FHSA State Leadership Awards

2018 - 2019 Honorees

FHSA honored our state winners during an Awards Luncheon on October 31, 2018, at the Embassy Suites - Central in West Palm Beach, FL.  Some of our State award recipients competed for Region and National Awards. RVIHSA announced their winners and selected four of Florida recipients and will be honored during their annual awards gala on February 7, 2018. RIVHSA winners are denoted with a * beside their name. The National Association will announced their recipients in December 2018.  To view highlights from the event, click here.

To view a complete listing of FHSA 2018 award recipients, please choose which honoree profile you would like to view by selecting the links below.

Administrator of the Year - LaTanya Wynn-Hall, Lutheran Services of Florida, Jacksonville

Parent of the Year - Ikeshia Highsmith, Hillsborough County Head Start, Tampa *

Father of the Year - Daniel Grant, Community Coordinated Care for Children, Inc., Orlando *

Teacher of the Year - Loren Herndon, Hillsborough County Public School Head Start, Tampa *

Staff of the Year - Tabatha Hayes, Lutheran Services of Florida, Jacksonville

Support Staff of the Year - Matthew Fullas, Community Coordinated Care for Children, Inc. Orlando *

The scholarship award nominees below were selected by a panel review and will go on to compete for RIVHSA annual award.
  • Dannery Ramon Scholarship for Head Start/Early Head Start Alumni, High School Senior - Orange County Head Start
  • Cynthia Marshall Scholarship for Head Start/Early Head Start Staff, Higher Education  Lutheran Services of Florida- Largo
FHSA awards panel also selected two state representatives to compete for recognition at the National level through the National Head Start Association (NHSA) annual awards program. Those are listed below.
  • Brevard Schools Head Start  NHSA Edward Zigler Innovation Award  
  • Deborah Jones NHSA Aubrey Puckett Memorial Award  Community Coordinated Care for Children, Inc., Orlando

Click here to download the press release for scholarship and NHSA award representatives.


2017-2018 Award Recipients 

Parent of the Year - Katoya Finney-Miller, Lutheran Services of Florida, Palm Beach
Father of the Year - Curtis Click, Lutheran Services Florida, Palm Beach
Beating the Odds - Shanika Preston, Community Coordinated Care for Children, Inc., Orlando
Teacher of the Year - Chantelle Brown, Lutheran Services of Florida, Palm Beach
Staff of the Year - Catherine Penton-Gooch, Lutheran Services of Florida, Jacksonville
Support Staff of the Year - Teresita Boneo-Maligsa, Lutheran Services of Florida, Palm Beach
Humanitarian of the Year - Capurnia Larkins
Oral Health Award - Brevard Public Schools Head Start Program
Corporate Award - Children's Services Council, Palm Beach County