Recognizing Ann Thompson as the 2014 Santa Rosa County, Florida Teacher of the Yearby Representative Jeff Miller
Posted on 2013-03-04
in the house of representatives
Monday, March 4, 2013
Mr. MILLER of Florida. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to recognize Mrs.
Ann Thompson as the 2014 Santa Rosa County, Florida Teacher of the
Year. Ms. Thompson has been an inspiration to her students, her
colleagues, and her community, and I am honored to recognize her
success and her many achievements.
The best teachers are those who not only educate, but those who strive every day to actively engage their pupils. Ms. Thompson embodies this spirit--she is an educator, a mentor, and a role model to those she serves. As a founding parent of West Navarre Intermediate, Ms. Thompson has played an integral role with the school for more than 14 years, the last 7 of which as an educator.
Throughout her career, Ms. Thompson has served in various capacities. Before joining West Navarre Intermediate, Ms. Thompson had a successful medical career for 25 years. However, she recognized that her true calling was teaching. With the goal of ensuring all children leave school reading at least on grade level in mind, Ms. Thompson earned the required teaching certification from the University of West Florida. Wanting to work in the very school that she helped build, Ms. Thompson has seen her dreams come true as a third grade teacher at West Navarre Intermediate.
The perspectives she gained from raising three children and serving in the medical field give her a unique experience base to better enrich her students education. Ms. Thompson's instructional techniques are calculated, research-based, and focused on the needs of the individual student by using exhaustive data analysis as well as daily observation. In doing this, Ms. Thompson recognizes the reality that each student is different, and she tailors her instruction to her pupils resulting in enhanced academic achievement.
Ms. Thompson's greatness extends well beyond her title as Teacher of the Year--it lies in the hearts and minds of the students who have been deeply affected. and I am proud to recognize the accomplishments that place her among the best of Northwest Florida.
Mr. Speaker, I want to congratulate Ms. Ann Thompson as Teacher of the Year and thank her for her exemplary service in the Santa Rosa County School District. My wife Vicki joins me in congratulating Mrs. Thompson, and we wish her all the best for continued success.