JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Michael Bostic-Jones never thought he'd be a teacher. He says his philosophy of teaching wasn't developed from an educational book or from professional development training. His philosophy began to develop in his youth, long before he knew he would end up in a classroom for a profession.
Bostic-Jones spent many years in foster care, which he says, made him an angry boy. He took his frustrations out at school and often got into trouble. A teacher reached out to him to see what was wrong instead of just punishing him. He says that was a pivotal turning point in his life, which has now led him to teaching.
He teaches AP World History at Raines High School. This is his second year of teaching at the school, he transferred from First Coast High School, where he taught for a year.
Among his successes in the classroom, he implemented strategies that he learned in Common Core training and applied them to his AP courses. Prior to this school year, no Raines student had ever scored above a 1 on the exam. Due to his strategy and hard work of his students, he had one student pass for the first time in school history and 5 students who came close to passing with a 2.
He says he hopes he will become a role model to other young men.
Bostic- Jones received his B.S. degree from the University of South Carolina. He is chairman of the Social Studies Department at Raines High School and also serves as Head Coach of the Boys Tennis and Swimming teams.
Infini Kimbrough, a student at Raines, said this about Mr. Bostic-Jones, "He taught me to appreciate life as I know it and embrace the world around me."
Other finalists for the Eddy Awards:
- Sabrina Hall, Andrew Jackson High
- Kifimbo Holloway-Parnell, Kirby-Smith Middle
- Jill Sullivan at Mayport Coastal Science Middle
One of the five finalists will be selected as this year's Duval County Teacher of the Year during Wednesday's EDDY Award ceremony. It is open to the public. Tickets are $25. Doors open at 7pm. Click here for details.