Learn more about our current Teachers of the Year and teachers who were honored in past years.
Wells Fargo Finalist
Joshua Diaz teaches fifth grade math and science at Hogan-Spring Glen Elementary School. He says that his students “refuel” him and that they inspire and amaze him each and every day. He believes that building strong relationships is key to student and school success.
Deutsche Bank Finalist
Rachel Duff, Deutsche Bank Finalist, teaches sixth, seventh, and eighth grade Developmental Language and English Language Arts with emergent bilingual students at Alfred I. DuPont Middle School. Previously, she taught abroad in Guyana for three months. She feels that she is the most important advocate for her students.
Danisha Love, VyStar Finalist, teaches ninth and tenth grade Algebra 1 and Intensive Math at William M. Raines High School. She believes that the positivity and confidence she pours into her students opens up a world of opportunity they might not otherwise believe is real and communicates to her students that she has high expectations for all of them because she wants the best for them.
Sarah Pasion, Rotary Finalist, teaches fourth grade math and science at Sadie T. Tillis Elementary School. Ms. Pasion is a proud educator who aims to make a contribution in shaping the world of tomorrow. She says that her most significant goal is to impact the lives of each and every student that she teaches.
Florida Blue Finalist
Nakeisha Tinsley, Florida Blue Finalist, teaches sixth, seventh, and eighth grade Health and Physical Education at Matthew W. Gilbert Middle School. Ms. Tinsley believes in choosing equity over equality with her students and using a variety of instructional practices to address the different learning styles of each and every one of her students.
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.
In JPEF's 2019 Public Perceptions Poll, the Jacksonville community said once again they would support a small tax for schools.
86.5 % of students district-wide graduated high school in 2019, a record high.