Area students recognize teachers, support staff

Mary Quinton, Naples Daily News, center, with Lely High School's Teacher of the Year, Anna Bowe, right and Staff Support Person of the Year Ileana Maya.

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Mary Quinton, Naples Daily News, center, with Lely High School's Teacher of the Year, Anna Bowe, right and Staff Support Person of the Year Ileana Maya.

Sandi Riedemann, Marco Island Chamber of Commerce executive diretor, left and Kevin Donlan, right, Chamber president,  presented  Support Staff Person of Year to Denise Barreto and Teacher of the Year to Kirby Rients at the Marco Island Academy Charter High School. Students chose the award winners, The awards were given  by the Chamber and Naples Daily News.

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Sandi Riedemann, Marco Island Chamber of Commerce executive diretor, left and Kevin Donlan, right, Chamber president, presented Support Staff Person of Year to Denise Barreto and Teacher of the Year to Kirby Rients at the Marco Island Academy Charter High School. Students chose the award winners, The awards were given by the Chamber and Naples Daily News.

Mary Quinton, Naples Daily News, left and Sandi Riedemann, Marco Island Chamber of Commerce executive director, gave awards to Douglas Lindsay, Teacher of the Year and Scott Hurley, Staff Support Person of the Year for the Marco Island Charter Middle School.

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Mary Quinton, Naples Daily News, left and Sandi Riedemann, Marco Island Chamber of Commerce executive director, gave awards to Douglas Lindsay, Teacher of the Year and Scott Hurley, Staff Support Person of the Year for the Marco Island Charter Middle School.

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Mary Quinton, left, Naples Daily News and Kevin Donlan, Marco Island Chamber of Commerce president, presented awards to Manatee Middle School's Support Staff Person of the Year to Cassandra Preza, left and Kelly Bergey, Teacher of the Year.

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Donna Niemczyk/Special to the Eagle (4) Mary Quinton, left, Naples Daily News and Kevin Donlan, Marco Island Chamber of Commerce president, presented awards to Manatee Middle School's Support Staff Person of the Year to Cassandra Preza, left and Kelly Bergey, Teacher of the Year.

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,

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