June 5, 2018 - Issue: Vol. 164, No. 92 — Daily Edition115th Congress (2017 - 2018) - 2nd Session
TRIBUTE TO KIERA VARGAS; Congressional Record Vol. 164, No. 92
(Senate - June 05, 2018)
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[Page S2990] From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov] TRIBUTE TO KIERA VARGAS
Mr. RUBIO. Mr. President, today I am pleased to recognize Kiera Vargas, the Madison County Teacher of the Year from Madison County High School in Madison, FL. Kiera was honored with this award because of her motivation for encouraging and educating her students. As a teacher, she enjoys all aspects and feels her success comes from her personal interactions with her students. Her students note she listens to their needs and helps in every way she can. These students feel empowered by Kiera as she encourages them to always believe in themselves. She tells them, if they do this while working hard and following their heart, they will achieve their dreams. Kiera feels her students have taught her more than she has taught them. Kiera was offered her first teaching job while planning to take the dental admission test. She originally planned to be a dentist but realized teaching was her true passion. Kiera says she has never looked back since her first teaching job and has no desire to do anything except teach and assist her students. She previously worked at the college level as a full-time lecturer for 7 years, taught in K-12 classrooms for 4 years, and served as an adjunct lecturer for several years. Kiera has a bachelor of science degree in journalism and mass communication with a concentration in public relations, a master of science degree in English education, a juris doctor from the Charlotte School of Law, and her masters in library science and information sciences from Drexel University. I express my appreciation to Kiera for all of the great work she has done for her students and extend my best wishes on her continued success in the years to come. ____________________