Educator, Yolanda Martin was recently chosen as Sulphur Springs K-8 Community School’s (2017-2018) Teacher of the Year. Yolanda has been teaching for over 10 years for the Hillsborough County School District. She currently teaches at the elementary level-fourth grade students English and Language Arts. Prior to this achievement, earlier this year, she was honored during a meeting of the Florida Cabinet. Governor Rick Scott awarded her with the 2017 Governor’s Shine Award in recognition of her outstanding work and commitment towards student achievement.

The Shine Award is presented to teachers and administrators in Florida who make outstanding contributions in the field of education. Throughout her career, she has received various accolades for her talents within the field of education such as being selected as nominees for both, Hillsborough County Teacher of the Year and the distinguished Ida S. baker Diversity Educator of Year Award.

​In 2016, she was also chosen by the Florida Department of Education to be a member of the High Impact Teacher Corps which is an initiative that recognizes teaching and instructional mentor-ship to help positively impact student growth and achievement.

Born in South America, Guyana to a Jamaican father, Earl Speid developed a passion for the arts at a very early age and in 2002 he received a BFA from Parsons School of Art and Design in Manhattan, New York. And has since worked as a professional artist drawing inspiration from all different forms of art especially photography.