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  • Recognizing Heather Erickson as the 2013 Okaloosa County, Florida Teacher of the Year

    by Representative Jeff Miller

    Posted on 2013-02-27

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    MILLER of florida in the house of representatives Wednesday, February 27, 2013 Mr. MILLER of Florida. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to recognize Ms. Heather Erickson as the 2013 Okaloosa County, Florida Teacher of the Year. For eight years, Ms. Erickson has been an inspiration to her students, her colleagues, and her community, and I am honored to recognize her success and myriad of achievements.

    After receiving her bachelor's degree in Education from William Smith College in 2005, Ms. Erickson moved to Northwest Florida to begin her teaching career. After teaching kindergarten and second grade at Holley-Navarre Primary School for six years, Ms. Erickson joined Elliot Point Elementary School, where she currently serves as a kindergarten teacher.

    Northwest Florida has been blessed with an abundance of exemplary educators who teach students of all ages. As a kindergarten teacher, Ms. Erickson understands and values the critical role she plays in the journey and development of her young students. Throughout her teaching career, Ms. Erickson has shown an unwavering commitment to inspiring her students and pushing them to their highest potential. Most recently, she has demonstrated her leadership as Data Team leader, and she has made a tremendous impact on Elliot Point Elementary.

    Outside of her classroom, Ms. Erickson dedicates her time and teaching experience to mentor other teachers and support school activities. In addition to her involvement at Elliot Point Elementary, Ms. Erickson is a member of the Okaloosa County Educations Associations, as well as, the National Educators Association.

    Ms. Erickson has been widely recognized and honored for her years of exemplary work, dedication, and inspiration as an educator. She was awarded both the Holley-Navarre Primary School Teacher of the Year, as well as, the Elliot Point Teacher of the Year. In both 2007 and 2009, Ms. Erickson was a recipient of the Santa Rosa Education Foundation Grant, which she utilized to improve the reading and math curricula in the community.

    [[Page E199]] While Ms. Erickson is an exceptional educator, she credits her success and achievements to the amazing students she has had the privilege of teaching. The most rewarding aspect of her profession is that she is able to watch her students grow as they learn.

    Mr. Speaker, I am proud to recognize Heather Erickson as the Okaloosa County, Florida Teacher of the Year and thank her for her commitment to service to Northwest Florida. My wife Vicki joins me in congratulating Ms. Erickson, and we wish her all the best.


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