Clayton Levins is the Community Relations Coordinator at Jacksonville University and believes that “the Jacksonville Public Education Fund is at the forefront of creating positive, impactful change in the Jacksonville Community. Our area is on the verge of achieving something truly great and our education system plays a key role.” ” Levin applied to be a JPEF ONE by ONE Public Ed Ambassador because he has “a strong desire to be a part of this work.”
As the first cohort of ONE by ONE: Public Ed Ambassadors filled the Lecture Hall at the DuPont Building in downtown Jacksonville on Saturday, Oct. 21, you could feel the collective excitement of individuals who were ready to use their skills, networks, and commitment to bring more parents, teachers, school leaders, students, caregivers and stakeholders into the education conversation. We are excited to support thirty-one (31) our ambassadors as they activate community voices to be as committed, knowledgeable and engaged as they are.
This is a unique opportunity for these community leaders to grow in their knowledge of public education issues and discuss with each other and the community about ways to improve and support our public schools through increased engagement and advocacy. By coming together to strengthen the systems that support child development, we are living up to our shared responsibility to make our city a place where all children can learn, grow and become responsible citizens themselves.
At our kick-off event, ambassadors were given an opportunity to become more familiar with ways to utilize their community engagement and research and writing skills to make a difference throughout the year. They were also provided with a sneak peek of some of the high-level findings from JPEF’s upcoming Talent Study -- a research series examining the opportunities to improve high-quality teacher recruitment and retention in Duval.
"The Ambassador initiative is designed to power the potential of these local stakeholders to effect change from the ground up and to equip them with new knowledge and skills as advocates committed to ensuring all students receive an excellent education." - Trey Csar, President, JPEF.
This year's cohort of Public Ed Ambassadors includes:
Ana Solis, Parent
Andrea Dempsey Schletter, Principal, Gregory Drive Elementary
Anna McDaniel, Cohort Community Coach, Teach For America National
Arlene Cameron-Lloyd, Teacher, Duval County Public Schools
Austrai Bradley, Assistant Principal, SOS Academy
Chidinmma, Egemonu, Student, Paxon School for Advanced Studies
Clayton, Levins, Community Relations Coordinator, Jacksonville University
Courtney Barclay, Assistant Professor, Jacksonville University
Courtney Forshee, Evaluation Analyst, City Year Jacksonville
Cristina Valentino, Parent
Danela Oliveros, Student, Paxon School for Advanced Studies
Genesis Piña-Pulido, Student, Englewood High School
Gregory Hill, Student, Ribault High School
Helane Freeman, Teacher, Duval County Public Schools
Janet Myers, Retired Teacher/Administrator, Duval County Public Schools
John Barnes, Governmental Affairs Manager, Intuition LLC
John Murnin, Vice President of Project Management and Testing, US Bank
Kacie Wiggins, Teacher, Duval County Public Schools
Kiersten Washell, Teacher, Florida Virtual School
Marq Mervin, Professor of Digital Media, Florida State College at Jacksonville
Meagan Hendrix, Teacher, Duval County Public Schools
Nicholas Slunaker Jr., Student, Stanton College Preparatory School
Physhaunti Harold, Student, Ribault High School
Rob Curran, Math Coach, Duval County Public Schools
Roel Escamilla, Teacher, Kelly Educational Staffing
Samantha Mims, Student, University of North Florida
Sarah Niss, Outreach Assistant, River City Science Academy
Startice Galmore, Teacher, KIPP Jacksonville Elementary
Tabitha Cobb, Student, University of Central Florida
Temika Jones, Parent/ Community Outreach Specialist, Magellan Complete Care
Tim Sloan, Parent
Please join us in congratulating our ambassadors on their commitment to education in Jacksonville! If you have questions about the Public Ed Ambassador initiative or other ways that you can get involved, please contact Kristellys Estanga, Community Mobilization Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org.