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Clay County Names 2020 Teacher of the Year and 2019 School-Related Employee of the Year

Clay County District Schools announced the winners of its 2020 Teacher of the Year and 2019 School-Related Employee of the Year awards on Thursday, January 31 at the District’s annual ceremony at the Thrasher-Horne Center in Orange Park.
 
The winning teacher is Evan Gould, who currently teaches chorus and drama at Lake Asbury Junior High. Evan Gould does so much more than teach his students to sing or act in a production. He leads, inspires, and coaches his students to perform at the highest level. He believes every student can succeed academically, artistically, and socially.

“I am honored and overwhelmed to be chosen to represent a county full of Teachers of the Year. When I take students to state competitions, their superior performances often prompt strangers to ask me, “just where is Clay County?” This honor will afford me a greater stage to let them know not only where we are but who we are,” said Gould.

The winning school-related employee, Debbie Lineberry, currently works as Orange Park Elementary’s Student Records Secretary. She has worked for Clay County District Schools for a total of 15 years, all at Orange Park Elementary School. Lineberry started her first year as an ISS assistant, then worked as the front office secretary for eight years. She has been the school’s student records secretary for six years now. Outside of school, Lineberry is very active in Girl Scouts. For the past 20 years, she has helped run a summer camp for special needs elementary-aged children with high school girls serving as counselors. She has been married for 19 years and has four children, and two grandchildren.

"It is a tremendous honor to represent all of the school related employees of Clay County.  Support staff play a critical role in the success of our students and teachers.  With this amazing opportunity I look forward to learning, growing and sharing with others in our district,” said Lineberry.