Florida education commissioner Pam Stewart diagnosed with breast cancer
Pam Stewart, Florida's education commissioner since 2013, has been diagnosed with breast cancer, Department of Education spokeswoman Meghan Collins announced Thursday.
"She has worked extensively with her health care providers and she has been assured that treatment will require minimal time out of the office and, therefore, she intends to continue fulfilling her duties as usual," Collins said in a prepared statement. "She wants to emphasize that while her prognosis is positive, her diagnosis is the result of a self-examination and to remind Floridians to be diligent in their health care. We will provide updates over the coming months, but hope that you will respect her privacy as it relates to this matter."
Stewart is a longtime Florida educator, having worked as a teacher and administrator in St. Johns and Marion counties, in addition to her service at the Department of Education as K-12 chancellor, among other posts. She is the fifth person to hold the commissioner job under Gov. Rick Scott.