Governor Rick Scott Recognizes Eight Educators with the Governor’s Shine Award


February 7, 2017

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Governor Rick Scott Recognizes Eight Educators with the Governor’s Shine Award

Tallahassee, Fla. – Today, during a meeting of the Florida Cabinet, 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. The teachers honored today were recognized for their commitment to student success.

Governor Rick Scott said, “I am proud to present these eight educators with the Shine Award today. Great teachers help ensure our students are prepared for higher education and careers. I’d like to thank these teachers and educators around the state for their impact on today’s students and generations of students to come.”

The following educators were presented with the Governor’s Shine Awards:

Antonio Alves, Manatee County – Alves teaches mathematics and geometry at Lincoln Memorial Middle School and is a member of the High Impact Teacher Corps.

Matthew Burton, Broward County – Burton is a fourth grade teacher at Oakland Park Elementary School. He was the 2017 Oakland Park Elementary Teacher of the Year and is a member of the High Impact Teacher Corps.

Khea Davis, Sarasota County – Davis teaches English and Creative Writing at Booker High School and is the 2017 Sarasota County Teacher of the Year.

Vicki Forte, Putnam County – Forte teaches mathematics to seventh and eighth grade students at George C. Miller Middle School. She was the 2015 Miller Middle School Teacher of the Year and is a member of the High Impact Teacher Corps.

Dr. Wilhelmenia Jacobs, Palm Beach County – Jacobs is the AVID teacher for students in grades 6-8 at Lake Shore Middle School and is a member of the High Impact Teacher Corps.

Yolanda Pittman Martin, Hillsborough County – Pittman Martin teaches fourth grade English and  Language Arts at Sulphur Springs K-8 Community School and is a member of the High Impact Teacher Corps.

Susan Rodriguez, Pasco County – Rodriguez is a fifth grade English and Language Arts teacher at Pasco Elementary School and is a member of the High Impact Teacher Corps.

Benjo St. Fleur, Orange County – St. Fleur is a fourth grade teacher at Shingle Creek Elementary School and is a member of the High Impact Teacher Corps.

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