The Florida Department of Education has recognized 11 Gulf County educators as high impact.

The Florida Department of Education has recognized 11 Gulf County educators as high impact.

The statewide designation is awarded every year to the teachers whose performance is said to be statistically significant based on student achievement in standardized testing.

Each Gulf District school had teachers recognized.

Anita Askew and Christina Morril represented Wewahitchka Elementary; with Misty Wood representing Wewahitchka Jr. /Sr. High School.

Port St. Joe Elementary was represented by Jeannie Ford, Kristine Gentry, with Brenda Wood representing both the elementary school and the Gulf County Adult School.

Fred Flowers, Sissy Godwin, Ruby Knox, Melinda George, and Kristal Smallwood represented Port St. Joe Jr. /Sr. High School.

These teachers have nearly 200 years of combined experience and teach a wide range of subjects.

The 11 recognized this year nearly double the six that were recognized last year. Askew, Ford, Misty Ward, and Smallwood have won the award in consecutive years.

Superintendant Jim Norton not only congratulated the winning teachers, but also the school principals from each school.

Norton also added that the list of teachers that the school district deemed to be high performing greatly exceeds the list that the state sends down.