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Julia Mayeshiba at the DCPS teacher of the year banquet accepting her award

COEHS Alumna, Julia Mayeshiba, selected as DCPS Teacher of the Year

Julia Mayeshiba, a University of North Florida Jacksonville Teacher Residency (JTR) Cohort 5 alumna, was honored as the 2023 VyStar Duval County Public Schools Teacher of the Year during the 32nd Annual EDDY Awards. She was selected from among 180 Teacher of the Year nominees, each representing a DCPS school.

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COEHS Alumna, Jennifer Pryor Halter, named FL Principal of the Year

The Florida Department of Education named Jennifer Pryor Halter, principal at Green Cove Springs Junior High School in Clay County, the 2021 Principal of the Year for the State of Florida.

Halter graduated with a master's degree in educational leadership and is currently pursuing her doctoral degree from the University of North Florida's College of Education and Human Services in Educational Leadership. 

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COEHS Alumna, Catherine Wade, receives NAPDS 'Outstanding Dissertation Award'

Dr. Catherine Wade was awarded for her dissertation on educator perspectives on Professional Development School partnerships.

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2021 Distinguished Alumni Award Winner - Dr. Barbara Darby

The Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award is the highest honor given to a graduate of the university. To be nominated for this award, a UNF graduate must have made significant contributions to his or her profession, community and/or society, and have consistently maintained the pursuit of excellence as a representative and graduate of UNF.

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COEHS Alumna, Dr. Diana Greene, Named FL Superintendent of the Year

Congratulations Dr. Diana Greene, COEHS alumna, for being named Floridas's 2021 Superintendent of the Year.

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COEHS Alumna, Sarajean McDaniel named FL Principal of the Year

The Florida Department of Education named Sarajean McDaniel, principal at William D. Moseley Elementary School in Putnam County, the 2020 Principal of the Year for the State of Florida. McDaniel graduated with a bachelor's degree in elementary education in 1996 and received her master's degree in educational leadership in 2003.

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COEHS Alumna, Tammie Talley named Florida Athletic Director of the Year

Team Duval Athletic Director Tammie Talley '92, a UNF Alumna from the College of Education and Human Services, was recently honored as the Athletic Director of the Year by the Florida Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association (FIAAA).

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Gladys Prior Award given to UNF Alumna

UNF's College of Education and Human Services presented this year’s Gladys Prior Awards for Career Teaching Excellence to four local Jacksonville teachers, one of whom is a UNF alumna: Jill Sullivan, Mayport Coastal Middle School. Sullivan was surprised with the award over a Zoom meeting called by her school's principal.

Tracie Davis standing by her office as a State Representative

2020 Alumni Service Award Winner - The Honorable Tracie N. Davis

Each year during Homecoming the Alumni Association honors alumni who have demonstrated continuous outstanding volunteer service to the University and meritorious public service on a local, state, national, or international level.

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Leading Duval County schools

Leadership skills are built through many scenarios. Dr. Diana Greene’s were most shaped during a life-changing time when she had to be a follower.

Jennifer Albert smiling

Jennifer Albert, You're a FL Milken Educator

Small is beautiful in Jennifer Albert's fifth-grade science and math classroom at Emma Love Hardee Elementary in Fernandina Beach, FL, where small group learning leaps to the fore and big academic gains are the norm.

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