Brian Upholz, Ripple Award recipient, with Melanie Ritter, director of Triad, and students

Brian Upholz, Ripple Award recipient, with Melanie Ritter, director of Triad, and students

In partnership with Sarasota County Schools, the Charles & Margery Barancik Foundation named five winners of its Ripple Effect Teacher Awards on Tuesday, Sept. 28. The semi-annual prize acknowledges five outstanding teachers on Chuck Barancik’s birthday in May and five on Margie Barancik’s birthday in September. Each teacher recognized is awarded $5,000 to spend on professional development experiences, material and equipment for their classroom.

 Margie’s fall semester awardees are Christine Dapra of Venice Elementary, Deb Hogue of North Port High, Taleisa Schlemmer of Gocio Elementary, Tina Slattery of Phillippi Shores Elementary and Brian Upholz of Triad. Each winner was recognized by the superintendent, their principal, and members of the school district during a special ceremony at their schools. The Barancik Foundation has made an ongoing commitment to award $5,000 grants to 10 teachers each year.