Florence “Flo” Cancilla was honored as a state finalist for the 2012/2013 Juvenile Justice Teacher of the Year during a ceremony at the Pompano Youth Treatment Center on March 10. Cancilla is a Dropout Prevention Instructor at Whiddon-Rogers Education Center in Fort Lauderdale for the high school and Department of Juvenile Justice education programs. She works with students at the Broward Youth Treatment Center and the Pompano Youth Treatment Center preparing them for FCAT and GED exams and the Certified Internet Web Professional Certification, according to a release dated March 10 by Nadine Drew of the Broward County School District.
“I feel that the best has been saved for the last in my teaching career since have become a DJJ teacher. The joy and enthusiasm to teach has been rekindled since I have been with these students,” said Cancilla in the release.
Teaching can be a demanding and sometimes thankless job. It is always good to see people rewarded for a job well done.