During a meeting of the Florida Cabinet today, Governor Rick Scott recognized eight outstanding educators with the Governor’s Shine Award. The Shine Award is presented to teachers and administrators in Florida who make significant contributions to the field of education. In recognition of Celebrate Literacy Week, Florida! all the educators honored today are 2017 District Teachers of the Year and teach language arts.
Governor Rick Scott said, “I am proud to present these eight educators with the Governor’s Shine Award today. These outstanding teachers go above and beyond to educate students in our state. I applaud these educators for their dedication to helping our students learn and ensure they are prepared for higher education and careers.”
The following educators were presented with the Governor’s Shine Awards:
Sarah Dobes, Pinellas County – Dobes is the 2017 Pinellas County Teacher of the Year. She teaches language arts and English Honors to eighth grade students at East Lake Middle School.
Kristi Imhof, Escambia County – Imhof is the 2017 Escambia County Teacher of the Year. She teaches seventh grade language arts at Ransom Middle School.
Maryann Kelly, Collier County – Kelly is the 2017 Collier County Teacher of the Year. She teaches ninth grade Writing, Intensive Reading and tenth grade English at Gulf Coast High School.
Rachel Moree, Indian River County – Moree is the 2017 Indian River County Teacher of the Year. She taught eighth grade English Language Arts at Storm Grove Middle School.
Susan Perkins, Sumter County – Perkins is the 2017 Sumter County Teacher of the Year. She teaches Reading at South Sumter High School.
Teryl Sampson, Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind – Sampson is the 2017 Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind Teacher of the Year. She teaches language arts and social studies to hearing impaired students at the Deaf Middle School.
Precious Symonette, Miami-Dade County – Symonette is the 2017 Miami-Dade County Teacher of the Year and one of five finalists for 2017 Florida Teacher of the Year. She teaches creative writing at Miami Norland Senior High School.
Charlotte Wadsworth, Okaloosa County – Wadsworth is the 2017 Okaloosa County Teacher of the Year. She teaches tenth grade English and English Honors at Baker School.
For more information about the Florida Department of Education, visit www.fldoe.org.