Category: Achievement

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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15 educators selected as VyStar Teacher of the Year semifinalists

15 educators selected as VyStar Teacher of the Year semifinalists

Nov. 17, 2020 – Congratulations to the the 15 outstanding educators who were selected as semifinalists for VyStar Duval County Teacher of the Year. The announcement was made Monday by the Jacksonville Public Education Fund (JPEF) who manages the Teacher of the Year process. The 15 educators will go on to be considered as finalists […]

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Students pay tribute to their heroes during Hispanic Heritage Essay Contest Ceremony

Students pay tribute to their heroes during Hispanic Heritage Essay Contest Ceremony

Oct. 21, 2020 – Sixteen years ago, Jose Ascencion Monteagudo-Avila moved from Mexico to the United States with his wife and son and little money. Sometimes earning less than $50 a week, Monteagudo-Avila decided to take a risk by selling his truck and using his life savings to venture into a new career…. So began […]

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JPEF Announces nominees for 2021 VyStar Duval County Teacher of the Year

(Editor’s Note: The Jacksonville Public Education Fund (JPEF) shared this announcement on Monday, Sept. 21 in a news release. The below is based on that. JPEF’s full release available at https://www.jaxpef.org/news/jacksonville-public-education-fund-announces-the-nominees-for-2021-vystar-duval-county-teacher-of-the-year.) Sept. 23, 2020 — Congratulations to the more than 175 outstanding nominees for the 2021 VyStar Duval County Teacher of the Year, the district’s […]

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Photo of West Riverside Elementary teacher Gabriella Solano holding a flower bouqet

West Riverside Elementary teacher named inaugural Wolfburg Fellow for Social Justice

(Editor’s Note – The following is reposted with permission from the Jacksonville Public Education Fund. Visit www.jpef.org or contact Stephanie Garry Garfunkel at stephanie@jaxpef.org for more information.) Sept. 16, 2020 — Gabriella Solano, a teacher at West Riverside Elementary, was named the inaugural Wolfburg Fellow for Social Justice in Education on Tuesday during a surprise […]

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24 Team Duval students are 2021 National Merit Semifinalists

Sept. 10, 2020 – Congratulations to the 24 Duval County Public Schools students — representing Douglas Anderson, Mandarin, Paxon, and Stanton high schools — who are among the approximately 16,000 Semifinalists selected for the 66th annual National Merit Scholarship Program. These academically gifted high school seniors will now have an opportunity to compete for about […]

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Photo shows Dr. Sowell assisting a student with lab work.

Darnell-Cookman educator receives Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching

Aug. 6, 2020 –Ask Dr. Scott Sowell what he loves most about teaching, and he’ll tell you, “it’s that small moment to moment interaction between me, the student, and the science content.” The 26-year educator who teaches advanced placement environmental science at Darnell-Cookman School of the Medial Arts is a recipient of The Presidential Award […]

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July graduation schedule, guest and safety information available

May, 29 2020 (Updated June 20, 2020 and July 19, 2020) –  July graduations have begun! The commencement schedule, guest and safety information and live stream links are available at www.duvalschools.org/julygraduations. Background – In April, Superintendent Dr. Diana Greene shared that traditional commencement ceremonies in May had to be canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. […]

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Class of 2020 Highlights – Recognizing our amazing seniors

May 26, 2020 (Updated July 6, 2020) –  One earned an associate’s degree in her junior year, and worked as a preschool teacher during her senior year. Another is a college-bound student who has earned more than $100,000 in scholarships. Still another is a student who overcame personal tragedy with the loss of both parents […]

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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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