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Teacher of the Year Finalists

We all hold fond memories of favorite teachers. Perhaps you had an English teacher whose animated personality brought literary characters to life? Or did you have a math teacher who explained the problem in just the right way, leading to an “aha” moment? These teachers exist throughout our hallways and classrooms embodying the heart of our schools, working long after the last bell rings tutoring students, running after-school clubs and always looking for new ways to teach a lesson. There are thousands of teachers in St Johns County who work hard to maintain the standards of excellence that keep SJCSD performing at an “A” level.

This year we want to congratulate the finalists for Teacher of the Year 2017-2018.

  1. Amy Grimm, 1st grade teacher at Julington Creek Elementary
  2. Jonathan Higgins, IB Psychology teacher at Pedro Menendez High School
  3. Kathleen Hunting, 2nd grade teacher at Osceola Elementary School
  4. Chassity Johnson, 8th grade mathematics teacher at Sebastian Middle

Each year, INK! celebrates the outstanding teachers in the district. Commemorate the magic with us on January 24, 2018, at The World Golf Renaissance Center from 6-9pm. Tickets are available at

Instructional Television Update

With the upcoming New Year upon us, we are currently gathering and scheduling our SEA-TV programming to span until the return from break. The department plans to include holiday season events including the St. Augustine High School choral performance as well as the holiday edition of the Superintendent Spotlight video. These videos will also reside on the front page of the district website for viewing if you do not have access to cable television.

The Jim Harbin Video Contest will be taking entries soon and we’re very excited to get a look at this year’s entries! Last year, we had seven teams place on the state level with their videos and we have a strong feeling that we’re poised for more success this year. This video contest is a student-centered competition and these videos they produce are completely done by the students. No parent or teacher participation is allowed. This media festival is in full swing soon and to get more information, go to