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Awards

Director’s Achievement & Great Gator

The Director’s Achievement Award is given to associates or teams who contribute to achieving a data point toward the Lastinger Center’s Objectives & Key Results (OKRs).

The Great Gator Award is passed along by associates at the Lastinger Center’s bi-annual All Associates Meeting (AAM) as an opportunity to recognize a colleague’s hard work. 

Director’s Achievement Award

2022

The Director’s Achievement Award is given to associates or teams who contribute to achieving a data point toward the Lastinger Center’s Objectives and Key Results (OKRs). They are awarded on a quarterly basis during a Center-wide meeting so that all associates can participate in recognizing the recipients’ efforts. 

Quarter Ending

September 2022

Bryan Lutz, Luiz Franco Giovanini and Gabe Lipartito contributed to the extraordinary ongoing work to make sense of the New Worlds Reading Initiative data. Their efforts support our ability to verify eligibility and track outcomes of the growing program, which reached over 120,000 K-5 public school students in Florida during its first year of implementation. 

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Bryan Lutz

Manager
Technology

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Luiz Franco Giovanini, Ph.D.

Manager
New Worlds Reading Initiative

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Gabe Lipartito, MS

Coordinator
New Worlds Reading Initiative

Quarter Ending

June 2022

In the 2021-2022 fiscal year, Brittany Gonzalez and Erica Lopez instituted policies and procedures to support a consistent employee experience during recruitment, hiring, onboarding and retention. Their efforts supported 30 new hires, 9 promotions and 18 part-time positions – for a total of 57 hires. Their contributions have had a significant impact on the Center’s 96% full-time employee retention rate.

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Brittany Gonzalez, MBA

Coordinator
Business Services

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Erica Lopez

Specialist
Business Services

Amanda Pate and Stephanie Snidarich led an extraordinary group of Literacy Matrix Navigators during the 2021-2022 academic year. They met regularly with the Navigators to ensure that over 1,300 teachers had the support they needed to complete the Literacy Matrix with mastery and receive their State of Florida Reading Endorsement. 

Amanda Pate
Amanda Pate

Specialist
Lead Literacy Navigator

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Stephanie Snidarich, Ph.D.

Coordinator
Research

Quarter Ending

March 2022

The Massachusetts Flamingo Early Learning implementation team received the Q3 Director’s Achievement Award for improving Massachusetts Early Childcare Leaders’ facilitation skills. 

Ron Viafore

Coordinator
Early Learning Implementation

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Theresa Loch

Specialist
Implementation Support

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Karen Osarenkhoe

Specialist
Implementation Support

Quarter Ending

January 2022

Mary Bratsch-Hines and Donny Schrum pulled, cleaned, and processed data across multiple sources and systems to support OKR data. Their efforts helped the Center get closer to our goal of having access to regular data about our impact, scale, and sustainability to inform our decisions.

Mary Bratsch-Hines, Ph.D.

Senior Manager
Research and Evaluation

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Donny Schrum

Coordinator
Data Science

Nadeige King contributed to notable work in improving the efficiency of our payroll distribution system. The projected 20% drop in the amount of payroll we charge to our operating budget is estimated to save the Center $100K in the 2022-2023 fiscal year, which can now be redistributed to support the Center’s growth efforts in other productive ways.

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Nadeige King

Manager
Finance

Great Gator Award

2022

 

The Great Gator Award is passed along by associates at the Lastinger Center’s bi-annual All Associates Meetings (AAM). This award gives collagues an opportunity to recognize one another’s hard work, dedication and commitment to the Center.

AAM

Fall 2022

Robin Gregory was selected by Lori Gully for her tremendous efforts serving as New Worlds Reading’s Operations Manager. In this role, Robin created file structures for multiple organizations, coordinated new teams, drafted SOPs and held meetings with stakeholders – all while building relationships with colleagues around the Center.  

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Robin Gregory

Operations Manager
New Worlds Reading Initative

AAM

Spring 2022

Lori Gully was selected by Dayna Galganski for her work leading the Instructional Design and Development team. In this role, Lori oversaw the creation and refinement of the Center’s professional development content. She streamlined and elevated the process, creating even greater efficiency and working relationships within the team. 

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Lori Gully

Manager
Learning Experiences