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. Each year, we celebrate each school's Teacher of the Year and announce the winner of the VyStar Duval County Teacher of the Year. This year, the 30th Annual EDDY Awards took place on January 27, 2021 as a small elegant luncheon and a LIVE TV Special, which aired on WJXT/Channel 4 from 12:30 PM to 1:30 PM. 

Jim Schmitt, a global perspectives and history teacher at Mandarin High, was named the 2021 VyStar Duval County Teacher of the Year.

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Congratulations to the 2021 School-level Teachers of the Year!

The Jacksonville Public Education Fund is honored to once again lead the community-driven process to select the VyStar Duval County Teacher of the Year and to celebrate every outstanding Teacher of the Year in public schools across the district. It has never been more important to celebrate the heroes in our classrooms!

We want to share our sincere congratulations to each and every one of the school-level Teachers of the Year. In addition to the celebration and recognition, Teachers of the Year are eligible to apply to join JPEF's Teacher Leadership Initiative, which offers world-class professional learning and leadership coaching to help teachers make an even bigger impact in their schools.


Sponsorship packages

The EDDYs are made possible by the generosity of our sponsors, including VyStar, our title sponsor. At the 30th Annual EDDYs, the EDDYs Live from Jacksonville TV special offered EDDY Awards sponsors unparalleled visibility for their support for teachers. You can view sponsorship packages by clicking below. To learn how you can support teachers through an EDDYs sponsorship, please contact Jen Silva at



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of public schools in Duval County earned an "A," "B," or "C" in 2018-2019.