The 2015 Teachers of Merit: (Back row, left to right) Michael Truhan (Math); Judy Gaston (English); Teacher of the Year John Moeller (Science); Key West philanthropist and businessman David Wolkowsky; Norma McKelvey (Reading); Lizabeth Zelms (Exceptional Education); Lori Kelly (Humanities). (front row, left to right) Jessica Hornbeck (Science); Neda Preston (Student Services); Teddi Valeski (History).  (Photo by Debie Fritts)

Nine KWHS Teachers Receive Awards, Thanks to Generosity of David Wolkowsky

The 2015 Teachers of Merit: (Back row, left to right) Michael Truhan (Math); Judy Gaston (English); Teacher of the Year John Moeller (Science); Key West philanthropist and businessman David Wolkowsky; Norma McKelvey (Reading); Lizabeth Zelms (Exceptional Education); Lori Kelly (Humanities). (front row, left to right) Jessica Hornbeck (Science); Neda Preston (Student Services); Teddi Valeski (History).  (Photo by Debie Fritts)

The 2015 Teachers of Merit: (Back row, left to right) Michael Truhan (Math); Judy Gaston (English); Teacher of the Year John Moeller (Science); Key West philanthropist and businessman David Wolkowsky; Norma McKelvey (Reading); Lizabeth Zelms (Exceptional Education); Lori Kelly (Humanities). (Front row, left to right) Jessica Hornbeck (Science); Neda Preston (Student Services); Teddi Valeski (History).    (Photo by Debie Fritts)

Congratulations to nine Key West High School (KWHS) teachers who have been awarded a total of $65,000 through the distinguished “David Wolkowsky 2015 Teachers of Merit Awards.” The awards are given annually by Key West philanthropist and businessman David Wolkowsky to teachers who go the extra mile in their passion for teaching and dedication to students.

The 2015 Teacher of the Year was awarded to John Moeller. He received $25,000 and a bronze plaque. Mr. Moeller is a Science teacher who is retiring at the end of this school year. Eight other Teachers of Merit each received $5,000:

  • Judy Gaston (English)
  • Jessica Hornbeck (Science)
  • Lori Kelly (Humanities)
  • Norma McKelvey (Reading)
  • Neda Preston (Student Services)
  • Michael Truhan (Math)
  • Teddi Valeski (History)
  • Lizabeth Zelms (Exceptional Education)

CFFK administers the awards. “CFFK is pleased to work with Mr. Wolkowsky, who is focusing his generous philanthropy on educators,” said Dianna Sutton, President and CEO of CFFK. “His gift supports teachers who give freely of their time, energy and expertise to encourage and counsel students.”

The David Wolkowsky Teachers of Merit Awards have been given since 2001. The recipients are selected by the school administration, based on the teachers’ contributions in and out of the classroom.