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Evening of Excellence

Thank you for joining us at the 2024 Evening of Excellence Teacher of the Year!

Seminole High’s Gerard Madrinan Named Pinellas County Schools’ Teacher of the Year

Mr. Gerard Madrinan was named the 2024 Teacher of the Year for Pinellas County Schools on January 22, 2024 at the annual Evening of Excellence hosted at the Mahaffey Theater by the Pinellas Education Foundation.

Madrinan is a proud graduate of Pinellas County Schools and is a dedicated band director and music teacher at Seminole High School. He holds a Bachelor of Music Education and a Master of Music in Instrumental Conducting from the University of South Florida.

He first fell in love with Seminole High School’s Marching Band in 4th grade when his older brother was in the band. For the last 33 years, he has been connected to the marching band – from watching as a little kid to now serving as the band director. His marching band was selected to perform in nest year’s Rose Parade in California.

- 2023-24 Teacher of the Year Finalists -

Deanna Barthel
Clearwater Fundamental Middle School

Lisa Bitting
Palm Harbor University High School

Sadra Bostick
Ponce de Leon Elementary School

Kristin Campbell
Sandy Lane Elementary School

Karin David
East Lake Middle School

Debbie Georgia-Stein
Gibbs High School

Kristin Jennings
Bay Vista Fundamental Elementary School

Gerard Madrinan
Seminole High School

Naomi Middlebrooks
Maximo Elementary School

Cole Pierce
Tyrone Middle School

Being a classroom teacher means having the opportunity to change students’ lives for the better. It’s an exhilarating mission that has never felt like a job. My hope is to inspire them to work hard at what they do, believe in themselves and love the process of getting up each morning.

- Gerard Madrinan, 2024 Teacher of the Year

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