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NSA Panama City Honors Educators Who Support Military Children

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Teachers, guidance counselors, and for the first time, a bus driver are awarded for going above and beyond by helping students of military families transitioning into a new community.

From this you could say some people don't just educate from inside a classroom.

"Everyday you have to instruct and teach students even on the school bus," said George Perna. "Getting up everyday and going to school and knowing that you're taking these precious children to school, it's the best job in the world."

He and others were honored for their love and support of transitioning students coming from military parents.

"If something happens that's not good we don't have to worry about it because he's going to take care of us," said nominating student Keagan Montfort. "We know we are safe with him."

Stephen Geist is a fourth grade teacher at Beach Elementary.

His nomination read that his car could still be found in the school parking lot working after hours handwriting notes to each of his students.

"Three words," said Giest. "I was very humbled, well that's four words."

He says he takes very few things more seriously than being an educator.

"The only thing I take more seriously is the Lord and my own children," said Geist.

Both families were there to watch their nominees get their awards.

"He puts the kids first," said Pamela Brown, who nominated Geist. "He lets them know that they're what's most important."

And to them, nothing is more rewarding.

"It feels good," said Montfort. "I'm glad he got it, because he deserves it."

Other recipients included teachers from Jinks Middle School, Beach Elementary, Patronis Elementary and other Bay District Schools.