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Five educators selected as Teacher of the Year finalists

Dec. 10, 2018 - Congratulations to the 2019 Florida Blue Duval County Teacher of the Year finalists. They are Joshua Diaz, Rachel Duff, Danisha Love, Sarah Pasion and Nakeisha Tinsley!

These five outstanding teachers were surprised at their schools last week with a celebration assembly disguised as a “meet and greet” session with Superintendent Dr. Diana Green and the school’s district board member. A sudden announcement revealing the truth behind the gathering drove these teachers to tears.

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.

Rachel Duff 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 teaches ninth and tenth grade Algebra 1 and Intensive Math at 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 teaches fourth grade math and science at Sadie 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.

Nakeisha Tinsley 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.

Congratulations again to these dedicated and passionate teachers! The 2019 Florida Blue Duval County Teacher of the Year will be announced at the EDDY Awards in February.


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