Chalkboard Champions

Past Winners

  Chalkboard Champion: Providing the right ingredients for students of all abilities

A special education teacher is the newest Chalkboard Champion for Sarasota County!

  Chalkboard Champion: E-learning teacher’s creativity keeping students learning

Sonja Schubring is a teacher at Annie Lucy Williams Elementary School in Parrish and is the newest ABC 7 and May Custom Home Chalkboard Champion.

  Chalkboard Champion: Creating special moments to keep technology students engaged

"She's such a great teacher and the kids really love her," said Raymond Wilson just before ABC 7 surprised the newest Sarasota County Chalkboard Champion.

Chalkboard Champion: Looping to first grade during the pandemic

A Manatee County teacher is being awarded $500 for how she has been helping students throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

  Chalkboard Champion: Fostering normalcy in abnormal times

A Sarasota County teacher is being awarded $500 for the work she has been doing for her students throughout the pandemic.

  Chalkboard Champion: Paying bills and providing computers for students learning from home

A Manatee County teacher is being recognized as a Chalkboard Champion for going above and beyond for her students during the Coronavirus pandemic.

  Chalkboard Champion: Sewing masks by hand during a pandemic

In times of social distancing in the middle of a global pandemic, ABC7 and Gettel Automotive Chalkboard Champions surprises have gone virtual.

  Chalkboard Champion: Unsung hero of the hallway

Guidance counselors are often the unsung heroes in the schools but often times goes unrecognized.

Teacher at Southeast High School is being recognized for his work as a teacher and a coach

A teacher and coach at Southeast High School in Bradenton is the latest recipient of $500 and being named a Chalkboard Champion.

  Chalkboard Champion: Changing lives one student at a time

A Sarasota County parent has credited a teacher for the transformation that has been seen in her daughter over the last six months.

Chalkboard Champion: Learning manners and life skills through Family and Consumer Science class

Jill Bergeron is the newest ABC 7 and Gettel Automotive Chalkboard Champion and recipient of $500.

  Chalkboard Champion: Teacher combining love of teaching with passion for community service

A Sarasota County teacher is now the newest Chalkboard Champion and the recipient of $500.

Chalkboard Champion: Teacher known on campus as “the balloon man” awarded $500

A Manatee County teacher is now the newest Chalkboard Champion and the recipient of $500.

  Journalism teacher recognized as Chalkboard Champion

A Sarasota County teacher is now the newest Chalkboard Champion and the recipient of $500.

  Chalkboard Champion: High school teacher recognized for giving to students and beautifying campus

A Manatee County teacher is now the newest Chalkboard Champion and the recipient of $500.

  “The most humble” teacher recognized as Chalkboard Champion

"I am speechless and I usually talk nonstop," said Donna McGarry. That was her response when ABC 7 and Gettel Automotive surprised her classroom with $500.

  Chalkboard Champion: Elementary school teacher described as the “most patient and caring teacher”

For the month of October, Stacy Freeman was chosen at the Chalkboard Champion for Manatee County and received a $500 check from Gettel Automotive.

  Chalkboard Champion: Teacher recognized for going “above and beyond for his students”

School is back in session and so is the ABC 7 and Gettel Automotive surprise squad. Each month, we recognize a teacher who has gone above and beyond to make a difference in the lives of their students.

  15 cars full of donations and $10,000 raised for teachers on the Suncoast

This year, we wanted to do more to help teachers on the Suncoast. On Friday, August 2, all six Gettel locations opened their doors to the community. ABC7 was there as donations poured in and many teachers, past and present, stopped by to give their thanks.

  14 cars filled with supplies and more than $10,000 donated for teachers on the Suncoast

All day long, ABC7 was at the dealerships. Donors filled more than 14 vehicles with classroom supplies and gave more than $10,000!

Chalkboard Champions: Crusade for School Supplies

Every month during the school year, ABC7 honors an educator in Sarasota County and Manatee County as the “Chalkboard Champion" and now you can get involved!

  Chalkboard Champions helping local teachers pay for classroom supplies

ABC7 has teamed up with Gettel Automotive to celebrate teachers on the Suncoast - calling them “Chalkboard Champions." The community nominates a teacher and ABC7 selects two winners each month - one for Sarasota and Manatee County.

  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

  1 person killed in crash in Sarasota County

It happened at the intersection South Tamiami Trail and Wharf Road before 9 p.m. Friday.

Lakewood Ranch man remembers his good friend Hank Aaron

Hank Aaron remembered by Lakewood Ranch friend.

South Tamiami Trail and Wharf Road closed down in Sarasota due to deadly crash in the area

The intersection of South Tamiami Trail and Wharf Road is currently blocked off in Sarasota due to a deadly crash that has occurred in the area.

  Staying warm with a few more clouds

After a few days of bright sunshine we may see some cloudiness slip in for a bit on Saturday as a cold front gets close to the Suncoast on Saturday.

Florida Department of Health reports 272 new COVID-19 deaths

The Florida Department of Health today confirmed 272 new COVID-19 deaths statewide since Thursday’s update.

SMH team members among healthcare workers receiving a Super Bowl invite

Among those invited include the patient care team from 5 Waldemere Tower at Sarasota Memorial Hospital.

Community

Charges announced in the death of Corporal Brian LaVigne

Charges have been announced in the killing of Corporal Brian LaVigne.

  Chalkboard Champion: Providing the right ingredients for students of all abilities

A special education teacher is the newest Chalkboard Champion for Sarasota County!

The ‘wildlife hazard’ at Pinebrook Park is getting a fix, residents asked to avoid the area

The overgrown vegetation sits there as a fuel source for uncontrolled burns.

  Sarasota Sheriff Sworn-in

Kurt Hoffman – whose career includes stints with the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office, as Assistant State Attorney for the 12th District, and most recently as General Counsel and Captain -- then Colonel under Sheriff Tom Knight --took office today.

Sarasota Sheriff-Elect swear-in ceremony today

Sarasota County Sheriff-Elect's Swear-In Today.

First babies of 2021 are born in Manatee County and Sarasota County

Congratulations are in order for two happy families on the Suncoast.