Jill DelRio, an Edison State alumni and Oak Hammock Middle School teacher, was the first recipient of the Educator of the Month Award which also advances her as a finalist to become the ‘Top Educator of the Year’. Local teachers are receiving recognition in the Southwest Florida community by Gator Country 101.9 and Honda of Ft. Myers that leads to the “Top Educator of the Year” award.
Each month a teacher will be recognized on air as part of the ongoing contest to recognize the ‘Top Educator of the Year’ at the end of the 2013-2014 school year. Students and faculty can submit their nominations for ‘Educator of the Month’ through the Gator Country 101.9 website. Monthly winners will receive a $200 gift card and become a finalist for The Honda of Fort Myers Educator of the Year recognition, in which the recipient will receive a $1,000 gift card.
“Jill is an excellent Reading Intensive teacher. She has the enthusiasm of 20 people and devotes all of it to her students,” said Peggy Van Voorhis, Elementary Education Professor at Edison State College. “The students in her classes love her and make substantial yearly gains. She is an incredibly kind and compassionate person and is loved by all who know her.”
“Teaching is an amazing career choice, and those who teach are special and supportive individuals,” said Dr. Erin Harrel, Dean of the School of Education at Edison State College. “We are so proud of Jill for all of her hard work and wish her the best of luck in the overall contest. No matter who wins, all the teachers nominated provide great opportunities for the students of our community.”
Celebrating more than 50 years of excellence, Edison State College is Southwest Florida’s largest, most accessible and ranked nationally as one of the most affordable institutions of higher education. Serving more than 24,000 students per year regionally, nationally, and internationally, students are also active in a wide variety of clubs and programs that cater to their interests. Nationally, Edison State is ranked 45th among associate degree producers and 26th for its prestigious associate producing Nursing program.