During the Florida Cabinet meeting Tuesday, Governor Rick Scott recognized nine outstanding educators for their contributions to learning with the Governor’s Shine Award. One of those teachers was Suwannee Middle School teacher Mary Check-Cason.
Check-Cason is an eighth grade language arts teacher at SMS. Her enthusiasm, love and passion for teaching and students are communicated through her actions daily. She builds strong relationships with students that foster an atmosphere for learning. In her classroom, students are constantly engaged as they all work together for a common goal. Check-Cason is a leader among her peers. She serves as a Language Arts Department chair, and is currently collaborating with the high school language arts department on a vertical writing plan.
The Shine Award is presented to Floridians who have positively helped children through education. The teachers were recently named District Teachers of the Year for their respective counties.
Governor Scott said, “Teachers provide our students with the framework for success inside and outside the classroom. With this foundation, Florida’s students are among the best and the brightest in the nation, and are prepared for a career. I am pleased that our 2014-2015 District Teachers of the Year could join us today as we celebrate their commitment to education.”
Each of Florida’s 67 school districts selects a Teacher of the Year who is then considered for statewide recognition. The Florida Teacher of the Year is chosen from 192,000 public school teachers throughout the state by a selection committee representing teachers, principals, parents and the business community. Florida’s top educator is selected on the basis of the superior ability to teach and communicate knowledge of the subject taught, professional development, philosophy of teaching and outstanding school and community service. The most important qualification is the teacher’s ability to inspire a love of learning in students of all backgrounds and abilities.