TOY Ms. Martine Phanord Reading TeacherTeacher of the Year, Ms. Martine Phanord!

Ms. Martine Phanord teaches with a belief by Kofi Annan that “Knowledge is power. Information is liberating. Education is the premise of progress, in every society, in every family.” With an understanding of how important education is, she works to provide the best possible for all students. A Special Education English and reading teacher at Robert Morgan Educational Center, she also serves as the Reading Department Chair and EESAC Chair.

 Her students have met and exceeded expectations as evidenced on the Florida Standards Assessment and classroom assignments. Many demonstrating two to three levels of growth in one school year. Beyond the classroom, Ms. Phanord tutors after school and on weekends, provides professional developments for colleagues, and serves as part of the school improvement team. Her poetry initiative, @rmecweeklypoem, on Instagram meets students on social media to engage with literature. The poetry platform was inspired by O, Miami Festival who has come into Ms. Phanord’s class to present a student workshop. 

Ms. Phanord’s professional career in education has covered many roles from elementary teacher, behavior management teacher, exceptional student education chair, Nova Southeastern University adjunct professor, adult education English and citizenship teacher, MDCPS curriculum support specialist, teacher trainer, yearbook and newspaper advisor to UTD steward. Grateful for every position that has allowed her to positively impact teaching and learning, Ms. Phanord relishes moments in the classroom of direct student interaction, convinced that guiding students to success is the best reward. Even so, throughout the years she has received many awards; being Teacher of the Year at two different schools and once as Region Teacher of the Year finalist ! Ms. Phanord holds a Specialist in Education (reading concentration) and a Master’s in Education (learning disabilities concentration) both from the University of Miami along with a Bachelor’s in Psychology from Saint-Leo College.