St. Augustine teacher among educators to win governor's Shine Award

Teryl Samson teaches at Florida School for Deaf and Blind

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – A local teacher was among eight outstanding educators to win the governor’s Shine Award.

Teryl Samson teaches language arts and social studies to hearing-impaired middle school students at the Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind in St. Augustine.

Samson also was named the 2017 Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind Teacher of the Year.

Gov. Rick Scott recognized the educators during a meeting Tuesday with the Florida Cabinet.

The Shine Award is presented to teachers and administrators in Florida who make significant contributions to the field of education. In recognition of Celebrate Literacy Week, Florida!, all the educators honored are 2017 District Teachers of the Year who teach language arts.

Samson was joined by Sarah Dobes, of Pinellas County; Kristi Imhof, of Escambia County; Maryann Kelly, of Collier County; Rachel Moree, of Indian River County; Susan Perkins, of Sumter County; Precious Symonette, of Miami-Dade County; and Charlotte Wadsworth, of Okaloosa County.

"I am proud to present these eight educators with the governor’s Shine Award today," Scott said. "These outstanding teachers go above and beyond to educate students in our state. I applaud these educators for their dedication to helping our students learn and ensure they are prepared for higher education and careers."