During Tuesday’s (December 10, 2103) meeting of the Florida Cabinet, Apollo Middle School teacher Luis Espinosa was awarded the Governor’s Shine Award by Governor Rick Scott.
Espinosa is one of two educators in the state recognized for outstanding contributions to their schools and students. (John Herber, of Escambia County, was also honored.) The Governor presents the Shine Award each month in recognition of outstanding work among educators.
Governor Scott said, “It is an honor to thank Luis Espinosa and John Herber for their contributions both in and outside the classroom. The work they do today provides our students with the foundation for future success in college and careers. Great teachers like Luis and John are critical to ensuring Florida has a world-class education system and I thank them for their continued service.”
Espinosa began his teaching career 17 years ago and currently serves as a science and STEM educator at Apollo Middle School in Hollywood. Espinosa is the chair of the Science department and heads Florida’s first middle school industry certification program known as LEEO – Linking Education and Employment Opportunities as well as the Aeronautics STEM Magnet program. He is most proud of being stewardship of The Daniel Torres and Greg Ashley STEM in the Gardens Learning Center, which through a $95,000 grant secured by Espinosa, added an indoor botany learning lab equipped with computers, microscopes, a chess area and a butterfly garden with a solar powered fountain. Espinosa was recently honored with a Milken Educator Award in recognition for his achievements.