Charles Darwin Magdaluyo, a human anatomy and physiology teacher at Jean Ribault High School was named the 2022 VyStar Duval County Teacher of the Year at the 31st Annual EDDY Awards. Magdaluyo, who has taught at Ribault High for three years, was selected from among 180 Teachers of the Year by a committee of volunteers.
A native of the Philippines, he said he understands what it is like to be a struggling student because he was one. And now he wants to be the teacher who helps those students.
“What inspires me as an educator is my students’ success stories. Every ‘ah ha!’ moment, every smiling face whenever they understand something they thought was difficult, every time they take a risk to do something in front of the class to show they can also do what other students can do- these are things that don’t just inspire me but DRIVE me to do better day by day,” he said. As the 2022 VyStar Duval County Teacher of the Year, Magdaluyo will go on to compete for the statewide title.
Each of the 180 Teachers of the Year are also eligible for JPEF’s Teacher Leadership Initiative, which empowers them to implement equity-focused best practices in their schools.
In addition to a cash prize and a classroom grant, Madguluyo will join the Jacksonville Public Education Fund Board of Directors as an ex-officio member for the next year, as is tradition with every VyStar Duval County Teacher of the Year. Teachers of the year from 180 schools were nominated, and evaluated by committees of volunteers, who ultimately narrowed the down to 15 semi-finalists, and then five finalists. For more visit www.eddyawardsjax.org. Shown L-R is District 4 Duval County School board Member Darryl Willie, Duval County Teacher of the Year Charles Darwin Magdaluyo and Ribault High School Principal Dr. Gregory Bostic.