Fourteen Duval County school teachers found out Tuesday they’re semifinalists for 2016 Teacher of the Year.
The semifinalists were selected from the nominees from every public school in the county.
The list includes eight elementary school teachers:
· Emma Araya, Arlington Heights Elementary
· Faylene Blake, Greenland Pines Elementary
· Stacy Cribb, Sallye B. Mathis Elementary
· Sharmaine Grant, Chimney Lakes Elementary
· Kay Park, Alimacani Elementary
· Jaime Plauche, Fishweir Elementary
· Rovenia Shaw, Biscayne Elementary
· Carie Skube, Brookview Elementary
Three middle school teachers:
· Christopher Collinsworth, Lake Shore Middle
· Carmen Polanco, Alfred I. duPont Middle
· Darryl L. White, Matthew W. Gilbert Middle
Two high school teachers:
· Douglas Brown, Duncan U. Fletcher High School
· Erin Patterson, First Coast High School
And one magnet school teacher:
· Dionne M. Clayton, Paxon School of Advanced Studies
Five finalists will be chosen from among the semifinalists. They will be named in February. Then the 2016 Florida Blue Teacher of the Year will be announced at the 25th Anniversary EDDY Awards Gala at the Riverfront Hyatt Regency Hotel on March 12.
The EDDY Awards are an initiative of the Jacksonville Public Education Fund