Vickie Pierre

In the classroom with Duval's Teacher of the Year

In the classroom with Duval’s Teacher of the Year

Nov. 19, 2020 – “It’s my calling. I feel that I have been placed here for a purpose.” Leena Hall-Young is an English teacher at William M. Raines High School, and she’s also Duval County’s reigning Teacher of the Year. In video captured last school year, watch as the award-winning teacher speaks to the importance […]

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Duval School Board Recognizes National Hispanic Heritage Month

Oct. 9, 2020 – The Duval County School Board recently celebrated National Hispanic Heritage month by highlighting the successes, achievements, and contributions of Team Duval’s diverse Hispanic student population. Running September 15 to October 15, National Hispanic Heritage Month honors the impact of Hispanic and Latino Americans in our culture and society. District leaders dedicated […]

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Screenshot of the 2020-21 updated school calendar

Updated 2020-21 school district calendar now available

Aug. 26, 2020 – The updated 2020-21 district calendar is now available to view and download at The revised calendar, which was approved in a Special Board Meeting on Aug. 19, reflects changes made as a result of shifting the first day of school from Aug. 10 to Aug. 20. Important updates include: All […]

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Photo collage of all four perfect attendance winners

Four recent graduates honored for 13 years of perfect attendance

June 29, 2020 – Most can’t use the word “perfect” to describe themselves…but for four recent Duval graduates….they’ve earned it. That’s because they each maintained perfect attendance throughout their entire academic career – never missing a day from kindergarten through the 12th grade. Team Duval News caught up with the four high-achievers to learn the […]

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Helping Students in Recovery During the COVID-19 Crisis

Helping students in recovery during the COVID-19 crisis

May 14, 2020 – Maintaining strong, personal connections is vital for students in recovery from substance abuse addictions and mental health issues. But in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis, maintaining those face-to-face connections becomes challenging. It’s why River Oak Center – a school in a public-private relationship with Duval County Public Schools – is […]

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Duval students reflect on learning at home

Duval Students Reflect on Learning at Home

  May 1, 2020 – A little over a month into the launch of Duval HomeRoom, we wanted to know how students are adjusting to an online learning environment. Our video team spoke with several, and got their take on what it’s like to “do school” from home. Watch as they describe their initial reactions, […]

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Many languages, one love – ESOL and Dual Language educators share how they’re serving their students

  April 23, 2020 – “What we’re really trying to do is meet the child where he or she is comfortable.” That’s the strategy among Team Duval’s many ESOL and Dual Language teachers, as they work to instruct students of different languages in our online learning environment. In this video, we’re speaking to a group […]

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Three principals describe how they create positive school cultures

Three principals share how they’re taking care of their school communities

April 15, 2020 – Bedtime stories. Spirit gear. Messages of hope. They’re just some of the methods members of the Team Duval community are using to maintain positive school cultures in our online learning environment. To learn more about how educators are engaging students and families, we checked with three schools recently recognized by the state […]

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ESE teachers share how they engage students with special needs on Duval HomeRoom

ESE educators share how they engage students with special needs in Duval HomeRoom

March 31, 2020 – In the face of a new, home-learning environment, Duval County Public Schools’ educators are rising to the challenge – and that includes those who work with students with special needs. We caught up with three Oak Hill Academy teachers who are stepping up their game in order to engage their students. […]

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LaWanda Polydore, Duval County Principal of the Year

Jan. 16, 2020 –“Someone has to do it. Someone has to get in there and say, ‘I’m going to take care of the children.’” For Principal LaWanda Polydore, the “why” behind her work is simple – to empower her students to be the best they can be, even in spite of their circumstances. “My students […]

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