On Thursday March 6, a very special lady from Gulf County attended a ceremony with Florida’s top governmental leader.


On Thursday March 6, a very special lady from Gulf County attended a ceremony with Florida’s top governmental leader.



Ms. Tracy Bowers, a fourth-grade teacher at Wewahitchka Elementary School who also was named Gulf County Teacher of the Year, was recognized at the state capital by Governor Rick Scott.



Awarded one of the Governor’s Shine awards, Bower’s outstanding contributions in the field of education were acknowledged by an esteemed group which included Governor Scott, Attorney General Pam Bondi, Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam and Florida’s Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater.



Bowers was further honored at the ceremony when she was chosen to address four of her fellow Shine award winners from surrounding panhandle counties.



“We are lucky to have a teacher of Ms. Tracy Bower’s caliber here at Wewahitchka Elementary,” said Principal Jay Bidwell. “Now other people around the state are beginning to realize what we have known for some time - that Ms. Tracy Bowers is one of the most phenomenal educators in our area.”



The next opportunity for Ms. Bowers to “shine” will be at the Florida State Teacher of the Year selection ceremony to be held in Orlando on July 9-11.



Hopefully the secret is out about Ms. Tracy’s special abilities and she will bring home the award as Florida’s top teacher.



 “If the selection committee could see what we at Wewahitchka Elementary observe on a daily basis, then I am sure that Ms. Tracy Bowers would win the Florida Teacher of the Year Award in a landslide,” said Bidwell.