During a meeting of the Florida Cabinet today, Governor Rick Scott recognized four 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. The educators honored today were recognized for their commitment to student success and to furthering their professional skills.
Governor Scott said, “I am proud to present these four educators with the Governor’s Shine Award today for their commitment to the success of Florida students. I’d like to thank these educators and all of the teachers and administrators throughout the state who go above and beyond to prepare our students for higher education and a great career.”
The following educators were presented with the Governor’s Shine Awards:
Evangeline Aguirre, Palm Beach County – Dr. Evangeline Aguirre has been teaching for 25 years and is the ESOL intensive reading and English teacher at Palm Beach Central High School. She is the 2017 District Teacher of the Year, 2017 TESOL Outstanding Educator Awardee, and the 2016 Florida Reading Association High School Reading Teacher of the Year.
Diana Huff, Duval County – Diana Huff teaches fifth grade reading, writing and social studies at Fort Caroline Elementary School in Jacksonville. Now in her 20th year of teaching, Huff was nominated for the Fishman Prize and graduated from the High Impact Teacher Corps in 2017.
Justine Jackson, Sarasota County – Justine Jackson teaches middle school intensive language arts at Sarasota Middle School. She is the 2015-16 Sarasota Middle School Reading Teacher of the year, the 2015-16 Sarasota Reading Council’s Middle School Literacy Teacher of the Year, and the 2016 Florida Reading Association’s Middle School Literacy Teacher of the Year.
Leigh Ann Norris, Hamilton County – A 20 year teaching veteran, Leigh Ann Norris has been at Central Hamilton Elementary School for the past 13 years, where she teaches reading, math, science and history. Her accomplishments include being named the 2013 Hamilton County District Teacher of the Year and graduating from the High Impact Teacher Corps in 2017.