Category: Teacher of the Year

Mandarin teacher selected as Duval Teacher of the Year for 2021

Mandarin High educator selected as 2021 VyStar Teacher of the Year

Jan. 27, 2021 – It’s rare that anyone, especially his students, sees Jim Schmitt speechless. But that’s exactly what the Mandarin High School educator was on Wednesday afternoon when he was announced as the 2021 VyStar Duval County Teacher of the Year. The 27-year teaching veteran, who teaches U.S. History and Global Perspectives at Mandarin […]

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JPEF Announces Finalists for 2021 TOY

Finalists for 2021 VyStar Teacher of the Year announced

Dec. 1, 2020 – Congratulations to the five exceptional educators who were selected as finalists for 2021 VyStar Duval County Teacher of the Year! The announcement was made this morning by the Jacksonville Public Education Fund, who manages the Teacher of the Year selection process. One of the five finalists will be announced as winner […]

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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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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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Leena Hall-Young named 2020 Florida Blue Duval County Teacher of the Year

Press release below courtesy of Jacksonville Public Education Fund. Jan. 17, 2020 — Congratulations to Leena Hall-Young who was named the 2020 Florida Blue Duval County Teacher of the Year tonight at the 29th Annual EDDY Awards, hosted by the Jacksonville Public Education Fund (JPEF). Hall-Young, a 10th-grade language arts teacher at Raines High School, […]

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Duval County announces 2020 Teacher of the Year Finalists

Dec. 5, 2019 -It was a moment nearly 200 teachers with the Duval County School District hoped for, as the finalists for the 2020 Florida Blue Duval County Teacher of the Year, were surprised in their classrooms this week.   “These teachers of the year have spent years honing in on their craft and perfecting […]

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Congratulations 2020 Teacher of the Year Semifinalists

Semifinalists named for 2020 Florida Blue Duval County Teacher of the Year

Nov. 7, 2019 — Congratulations to the 15 outstanding public school teachers who were named semifinalists for the 2020 Florida Blue Duval County Teacher of the Year today. The semifinalists were selected from the more than 180 Teachers of the Year nominated by their schools for their results in the classroom and their commitment to […]

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ICYMI – Announcing the 2020 Team Duval Teachers of the Year

Sept. 20, 2019 – Congratulations to the 179 outstanding educators who have been nominated as their schools, Teacher of the Year, putting them in the running for the 2020 Florida Blue Duval County Teacher of the Year. The Jacksonville Public Education Fund (JPEF) facilitates the Teacher of the Year awards in Duval County, and has […]

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Teacher of the Year Finalist: Sarah Pasion

Feb. 4, 2019 – “I always wanted to be a teacher,” said Sarah Pasion, Teacher of the Year finalist. “It’s my destiny.”   The fourth-grade math teacher’s desire to be an educator started when she was child. She watched as her aunt, who was a teacher, got doted on by her students. She said her […]

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