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FPL Awards $47,000 In Grants To 43 Teachers Across Florida To Fund Classroom Energy Projects

"While the importance of science and engineering education grows, school budgets are shrinking," said NEED Executive Director Mary Spruill. "The Teacher Grant program, combined with curriculum support and teacher training, steps up to help provide our schoolchildren the opportunities they need to learn about energy."

FPL's Teacher Grant program is part of FPL's larger commitment to clean energy in the state. Beyond the teacher projects, FPL has installed Next Generation Solar Energy Station arrays at 14 educational facilities across Florida and built three large-scale solar power plants to supply power to its customers.

The winning teachers include:

  • Apollo Elementary School – Elizabeth Faulkner
  • Bayside High SchoolNaim Torlak
  • Brevard Virtual School – Teresa Arrouet
  • Heritage High School – Somer Y. Sutton
  • Heritage High School – W. Randy Lyons
  • Jupiter Elementary School – Sherry Love 
  • Jupiter Elementary School – Tonya Doughty and Christine Gayle
  • Merritt Island High School/DaVinci Academy of Aerospace Technology – Joseph Harvey
  • Ocean Breeze Elementary School – Holly Mentillo
  • R.L. Stevenson School of the Arts – Stacey O'Connor and Tom Englert

  • Apollo Middle SchoolLuis Espinosa
  • Broward County Schools STEM and Instructional Resources Department – Rosina Bencivenga
  • Coral Cove Elementary School – Barbara Grillo
  • Eagle Point Elementary School – Emily Taggart
  • Gator Run Elementary School – Susan Beren
  • Hollywood Park Elementary School – Eileen Santiago
  • New River Middle SchoolBarbara Humphreys
  • Nova Blanche Forman Elementary School – Marjorie Archer
  • Panther Run Elementary – Nicole Williams
  • Pembroke Pines Charter High School – Lianne Haviland
  • South Broward High SchoolMilijan Milos
  • Western High School – Chin Tang Liu

  • Oasis Middle School – Lori McLain
  • Pinecrest Elementary School – Carlene M. Grossi

  • Belle Terre Elementary – Edward Wolff

  • Sebastian Charter Junior High School – Cathleen Tinder

  • Colonial Elementary School – Kimberly Clements

  • James Tillman Elementary School – Karen Cobb

  • Carrolton School of the Sacred Heart – Nancy Susana Chu
  • Rockway Middle School – Rosa Milagros Rengifo
  • South Miami Middle Community School – Susanne Banas
  • Whispering Pines Elementary – Dianne Rizo and Ana Ugarte

  • A.D. Henderson University School – Allan Phipps
  • South Tech Academy – Meghan Hess
  • Warfield Elementary School – Lisa Knapp

  • Manatee High School – Patricia Harris
  • Sarasota School of Arts and Sciences – Carlos Hernandez
  • Wakeland Elementary School of International Studies – Edward Hashey

  • Mariposa Elementary School – Adam Archer
  • Morningside Elementary School – Mollie Mukhamedov
  • Rivers Edge Elementary School – Margo Barnes
  • Rivers Edge Elementary School – Matries Florio (winner of two grants this year)

  • Deltona High School – John Clark

Florida Power & Light Company Florida Power & Light Company is the largest rate-regulated electric utility in Florida and serves the third largest number of customers of any electric utility in the United States. FPL serves approximately 4.6 million customer accounts and is a leading Florida employer with approximately 10,000 employees as of year-end 2011. During the five year period ended December 31, 2011, the company delivered the best service reliability among Florida investor-owned utilities, while its typical residential customer bills, based on data available in December 2011, are about 25 percent below the national average. A clean energy leader, FPL has one of the lowest emissions profiles and one of the leading energy efficiency programs among utilities nationwide. FPL is a subsidiary of Juno Beach, Fla.-based NextEra Energy, Inc. (NYSE: NEE). For more information, visit

SOURCE Florida Power & Light Company

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