Governor Rick Scott toured classrooms at Allen Nease Senior High School with Superintendent Dr. Joseph Joyner, Principal Kyle Dresback, Student Body President Zach Anastasiadis, Senior Class President Mary Sieredzinski, and Salutatorian Alec Abate. This tour comes on the heels of Governor Scott’s budget announcement to support a $2,500 pay raise for all full-time public school classroom teachers, and his commitment of $1.2 billion to further support Florida’s K-12 education system.
Governor Scott said, “Nease High School is ranked number three in Florida for their ‘college ready’ graduation rate, which means their students are being well prepared for the future. To support continued teacher and student success, we are doubling down on our education investment and continuing to put Florida’s families first. Our 2013-2014 budget invests $1.2 billion in K-12 education, including a $2,500 pay raise for every classroom teacher. I can think of no better investment for our state than investing in those teachers who work on the frontline of Florida’s future every day by teaching our children. A good education leads to great jobs and opportunities for Florida’s families.”
St. Johns County is the number one county in the state of Florida for “college ready” high school graduates, at 79 percent. These consist of graduates that go on to college who require no remedial classes. Allen Nease Senior High School ranks third in St. Johns County for “college ready” graduates, at 83 percent, according to Lane Wright, spokesperson for the Office of Gov. Rick Scott.
Math teacher Stefanie Martineau was honored with the “Governor’s Shine Award,” given to inspirational Florida teachers, during today’s visit. Stefanie teaches various math classes at Allen Nease Senior High school, and tutors students after school in coordination with the National Honor Society program.
St. Johns County Superintendent Dr. Joseph Joyner said, “We are very supportive and appreciative of the tangible commitment that Governor Scott is proposing for our schools which will benefit both students and teachers. With his continued commitment to improving education in Florida, we can only expect to see even better things to come for St. Johns’ students and families.”
In Florida overall, student and teachers were recently ranked 6th for educational quality, fourth-grade students scored second best in the world in reading, and the National Council on Teacher Quality ranked Florida teachers number one in the country in their 2012 survey, according to Wright.