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.

Please join us in celebrating the 27th Annual EDDY Awards

Ticket sales are now open for the 27th Annual EDDY Awards to celebrate the 170+ school-level Teachers of the Year and announce who among them will be the 2018 Florida Blue Duval County Teacher of the Year! Like a classic song, a great book or a work of art -- Great Teachers are Timeless -- they lay the groundwork for what our city is and what it has the potential to be. Please join us! Click below to buy your tickets today

Interested in sponsoring a group of teachers to attend? Your generous donation will ensure that every Teacher of the Year can attend at no charge. Click here to learn more about sponsorship opportunities. 



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. 

2017 Florida Blue Duval County Teacher of the Year

Latrece Brown 


Andrew Robinson Elementary

4th Grade


February 24: Latrece Brown is Duval Teacher of the Year

January 20: Five Duval teachers find out they are finalists for Teacher of the Year

December 21: 15 Duval County teachers selected as semifinalists for Florida Blue Teacher of the Year

September 29: 2017 Teacher of the Year nominees announced

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

February 3: Five finalists named for 2016 Florida Blue Duval County Teacher of the Year

January 26: 14 semi-finalists named for the 2016 Florida Blue Duval County Teacher of the Year

October 7, 2015: Check out the 2016 Teacher of the Year Nominees

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