Elbridge Gale Teacher Receives Education Award

Elbridge Gale Elementary School teacher Yanerys Viter was recently presented the Excellence in Education award by Gov. Rick Scott in connection with Hispanic Heritage Month.

Viter, who teaches science, social studies and Spanish in grades two and three, was the winner in the elementary school category. “It is an honor to represent elementary school teachers for the State of Florida,” Viter said. “As I am sure they all do, I strive to foster knowledge, honor diversity and inspire lifelong learning in every child.”

At Elbridge Gale, Viter implemented a dual-language program in English and Spanish and offers a Spanish Club after school. She is certified in ESOL and gifted, and is working on her master’s degree in educational leadership.

A “Beginning Teacher of the Year” award winner, Viter is the academic advisor for the afterschool program, a member of the SIP, Safety and Green School committees, and the secretary of the School Advisory Council.

At the Governor’s Hispanic Heritage Month celebration, Viter, along with the middle and high school Excellence in Education Award winners, each received $1,500 provided by Volunteer Florida.

 ABOVE: First Lady Ann Scott, Yanerys Vitar, Gov. Rick Scott and Prudential representative Mike Jennings, who presented the check on behalf of Volunteer Florida.