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Leesburg High math teacher receives Governor's Shine Award

Tammy Jerkins, fourth from right, is one of seven recipients of the Governor's Shine Award.

Tammy Jerkins, a math teacher at Leesburg High School, was honored this week by Gov. Rick Scott who presented her with the Governor’s Shine Award. She was one of seven outstanding educators across the state to receive the award.

“The hard work and commitment of these outstanding educators has been recognized in their schools and districts and I’m proud to present them with the Governor’s Shine Award today,” Gov. Scott said during a meeting of the Florida Cabinet on Wednesday, June 14. “I applaud their dedication to ensuring students across Florida are prepared for success in college and a future career.”

Ms. Jerkins teaches math to students in grades 9 through 12 at Leesburg High. During her 18-year career, she has taught Algebra I, Geometry, Informal Geometry, Algebra II, Algebra II Honors, Applied Math, Intensive Math, Liberal Arts Math I , Liberal Arts math II, Math for College Readiness and Pre-Calculus Honors.

She is Lake County’s 2017 District Teacher of the Year and one of five statewide finalists for the 2018 Department of Education/Macy’s Teacher of the Year.

The other recipients of the Governor’s Shine Awards are from Duval, Indian River, Marion, Hardee, Collier and Santa Rosa counties.