Finalists named for Duval Co. Teacher of the Year

Educators were surprised at school Friday


JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Friday was a big day for five local teachers. They found out they are among the finalists for Duval County Teacher of the Year.

  • Douglas Brown: 12th grade U.S. Government teacher, Duncan U. Fletcher High School
  • Dionne Clayton: high school counselor, Paxon School of Advanced Studies
  • Kay Park: 3rd grade all subjects educator, Alimacani Elementary School
  • Daryl White: language arts teacher, Matthew Gilbert Middle School
  • Jaime Plauche: 3rd grade math teacher, Fishweir Elementary School

Each teacher was surprised with the honor by Duval County Superintendent Dr. Nikolai Vitti Friday. Four were surprised while at school. Unfortunately, Daryl White wasn't in class today so Dr. Vitti surprised him with a phone call.

The award honors exemplary teachers who are leaders in the community -- and who work to improve our local schools. The winner will be announced in March at the EDDY awards gala dinner.