Five exceptional public school educators were named finalists for the 2017 Florida Blue Duval County Teacher of the Year. The finalists were selected by a committee of educators, community members and business leaders from a preliminary round of semi-finalists. The teachers were recently surprised in their classrooms with a prize patrol that included Duval County Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Nikolai P. Vitti, Jacksonville Public Education Fund President Trey Csar and DJ the Dog, the Duval County Public Schools mascot.
Honoring the county’s most exceptional educators, the EDDY Awards, an initiative of the Jacksonville Public Education Fund, have evolved over the last few years into a year-long initiative building a network of exemplary teachers who are leaders in the community and who work to improve our schools, accelerate student achievement and elevate the teaching profession.
All five finalists will be on stage at the 26th Annual EDDY Awards on Friday, February 24, where one will be named the 2017 Teacher of the Year. The finalists are: Allison Bear (J. Allen Axson Montessori School), Latrece Brown (Andrew Robinson Elementary), Holly Hultgren (Frank H. Peterson Academies of Technology), Caitlyn Stetson, Reynolds Lane Elementary and Michael Bostic-Jones (William H. Raines High School) pictured with Dr. Nikolai Vitti.