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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 joint venture between the Jacksonville Public Education Fund and the Schultz Center for Teaching and Leadership, 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.


2014 EDDY Award winner is Joseph Frencl



Teacher of the Year

Atlantic Coast High School

Algebra 2 Honors, Precalculus, AP Calculus AB, AP Calculus BC



MS, Vanderbilt University

BS, Cumberland College



  • AP Exam reader

  • Mentor teacher

  • Led district-based Professional Learning Community (PLC) for AP Calculus

  • Led and organized district Calculus Boot Camps

  • Recognized by district leadership for 100% passing rate on 2000 AP Calculus Exam

Mr. Frencl is an unapologetic math nerd. He realized he wanted to be a math teacher in his 7th grade prealgebra class when he learned how to solve equations.  As he has grown as a teacher, he has come to realize that building relationships with his students is one of the most important parts of successful teaching.  Mr. Frencl knows that math can be scary and he works to make it relevant and sometimes even fun.  He and his students sing the quadratic formula song, chant the pattern for factoring sum and difference of two cubes, tell corny math jokes and get pied in the face in celebration of Pi Day.  The principle that guides him in his work: "People don't care how much you know until they know how much you care."

His students' success speaks for itself. Since the 1999-2000 school year, 90% of Mr. Frencl's AP Calculus students passed the AP Calculus test and 34% scored a 5, the highest possible score.  Three separate times 100% of the students in his class passed the AP exam.  Mr. Frencl acknowledges that it is not his achievement as a teacher, but a shared success with his students.  Together they work hard and have fun and all the time Mr. Frencl encourages them and lets them know he believes in their ability to succeed.

Mr. Frencl's students know that his class will be challenging, but they also know that they will learn a lot.  On the first day of school his students understand he is in charge, but they also know that Mr. Frencl is different and that his class will be different from any they have experienced in the past. He gets to know each of his students on a personal level, attending athletic events, learning about college plans and their families.  His students depend not only him but on each other to learn, to improve and to achieve.

The sign on Mr. Frencls' bulletin board reads "We are building a culture of greatness."  He begins every year with the belief that all of his students will pass the AP Calculus exam and he works to ensure that each of his students has the same faith in their own ability.

"Mr. Frencl...is the best of the best and I will always be grateful for his teaching and support."

Camden Anderson



October 16: Check out the 2015 Teacher of the Year Nominees

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

February 7: Five finalists named for 2014 Duval County Teacher of the Year

January 22: 15 semi-finalists named for 2013-2014 Florida Blue Duval County Teacher of the Year

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

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