EDIE FLORES, who directs the Eckerd Youth Challenge Program and teaches classes at a juvenile justice facility in Brooksville, was named the American Board Florida Teacher of the Year. “In an effort to build positive supporting relationships with children, Edie plans lessons that engage the multiple learning styles of her students,” said nominator KEITH PHILLIPSON. “You will always find her students actively engaged in the lesson.” Over 80 percent of Flores’ students made average gains of 1.5 grade levels during their six to nine months in the program, far exceeding the state average.
The Teacher of the Year award celebrates teachers who completed the American Board’s program and exemplifies the organization’s belief that the inspiration to teach comes from a commitment to the community and the desire to make a difference.
“As a former superintendent and principal, I recognize the value of finding teachers like Edie who understand and care about their local community,” said SHAWN ARÉVALO McCOLLOUGH, President and CEO of the American Board. “A passionate and committed teacher truly inspires learning.”
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