About the EDDY Awards
The EDDY Awards is an annual event to celebrate Duval County's leading teachers. It is a time-honored tradition that has grown into its new mission to elevate the role of Jacksonville's best teachers. Each year, we celebrate each school's Teacher of the Year and announce the winner of the VyStar Duval County Teacher of the Year.
Congratulations to the 2023 VyStar Duval County Teacher of the Year, Julia Mayeshiba!
The Jacksonville Public Education Fund is proud to announce the 2023 VyStar Duval County Teacher of the Year!
Julia Mayeshiba, a math and physics teacher at Andrew Jackson High School, was named the 2023 VyStar Duval County Teacher of the Year at the 32nd Annual EDDY Awards Friday, Feb. 10. Mayeshiba, who has been teaching for four years, was selected from among 180 Teachers of the Year by a committee of volunteers.
Mayeshiba graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2015 with a Bachelor of Science degree and then received a Master’s Degree in secondary education from the University of North Florida in 2019 while serving as an AmeriCorps Teacher Resident. Along with being a WozED Certified STEM Trainer, she is a Robert Noyce National Science Foundation Teaching Fellow.
The Jacksonville Public Education Fund is proud to announce the top five finalists for the 2023 VyStar Duval County Teacher of the Year.
The finalists were chosen by a community selection committee that reviewed their applications, conducted interviews and watched footage of their instruction in the classroom or online. One of the five finalists will be announced as winner of the county-wide honor and go on to compete for the title of Florida Teacher of the Year.
The Jacksonville Public Education Fund is proud to announce the 15 semi-finalists for the 2023 VyStar Duval County Teacher of the Year.
The teachers will go on to be considered as finalists for the county’s top teaching honor and all 15 will participate in JPEF’s Teacher Leadership Initiative, a professional learning community that connects teacher leaders with best practices in equity and school quality. JPEF is proud to continue its partnership with VyStar Credit Union as the title sponsor for the county’s top teaching honor.
The Jacksonville Public Education Fund is honored to once again lead the community-driven process to select the VyStar Duval County Teacher of the Year and to celebrate every outstanding Teacher of the Year in public schools across the district. It has never been more important to celebrate the heroes in our classrooms!
We want to share our sincere congratulations to each and every one of the school-level Teachers of the Year. In addition to the celebration and recognition, Teachers of the Year are eligible to apply to join JPEF's Teacher Leadership Initiative, which offers world-class professional learning and leadership coaching to help teachers make an even bigger impact in their schools.
The EDDYs are made possible by the generosity of our sponsors, including VyStar, our title sponsor. You can view sponsorship packages by clicking below. To learn how you can support teachers through an EDDYs sponsorship, please contact Courtney Weatherby-Hunter at email@example.com.