The 5 Gold Stars Award Certificate guidelines for School Year 2019-2020

Each month from August to June school year, are 5 winners to receive the 5 Gold Stars Award Certificate and their names will be announced-recognized at Flagler County School Board meeting by Dr. Barbosa closing comments.         

The criteria to receive a Dr. Maria Barbosa - Flagler Schools 5 Gold Stars Award certificate must have one or more of the following categories:  

* Making impact with Flagler schools student’s education

* Students Achievement-Recognition for their academics, skills and knowledge

* Student who demonstrate unusual commitment to learning in academics despite various obstacles.

* Community-based partnership Involvement with Flagler Schools student’s education

* Businesses that invested in Flagler school’s education

* Information needed about the program, project or other “many times, I select the winner when I visit or participated at the events”.   

* The time of receive the 5 Gold Stars Award certificate the winner must provide a picture holding the certificate.    

NOMINATE! Do you know anyone who works for Flagler County Schools including students, or a devoted mentor to student?

NOMINATE! A Flagler County community member or organization- business who provide an additional source of support for new and ongoing projects that specifically address local student’s needs. Their support, helps to promote educational opportunities that are important to school resources for all students in the Flagler Schools District.  

E-Mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with the nominations and the following information:

Nominee's Name       

Nominee’s Profession or Department and mailing address

In 3-4 lines describe why this person deserve the 5 Gold Stars Award Certificate


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Dr. Maria Barbosa - Flagler School Board Member of Education for District 5, Present the winners of 5 Gold Stars Award Certificate for Flagler School 2018-2019 year, to:  

(I don't have  all the winners picture, if you like to include your picture. Please email the picture to me holding the 5 Gold Stars Award certificate. Thanks) 

August 2018 Nominee’s

*Flagler Palm Coast High School - Cafeteria staff

*Food Services Staff lead by Angie Bosh – For preparing and feeding students all summer long

*Jason Wheeler- For continuing to do an outstanding job

*Gloria Barton & Jeremy Ossler - “MHS Law and Justice Flagship Program Initiative”

*Benjamin Osypian – Providing leadership and orientation to BES

September 2018 Nominee’s

*Flagler Lifeline Staff & Partners - “Flagler Life Suicide Preparation Planning Committee Initiative”

*MHS Color Guard Students - MHS Color Guard for Patriot Day 9-11”  Honoring those lost their lives, they never be forgotten.

*Co-Founders Don & Kim Tyan- for leading Surfers for Autism organization for 9 years. “Frist Coast 9 Beach Festival in Flagler Beach”. 

*Dr. Leila Hardison (Palm Coast Arts Foundation) for supporting National Arts in Education week

*ITMS Students – “Volunteering at Intracoastal Waterway Cleanup Day”

October 2018 Nominee’s

*OKES, PTO Members - “For a superb services and dedication”  

*Kohl’s of Palm Coast - “For Staff and Employees who volunteer at many different school functions”

* Flagler Warrior 5K - “Judy Mazzella, Melisa Fulling and volunteers” for helping families

* Sandy Reffitt - “Flagler First Annual Deaf Fest Event” 

* Tom Tant - “ Flagler School Chief Financial Officer” for doing good job explaining to our community about Flagler School system & Millage Rate local afford dollars

November 2018 Nominee’s

*Trevor Tucker - “School Board of Education District 4” for running the meeting efficiently

* Rose Marie Killian - “& all Directors of Annual Margarita Ball of Flagler” Providing toys to children with needs” 

* Joe Rizzo, Team and Mentors - Flagler County Education Foundation for helping the schools of Bay County

* Jackie Cullen and Chuck Cullen- Kona Ice of Flagler County “for supporting school projects”

* Palm Coast Data – “Generous contributions towards Pink Army 5K and supporting Flagler Schools” (FPC Hight School Starlets – “Pink Army 5K and you all help promote breast cancer awareness”)

December 2018 Nominee’s

*MHS Construction Flagship Program - “Instructor-Teacher Vinnie Oliveri”

*School Library Media Specialist -"Teresa Rizzo Kathy Taylor/ Melanie Tahan/ Stacia Collier/ Windy Ceubauer/Catherine Brandner/ Sarah Reckeriwald , Stacy Anderson & Amy Neuenfldt

* Flagler Schools Secretaries - Susan Guarino/ Cindy Delance/ Debbie Mazur/ Jennifer Gimbel/ Cindy Cashman/Jean Ganci/Renea Thornton/Odessa Ohree/Marie Drumm/Susan Guarino/ Cindy Delance/Debbie Mazur/Nancy Gillotti/ Nicole puritis/ Connie Feeney

*Dean Decker - You are always such a help, and we appreciate your support in every way 

*DR. Tim King – You always being encouraging, motivating, and supportive to all students

January 2019 Nominee’s

* Mrs. Suzanne Stone & students - “Buddy Taylor M. School Community Problem Solvers” 

*Lora Thompson (student) - “FPC High School Oscar Night”

* Sherri Honnessey - “Bunnell Elementary School PTO & President of school advisory council”

*Donelle Evensen - Thank you for inspiring children to learn

*AAMP - Thank you to all AAMP members for inspiring the next generation by sharing your wisdom, life lessons, expertise

February 2019 Nominee’s

*Susie Rutkowski, - “Project Search Program” Thank you for always inspiring and pushing students to try their best

*Jane Villa-Lobos & Dr. Ellen Asher – “and members of Garden Club of Palm Coast, who assisted Old Kings Elementary School students with a gardening project”

* Tina NcNally – FPC High School “Dude Be Nice” program

* Shaun Ryan - Thank you for your dedication in making a difference by speaking to OKES 5th -6th grade students about journalism 

*BACA Bikers Against Child Abuse- for the passion and dedication you all have to keep children of Flagler County safe

March 2019 Nominee’s

*Sara Novak (student)- In recognition of your important athlete determination to be a 4 times District and Region champ for girl’s weightlifting at MHS

*Pat Verhagen (Cut Up And Sew) - For making a difference in the lives of BTES 6th graders students. Club lead by teacher Cassandra Meyers

*Cyndi Elliott Sewing instructor did volunteer many hours to help BTES students to make a quilts

*Doreen Gleason (Bus Driver) - For show outstanding performance, that goes above, beyond and so many times you did go out of your way to help students

*Catherine Evans & Maria Lavin-Sanhudo Co-Chair – For Flagler Education foundation Mardi Grass fundraising event

April 2019 Nominee’s

*Keaton's Kickers – Fun Coast Down Syndrome Association, 14th Annual Buddy Walk Flagler

* Deputy David Agata - Please accept our heartfelt appreciation for the care you give to the students at Old Kings Elementary School

* Laura J. Decker- We appreciate the passion and dedication you have for ITMS students  

* Robert (Bruce" Scott - for making a difference in the lives of BTES students as a Via Musical Engineering teacher.

* Diane Tomko - FPC Hight School Bulldog Patrol students for their initiative project

May 2019 Nominee’s

* Zoe Oliva Estberg - Thank you for investing your time as Board Student Representative for 2018-2019. 

* Tyler STEVEN Perry- Thank you for investing your time as Board Student Representative for 2018-2019. 

*Ms. Harrison - “For coordinating Special Olympics for Bunnell Elementary S. Pre-K ESE students”

*AAUW University Women of Flagler Branch- For providing to many students of Flagler with the opportunity to participate at Tech Trek summer camp

*Dario Arias (WES) - We are proud to have you on our team





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My name is Maria P. Barbosa and I am running for Flagler School Board district 5, in 2016   I have been a resident and homeowner here for almost sixteen years. My husband is Jack Barbosa, mother and a grandmother to 9 grandchildren. I am a native of Portugal.  I immigrated to the United States. I lived in New Jersey for 16 years, soon after I moved here to Flagler County where I have lived for the past seventeen years.  

Professional background:   Entrepreneur for 26 years working in small and big businesses-restaurants and retail stores.  14 years as a property manager.   7 years working as a not for profit consultant.   Currently working as a Coordinator-advisor to the T-Club Teens sponsored by the D.I.V.A.S International.  I possess a PhD in Christian Counseling and am licensed as a Clinical Christian Counselor  Author of ACCEL Educational Leadership.   I’m an artist and an advocate for Flagler County residents.    

Why am’ I running for school board?  I want to continue to dedicate my unique perspective as I serve my community, students, teachers, and parents by contributing my leadership, talents, and passion to help our students achieve educational excellence and be good citizens.   

My goal: I want to be the voice of parents, teachers and the whole community to make the schools a better, safer place for our children and grandchildren. I also believe that the board must play a leadership role in encouraging involvement in school affairs. Parents must understand the educational process and participate with their children to ensure great educational outcomes for all or our students. It is also important to keep all our residents informed and involved in our schools.  

My passion:  I am deeply satisfied when I see a child succeed in school and life.  I want to help all our children do better! As teen’s coordinator and adviser of a few local clubs, my greatest joy is being involved in the children’s lives. Visiting the schools, seeing our children succeed, and watching them thrive is what I love to do. I will focus on the following: 

 Meet the needs of all students

 Voice for parents and teacher and students

 Insuring quality learning

 Keep local tax burdens down

 Work to defeat high testing (high stakes)  

 Resist unfunded mandates  

 Keeping class sizes small

 Providing valuable support for teachers and staff 

 Prevent bullying. Bullying is a serious problem with long-lasting effects that can be part of the root causes of criminal behaviour and academic failure Bullying also causes low self-esteem and suicide  

Active member  * I am the founder of D.I.V.A.S International  *Past-president of Flagler Palm Coast Kiwanis. I am and advisor to the Kiwanis Key-Club of FPC High School, 2016/2017 Lt. Governor-elect of Kiwanis International Division 7.  *Board director of US  U.S. Agency for Christian Counselling Credentials and Accreditations *Vice-President of marketing of Alpha Christian Counselling (Orland FL) *Membership director of United Way Women/Initiative of Flagler County.  *Board Director of Garden Club of Palm Coast   *Member of NAMP North-American Association of Masters in Psychology and the American Ministers Association *Member of Faith Base of The Florida Department of Juvenile Justice, and Chaplain of International of Christian Chaplains *Member of “AAUW” American Association University Women, *Portuguese Club and the Hispanic Club *Palm Coast Arts Foundation *Member of Flagler County Branch NAAPC and others    

I am always involved in community service. Not just because I think it is important, but because it is something I enjoy doing. Let’s all help our children! 

Please remember to VOTE! Don’t forget to vote for School Board members in 2016! This is the most basic way you can help our Flagler students! School Board Elections are in the August Primary! 

A Special thank you! I've met so many great people over the last few years! I've gotten to spend time with many of you. Thanks again for everything you do. Please feel free to call me if you have questions or would like to volunteer to help me. You may reach by (e-mail), (facebook page) (Google +) (LikedIn) and (Twitter). 








From the bottom of my heart I do thank all and every voter, friends and family who was there for me; by campaigning and passing the cards, yard signs and other materials to Flagler County citizens to vote for me.

Thank you for your support and help at the election polls.





Barbosa talks about mentoring, counseling


Posted Dec 28, 2016 at 10:51 PMUpdated Dec 28, 2016 at 10:51 PM



Meet Maria P. Barbosa, the newest member of the Flagler County School Board.

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PALM COAST - On Nov. 22, Maria P. Barbosa took her seat on the Flagler County School Board, replacing long-time member Sue Dickinson. She is only the second board member to represent District 5 since the century began.

Recently, Barbosa sat down with The Daytona Beach News-Journal to talk about her background in business and her volunteering, as well as questions that have arisen regarding the status of her doctoral degree and the scope of her counseling service.


Barbosa earned her business degree in her native Portugal and went to work for a major construction firm. When she was 21, she moved to Newark, New Jersey, where she worked in a sewing factory and later at Johnson & Johnson. She opened her International Boutique while in the Garden State, an experience she still fondly recalls.

"You met all the wonderful designers, the people who designed for Macy's and JC Penney - I spoke with many people from that level," she said. "It was just unbelievable, a good experience."

Then, 17 years ago, she and her husband, Jack, moved to Florida.

They have launched - and subsequently sold - eight businesses since arriving in Flagler County, including a kitchen cabinet business, restaurants, a salon and a bakery.


With such a diverse business background, perhaps it's no surprise that so many of Barbosa's volunteering efforts involve some kind of mentoring.

She has given her time to the Kiwanis Key Club, the Boys and Girls Club Summer Camp, Terrific Kids and the A Game Camp held last summer, to name a few.

She also founded DIVAS International, an empowerment organization for women. (DIVAS stands for Devotion, Integrity, Victory, Assurance and Strength.) In addition to its range of community projects, DIVAS International is a parent organization for T-Club, a teen service and empowerment group.

Another initiative Barbosa offers under the DIVAS flag is the Advanced Clinical Coach Educational Leadership (ACCEL) Institute, which trains and certifies "life coaches," though this service is not free.

"To me, if you have a gift and you can give to others, do so; do not hold it for yourself," she said when asked about her commitment to volunteering. She added that she felt blessed and wants to give back to the community and help others.


Barbosa has faced some questions about her counseling service and qualifications.

In answer, she read a prepared statement: "My theology degree is the question at large! It was not to my understanding my credentials to serve my community as a School Board member would create a media disturbance. I am a bilingual parent and advocate. I understand the challenges for some children, and I hope to diversify positive changes and bring families together."

Barbosa was awarded a doctoral degree in Christian clinical counseling in 2008 from Orlando-based Florida Christian University, which has not been accredited by any of the main accreditation agencies. She received a clinical counselor's license from the U.S. Agency for Christian Counseling Credentials and Accreditation.

Her license is not with the state of Florida, but she offers counseling services in conformity with the same Florida statute that allows priests, ministers, rabbis and other religious leaders to offer spiritual guidance - as opposed to mental health counseling.

This means she cannot provide counseling specifically for post-traumatic stress disorder or sexual identity issues, two services she flat-out denies providing. She also said she does not use hypnosis or offer family therapy.

ACCEL Director Orjenette Bryant said everything Barbosa does is biblically based. Bryant, who has worked with her on various volunteer projects, described Barbosa's parenting workshop.

"She is basically saying, 'OK, let's look at who these kids are; let's evaluate their personalities and see if we can come up with some good character traits to help them become leaders,'" Bryant said. "That's nothing outside of Christian therapy counseling. Nothing different."

Barbosa pointed out that her affiliation with Alpha Christian Counseling Services of Central Florida could be a source of some confusion. Other counselors associated with that organization may offer those services, though she said she does not.

One stipulation the law makes for spiritual counselors is that they must be affiliated with an established church, denomination or sect. Barbosa has been a member of the American Ministries Association as a Christian counselor/minister since November 2007.

"What they are saying is if you work at Christian counseling, you have to be connected with a church ministry," she said. "That is the procedure you need to follow. That means I am following it."


Even when Barbosa talks about her goals while serving on the School Board, mentoring comes up.

"Business needs to give more to the schools, be mentors," she said. "They would be good mentors, especially the owners of businesses, if they get involved more with the children. I think that would be important."

She said she also wants to increase communication between staff and parents.

Asked what inspired her to seek a seat on the board, she said, "It is my giving to the community. Always, I give so much of myself to all the children in the community, and I thought that would be an opportunity also to help even more."





T-Club Teens Club of Flagler County


Boy and Girls Club with ACCEL Leadership Project "Flagler Voices" 



A game Camp: Congratulations to all Students who did Graduate from (A) Game Summer Camp.. I'm so proud of all because you all work very hard. Thank you!


Key Club


Terrific Kids Program 


K-Kids Club