VERO BEACH, Fla. - A teacher from Vero Beach Elementary School has been named 2012 Indian River County's Teacher of the Year. Rachel Serra, who teaches fourth grade at the school, accepted the award from Superintendent of Schools Harry LaCava at a dinner at the Vero Beach Country Club.
According to the Palm Beach Post , Serra has taught at Vero Beach Elementary for five years and is the grade level chairman. The 26-year old earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Education from Plymouth State University.
Teachers are nominated and voted on by fellow teachers at their schools. Five finalists are selected from a group of nominees by a teacher of the year selection committee, which consists of administrators and previous winners.
The other four finalists were: Sandy McMahon, mathematics, Gifford Middle School; Sue DiDomizio, fifth grade, Highlands Elementary; Rose Brickles, fifth grade, Sebastian Elementary; and Heather Holden, science, Freshman Learning Center at Vero Beach High School.
Rachel Serra will spend the next year representing Indian River County as Teacher of the Year. She now moves closer to the State Teacher of the Year contest , which is sponsored by the state Department of Education and Macys.