Chalkboard Champions

Past Winners

  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

FIRST ALERT TRAFFIC: Major accident in Englewood has all lanes blocked

A major accident in Englewood has caused a medical helicopter to be called to the scene on Indiana Ave. and West Langser St.

  FIRST ALERT TRAFFIC: 31-year-old died in fatal crash on US-41 at Center Rd involving SCAT bus

A vehicle crash involving a Sarasota County Area Transit bus has claimed the life of a 31-year-old on US-41 at Center Road.

  NOAA predicts 4-8 hurricanes this year, including 2-4 major hurricanes

Ahead of hurricane season, which runs June 1 through November 30, NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center is releasing its prediction on what we can expect this year.

  16 people arrested in meth trafficking bust in Nokomis

The investigation began in October 2018, when detectives say they connected 44-year-old Jennifer Lambert sale and distribution of meth in Nokomis. Detectives say Lambert, who has drug arrests dating back to 2013, is known as “Mama Jen” and has been selling drugs for more than a decade.

FHP set to conduct DUI WolfPack Detail in Sarasota County

Starting Friday Florida Highway Patrol will conduct DUI Wolfpack Detail in Sarasota County. This will take place on Friday, May 24, 2019 from 8:00 PM until Saturday, May 25, 2019 at 4:00 AM.

Bradenton home engulfed in flames Thursday morning

One home was engulfed in flames Thursday morning before fire crews arrived to the scene.


  Helping children cope with death and other forms of grief

Crisis response counselors are on campus to help them get through the hard time, but how do you explain death to a child?

  Sarasota Bay project receives $2 million donation for phase one of the master plan

The much talked about and highly anticipated Bay project received a nice boost Tuesday. This comes in the form of a hefty donation.

  73-year-old Venice man graduates college after 56 years

A Venice man is is graduating college after 56 years from starting his journey in higher education.

  Parrish Community High School set to add USF campus

This school year may be winding down, but in one part of the Suncoast, crews are already feverishly preparing for the next one.

  UPDATE: 19-year-old walking on Belleair Beach after critical hit-and-run crash in Sarasota

On May 19, 2019 a Facebook post titled " These two. My heart and soul. Siena is rock a rock." captured Jack Kelley walking on Belleair Beach in Pinellas County after he was released from ICU in mid-March.

  Deadly intersection gets approved for a new traffic light

Deadly intersection gets approved for a new traffic light