Summer Diamond, fifth grade English/Language Arts teacher at Little Cypress Intermediate School, was notified today that she is a 2014 Reaud Excellence in Education Award recipient. She was surprised Friday afternoon when a “short staff meeting” following school turned into an announcement of her selection for this prestigious recognition.

Diamond and the other Reaud award winners will be feted at a reception in their honor on May 1, at the John Gray Library. Along with the honor of this recognition, the recipients will also receive a cash award of $10,000.

Photo: Gathering to congratulate Summer Diamond for her selection as a 2014 Reaud Excellence in Education Award recipient are, from left, Julia Dickerson, Director of Elementary Curriculum and Instruction, LCI Principal, Michael Ridout, Ms. Diamond, and Superintendent Dr. Pauline Hargrove.