Published: Sep 27, 2010 11:03 PM EDT
Updated: Sep 27, 2010 7:58 PM EDT

FORT MYERS, Fla. - Governor Charlie Crist made a pit stop in Southwest Florida this afternoon, visiting one of Lee County's top performing schools.
 
"Hi! You must be the principal!"

Monday afternoon governor Crist greeted a crowd of media and school officials outside Cypress Lake Middle School. He then went on whirlwind tour of the classrooms. Four rooms were toured. In each, Crist thanked the teacher for doing their job, and observed how students learn. He visited an art class, a dance class, and academic classes. Some students appeared to be star struck.

One surprised student couldn't believe he was sitting next to the governor.

"That's the gov... that's the gov... are you serious?"

Others took the visit in stride saying, "He's just another guy sitting next to me."

Now that "guy" is running for the United States senate. Some educators say they aren't concerned with the politics. They are just glad to be able to show off what they do best.

Cypress Lake Middle School Principal Jeananne Folaros says, "It may inspire some child. We have no idea how that is going to effect them."