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Language Exploration Enrichment 

L.E.E. Language Teachers Win Awards


February 1, 2017 | View PDF

Donna Guzzo and Michelle Olah, President, FFLA

Donna Guzzo, Operations Administrator, Language Exploration Enrichment was presented with the prestigious Most Valued Educator award for the fifth consecutive year on October 20, 2016 at the annual Florida Foreign Language Association conference in Orlando, Florida. This award recognizes foreign language educators who have experienced professional success in the past year. Under Guzzo's leadership, LEE students have won Scholar of the Year Elementary level for eleven consecutive years, three LEE instructors have been recognized as teacher of promise, and two other instructors have been recognized as most valued educator and teacher of the year. She was also awarded the Teacher-Student award for a digital presentation made in collaboration with her students Macey Thousand and Gabriel Beaumont.

Alejandra Rivera was presented with the Teacher of Promise award. Outstanding educators in their first three years in the profession are nominated by their colleagues and selected for the award based on their potential fare or outstanding success in their field.

"I would like to congratulate Donna Guzzo and Alejandra Rivera for their hard work and enthusiasm in teaching a world language, sharing their culture, and changing the world!"-Janet Robles, Curriculum Administrator, LEE.

Alejandra Rivera and Michelle Olah, President, FFLA

Language Exploration Enrichment was founded in 2003. Its mission is to encourage all students to explore world languages and cultures. The goal is to introduce children to world cultures through classroom lessons, discussions, activities, technology, crafts, songs, games, etc.

Language Exploration Enrichment (LEE), is designed as an after school service to students, in fourteen schools within St. Johns County, with a potential for a fundraiser, (Durbin Creek, Julington Creek, Cunningham Creek, Hickory Creek, Timberlin Creek, Liberty Pines Academy, R.B. Hunt Elementary, Ketterlinus, Palencia, Valley Ridge Academy, Patriot Oaks Academy, Ocean Palms Elementary, PVPV/Rawlings, Mill Creek and Wards Creek Elementary). Proceeds from program benefit each participating school. To learn more about LEE, please visit,

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