Press Release for Thursday, April 16, 2020
UNF College of Education and Human Services Announces 2020 Gladys Prior Awards for Career Teaching Excellence Recipients
Director, Media Relations
- The University of North Florida College
of Education and Human Services (COEHS) presented the 2020 Gladys Prior Awards
for Career Teaching Excellence to four local Jacksonville teachers today.
UNF’s COEHS manages this gift and
coordinates the annual award that presents $15,000 to each teacher. The Gladys
Prior Awards are among the largest monetary awards for teachers in the nation.
2020 winners include Pamela Adams, Crown Point Elementary School; Mary Mickle,
Waterleaf Elementary School; Edward Moore, Tiger Academy; and Jill Sullivan,
Mayport Coastal Middle School.
Prior Awards for Career Teaching Excellence was established in 1988 by
Gilchrist Berg, founder and president of Water Street Capital, to honor
teachers with lifelong careers in education and inspiring students. The award
is named after Gladys Prior, Berg’s fourth-grade teacher at Ortega Elementary
School. To date, Berg has given more than $2 million to honor Jacksonville
In an effort to surprise the
teachers with the good news, principals in the Duval County Public School
district invited faculty and staff to join for a special Zoom meeting where the
winning teachers were announced in front of their peers. Dr. Diane
Yendol-Hoppey, UNF COEHS dean, was also in attendance to make the special
“The Gladys Prior Awards allow us to show our sincere appreciation
by recognizing those outstanding teachers who have been dedicated and committed
to educating our local youth and making a profound impact in their students’
lives,” stated Yendol-Hoppey.
the awarded teachers have a combination of more than 70 years of teaching
is a fifth-grade math and science teacher who has spent all of her 16-year teaching
career at Crown Point Elementary School. She caters lesson plans for ESOL,
gifted students and students with varying learning abilities. She also volunteers
at parent/teacher and Title 1 events and serves as the school’s lead TV production
club sponsor. Adams is known for sharing lesson plans with colleagues and
inspiring others to seek continuous improvements. Each new lesson comes with a
hands-on experience for students to learn from, with former students remember
making “junk fish”, participating in market days and building models of the
has been a teacher for 29 years with the last 22 years as part of the Duval
County Public Schools as an elementary school music teacher. She is currently
at Waterleaf Elementary School where she starts every class by singing hello to
each individual student with the students singing back in response. Mickle
leads the honor chorus, recorder club and is the music director for the school
play. Not only does she teach and inspire children at Waterleaf, she also
mentors UNF interns and teaches adults.
is a fifth grade English Language Arts teacher at Tiger Academy. Students,
parents and colleagues give him the highest accolades, expressing their
profound gratitude for developing rapport with each of his students and
supporting them outside of the classroom, even many years after graduation. Now
in his fifteenth year of teaching, he still believes in attending every
sporting event, performance and graduation he is invited to by his previous
students. Moore serves as a mentor for teacher candidates and is a founding
member of BADD (Brothers Accountable Driven and Determined).
has been a teacher at Mayport Coastal Sciences Middle School for the last 11
years. She is the science department chair and lead coastal science teacher.
She is described as a leader amongst her peers and as a role model by her
students. She is known for her kindness and openness with her students, her
passion for the sciences and her deep belief in teaching through hands-on
experiences. She leads her students out of the classroom and outside for
research and class projects often, including walks to Sherman’s Creek to study
water quality or maintaining the schools many aquariums.
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