Thank you for your interest in celebrating teachers!


The Jacksonville Public Education Fund is honored to once again lead the process to identify the Duval County Public Schools Teacher of the Year and to celebrate amazing educators across the district. It has never been more important to celebrate the heroes in our classrooms and we are embracing the challenge of making this year the best one yet!

As part of our efforts, we are working to ensure that each Teacher of the Year in each school is feeling as loved and celebrated as possible by working with parents, principals and former Teachers of the Year to deliver a memorable experience. The team at JPEF will be filling up this page with ideas, resources, and information about celebration efforts that your school can take to help your teachers feel the love.

Watch parties for the EDDY Awards Live!

On January 27th, Channel 4 and JPEF will be broadcasting a television special focused on the amazing work of our educators leading up to the naming of the 2021 Duval County Teacher of the Year. To share the joy and celebration, JPEF is working with school communities, including PTAs, across the county to host watch parties that day.  

This is where our partners come in and where we need your help!

We are looking to sign up volunteers that can help us celebrate throughout the year and coordinate the watch parties at each school with us. If you can help, please complete the following form and share it with anyone who might be interested. 

Teacher of the Year events timeline
  • September 18th - Teacher of the Year names submitted to JPEF
  • September 23rd - Teacher of the Year Orientation
  • October 2nd - Teacher of the Year Applications Due
  • October 5th - Edelman Fellowship Applications Open
  • November 6th - Teacher of the Year Semifinalists Named
  • November 14th - Teacher Leadership Initiative Kickoff Event (link to TLI one-pager?)
  • January 27th - EDDY Award Luncheon and Channel 4 Broadcast/School Watch Parties
Resources to help you celebrate your Teacher of the Year


Donation Request Letter Template





Upcoming Event

Election Day

This fall, voters will have a chance to determine the direction of our public schools through four School Board elections and a referendum on a half-penny sales tax for Duval County Public Schools.

  • Date: Tuesday, Nov 03, 2020
  • Time: 12:00AM to 11:59PM
  • Where: Your polling place
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2019 Education Poll

Support for half-penny for schools 

In JPEF's 2019 Public Perceptions Poll, the Jacksonville community said once again they would support a small tax for schools.

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Renaming Schools

You can help offset the costs of renaming six public schools that honor Confederates in their names.

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