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Pasco teacher wins statewide honor

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For the first time ever, one teacher has won the prestigious Governor's Award for the fourth year in a row. His name is Eric Johnson and he is "What's Right With Tampa Bay."

Johnson is a teacher at Fivay High School in Pasco County, and he knows how to inspire his students.

For four years in a row, Eric has taken the top prize in the Governor's Awards, recognizing the top teachers in the state in economics, personal finance and entrepreneurship.

"I work very diligently to make sure I prepare solid lessons and try and take them past the classroom." Johnson said.

He certainly does that: this year, his students analyzed successful small businesses.

"They blossomed with the hands-on approach," he says.

And they are lessons the students will carry forward throughout their lives.

"If you make a product better, it will give you more profit, because more people are going to want to buy it," student Dyzarae Crooks said.

Johnson's partner in teaching this year is Stefanie Adams. She's the culinary arts instructor at Fivay.

"They called our names for winning first place. We were very excited," she recalled.

Their students were also excited to hear their teachers won.

"Once we get out into the real world, that will really help us, whether it's economics, government or just little things that we have been taught," says student Jim Artley. "It's amazing."

For Eric Johnson, there is no greater reward.

"It's a blessing and a pleasure that the people of Pasco and the students let an old soldier, that they entrust me with their children, and I appreciate that trust."

Eric say he will be back to defend his title again next year.

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