Skip to Main Content

Press Release for Monday, October 1, 2007

Duval County Teachers Receive Gladys Roddenberry Fellowship

Contact: Joanna Norris, Assistant Director
Department of Media Relations and Events
(904) 620-2102

The University of North Florida College of Education and Human Services will honor five Duval County school teachers with a Gladys Roddenberry Fellowship at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 3, at the University Center on campus. The teachers will each receive $ 3,500.

The Gladys Roddenberry Fellowship was established in 1998 by Gilchrist Berg, founder and president of Water Street Capital, a Jacksonville investment firm, to honor one of his elementary school teachers who had a great impact on his life.

The 2007 Fellowship winners include Stephanie Edinger, Kristen Geiger, Joshua Freeman, Melissa Herrera and Jerry Hulshult.

Stephanie Edinger is a pre-kindergarten special education teacher at Cedar Hills Elementary School. She has chaired the Sunshine Committee and Safety Committee for School Improvement and has worked in a self-contained pre-kindergarten setting, working as a support facilitator in first grade. Edinger has served as a mentor teacher and support system for fellow teachers making a huge impact on students and faculty alike.

Kristen Geiger is a fourth grade English/language arts teacher at West Jacksonville Elementary. She is certified in elementary education and has taught fourth grade, including mainstreamed exceptional students, in a departmentalized setting. Geiger also serves as a teacher mentor for University of North Florida pre-interns and interns from the College of Education.

Joshua Freeman is an English teacher and team member of the ninth grade learning community at Terry Parker High School. He facilitated the implementation of Keystone, a program designed to help students achieve success and chart a direction for their high school career and beyond. Keystone is a key component in the Duval County Public Schools’ High school redesign.

Melissa Herrera teaches music and Spanish at Christ the King Catholic School. She demonstrates passion for learning, enthusiasm for teaching and a deep regard for her students; she constantly evaluates herself and her students to ensure performance is at the highest level possible. Herrera’s educational plan is to become a school principal and to earn a doctoral degree in Educational Leadership.

Jerry Hulshult teaches sixth grade math at St. Joseph Catholic School. He spent 20 years in the corporate world to answer the call of teaching. At St. Joseph’s Catholic School, Hulshult is the director of the running club, cross- country coach and editor of the school newsletter. With the knowledge and tools his studies from the College of Education and Human Services provide, he hopes to bring a higher level of excellence to education and to the teachers and students that he encounters.