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South Walton Teacher Earns Governor’s Shine Award

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South Walton High School students and faculty are cheering on one of their own teachers who is being recognized as one of the top educators in the state.

Melissa DiCesare is one of six Panhandle teachers earning Governor Rick Scott's Shine Award.

"I knew from a very young age that I wanted to go into education," said DiCesare.

With 15 years under her belt, the veteran teacher said it doesn't really feel like work.

This AP Language and Literature teacher said it's her love for her students that makes all the difference.

"They can always rise to my expectations, no matter how hard or how difficult the lessons might be. They struggle, they strive, but they get there," said DiCesare.

For students and faculty, crowning her South Walton High School "Teacher of the Year" was an easy choice.

"Working with her and the professionalism that she shows broadens everyone's awareness of what we expect here for education and teaching," said South Walton High School Assistant Principal, Jonathan D'Avignon.

It doesn't end there. She was named Walton County District Teacher of the Year, and, now, Governor Scott's Shine award.

The award, presented Tuesday in Tallahassee, recognizes teachers who go above and beyond to make a difference in education.

It's an honor, said DiCesare, but it's not just for her.

"It's award for everyone who has to do the work of a teacher," she said.

Her commitment and her spirit clearly do not go unnoticed.

"She always comes in with a great attitude. We all leave with a great attitude," said one student.

Her students agree; it's her spirit that makes this teachers star "shine" bright.