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​First Sergeant Manuel Valdez, Hollywood Hills High Awarded Governor’s Shine Award

Tuesday, November 10, 2015
Congratulations to First Sergeant Manuel Valdez for being awarded the Governor’s Shine Award. Today, November 10, 2015, during a meeting of Florida’s Cabinet, Governor Rick Scott recognized seven outstanding educators with Governor’s Shine Awards. In honor of Veterans Day, all of the award recipients are active military or veterans. The Shine Award is presented to teachers and administrators in Florida who make significant contributions to the field of education.

Governor Rick Scott said, “These teachers bring valuable lessons from their military experiences to the classroom each day. As they prepare students for future success, these teachers offer students the opportunities to learn about leadership and service. I am proud to honor seven brave men and women today for their dedication to our country and to our students.”

About First Sergeant Manuel Valdez, Retired, U.S. Army
First Sergeant Valdez served more than 20 years in the United States Army, and has worked in Broward County Public Schools for 16 years as an Army JROTC Instructor. Currently, he teaches Leadership Education Training courses to cadets at Hollywood Hills High School. First Sergeant Valdez has received numerous awards and distinctions throughout his military career. He most recently received the Department of the Army Outstanding Civilian Service Medal for being recognized as the 2015 United States Army Cadet Command Army Instructor of the year.

Photo above: First Sergeant Manuel Valdez is pictured with medals next to Governor Scott and Cabinet members. Pictured to the right of Valdez is Hollywood Hills High School Principal Lourdes Gonzales and Assistant Principal Erin Pashley-Brown.


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