posted on June 04, 2014 15:33
Troops to Teachers has over 2,600 participants in Colorado, and "Florio was a standout," according to John Scheuer, Colorado State Director. Florio's former Principal, Frutoso Chavez nominated Florio saying, "Bob has been an instrumental part of our programming since coming to High Tech Early Colleges in the 12-13 school year. In one year’s time he has catapulted himself to become one of our key teachers, and is currently serving as our SPED coordinator and department chair.
His accomplishments demonstrate his ability to both follow fidelity and lead with innovation. He has adopted the HTEC instructional model even in the face of challenges, such as having four to five preps per day in his first year. He also helped refine the HTEC instructional program by providing valuable feedback on the own format of the Special Education, literacy, and language programs for the 13-14 school year. Today Bob’s footprint and impact go beyond the walls of his own classroom. He is now directly responsible for developing four other Special Educators and ensuring that the HTEC students’ rights are met daily. It was great confidence and pride that I recommend Bob Florio as a Troops to Teachers Teacher of the Year."
Robert Florio is a United States Air Force Veteran who serves in the Air National Guard at Buckley Air Force Base in Aurora, Colorado. A veteran, guardsman, and teacher, Florio uses his military experience every day. He feels that the Air Force has taught him to stay calm in high stress situations, adapt to new situations, and be able to take on more responsibility with integrity. The fact that Troops to Teachers has helped him find this career has made him even more loyal to the teaching field. The leadership skills that he has learned through the military are among the most transferable both in the classroom, and in his ongoing quest to make the education environment a positive experience for all his students. As we end the school year, let's not forget about the men and women who have chosen to serve and continue to serve in military careers and those, like Florio, who have selflessly continued to "Proudly Serve Again" in our Nation's classrooms. Congratulations Robert!