Governor Presents Award To Walton County Teacher

TALLAHASSEE - Governor Rick Scott presented the Governor’s Shine Award to six teachers "who go above and beyond to make a difference in education.”

Among those, Melissa DiCesare, an AP English teacher at South Walton High School.

“Every day you help Florida’s students realize their potential, fulfill their dreams and embark on challenging journeys toward college and successful careers,” said Governor Scott.

DiCesare and the other winners of the Shine Award are all 2013-2014 District Teachers of the Year.

“My students become intrinsically motivated because I consistently project my passion for literature and language each day, each class period,” said DiCesare. “Purposeful instruction combined with rigor in a highly efficient, welcoming environment is powerful."