Category: Achievement

Grisel Fuentes reacts to the announcement that she is the School-Related Employee of the Year.

Lake Lucina ESOL paraprofessional selected as School-Related Employee of the Year

March 27, 2024 – She is an exceptional leader who goes over and beyond to remove language barriers in her school community and make her students feel validated and loved. That’s how colleagues are describing Grisel Fuentes, an ESOL paraprofessional at Lake Lucina Elementary, who was recently recognized as Team Duval’s School-Related Employee of the […]

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Students pour cups of lemonade onto the school coach as part of their prize for raising the most money.

New Berlin Elementary students turn lemons into lemonade with splashy literacy challenge, cancer-fundraiser

March 4, 2024 – Literacy and lemonade made the perfect combination for New Berlin Elementary School students as they recently celebrated raising more than $2,700 through their lemonade-themed fundraiser. Each year, the school participates in a “One School, One Book” literacy challenge. But this year was different. After discovering that one of her very own […]

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Gustavo Guzman reacts to the announcement that he has been selected as the 2024 VyStar Teacher of the Year

Terry Parker High School teacher named 2024 VyStar Duval County Teacher of the Year

(Editor’s Note – Below is a release from the Jacksonville Public Education Fund with slight modifications.) Jan. 21, 2024 – Congratulations to Gustavo Guzman, a biology teacher at Terry Parker High School, who was named the 2024 VyStar Duval County Teacher of the Year at the 33rd Annual EDDY Awards. Guzman, a third-year teacher, was selected […]

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Finalists for 2024 VyStar Teacher of the Year announced

Dec. 8, 2023 – It was a day full of hugs, tears, smiles, and even drumlines! Friday morning, five stellar Team Duval educators received the surprise announcement that they were selected as a finalist for the 2024 VyStar Teacher of the Year! The finalists are: School leaders and community partners went from school to school […]

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27 Duval County Public Schools students are named 2024 National Merit Scholars

Oct. 4, 2023 – Congratulations to the 27 Duval County Public Schools seniors who have been named Semifinalists in the 2024 National Merit Scholarship Program. These talented students – representing Atlantic Coast, Douglas Anderson, Mandarin, Paxon, Stanton, and Wolfson high schools – will now have the opportunity to compete for 7,140 National Merit Scholarships worth […]

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Sandalwood High School recognized nationally for its AVID college readiness program

April 14, 2023 – Congratulations to Sandalwood High on being recertified as an AVID National Demonstration School, making them the only high school in Northeast Florida to receive this distinction.  AVID, which stands for Advancement Via Individual Determination, is a national college readiness program that uses research-based strategies and course work to equip students with […]

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Teacher and students building a robot.

Students showcase STEM skills at Computer Science and Robotics festival

March 28, 2023 – From flight simulators, to robotics and 3D printing, students from schools across the county got the opportunity to show off their technology projects and better understand how their studies can start them on a path to scientific-based jobs. Held at the 121 Financial Ballpark on March 21, the Duval County Public […]

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