Shine Award

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Today, during a meeting of Florida’s Cabinet, Governor Rick Scott recognized six outstanding educators with the Governor’s Shine Awards. The Shine Award is presented to teachers and administrators in Florida who make significant contributions to the field of education.

Governor Rick Scott said, “Florida’s hardworking teachers have helped our state become one of the best places in the nation for students to get a great education and be prepared for jobs in the global market place. I am honored to recognize six outstanding educators today with the Governor’s Shine Awards for providing students with every opportunity to succeed in the classroom.”

The following six teachers were awarded the Governor’s Shine Award:

Darlene Jackson, Bay County – Jackson teaches VPK at Cedar Grove Elementary incorporates the latest techniques in preschool teaching in her classroom and her mission is to guide parents through the learning process so they can support their children.

Kesia Blenn Milner, Bay County – Milner teaches K-5 Art at Springfield Elementary and was named the school’s 2015 Teacher of the Year. She organizes “Fine Arts Night” for students to display their artwork at school, and she has also painted murals throughout campus. Milner volunteers as a board member in a non-profit youth football program.

Abria J. Harris, Gadsden County – Harris teaches Pre-Algebra and Algebra I at Havana Magnet School. He was named Rookie Teacher of the Year in 2014 at Havana Middle School and in 2015 at Havana Magnet School. This year, he was named the Gadsden County School District’s Rookie Teacher of the Year. All of Harris’ Algebra I students also passed the 2015 spring administration of the Algebra I End- of- Course Assessment.

Erica Farmer, Gadsden County – Farmer teaches US History and US History Honors at East Gadsden High School and coordinates the school’s after-school program. She was selected as Rookie Teacher of the Year in 2006 and Gadsden’s Teacher of the Year in 2011 and 2016. Erica is a member of the Faculty Leadership Team, the Faculty Advisor for Student Government Association, and a mentor to beginning teachers and at-risk students.

Stephanie Shelton, Santa Rosa County – Shelton has been a teacher for 20 years and currently teaches Head Start/VPK at T.R. Jackson Pre-Kindergarten Center. She was named the school’s 2016 Teacher of the Year.

Deborah Taylor, Santa Rosa County – Taylor teaches Head Start/VPK at Central School and incorporates real-life experiences seen in the community to teach her students.



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