Olmstedville Molly A. Brannon, an Olmstedville native and 1995 graduate of Minerva Central School, was recently named the 2011-2012 Teacher of the Year at David Lawrence Jr. K-8 Center (DLJ), a Miami Dade County Public School in North Miami, Fla.
The award was announced in November 2011 and was sponsored by the DLJ Parent Teacher Student Association. Brannon received recognition and a cash prize. She had previously been named the Rookie of the Year during her second year of teaching at DLJ.
Brannon has worked at DLJ since September of 2006 as the Head Teacher of the Exceptional Student Education Autism Classroom. Molly is certified in Florida in elementary education, grades K-6.
After graduating from MCS in 1995, she attended Nazareth College in Rochester, N.Y., where she earned her Bachelor of Science degree in May of 2000, with a major in social work and a minor in sociology. She then worked at Four Winds Psychiatric Hospital in Saratoga Springs from 2002 to 2005. She moved to Key West, Fla. in 2005, and then to Miami in 2006.
In addition to her bachelor’s degree, Brannon has also completed numerous certifications and exams in Florida.
Brannon enjoys hiking, gardening, swimming, spending time at the beach, cooking, and traveling, among many other interests. She recently spent a fun-filled week in Ireland with two of her sisters and her mother. She currently resides in Pompano Beach, Florida.
Brannon’s parents are William and Ellen Brannon of Irishtown.