Chalkboard Champions

Past Winners

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

  Hit or miss storms again on Tuesday

We will see a good chance for scattered late afternoon and early evening storms on Tuesday with highs in the low to mid 90′s.

Music classes being pulled temporarily in Manatee County schools during pandemic

Music classes being pulled temporarily from Manatee County schools.

Suncoast Career Source creates virtual career fair for job seekers

CareerSource Suncoast to host Virtual Job Fair on Tuesday, August 18

How Manatee County Schools plan to keep buildings clean this year

The Manatee County School District is laying out how they will clean schools this year to keep people safe.

  Local woman turns 99 with drive-thru birthday

A local woman celebrated her 99th birthday on Sunday and she received a pleasant surprise her loved ones to celebrate her turning another year older.

Supervisor of Elections announces temporary polling location changes in Sarasota County for primary election day

The Supervisor of Elections in Sarasota County, Ron Turner, announced on Monday that several temporary polling place changes for August 18, which is primary election day in Florida.

Community

  Meals On Wheels is still in need of volunteers in Sarasota County

COVID-19 hasn’t stopped Meals On Wheels volunteers from delivering food to home bound residents, but they still need volunteers.

Manatee Co. Schools hoping to implement rapid COVID-19 testing

Following the approval of their plans to return to school, Manatee County School officials will approach the topic of rapid COVID-19 testing in schools.

Teen recovering, still facing surgery after lightning strike at Siesta Key

A Texas teenager is continuing to recover after being struck by lightning at Siesta Key last week.

Gov. DeSantis announces more electric charging stations along major roadways

Governor Ron. DeSantis announced that the state will take settlement funds from Volkswagen to create more electric car charging stations across the state.

Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium holds sign-up for virtual run

Mote’s 34th annual Run for the Turtles has gone virtual this year and here’s how you can sign up.

County officials urge caution as beaches remain open for the Fourth

Officials with Sarasota County Government are urging residents and visitors to practice social distancing if their holiday weekend plans include a trip to the beach.