Allison Riordan, Ross College of Education 2012 graduate, was selected 2012-2013 Palm Beach County Beginning Teacher of the Year, during a ceremony at the Fulton-Holland Educational Services Center in West Palm Beach on June 4.

Priscilla Boerger, assistant professor of education in the Ross College of Education, was in attendance and said, “Watching Allison grow as a student both professionally and personally while she was a RCOE student was a joy, however, being able to see her put all that she took from RCOE and put it together to become such a success in the classroom put the icing on the cake for my 2012-2013 year.  One of the individuals on Allison's interview team could only describe her as AMAZING.  It is outcomes like these that truly make me proud to be an educator!”

The Beginning Teacher of the Year Award and the Mentor Teacher of the Year Award are presented annually to an outstanding elementary, middle, and high school first year and mentor teacher employed by the Palm Beach County School District, who have been recommended by their principal for demonstrating excellence. The Department of Professional Development and the Education Foundation of Palm Beach County, Inc. co-sponsored the event in support of first year teachers and mentors. Each award recipient receives a $500 check to be used for planning lessons and/or supplies for their classrooms. The 2012 Beginning Teacher of the Year Award was presented in partnership with the Department of Professional Development.