Chalkboard Champions

Past Winners

  Chalkboard Champion: Elementary school teacher who always arrives early, stays late

Chalkboard Champion & 5th Grade Teacher, Kara Carney (middle) poses with ABC 7's Ray Collins, Gettel Automotive's Roy Smalls, student Christian Vann, her mother Michelle Vann and Principal Pat Stream at Rogers Garden-Bullock Elementary School in Manatee County.

  Chalkboard Champion: Special needs instructor with a special approach

Winner of the ABC 7 Gettel Automotive "Chalkboard Champion" for May in Sarasota is Josh Stolze of "Beyond the Spectrum" Education Center in Lakewood Ranch. Josh is with ABC 7 Anchor Ray Collins and Gettel Automotive's Fred Bartholomew.

  Chalkboard Champion: J.R. Boatwright of Johnson-Wakeland School

Mr. Boatwright, a Lakeland native, has been a teacher for 12 years, the past six in Bradenton. He says he loves what he does. And it shows.

  Chalkboard Champion: Clesha Allen of Booker Elementary School

ABC 7's Ray Collins, Emma E. Booker Elementary School Teacher Clesha Allen and Sandep SIngh of Gettel Automotive.

  Chalkboard Champions: Kindergarten teacher Loreena Durrance

Tara Elementary School Principal Laura Campbell, ABC 7 Anchor Ray Collins, Teacher Loreena Durrance and a representative from Gettel Automotive pose for this month's ABC 7 & Gettel Automotive 'Chalkboard Champion' for March in Manatee County.

  Chalkboard Champion: Coach Brenda Clark

She may not be a traditional teacher, but Brenda Clark has taught some Venice High School students more than they’ve ever learned in a classroom.

  Chalkboard Champion: Ms. Heather Camarda

Our Chalkboard Champion for February in Manatee County is Ms. Heather Camarda.

  Chalkboard Champion: Mr. Robert Craig

Our Sarasota County Chalkboard Champion for February is Mr. Robert Craig.

  Meet Chalkboard Champion Mrs. Katherine Choate!

Mrs. Katherine Choate is this month's Manatee County Chalkboard Champion!

  January Chalkboard Champion for Sarasota County: Mr. Case from Venice High

The Venice High School teacher making a difficult subject easy to understand, by connecting what he teaches in the classroom to real life so his students quickly catch on.

  December Chalkboard Champion for Manatee County: Mrs. Eskildsen from Manatee High

We head to Bradenton for December’s Manatee County Chalkboard Champion. ABC7′s Jacqueline Matter takes us to Manatee High School to meet orchestra director, Emily Eskildsen.

  December Chalkboard Champion for Sarasota County: Capt. Goodman from Sarasota Military Academy

December Chalkboard Champion of the month for Sarasota County

  November Chalkboard Champion for Manatee County: Mrs. Galletta from Electa Lee Middle

We head to Bradenton for November’s Manatee County Chalkboard Champion. ABC7′s Jacqueline Matter takes us to Electa Lee Middle School to meet Theater Director Starloe Galletta.

  November Chalkboard Champion for Sarasota County: Mrs. Conley from Atwater Elementary

We head to North Port for November’s Sarasota County Chalkboard Champion. ABC 7′s Jacqueline Matter takes us to Atwater Elementary to meet first grade teacher Kayla Conley.

  October Chalkboard Champion for Manatee County: Mrs. McMahon from Rowlett Academy

BRADENTON, FL (WWSB) - ABC7 is teaming up with Gettel Automotive to celebrate teachers in our community – we’re calling them the Chalkboard Champions.

Local News

  Money saving Monday: How to save on airfare

Are you looking to book a flight in the upcoming months, but aren't sure how to find the best deal?AAA Travel Agent Sue Fitzgerald said the theory that plane tickets are cheaper on Tuesdays isn't the case anymore.Because everything is computerized, flight prices really depend on supply and demand

  Recent report ranks SRQ among the top in fastest growing medium sized airport

Some good news for Sarasota Bradenton International Airport, a recent report has ranked it one of the best medium-sized airports in the nation.

  Video of possible water spout off Longboat Key

A video of possible water spout was captured off of Longboat Key on Sunday morning.

  Happy Father’s Day from ABC7! We want your photos!

Happy Father’s Day from ABC7! We want to see a picture of you and your dad!

  Sarasota man sentenced to 30 years in prison for sexual battery on a child

On Friday, a Sarasota man was sentenced to 30 years in prison for sexual battery on a child.

  Scallops in danger more after the effects of red tide outbreak

With scallop season already underway in part of the state, their is concern for the future of the industry. It’s been nearly a year since red tide hammered throughout the Suncoast, affecting marine life, including scallops.

Community

  City of Bradenton announces that the Bradenton Riverwalk is expanding

Changes are on the way for Downtown Bradenton’s Riverwalk.

  Mote cares for corals rescued in front of the path of deadly disease

Mote cares for corals rescued in front of the path of deadly disease

WEAR BLUE! Manatee Memorial wants to bring awareness to men’s health

Manatee Memorial Hospital wants to encourage everyone to wear blue to bring awareness of men’s health.

  Seaweed washes ashore on Venice Jetties

This week we received reports of a smelly situation out at the Venice Jetty’s.

  Manatee County educators work to add new programs for elementary schools

Manatee County educators are working hard to add new programs to local elementary schools.

  FDOT installs new medians and improves the turn lane on U.S. 301

FDOT installs new medians and improves the turn lane on U.S. 301