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Hillsborough County Public Schools (HCPS) is committed to providing students and families a quality education that Prepares Students for Life. The School Board has identified five core values that guide students and staff to achieving this goal: being proactive, serving in a relational way, having integrity, prioritizing safety and leading with motivation.

In order to highlight the members of our school community who are demonstrating these values in their daily lives and interactions with others, Superintendent Jeff Eakins has created the PRISM Award. This recognition will be presented to students, staff or community/business partners on a quarterly basis.

There are two ways to be considered for a PRISM Award:

  1. Nomination: All employees of Hillsborough County Public Schools and currently enrolled students are eligible to submit a nomination form that highlights an individual and why the person should be considered for this recognition. Nominations will be reviewed by the PRISM committee. Who should be nominated? Students, teachers, business partners and other members of the community who have gone above and beyond in furthering the advancement of our students and schools and provided a unique and innovative support that has had a positive impact on student achievement, parental involvement, and the overall school culture.

  2. Superintendent’s Discretion: The Superintendent of Hillsborough County Public Schools has the sole discretion to honor an individual with a PRISM Award.

The next PRISM winner will be revealed and honored at the June 25, 2019 Board Meeting and their portrait will proudly hang in the Board Room Auditorium at the Raymond O. Shelton School Administration Center (ROSSAC).

Additional Information:

In Spring of 2015, the Superintendent and the School Board began working on a new direction for HCPS, culminating in a five-year Strategic Plan that is guided by the new Mission (To provide an education and the supports that enable each student to excel as a successful and responsible citizen) and Vision (Preparing Students for Life). The Superintendent and the School Board also established a core set of values and four strategic priorities to ensure a clear and consistent pathway to achieving success.

This pathway reflects a strong and passionate focus on students and schools, which drives the School District’s decisions, actions, and investments. HCPS believes students are at the top of the organizational chart, with the rest of the organization aligned to nurture their aspirations and prepare them for life.

Download Application

E-mail completed applications to La Shawnda Williams at

Judging Process

At the district level, the selection process will be organized by the Office of Communications. A PRISM committee will review nominations that will be evaluated on:

  1. Relationship to the goals and objectives of the schools/district
  2. Level of collaboration of parents/families/community partners in planning and implementation
  3. Uniqueness and innovation
  4. Impact on school improvement/student achievement
  5. Numbers of participants in relationship to program capability to accommodate
  6. Cost-saving (notate if expenses are covered by grant or in-kind donations)

May 2018: Robert Schofner, Plant High School

July 2017: Christian Gonzalez, Jefferson High School

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