Joshua Diaz, Hogan-Spring Glen Elementary School

Wells Fargo Finalist

Mr. Diaz teaches fifth grade math and science at Hogan-Spring Glen Elementary School. He says that his students “refuel” him and that they inspire and amaze him each and every day. He believes that building strong relationships is key to student and school success. 


Rachel Duff, Alfred I. duPont Middle School

Deutsche Bank Finalist

Ms. Duff teaches sixth, seventh, and eighth grade Developmental Language and English Language Arts with emergent bilingual students at Alfred I. DuPont Middle School. Previously, she taught abroad in Guyana for three months. She feels that she is the most important advocate for her students. 


Danisha Love, William M. Raines High School

VyStar Finalist 

Danisha Love, VyStar Finalist, William M. Raines High School. Ms. Love teaches ninth and tenth grade Algebra 1 and Intensive Math at Raines High School. She believes that the positivity and confidence she pours into her students opens up a world of opportunity they might not otherwise believe is real and communicates to her students that she has high expectations for all of them because she wants the best for them. 

Sarah Pasion, Sadie T. Tillis Elementary School

Rotary Finalist 

Sarah Pasion, Rotary Finalist, Sadie T. Tillis Elementary School. Ms. Pasion teaches fourth grade math and science at Sadie Tillis Elementary School. Ms. Pasion is a proud educator who aims to make a contribution in shaping the world of tomorrow. She says that her most significant goal is to impact the lives of each and every student that she teaches. 


Nakeisha Tinsley, Matthew W. Gilbert Middle School

Florida Blue Finalist

Ms. Tinsley teaches sixth, seventh, and eighth grade Health and Physical Education at Matthew W. Gilbert Middle School. Ms. Tinsley believes in choosing equity over equality with her students and using a variety of instructional practices to address the different learning styles of each and every one of her students.