Jessica Geronimo, an Autism Spectrum Disorder teacher at the St. Johns County School District’s (SJCSD) Transition School and the St. Johns County School District’s Teacher of the Year, has been awarded the Mary J. Brogan Excellence in Teaching Award. She was honored at the 2014 Florida Department of Education/Macy’s Teacher of the Year Breakfast in Orlando on Friday, July 12.
“Jessica Geronimo is the kind of teacher that would have made Mary proud, and the kind that all of us in education strive to be,” said State University System Chancellor Frank T. Brogan. “Her dedication will enrich generations of students to come – not only while in her classroom, but as they move into the real world, taking with them the values she helped to instill.”
The Mary J. Brogan Excellence in Teaching award honors an educator who goes above and beyond the classroom experience. As a teacher of students with severe autism, Geronimo demonstrates every day her belief that all children can learn. Through diligence, determination and love, she emphasizes real-world skills so students can transfer what they are learning to the outside world. Geronimo integrates life experiences into her students’ instruction, ensuring their future success. She was presented with a $1,000 cash award and a plaque.
For more information, visit 2014 Florida Department of Education/Macy’s Teacher of the Year.