Hispanic Educator Recognized by Governor Scott

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Hispanic Educator Recognized by Governor Scott

By Dr. Maria I. Pouncey
Gloria Matos, Gadsden County teacher from Greensboro Elementary was recognized by Governor Rick Scott and First Lady Ann Scott during the 2017 Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration in Tallahassee, FL.
Mrs. Gloria Matos received recognition as the Excellence in Education Award winner for the Elementary School Category. The contest is opened each year through the Governor’s office in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month. Students and educators throughout the state participated in the Hispanic Heritage Month contest with the theme of “A Recognition of the Role of Hispanic-Americans in Shaping Florida Today”.
Mrs. Matos was nominated by her Gadsden County peers who explained why they thought she should receive the award, and how she had made an impact in their lives, as well as in her students’ lives, school, and community. She was recognized as one of the many influential Hispanic Floridians who selflessly contribute to the educational and economic health of her community in Greensboro and throughout Gadsden County. She has also worked with our organization, PAEC, during the summer, teaching our migrant students and English Language Learners. Mrs. Matos was surprised by Superintendent Roger Milton, along with the School Board of Gadsden County, who were extremely proud of Mrs. Matos’ recognition.
Mrs. Matos is another example of how our Hispanic community is making an impact on future generations! Mrs. Matos is one more example of Hispanics making a difference!

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Dr. Maria I. Pouncey has over 27 years of experience working in education, specifically with Migrant and Farmworker children. The 14th of 16 children, 1st generation college graduate, she understands the dilemmas of families trying to survive and the importance of pursuing an education. She was born in the state of Texas, but has called Florida her home for the past 33 years. Dr. Pouncey graduated from St. Mary’s University with a Bachelor of Business Administration, a Master of Science in Special Education from Nova University, and an Educational Doctorate in Educational Leadership from the University of Phoenix. She has been awarded district, state, national, and international awards for her work with migrant and immigrant families. She is a recipient of a Humanitarian Award – “Ohtli” by the Mexican government, a “Trailblazer Award “and the State of Florida honored with the “Champion of Service Award” in 2013. A firm believer in being involved in her community she is an active board member of the Girl Scouts of the Florida Panhandle, College Reach Out Program, Big Bend Area Health Education Center, and the Early Learning Coalition. She is passionate about education and passionately promotes that “knowledge is power”.