Celebrating the 167 nominees for the 2023 VyStar Duval County Teacher of the Year

(Editor's Note - This post contains excerpts from a press released provided by the Jacksonville Public Education Fund's press release. The excerpts are used with permission.)

Oct. 26, 2022 – Congratulations to the 167 Duval teachers who have been nominated for the 2023 VyStar Duval County Teacher of the Year!

The Teacher of the Year program — coordinated by the Jacksonville Public Education Fund (JPEF) — seeks to recognize, elevate, and empower Duval County’s best public school teachers by offering unique programming to elevate the teaching profession throughout the year.

“Team Duval is phenomenally fortunate to comprise highly-talented, professional, and passionate teachers who give their all to see students succeed, and I am honored any chance I get to recognize and celebrate these educators,” said Superintendent Dr. Diana Greene. “I see a direct link between the excellence of our teachers and some of the recent academic achievements we have received, including a record-high number of our schools earning the prestigious School Recognition award from the state. To each of our Teacher of the Year nominees, I want to express not just my congratulations, but also my sincere gratitude for your service and dedication to your students, schools, and communities.”

The 2023 VyStar Teacher of the Year will be announced at the EDDY Awards, presented by the Jacksonville Public Education Fund (JPEF) in partnership with VyStar Credit Union, Feb. 10, 2023.

The process

Teachers selected by their schools as Teacher of the Year are given the opportunity to participate in the teacher leadership initiative offered by JPEF.

After schools submit their nominees for Teacher of the Year, a selection committee organized by JPEF narrows the field down to 15 semifinalists. The semifinalists are further narrowed down to five finalists through a selection process that includes observing the teachers in the classroom.

The final Teacher of the Year will be announced at the EDDY Awards Gala on Feb. 10 at the Hyatt Regency. The winner will go on to compete for the Florida Teacher of the Year award.

For more information about the VyStar Duval County Teacher of the Year program, visit the Jacksonville Public Education Fund.

The 167 Teachers of the Year are:

Antony Aiuppy, Englewood Elementary

Mfon Akpaete, Northwestern Legends Elementary School

Mischa Allen, Wayman Academy Middle School

Jennifer Allen-Tickle, Twin Lakes Academy Middle School

Cadijay Anderson-Robinson, James Weldon Johnson College Prep

Erica Apello, R. V. Daniels Gifted and Academically Talented Elementary School

Ursyln Austin-George, Susie E. Tolbert

Andrew Barth, Oak Hill Academy

Michele Bell, Andrew Robinson Elementary School

Jacqueline Bellido, Southside Middle School

Lezley Bernoll, Anchor Academy

Crystal Bennett, LaVilla School of the Arts

Katrina Bias, Garden City Elementary School

Olivia Blanco, KIPP Bessie Coleman Academy

Katie Blaquiere, Kernan Trail Elementary School

Rosalyn Bloxom-Johnson, Riverside High School

Leslie Bolante, Southside Estates Elementary School

Nolma Bork, Reynolds Lane Elementary School

Hui Bougis, William Marian Raines High School

Erin Bradica, River City Science Academy at Mandarin

Lydia Brathwaite, Hidden Oaks Elementary School

Dennis Breden, Mamie Agnes Jones Elementary School

Marilyn Brissett, Sadie T. Tillis Elementary School

Kevin Brown, III, Waterleaf Elementary School

Miranda Burton, Hyde Grove Elementary School

Arlene Cameron-Lloyd, R.L. Brown Academy

Courtney Cardoza, Charger Academy

Ines Carrion Lebron, West Riverside Elementary School

Ho Yi Phoebe Chan, Biltmore Elementary School

Kimberly Chandler, Pinedale Elementary School

Zachary Clark, Hyde Grove

Evelyn Cooley, Jean Ribault Middle School

Sandra Cruz Navarro, San Jose Elementary School

Logan Davis, River City Science Academy Innovation

Adrianna Davis, Darnell Cookman School of the Medical Arts

Ashling Dawkins, Bridge to Success Academy Middle School

Emerlito DeGuzman, Palm Avenue Exceptional Student Center

Denitra Deas-Jay, Englewood High School

Lisa DeRubeis, Hendricks Avenue Elementary School

Darby DeVane, GRASP Academy K-8

Silvino DiBernardo, Atlantic Coast High School

Jennifer Diangelo, Lone Star Elementary School

Tatiana Dortch, Bartram Springs Elementary School

Autumn Drozd, Alfred I. DuPont Middle School

Emma Dubisky, Mandarian Oaks Elementary School

Petrice Dunbar, Westview PK-8

Molly Duncan, Martin Luther King, Jr., Elementary School

Kelly Fanning, Duval Instructional Academy

Eric Fields, Mandarin High School

Kimberly Fifield, Julia Landon College Prep

Lakesha Frost, KIPP Bold City High School

Christa Fry, Thomas Jefferson Elementary School

Kristina Gershen, Merrill Road Elementary School

Holly Goleski, Neptune Beach Elementary School

Todd Goodman, Fort Caroline Elementary School

Cindy Gray, Tiger Academy

Sarah Green, Crystal Springs Elementary School

Lyvonia Green, Duval MYcroSchool

Deandrea Gregory, KIPP Impact Academy

Cedric Hall, The Bridge to Success Academy High School

Deborah Harbour, Chets Creek Elementary School

Eryn Harris, Long Branch Elementary School

Elvin Enriquez, Crown Point Elementary School

Latoria Hawkins, Landmark Middle School

Marisa Hayes, Woodland Acres Elementary School

Roger Herring, Pine Estates Elementary School

Rita Hill, Dinsmore Elementary School

Argel Hipol, Westside High School

Tomia Hodge, Jacksonville Heights Elementary School

Jerrell Houston, Jean Ribault High School

Summer Howard, Mayport Coastal Sciences Middle School

Angelita Huber, Duncan U. Fletcher Middle School

David Johns, Loretta Elementary School

Nia Johnson, Gregory Drive Elementary School

Ciera Johnson, Joseph Stilwell Military Academy of Leadership

Elandra Jones, Pickett Elementary School

Shantel Jones, Arlington Elementary School

Julia Kendall, Abess Park Elementary School

Leigh Kirby, Edward H. White High School

Alexis Kirk, Greenland Pines Elementary School

Heather Lamb, Holiday Hill Elementary School

Rita Larson, River City Science Academy Elementary School

Antwan Lewey, Springfield Middle School

Andrew Lodge, San Mateo Accelerated Learning Academy

Kelly Lomblo, Jacksonville Beach Elementary School

Devon Lott, Windy Hill Elementary School

Avia Lucas, Fishweir Elementary School

Jacinth Lyle, Gateway Community Services

Jametta Lynch, Whitehouse Elementary School

Amanda Mahoney, Twin Lakes Academy Elementary School

Shannon Maxey, Sabal Palm Elementary School

Julia Mayeshiba, Andrew Jackson

Tameka Mays, Don Brewer Elementary School

Adina McCall, Frank H. Peterson

Marie McKenzie, Timucan Elementary School

Melissa McKinney, Oceanway Middle School

Felicia McLaughlin, Rutledge Pearson Elementary School

Tiffany Melanson, Douglas Anderson School of the Arts

Chassity Miller, Mayport Elementary School

Sarah Miller, Greenfield Elementary School

Sharon Mitchell, Louis Sheffield Elementary School

Andrea Mitchell, Westside Middle School

Lindsay Moore, Alimacani Elementary School

Maurice Moore, Grand Park Educational Center #14

Taylor Morris, Atlantic Beach Elementary School

Angela Morton, Mattie V. Rutherford Alternative Middle School

Wendy Mueller, Ruth N. Upson Elementary School

Caran Mullins, Seabreeze Elementary School

Sunni Myers, San Pablo Elementary School

Benjamin Newsom, Ramonda Blvd Elementary School

Jennifer Norton, John Stockton Elementary School

Dana Oliva, George Washington Carver Elementary School

Katelyn Oliver, Oceanway Elementary School

Terrell Osakue, Spring Park Elementary School

Latoyia Palmer, Parkwood Heights Elementary #208

Earnestine Parks, Fishweir Elementary School of the Arts

Jesica Pearce, Lake Lucina Elementary School

Rachel Peterson, River City Science Academy Intracoastal

Tyerra Poole, Annie R. Morgan Elementary School

Keith Poole, Terry Parker High School

Amanda Porter, Hyde Park Elementary School

Sarah Prichard, Normandy Village Elementary School

Kristin Radzelovage, Enterprise Learning Academy

Kient Ramos, Mount Herman Elementary School

Ana Redding-Shepherd, Fletcher High School

Alana Reed, Central Riverside Elementary School

Rashad Reed, Biscayne Elementary Leadership Academy

Grace Restivo, Kings Trail Elementary School

Nzinga Richards, Rufus E. Payne Elementary School

Yamilette Riedel, Arlington Heights Elementary School

Chelsi Rivera, North Shore Elementary School

Nalda Roberts, Smart Pope Livingston Elementary School – Accelerated Primary Learning Center

Andrea Roberts, Pine Forest School of the Arts

Heather Rozelle, Paxon School for Advanced Studies

Angelnita Sappleton, Bayview Elementary School

Carlyn Schaefer, Arlington Middle School

Fay Sharpe, Chimney Lakes

Tamla Simmons, Stanton College Preparatory School

Karen Simon, Chaffee Trail Elementary

Ambra Smith, River City Science Academy

Lauren Smith, Baldwin Middle Senior High School

Kenneth Solomon, First Coast High School

Burgandy Souter, A. Philip Randolph

Carolyn Sowell, Sandalwood High School

King Tabajonda, Mandarin Middle School

Amy Take, Alden Road Exceptional Student Center

Peyton Talley, Brookview Elementary School

Juan Taplin, New Berlin Elementary School

Gloria-Grace Taylor, Beauclerc Elementary School

Catrice Thomas, The Leadership Academy

Laura Torres, Cedar Hills Elementary School

Raquel Traill, Sallye B. Mathis Elementary School

Sadie Travis, Love Grove Elementary School

Kerri Tuttle, Venetia Elementary School

James Valentine, S.A. Hull Elementary School

Kimberly Waddell Willis, John Love Early Learning Center

Abbegayle Walker, Highlands Middle School

Ashley Watkins, J. Allen Axson Montessori School

Turischeva Way, Henry F. Kite Elementary School

Natalie Wells, Ortega Elementary School

Marilynne Wilcox, Fort Caroline Middle School of the Visual and Performing Arts

Michandra Williams, Highlands Elementary School

Pamela Williams, Samuel Wolfson School for Advanced Studies

Terry Woolard, John E. Ford PK-8 English/Spanish Montessori

Traci Wurzbach, Hogan-Spring Glen Elementary School

Lynette Yalledy, Mathew W. Gilbert Middle School

Bryan Zelski, Kernan Middle School

About the Jacksonville Public Education Fund

The Jacksonville Public Education Fund is an independent think-and-do tank that believes in the potential of all students. We work tirelessly to close the opportunity gap for low-income students and students of color. We convene educators, school system leaders and the community to pilot and help scale evidence-based solutions that advance school quality in Duval County. For more information: www.jaxpef.org.

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