TOPP for Teachers

Teacher Opportunity Progression Program (TOPP)

Growing our own Pre-K Teachers with Soar in 4 TOPPs

Growing our own Pre-K Teachers with Soar in 4 TOPPs.
Become an early learning teacher with tuition support and mentorship. 
Paraprofessionals can earn a Bachelor of Science degree in Early Childhood Education from the State College of Florida.

WE ARE TOPPs

The TOPPS program is the reason I was able to get my Degree.

Wanda Lorenz

Virgil Mills Elementary

The program helped me get started and set the road map for the course I needed to take. The people were so encouraging. I would not have followed my dream if I wasn’t a part of the TOPPS program. I could work my job as a para and take the course I needed to take. The other people in the TOPPS program with were very supportive and we helped each other figure out some bumps in the road.
What TOPPS means to me is a new beginning on bettering myself and it will help me achieve my goal to help our future leaders.

Carletta Brinson-James

Williams Elementary

I am a teacher’s aide in a VPK/EPK classroom and a sophomore in college.
Hello, I’m Jen Harper and I’m a VPK teacher.I am currently enrolled at SCF with my AA and now working towards my bachelors degree in Early Childhood Education. My passion for teaching came to me at an early age.

Jen Harper ’23-’24 Excellence in Education Support Person Nominee

Williams Elementary

Being part of the TOPP program has been such a blessing. It has really encouraged me to reach my goals of being an educator.
My name is Kellie Barr. I am a VPK teacher at Stewart Elementary. I am currently in my senior year working towards my bachelor’s degree in early childhood. I am so excited for this opportunity.

Kellie Barr

Stewart Elementary

I am so grateful to be joining the TOPPS program! I will finally be able to further my career in early childhood education!
I am very excited to be a TOPP and extremely appreciative for this program which has made finishing my degree in Early Childhood Education and furthering my career more accessible.

Christal Cashmore

Myakka Elementary

I am the VPK Teacher starting the 23-24 school year at Myakka City Elementary. I am a sophomore at SCF. I’ve attached a picture of myself with my fur-baby Beatrice.
TOPPS is an opportunity. A chance to show my daughters what it means to never give up and pursue my career.

Amanda Quirino

Blackburn Elementary

I am currently employed in a IPK (Integrated Pre-kindergarten) classroom as a paraprofessional. I am in my Senior year, pursuing my Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education. I have three semesters to go. WHOOOOO!!!
The TOPP program has been life-changing for me. I could not attend school without the financial support. Thanks to TOPP’s I am living my dream of becoming a teacher.

Susan Johnson

Gene Witt Elementary

VPK teacher in my third year at SCF.
VPK Paraprofessional in my 2nd year at SCF (sophomore year).

Yarelis Gonzalez

Blackburn Elementary

I’ve always known I wanted to be a teacher and I am proud to say that this scholarship has made it possible for me to start working towards my goal!
I’m Pamela Spry and I am currently employed at Samoset Elementary as a EPK paraprofessional. I’m enrolled as a freshman at SCF pursuing my A.S.

Pamela Spry

Samoset

TOPPS have given me a fresh start on bettering myself to achieve all goals I have set for myself and to make a positive impact on the young minds in my community
As a first-generation college student, I had no idea where to start with anything. The TOPPS Program is a hand up support program that will guide and support me in every step to accomplish my teaching degree.

Brittany Aca-Orea

Samoset

SCF School Year enrolled: Freshman Year

TOPPs GRADUATES

Brittany Aca-Orea

Samoset

Pamela Spry

Samoset

Kellie Barr

Stewart Elementary

Christal Cashmore

Myakka Elementary

Sarah Vicens

Oneco Elementary

Lora Lisman

Tara Elementary

Wanda Lorenz

Virgil Mills Elementary

Diana Moreno

Oneco Elementary
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