Saint Leo Education Faculty Member Honored

December 04, 2012

The Florida Association of Teacher Educators has presented the 2012 Mary L. Collins Excellence in Teacher Education Award to Dr. Jane Govoni, an associate professor at Saint Leo University’s School of Education and Social Services.

The award has been given annually since 2001 to educators who are preparing future teachers for Florida’s public schools and who have made significant contributions to the field. Dr. Govoni currently teaches undergraduate courses on teaching English to speakers of other languages (ESOL), and she is a published scholar in the field. She has assisted the Florida Department of Education in setting standards and developing teacher tests in this subject area.

Dr. Govoni has also served as president of the Florida Association of Teacher Educators for the 2010-2011 and 2011-2012 academic years, and has helped to advance the work and efficacy of the association.

“This is a wonderful honor for Dr. Govoni,” said Dr. Carol Walker, dean of the School of Education and Social Services at Saint Leo University. “I can affirm from personal experience that Dr. Govoni cares deeply about her education students, her advisees, and the overall quality of education in Florida,” Dr. Walker continued. “The standards recognized by the Mary L. Collins Award express the beliefs and best practices supported by Saint Leo’s School of Education and Social Services, and the Education Department.”