Eureka Springs EAST Facilitator Wins ACGA Teacher of the Year Award

   

Eureka Springs EAST Facilitator Wins ACGA Teacher of the Year Award
8/9/2013 2:59:49 PM

Mila Lynne Floro received the Teacher of the Year Award from the Arkansas Department of Career Education.

Eureka Springs High School EAST Program Facilitator Mila Lynne Floro received the Teacher of the Year Award from the Arkansas Department of Career Education at the Arkansas Career Guidance Association’s annual summer conference.

The Teacher of the Year Award is based on the teacher’s education, training and academic experiences, professional memberships and contributions, civic and community involvement, classroom and academic program’s effectiveness. The other Finalists were Fran Strawn (Nashville High School), Sharla Hartzell (Dover Middle School), Cindy Mason (Dierks High School), Kristie Morrison (Ahlf Junior High School) and Tamara McCollum (Carl Stuart Middle School).

Floro has been the Eureka Springs High School EAST Program Facilitator since 2001. Before her career change to education, she had over 20 years of corporate and management experience in finance, insurance, banking and retail services. She got her undergraduate degree in English Literature from Smith College and a Master in Business Administration from the University of Southern California. Her insurance designations include Fellow, Life Management Institute (FLMI),and Health Insurance Association (HIA). For 2010, Floro received the MIT Excite Award, the ING Unsung Hero Award and the Eureka Springs Rotary Club Annual Vocation Award. She is a Pathwise Mentor for the Arkansas Department of Education and an EAST/Workforce Technology Mentor for the Arkansas Department of Career Education.

EAST students are encouraged to use high-end technologies to design and implement service-based community projects. EAST technologies include animation, architectural and mechanical design, computer programming, GPS and GIS, graphic design, music and video production and website design.

Under Floro’s guidance, Eureka Springs EAST students have worked on: Carroll County Community Technology Center, Carroll County Emergency Evacuation Landing Zone Mapping Project, Carroll County Inventors Club and Robotics Team, Eureka Springs Fire Hydrant Mapping Project, Eureka Springs Historic District Mapping Project, Eureka Springs Tree Profile Mapping Project, Springs and Storm Drains Mapping Project, Eureka Springs Historic Cemetery Mapping Project, Harmon Park Contour Mapping Project, High School Butterfly Garden, Japan Fulbright Memorial Fund Teacher Program, Japan Fulbright Memorial Fund Master Teacher Program, Lemelson-MIT InvenTeams Projects, Natural Disaster School Evacuation Plan, and Western Carroll County 911 Identification Mapping Project, and Western Carroll County 911 Mapping Project. The Eureka Springs High School EAST Program hosts annual community events that include Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Day, International Day and EAST Night Out.

The Eureka Springs High School EAST Program has won various honors and awards that include the EAST Initiative’s Founder’s Award given to the best EAST Program that demonstrates excellence Community Achievement (Community Service), Collaboration and the Integration of Technology. The EAST Program’s community projects have been funded by grants and donations from the Lemelson-MIT InvenTeams Program, Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation, Eureka Springs Rotary Club, Walton Foundation, Carroll County Community Foundation, Arkansas Department of Education, Arkansas Department of Health and Human Services, Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, Arkansas State Teachers Association, Arvest Bank, Bank of Eureka Springs, Beaver Fire Department, Carroll Electric Cooperative, City of Eureka Springs, Community First Bank, Dell Computers, DirecTV, EAST Initiative, Eureka Springs Police Department, FIRST Robotics, First National Bank of Berryville, Gifts in Kinds International, ING Insurance, Japan Fulbright Memorial Fund, Lodge 1042 Benevolent & Protective Order of Elks, Microsoft, Northwest Arkansas Community Foundation, Samsung Four Seasons of Hope, Southeast Arkansas Education Service Cooperative, Southwest Electric Power Company, United Methodist Church, Weyerhaeuser Arkansas, local donors and sponsors.

 

 

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