Celebrating Excellence: Announcing the Winners of the CDS Excellence Awards
2024 Excellence Award

Carrollwood Day School is proud to announce the recipients of the inaugural CDS Excellence Award for Faculty and Staff. This prestigious accolade recognizes the exceptional dedication and contributions of individuals within our educational community, celebrating those who go above and beyond in their roles to enrich the CDS experience for students, parents, and colleagues.

Faculty Award Winner: Samantha Glover, Upper School Mathematics Teacher and Department Lead

Samantha Glover has been a shining star in our teaching faculty, consistently embodying the qualities outlined in our Portrait of a Patriot Teacher. Her commitment to academic excellence, innovative teaching practices, and unwavering dedication to nurturing and inspiring her students has set her apart. Samantha’s passion for education is evident in her creative and engaging teaching methodologies, which enhance the learning experience and foster a love for learning among her students. Her positive impact extends beyond the classroom, as she actively participates in extracurricular activities and initiatives that enrich our school culture.

Staff Award Winner: Miguel Ubiera, Assistant Director of Security

Miguel Ubiera, a valued staff member, has demonstrated outstanding dedication and professionalism. His contributions to the CDS community have been instrumental in creating a supportive and collaborative environment for both students and staff. Miguel’s innovative administrative strategies and unwavering commitment to the school’s vision have significantly elevated the experience for everyone at CDS. His leadership and collaborative spirit inspire those around him, making him a true asset to our school.

About the CDS Excellence Award Program

The Carrollwood Day School Excellence Award for Faculty & Staff is an annual recognition program designed to celebrate the remarkable dedication and contributions of individuals within our school community. This award honors one member of the teaching faculty and one staff member who exemplify outstanding qualities in culture, skills, mindset, and professionalism, significantly contributing to the school’s mission and values.

Criteria for Nomination

Nominees for the CDS Excellence Award are evaluated based on the following criteria:

  • Commitment to the CDS Vision: Demonstrating a deep commitment to the school’s vision of academic excellence with purpose, meaningful innovation, and nurturing each student in a supportive environment.
  • Demonstration of Innovative Practice: Showcasing creative teaching methodologies or administrative strategies that enhance the experience for students, families, and colleagues.
  • Contribution to CDS Community & Culture: Providing mentorship, guidance, and support that contribute to a positive school culture and the holistic growth of students.
  • Development of Leadership & Collaboration: Exhibiting leadership qualities that foster collaboration among colleagues and advance the school’s goals.

Selection Process

Nominations for the CDS Excellence Award are accepted from all members of the faculty and staff. Nominees are reviewed by their administrative teams, and awardees are chosen based on the strength of their contributions to the CDS community. The recipients are publicly recognized, presented with a certificate of achievement, and honored with a $2500 monetary award as a symbol of appreciation for their outstanding dedication and service.

Celebrating Our Winners

Samantha Glover and Miguel Ubiera exemplify the spirit of excellence that Carrollwood Day School strives to foster in all its members. Their dedication, innovative practices, and contributions to our community make them deserving recipients of this year’s CDS Excellence Award. We are incredibly proud of their achievements and grateful for their continued commitment to making CDS a place where students thrive and grow.

Join us in congratulating Samantha and Miguel on their well-deserved recognition and celebrating their outstanding contributions to our school community. Their passion and dedication truly make Carrollwood Day School a beacon of excellence in education.