Published: Oct 13, 2010 7:27 PM EDT
Updated: Oct 13, 2010 4:24 PM EDT

LEE COUNTY, Fla. -  Lee County Public Schools is very proud to announce that Ms. Fallon Melendez, an Exceptional Student Education teacher at Island Coast High School, has been honored by the Florida Governor’s Office with its Hispanic Heritage Month Excellence in Education Award.

“Ms. Melendez does a tremendous job working with the students at Island Cost High School and is truly deserving of this honor,” said. Dr. G. Peter Bohatch, the principal of Island Coast High. “Having her on our staff has made Island Coast High a much stronger school, and I am very proud to be associated with Ms. Melendez – she’s a terrific teacher.”

Students, parents, teachers and principals were encouraged by the Governor to nominate Hispanic, full-time educators in an elementary, middle, or high school in Florida. Three winners were selected: one elementary (K-5) teacher, one middle (6-8) teacher, and one high school (grades 9-12).  Ms. Melendez will receive an award and a check for $1,500 at the Governor's Hispanic Heritage Month celebration.