Words of wisdom from the 2021 Duval County Teacher of the Year: 'We turned 2020 into the best of times'


Jim Schmitt, who teaches global perspectives and history at Mandarin High School, is the 2021 VyStar Duval County Teacher of the Year. Here is his message.

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Jim Schmitt of Mandarin High is 2021 VyStar Duval County Teacher of the Year

Mr. Schmitt was announced as the winner live on WJXT/Channel 4 at the 30th Annual EDDY Awards.


Schmitt teaches U.S. History and Global Perspectives, inspiring his students to become ‘world citizens.’

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EDDY Awards 2021: Top five finalists interviewed on WJXT/Channel 4 Morning Show

The five teachers who are finalists for 2021 VyStar Duval County Teacher of the Year talked about their work and sources of inspiration as teachers.


WJXT/Channel 4 is the media sponsor for the EDDY Awards, bringing the the program to viewers live all across the county on Jan. 27 at 12:30 PM.

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2021 Legislative Session: DCPS platform explained

Looking ahead to the spring session: What's at stake for schools?


The big picture of this year's lawmaking session is COVID, COVID, COVID.

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Taking a 'beat' for teachers: JPEF Teacher Leadership Initiative creates space for reflection

JPEF's Teacher Leadership Initiative is helping teachers develop their leadership skills - and take a moment to reflect on their own well-being.


How are teachers feeling in this moment?

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Upcoming Event

Applications Due for the Cindy Edelman Excellence in Teaching Fellowship

  • Date: Sunday, Feb 21, 2021
  • Time: 11:59PM to 11:59PM
  • Where: Online Application
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2020 Annual Report

Read about the impact you made by investing in the Jacksonville Public Education Fund.

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