EDDY Awards: Celebrating and learning from our best teachers



The EDDY Awards, an annual event to celebrate Duval County's leading teachers, is a time-honored tradition that has grown into its new mission to elevate the role of Jacksonville's best teachers.

The EDDY Awards is a venture of the Jacksonville Public Education Fund, and it has evolved beyond an awards ceremony to build a network of exemplary teachers who are leaders in the community and who work to improve our schools, student performance and the teaching profession. 

Tickets are available at the door of the EDDY Awards on Feb. 15, 2019 at the Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront. If you're interested in sponsoring a table, please contact ReGina Newkirk at (615) 516-8004.


2018 Florida Blue Duval County Teacher of the Year

Stephanie Bellino


Garden City Elementary School

5th Grade


What is the EDDY Awards?

How are Teachers of the Year selected?

In early Fall, Jacksonville Public Education Fund reaches out to all public and charter schools, encouraging principals to nominate a teacher to represent his or her school as the School-Based Teacher of the Year. 

School-Based Teachers of the Year are invited to complete an application packet to compete for the Duval County Teacher of the Year Award that is presented at the annual Teacher of the Year EDDY Awards Gala scheduled for February 2, 2018. 

The applications are reviewed by volunteer area selection committees that can include any combination of community members such as representatives from Duval County Public Schools (DCPS), Duval Teachers United (DTU), Parent Teacher Association (PTA) as well as other teachers, business partners and/or community leaders. Area selection committees select the 15 semifinalists, and a finalist selection committee determines the 5 finalists and the winner who will represent Duval County as the Teacher of the Year and continue on to compete against other Florida county winners for the Florida Department of Education - Macy's Florida Teacher of the Year Award. 



Feb. 2, 2018: Duval Teacher of the Year stayed with same class three years

Dec. 20, 2017: Duval County Teacher of they Year finalists announced

Feb. 24, 2017: Latrece Brown is Duval Teacher of the Year

March 12, 2016: Kay Park named 2016 Florida Blue Duval County Teacher of the Year

March 12, 2015: Kifimbo Holloway-Parnell named 2015 Florida Blue Duval County Teacher of the Year

March 12, 2014: Joseph Frencl named 2014 Florida Blue Duval County Teacher of the Year

March 14, 2013: Apryl Shackelford named 2013 Florida Blue Duval County Teacher of the Year