Deutsche Bank Jacksonville is joining the Jacksonville Jaguars in pledging support for the Jacksonville Public Education Fund (JPEF) on a teacher recognition program in Duval County. As the new Teacher Leadership Partner of JPEF's annual EDDY Awards, Deutsche Bank will support JPEF’s ongoing work to elevate leadership among the county’s best public school educators.
“Deutsche Bank is committed to excellence in teaching and helping build a brighter future for the students of Duval County,” said Leslie Slover, Regional Head of Jacksonville and Cary, NC. “It is an honor to support the Jacksonville Public Education Fund through a grant and partnership with the Jacksonville Jaguars to make this program a success. A strong and vibrant education system means everyone is a winner: teachers, students, businesses and the entire community.”
The year-long series of events will kick off during an upcoming Teacher of the Year Orientation and Reception. Slover will speak at the ceremony, where 173 nominees for the Florida Blue Duval County Teacher of the Year award will be announced. Following the ceremony, nominees will submit detailed applications this fall that will be evaluated by a series of community committees, culminating on February 24 at the Hyatt Regency, where the 2017 Florida Blue Duval County Teacher of the Year recipient is announced and all teachers are honored at the 26th Annual EDDY Awards.
Deutsche Bank joins a long list of local businesses and community organizations that support teachers through the annual Duval County Teacher of the Year program, including Florida Blue and the Rotary Clubs of Duval County. In addition to the EDDY Awards, JPEF works with teachers throughout the year to bring educator voices to the policymaking table through its Teacher Roundtable program and to support classroom innovation through its PowerUP Jax grant program. Deutsche Bank’s support will also help sustain and grow these efforts.
“The EDDY Awards is an awe-inspiring night for the community to say ‘thank you’ for the tireless efforts of our city’s the best educators,” said Trey Csar, JPEF president. “This unique partnership with Deutsche Bank and the Jacksonville Jaguars extends that experience even further with the Teacher Appreciation Game.”
As part of the celebration, all Duval County Public Schools teachers and employees will have the opportunity to purchase discounted tickets to the December 24 Jacksonville Jaguars home game versus the Tennessee Titans.
A list of all 173 school-level teachers of the year is available online at JPEF.