Andrew Robinson Elementary teacher Latrece Brown is 2017 Florida Blue Duval County Teacher of the Year 

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Latrece Brown was named the 2017 Florida Blue Duval County Teacher of the Year tonight at the 26th Annual EDDY Awards. Brown, a fourth grade math and science teacher at Andrew Robinson, was selected by a committee of volunteers from nominees from 173 public schools.

Brown, who is a lead teacher at her school, is passionate about learning and her students and colleagues say it shines through the former cheerleader every day. A Duval County Public Schools herself, Brown is known not only as a data guru, but for her innovative approaches to parent involvement. She started a Facebook group for parents and students, going live each week to model strategies, review commonly missed questions and help parents understand the new approach to teaching math — all in real time. Whether it’s planning a STEM week or a pep rally, Brown is known as a “go-to” faculty member at Andrew Robinson, where more than 80 percent of students qualify for free or reduced price lunch. 

As the 2017 Florida Blue Duval County Teacher of the Year, Brown will go on to compete for the statewide title.

“The passion, dedication, and commitment to excellence our teachers show every day as they strive to help students excel in the classroom and in life are the best examples of service to improve our communities and the outcomes for children regardless of their obstacles. On behalf of Duval County Public Schools, it is my honor to congratulate Latrece Brown and all of the teachers of the year!” said Dr. Nikolai P. Vitti, Superintendent of Duval County Public Schools.