Deborah A. Kolody is a P&P Court Officer for Lake County's five judges. She has over 14 years of service to the Florida Department of Corrections. In addition to being a court officer, she monitors a caseload of 100 administrative probationers; serves as the quality coordinator for her office; and does training for the Florida Department of Law Enforcement's instructor technique classes. She builds useful job-related relationships by being an auxiliary police officer with the Fruitland Park Police Department and as a member of the Lake County Posse. She also brings credit to the department through her work with the local speaker's bureau. CPO Kolody is always looking for ways to improve communications between the local judges and the department. One excellent example of this is the "Court Reporter," a newsletter she prepares for judges chronicling DC accomplishments.
|Donald Porter - Volunteer of the Year Award, Correctional Institutions|
The regional volunteers of the year for Correctional Institutions are: Rev. Joseph Anderson, Mildred Manrique, Carl Brihn and Max Cleveland.
In FY 1997-98, approximately 6,000 new citizens volunteers were recruited and trained for service work in correctional facilities statewide.
|Mother Dorris Jones - Volunteer of the Year Award, Community Corrections|
The regional volunteers of the year for Community Corrections are: Dennis Lane, Billie McCray, Thomas Peterson, and Jack Lobel.
"The keystone in my personal teaching philosophy is responsibility. Success is measured by accomplishing goals, and goals should be set by the student under the guidance of a good teacher. If the goals set and time span allowed are unrealistic, it is the teacher's responsibility to create changes to fulfill the goals for success with each student."
Mary Jean Adams teaches Business Administration Operations, a vocational training program which provides marketable skills to her adult inmate students at Avon Park Correctional Institution. Her distinguished teaching career includes 34 years, 22 in Florida and the last 18 with correctional education.
Mrs. Adams' style of teaching exemplifies her passion for education, professionalism, and dedication to helping her students achieve. She is most concerned for her students and their learning, and she expects and accepts only the best from them as they acquire the skills to become self-sufficient and productive citizens when they return to society. Toward that end, Mary Jean embraces cutting-edge technology and business practices in her program philosophy.
Highly regarded by her colleagues, students, and supervisors, Mary Jean Adams is an asset to correctional education, and her students are fortunate to have her as their teacher, mentor, and guide.