The Marco Island Area Chamber of Commerce and the Naples Daily news visited area schools to honor the teacher of the year and staff support person, chosen by the respective school's students.
Mary Quinton, Naples Daily News, Kevin Donlan, Marco Island Chamber of Chamber of Commerce president and Sandi Riedemann, chamber executive director, presented the awards.
Since 1998 the two organizations have been recognizing teacher and support persons who have made a positive impact on the students' academic and personal lives.
Tommie Barfield choices were Ed Laudise, Teacher of the Year and Tricia Krutzke, Support Staff Person of the Year.
Marco Island Charter Middle School choices were Doug Lindsay, Teacher of the Year and Scott Hurley, Support Staff Person of the Year.
Marco Island Academy Charter High School winners were Kirby Rients, Teacher of the Year and Denise Barreto, Support Staff Person of the Year.
Manatee Middle School selectees were Kelley Bergey, Teacher of the Year and Cassandra Preza, Support Staff Person of the Year.
Lely High recipients were Anna Bowe, Teacher of the Year and Ileana Maya, Support Staff Person of the Year.
Consistent themes cited by the students included being extremely helpful, responsible, respectful, help students believe in themselves and motivation,