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Science teacher wins Hispanic Heritage Award

Science teacher Romina Jannotti poses with Gov. Rick Scott and First Lady Anne Scott. Jannotti won the Excellence in Education Award for high school teachers across Florida.

photo by Rick Scott

Science teacher Romina Jannotti poses with Gov. Rick Scott and First Lady Anne Scott. Jannotti won the Excellence in Education Award for high school teachers across Florida.

Sarah Dreyer, Staff Reporter

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On Monday Oct. 30, science teacher Dr. Romina Jannotti received the Hispanic Heritage Award for her “Excellence in Education.” The Hispanic Heritage Award was awarded to Dr. Jannotti by Volunteer Florida, a non-profit organization, First Lady Ann Scott and Governor Rick Scott. Jannotti was recognized at Governor Scott’s mansion, during the annual Hispanic Heritage Month reception.

Every year in September, the current governor places a nomination process for three teaching awards and six student awards. In the elementary, middle and high school levels, they are given an opportunity to participate in an essay and art competition.

“It was a really surreal experience.” Jannotti said. “I wasn’t expecting to get the award.”
Jannotti came to America as an immigrant looking for opportunities. Not being able to speak English, Jannotti was left to educate herself, and reflected on how far she’s made it through her education. Now that Jannotti has had her education, she states how she is “able to share her education with everybody else,” and because of this, many of her students are in the science major and hold high-paying jobs.

Jannotti has impacted many of her students that one of her previous students took the time to nominate her for the Hispanic Heritage Award.

“It was his nomination and what he said about me that I think did the trick,” Jannotti said.

Because of the nomination, Jannotti was given the award for her hard work and dedication to her students.

“When I work, I always try to do my best,” Jannotti said. “I didn’t realize that it was more than what’s happening in other parts of the state.”

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