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  • Recognizing Melissa Dicesare as the 2012-2013 Walton 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. Melissa Dicesare as the 2012-2013 Walton County, Florida Teacher of the Year. For more than thirteen years, Ms. Dicesare 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 earning a bachelor's degree in Secondary English Education and master's degree in Educational Leadership from the University of West Florida, Ms. Dicesare joined the Northwest Florida school system as an English teacher at Fort Walton Beach High School for three years. Ms. Dicesare then joined Niceville Senior High School for eight years and eventually South Walton High School, where she currently serves as an English teacher and Leadership Sponsor.

    Teachers are among our nation's most valuable public servants. They are responsible for helping mentor our students and for ensuring that our youth have the proper tools they need to succeed. It is unquestionable that Ms. Dicesare values the important influence and role teachers play in the lives of their students. To Ms. Dicesare, being a teacher is about being a positive force in bettering the lives of her students and always inspiring them to strive for excellence. She challenges her students to think critically. She emphasizes the importance of building a strong character with integrity and resolve, and she speaks of the importance of becoming productive members of society. Aside from her students, Ms. Dicesare mentors young aspiring teachers, and by sharing her wisdom and experience with her fellow colleagues, Ms. Dicesare improves the quality of her own classroom, as well as the entire school.

    In addition to being named Walton County, Florida Teacher of the Year, Ms. Dicesare has previously earned recognition as the Okaloosa County, Florida First Year Teacher of the Year; Sallie Mae First Year Teacher Award; Claes Nobel Educator of Distinction; United States Achievement Academy Leadership Award; Beta Club Helping Hand Award; 2005 Niceville High School Outstanding Educator Award; and 2000-2008 Who's Who Among America's Teachers.

    Ms. Dicesare's unbridled compassion and enthusiasm exemplify the essential characteristics of a successful teacher. They are evidenced by the numerous accolades she has received, and the impact of her achievements is alive in the hearts and minds of the students who have been deeply affected by her unwavering dedication.

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


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