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Clay County Names 2021 Teacher of the Year and 2020 School-Related Employee of the Year

Clay County announced the winners of its 2021 Teacher of the Year and 2020 School-Related Employee of the Year awards on February 4 at the District’s annual ceremony.

The winning teacher is Lindsay Burghart, who is currently a Junior and Senior Intensive Reading Teacher at Middleburg High School. Burghart is from West Virginia and received her Bachelors in Elementary Education from Fairmont State University in 2006 while on scholarship for basketball and tennis. She earned her Masters in Reading from St. Leo University in 2014. Burghart has taught for 13 years spending seven years as an elementary school teacher at Lake Asbury Elementary and Shadowlawn Elementary before landing at Middleburg High School. She is also the Head Junior Varsity Boys’ Basketball Coach and Assistant Varsity Boys’ Basketball Coach. If Burghart is not on the court or in the classroom, she is spending time with her husband and two young sons.

“I am so honored to be selected to represent Clay County teachers. This county is full of teachers that give everything they have on a daily basis and are truly dedicated to their students and our profession. It is a privilege to be able to spread the word of how amazing Clay County teachers, administrators, and students truly are,” said Burghart.

The winning school-related employee, Cassandra Broughton, currently works as a Behavioral Health Assistant at W.E.Cherry Elementary. Broughton is from Shanksville, Pennsylvania. She attended Robert Morris University where she met her husband of 15 years who moved them back to his hometown of Orange Park. She has worked for Clay County District Schools for five years, starting out as a Cafeteria Assistant in her first year at W.E. Cherry Elementary. She was able to connect with some of the ESE students and the following year she continued her journey by stepping into the ESE department as a Behavioral Health Assistant. Outside of the school day, you will find Broughton on a football field or near a wrestling mat cheering on one of her four sons who all attend Clay County Schools. Broughton puts in extra time to ensure the lives of the children and families around her feel just as important as her own. She has helped create after school opportunities and a summer camp for special needs elementary-aged children.

“It is an honor to represent the children of Clay County District Schools. My goal is to make an impact on each child I come in contact with. I want them to know they will always have someone they can turn to for support and I will always have their backs. No matter what they are going through, Ms. Cassi will always be there for them,” said Broughton.

“This distinguished honor is well deserved as both employees have worked tremendously hard and also garnered the admiration and respect of the students, parents, and staff in Clay County. Mrs. Burghart and Mrs. Broughton act as models for everyone in our profession. I am proud that both of these individuals will represent our District and I look forward to seeing how they continue to Elevate Clay,” said Superintendent Addison Davis. 

TOY and SREY Winners