SCFCS Teacher Nominated for Congressional Teacher Award

(Bradenton, Fla., June 15, 2017) — Matt Bowman, a teacher at State College of Florida Collegiate School (SCFCS), received a certificate of recognition from Congressman Vern Buchanan as one of 27 teachers nominated for the Congressional Teacher Award in Florida’s 16th Congressional District.

“I was once told that children are 25 percent of the population, but they are 100 percent of the future,” Buchanan said in the Congressional Record. “And it’s true. The education of a child and young adult is an investment, not only in that student, but in the future of our country. Therefore, I established the Congressional Teacher Awards to honor educators for their ability to teach and inspire students.”

An independent panel of eight judges from Sarasota, Manatee and Hillsborough counties chose the recipients of the Congressional Teacher Awards.

Bowman thanked Kelly Monod, head of the school, for nominating him and the school community for “their unwavering support.”

“Our school is blessed to have the hardest-working teachers and staff who consistently go above and beyond their call of duty to help our students achieve success, so it’s only appropriate that we all share this recognition,” said Bowman, who also serves as an advisor to the Collegiate School students.

This year’s award winners were Emilee Vermilion from Southeast High School in Bradenton; Carol Pelletier from Sarasota Military Academy Prep in Sarasota; and Danielle Murphy from Boyette Springs Elementary in Riverview.

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 Matt Bowan and Vern Buchanan

Rep. Vern Buchanan and Matt Bowman

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