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|On September 24, 2013 Mrs. Mara Curran, grade 5 teacher at Saint Joseph Catholic School was recognized by Governor Rick Scott for her contributions to learning. Curran, along with 14 other Florida educators, attended a meeting of the Florida Cabinet to receive the Governor’s Shine Award. The Shine Award, originally given to Florida Public School County Teachers of the Year, has now expanded to include Florida educators in the private sector.
The Shine Award is given to teachers who exhibit the following qualities at a level above and beyond the norm: ability to teach, communicate knowledge of 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.
Curran, and 18 year Catholic educator was recognized for her work as coordinator of the school’s parent-school engagement program. Principal Kellie Potter stated, “Thanks to Mrs. Curran’s leadership, we have been able to enhance our parent relationships. When teachers and parents partner effectively, learning has no limits, and children can reach their full potential.” Curran will continue to coordinate the program and looks forward to sharing her success with her students, families, parish, and colleagues.
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