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The Florida Channel: "Jodie Martin, Wakulla County Teacher of the Year"

March 7, 2013

Governor's Resolution, Teacher of the Year
(Remarks as prepared for delivery)
Speech By: Jodie Martin

On behalf of the other "Teachers of the Year" and all of the hard working and dedicated teachers in the state of Florida, I would like to thank Governor Scott and the cabinet for this special recognition. I would also like to say that I am very appreciative of the Governor's interest in education. The Governor's "Families First Budget" is very generous to education and I am hopeful that the legislators have the same spirit and also support all of the devoted teachers of Florida.

Teachers do not choose to teach for the yearly salary. Teachers are professionals that make a commitment to work long hours to better the future of our youth. Florida's teachers have been working hard to make big steps in preparing Florida's youth to be Florida's future. Florida is now seeing national success and all of our hard work is paying off. Teachers do not teach subjects, excellent teachers teach students. That means taking every student's situation into consideration when planning lessons. That cannot be done in an eight hour work day or a five day work week. Personally working in an area hit hard by the current economy, I can say the children are suffering from the situation. I have students who come to school hungry and in need of clothing. Teachers spend their own money to provide food, clothing, school supplies and even Christmas presents. I have never minded packing an extra sandwich or granola bar each day. That is just what teachers do! However, teachers must also make a wage that supports their own families to be able to provide this type of support to others. The Governor understands this and his budget to increase the funds to education is essential to maintaining Florida's level of excellence. "Families First" is just that, it is supportive of families. Thank you again Governor Scott, your support is appreciated.

Full Video - remarks begin at 24:45

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