Published: Jun 27, 2013 4:30 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE- Governor Rick Scott showed his appreciation for Florida's teachers today, and applauded their commitment to education by presenting the Governor's Shine Award to 23 2013-2014 District Teachers of the Year.

Of the 23, three teach for schools in Southwest Florida.

Michelle Kasanofsky, Charlotte County, Port Charlotte High School –Kasanonfsy has been teaching for 24 years. She has been teaching at Port Charlotte High School for the last 15 years where she currently teaches music. She believes true learning occurs only when students feel comfortable enough in their learning environment to ask questions when they are unsure.

Sean Brosig, Collier County, North Naples Middle School –Brosing has been teaching for 12 years, and has been teaching at North Naples Middle School for the last three years where he teaches mathematics. He establishes a safe, happy classroom environment where students feel comfortable taking risks and being involved in learning.

Patricia Gair, Lee County, Cypress Lake High School– Gair has spent her 18 year teaching career at Cypress Lake High School where she teaches English, theater history and dance. Despite her years of experience, Gair constantly strives to learn new strategies and techniques in order to meet the ever changing needs of her students.