PLANT CITY Strawberry Crest High’s new teachers proved Thursday that they know more than the 3Rs.
They sang and danced their way to the top trophy at a breakfast that welcomed new educators to the Plant City area. The breakfast included competition for the school with the most spirited cheer.
Strawberry Crest won for the second time since it opened in 2009.
“It’s natural talent,” Principal Dave Brown joked after his new teachers showed off their best singing and dance moves.
Hannah Schultz, who teaches International Baccalaureate English, adapted a parody of rhythm and blues artist Robin Thicke’s hit, “Blurred Lines.” The teachers added in a few moves from the Harlem shake and with a little practice wowed the panel of judges.
“I couldn’t believe we won. I couldn’t be happier,” Schultz said after Suncoast Schools Federal Credit Union regional vice president Clark Smith presented the trophy.
Other cheering honors went to Bailey Elementary for most energetic and Bryan Elementary for most creative.
The competition was a fun part of an event with a much greater purpose: To welcome new teachers and administrators to Plant City area schools. The Greater Plant City Chamber of Commerce has sponsored the New Teacher Coffee for more than 25 years.
The 200 educators were treated to breakfast, goody bags and more. One teacher from each of the 26 schools was selected in a drawing for special gifts including such treats as meals to Outback Steakhouse, massages and jewelry.
School district Area Director Jerry Jackson said Plant City is a “great example where schools and the community work together.”
School Superintendent MaryEllen Elia told the educators that they probably have the most important jobs in the school.
She said her best advice is to treat each student like their own child or close family member.
“Teachers make all the difference,” Elia said. “You are the ones who will make a difference in their lives.”