SEBRING - Sebring High School advance Spanish teacher Sonia Rivera was honored recently by Gov. Rick Scott as an Excellence in Education award winner.
Rivera was named the statewide winner, at the high school level, of the Hispanic Heritage Month teacher contest, a news release from the governor's office states. The middle and elementary school Excellence in Education winners were Lucie Rodriguez of Manatee County and Yanerys Viter of Palm Beach County, respectively.
The educators were nominated for the award by students and peers and each received $1,500 provided by Volunteer Florida.
The educators, along with three student essay and two student art contest winners, attended the Hispanic Heritage reception recently at the Governor's Mansion.
In a prepared statement, Scott said: "As the month long celebrations come to an end, I am excited to join community leaders, educators and students across our great state to commemorate Hispanic Heritage Month. I would like to thank everyone across Florida who helped make Hispanic Heritage Month such a success.
"Congratulations to the student and teacher winners of this contest. Great Hispanic leaders have shaped Florida's history and helped make our state the best place to live and raise a family."
Rivera noted that a Hispanic parade is scheduled Oct. 31 (start time tentative around 2:30 p.m.) at Sebring High to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month.