On Tuesday, March 10th, 2015 Books for Bay Vice President and co-founder was awarded the Governor's Shine Award for her work as an educator in the Bay District School System.

Melanie McNeil-Samac currently teaches 6th, 7th, and 8th graders in Panama City's Autism Program at Merritt Brown Middle School.

Education has been her passion since she first learned to read at the age of 4, and now she holds a Reading Endorsement to instill that passion in her students as an Intensive Reading, Language Arts, and Support Facilitation teacher.

When not in her classroom sharing her love of all things written, Melanie serves as a mentor to other teachers in the Autism program, on the School Improvement Team, on the MTSS Team (where she co-wrote the school-wide behavior plan), and leads the Intensive Reading Professional Learning Community (or PLC).

Melanie was presented with the award by Governor Scott along with five other teachers from the state during a meeting of Florida's Cabinet.