Mercedes Mesa was “shocked,” “humbled” and almost speechless.
The fourth-grade language arts and reading teacher at Palm Springs Elementary knew she was good at her job. But to be named one of the top teachers in Miami-Dade County — and get a $2,500 bonus?
“I teach because I love to teach. I don’t teach because of the pay,” she said. “But I’m taken aback that we’re finally recognized. I’m just overwhelmed.”
Mesa was one of 58 teachers invited Monday to the Miami-Dade School Board’s downtown auditorium where they learned their students’ stellar performance had earned them checks worth thousands.