Mr. Richard Hernandez will be honored by the University of Florida as a Distinguished Educator in December.  As a long-time educator and UF graduate, Richard Hernandez has been instrumental in fostering the gifted program at Niceville High School.

The most popular and significant program for which Mr. Hernandez began is the Natural Geography In Shore Areas (NaGISA) project.  NaGISA is a fifty-year comprehensive global marine environmental project designed to establish a baseline of biodiversity along the world’s coastline.  Under Mr. Hernandez’ leadership, Niceville High School was the only school invited to present at the Census of Marine Life World Conference in London.  He has also led NaGISA student groups to Japan, Costa Rica, Turkey, Tanzania, Crete, and Egypt.  The group will be collecting data in Portugal in June 2015.

The gifted program continues to grow with the most recent implementation of the AICE Global Perspectives program through the University of Cambridge.  Mr. Hernandez recently attended professional development in Orlando in preparation for that course.

The University of Florida will recognize Mr. Hernandez during their December commencement.


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