SUCCESS STORIES

FFMT is proud of the outstanding graduates that have positively impacted the teacher workforce. Listed below are just a few shining examples of the thousands of teachers we’ve encountered.


DR. WILNIC GIDEON

Dr. Wilnic Gideon, a proud Haitian American from Riviera Beach, Florida, is a passionate and devoted educator. Dr. Gideon has worked as a secondary educator in the content area of mathematics, and he previously served as Dean of Students at Boca Raton Community High School. Dr. Gideon received his Bachelor’s Degree in Secondary Mathematics Education from Florida State University and had received his Master’s and Doctoral Degree in Educational Leadership from Lynn University. He is currently working on an MBA in Financial Valuation and Investment Management which he will complete May 2019.

Dr. Gideon was a proud recipient of the Florida Fund for Minority Teachers Scholarship while a student at Florida State University between 2008-2009. He participated in the annual teacher’s symposium, and it is there Dr. Gideon realized the importance of his mission in education. Dr. Gideon honed his skills while in the scholarship program. He believed that it was impactful in improving his teaching abilities and confidence to be an example and role model for students in his community.


LESLIE CRAIN

As a recipient of the Florida Fund for Minority Teacher Education Scholarship (FFMT), I have been honored with the opportunity to work towards my bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education. The cost of college is high, and the scholarship has allowed me the ability to complete my semesters without having to take out student loans. That is a tremendous relief to myself and my family.

I know that once I finish my degree, I want to concentrate on making a positive impact in my community and the field of education, and not worry about going into debt due to high loan amounts that can impact my financial future. Florida Fund for Minority Teacher Education Scholarship has not only assisted me financially, the annual symposiums give me so many valuable strategies and resources to guarantee my success after college. I am so grateful for all the benefits I receive from the scholarship.


TELIA HANN

As a recipient of the Florida Fund for Minority Teachers scholarship, I would like to say that it is an honor to be recognized. I believe having educators from all backgrounds in the classroom is important now and moving forward.

In addition, I would like to say that the scholarship has helped me personally as a veteran who does not work, and I only receive my VA benefits when I am in school. FFMT has helped me get through the semesters and the breaks between semesters without having to have the additional stress of working. This allows me to put all my focus on school and have the time to spend with my son.


LYDIA STONE

When I was asked to write about my experience for Florida Future Minority Teachers, better known as FFMT, I was honored and had no problem writing about my wonderful experience. FFMT is not only a scholarship program but it is also a phenomenal way to start your career off as a teacher.

When I first started my journey at USF I began to worry if I had enough resources to pay for all of my classes. Yes, I had financial aid but it wasn’t enough; so thankfully my guidance counselor introduced me to FFMT. With FFMT I was able to pay the rest of my balances for my classes. Hopefully FFMT may even help with my Masters Degree classes; fingers crossed.

My FFMT experience has also improved my understanding of being a professional. As an FFMT scholar you must attend the FFMT symposium within your two years, once a year. At first I was like ugh, really? Do I really have to go? But of course I went to keep my scholarship and to receive information. At the end of it all, I ended up having an awesome experience.

I also found going to the symposium is a great way to start your spring break vacation because the symposiums are always in different locations in Florida. One of the positive attributes that I took away from the symposium was having the opportunity to correctly complete interviews with multiple principals and school district leaders. Another positive note I experienced at the FFMT symposium was being able to take a lot of information back with me to improve my teaching skills and teaching ideas.

With all this being said, FFMT has helped me in so many ways as you have read above. So as an FFMT scholar you never become ashamed or see being a part of the Florida Fund for Minority Teachers foundation as a negative. See it as a positive and be thankful. FFMT is here to make your life a little easier, not harder. So please enjoy your time with FFMT before its gone.


JUNIA CENELUS

As a recipient of the Florida Fund for Minority Teacher Education Scholarship (FFMT), I have had the honor of finishing my Bachelor degree in Early Childhood Education. Before receiving the scholarship, my mom and I had to pay out of pocket for the first two years of my undergrad pursuit. When I decided to garner my degree in Education, I learned about this scholarship through my counselor; and with the determination and hard work, I received it. When I did, there was a weight lifted off of my shoulders because my mom did not have to sacrifice paying bills to help me pay for school.

Not only that, but as a second year teacher, I am grateful for the opportunity FFMT allowed me to focus on my courses. This was important because the skills and information I learned throughout my education program has helped me support my students’ individual needs by implementing appropriate, research- based strategies.

As I reflect over my first year as an educator, I can see that the strategies I learned has empowered me to be an effective teacher in my second year. I have a lot more to learn, but if it wasn’t for FFMT, I would not have had the opportunity to be the teacher I am at this time.




YOU MAKE THE DIFFERENCE

In a world crying out for equality and justice,
here in the Sunshine State, we believe that
fostering the spirit of diversity and inclusion
begins at the earliest stages of a child’s
development. That’s why we help put
promising teachers of color into
Florida’s classrooms.