The Manatee County School District honored East County middle school teacher Carrie Rainwater Thursday night, as one of the county's top educators, during the EdVantage Education Awards ceremony.
Rainwater, an eighth-grade science teacher at Nolan Middle School, was one of four finalists recognized March 6, for the Educator of theYear award.
Teacher Zadda Bazzy, music teacher at Oneco Elementary, took home the Educator of the Year title, while Todd Persinger, head custodian at Anna Maria Island Elementary School, won Support Employee of the Year.
Incoming Superintendent Rick Mills made his debut as part of the ceremony.
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Tennis pro earns honors
Palm-Aire Country Club Director of Tennis Greg High has scored big with the U.S. Professional Tennis Association.
Petruff receives service award
East County resident and local attorney Patricia Petruff, a senior partner of the Dye, Deitrich, Petruff & St. Paul law firm in Bradenton, has been awarded the 2014 William C. Grimes Award for Lifetime Achievement in Community Service.
East County resident Julie Kean recently captured this photo of two fawns resting on Legacy Boulevard, near the Lakewood Ranch Golf and Country Club’s tennis and fitness center.