Emily Merton

Social studies educators connecting local history to the classroom

July 12, 2021 – Seeing Gullah-Geechee culture up close and personal was invaluable to Eric Van Gundy. The 12-year educator said his professional development excursion to the Kingsley Plantation and other local historical sites in Jacksonville this summer will enhance how he teaches history to his juniors at First Coast High School.  “Visiting a historical […]

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More fun, more hours makes difference for summer ESOL program

June 29, 2021 – On any given day this summer, visitors in Griselda Eire’s summer ESOL class can hear her rising first-graders yelling a simple phrase: “Tratar, no llorar!” Or in English, “Try, don’t cry!” It is a simple message that the 18-year educator at San Jose Elementary School says hits home with her young […]

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