July for the Florida Department of Education Teacher of the Year Roundtable and Gala, where the announcement of the 2020 Florida Department of Education Teacher of the Year will be made.

Dr. Mark Rendell, Superintendent said, “Dr. Mosblech is more than deserving of recognition as a 2020 State Finalist and will represent Vero Beach High School and Indian River County well. We are fortunate to have such a strong instructional staff in our district. We have had one of our educators honored by the State as a Finalist in each of the past four years. Dr. Mosblech joins Cindy Emerson, a State Finalist for Principal of the Year in the 2019-2020 school year; colleague Kate Fiori from Vero Beach Elementary School who was a State Finalist for Teacher of the Year in the 2017-2018 school year; and Anne Bieber, who won the title of State Assistant Principal of the year for the 2016-2017 school year."

Congratulations to Dr. Nicole Mosblech, as she moves forward to compete in the running for the 2020 Department of Education Teacher of the Year. Your entire district is very proud of you, and we are cheering you on!!!

Nicole Mosblech State Teacher of Year Finalist with students

State Teacher of the Year Finalist
Dr. Mosblech with Dr. Rendell, Superintendent; Shawn O'Keefe, VBHS Principal; Jacob Oliva, Chancellor of Public Schools; and Paul Burns, Deputy Chancellor for Educator Quality



Florida Department of Education Press Release

Florida Department of Education Names Indian River County Educator Dr. Nicole Mosblech Teacher of the Year Finalist
~ Mosblech is one of five finalists to compete for the 2020 statewide Teacher of the Year ~

VERO BEACH, Fla., May 7, 2019 – Today, Division of Public Schools Chancellor Jacob Oliva surprised Dr. Nicole Mosblech from Vero Beach High School in Indian River County with the news that she is one of five Teacher of the Year finalists. The statewide Teacher of the Year will be announced at the annual Florida Teacher of the Year Gala July 18 in Orlando.

“Dr. Nicole Mosblech has dedicated her career to ensuring all students have access to a high-quality education and develop an appreciation for the planet on which we live and rely,” said Commissioner of Education Richard Corcoran. “Dr. Mosblech not only grew the school’s Advanced Placement program, her students’ pass rate exceeded the national rate by 13.5 percentage points last year. Her classroom accomplishments combined with her civic involvement make Dr. Mosblech a terrific Teacher of the Year finalist.”

After graduating with her Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Scranton, Nicole Mosblech started out her career by teaching English in South Korea. In 2005, she moved back to the United States and began teaching science at the Vero Beach High School Freshman Learning Center before pursuing a doctorate in ecology at Florida Institute of Technology. Upon earning her Ph.D., she returned to Vero Beach High School, where she has been teaching ever since. Dr. Mosblech teaches Advanced Placement and Honors-level Environmental Science, as well as Honors Chemistry. Outside of the classroom, she contributes to her students’ growth by sponsoring the Vero Beach High School Green Team and the Science Research Club; leading oyster mat construction with the Vero Beach Power Squadron and coastal cleanups. She also serves as member and chairperson of the City of Sebastian’s Natural Resource Board.


This year’s five finalists were chosen from more than 176,900 public school teachers throughout the state. After each school district selects its Teacher of the Year, a selection committee representing teachers, principals, parents and the business community reviews each district application on the basis of outstanding ability to teach and communicate knowledge of the subject taught, professional development, philosophy of teaching, and outstanding school and community service.


The Florida Teacher of the Year Program is made possible by generous sponsors: Florida Prepaid, State Farm, Helios Education Foundation, Florida Blue, Wells Fargo, Voya Financial®, Florida Power and Light Company, Publix Super Market Charities, Universal Orlando Resort, Blue Man Group and Herff Jones.

For more about the Florida Teacher of the Year program, please visit Florida Teachers Lead.

For more information about the Florida Department of Education, visit www.fldoe.org



If you would like more information about this topic, please contact Cristen Maddux at 772-564-5527 or via email at Cristen.Maddux@indianriverschools.org