Tammy Jerkins of Leesburg High is district’s Teacher of the Year
She also taught Pre-Calculus Honors and said she saw a 100-point math gain in SAT scores among her students.
While test scores offer helpful data, Ms. Jerkins said the best feedback comes from students who have graduated high school and are now in college. “Every year, I have students return to see me and tell me that they are succeeding in their math classes,” she wrote. “Just last month, three students showed up at my classroom door on different occasions to thank me for preparing them for college. Those are the best days a teacher can have.”
Teacher of the Year finalists Anthony Ritter of Eustis Heights Elementary and Jessica Simmons of Cecil B. Gray Elementary each received over $600 in gift cards, Disney passes and $1,000 from the Jenkins Auto Group, for their leadership in education.
Florida Teacher of the Year is an annual competition led by the Florida Department of Education. Lake County Schools’ division is hosted by the Educational Foundation of Lake County.