Sarasota County Teacher of the Year finalists named

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SARASOTA COUNTY, Fla. - Teachers at three Sarasota County public schools received surprise visits from Superintendent Lori White Thursday, as they were named teachers of the year at each school level.

The annual Teacher Tribute Tour arrived with gifts and balloons. Each of the three finalists will receive a cash award from the Education Foundation, gift baskets and scholarships from Nova Southeastern University.

The three finalists are:

Gina Barresi, an English and Reading teacher from Sarasota High School

Lisa Figueroa, a science lab teacher from Taylor Ranch Elementary

Ian Ackroyd, a music teacher from Venice Middle School

The overall district Teacher of the Year will be announced from among these three finalists at a celebration on March 27, at Laurel Oak Country Club in Sarasota.