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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The 2014 Florida Blue Duval County Teacher of the Year was announced Wednesday evening at the Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts.

Joseph Frencl, who is a math teacher at Atlantic Coast High School, was selected from five finalists, according to the Jacksonville Public Education Fund press release. As the Teacher of the Year, he will join the Jacksonville Public Education Fund Board of Directors as an ex-officio member until the 2015 recipient is named.

The release details that since the 1999-2000 school year, 90 percent of Frencl's AP Calculus students passed the AP Calculus test and 34 percent scored a 5, the highest possible score.

"It is an honor to recognize the exceptional work of the educators recognized through the EDDY awards and all of the educators throughout our district," said Dr. Nikolai P. Vitti, Superintendent of Duval County Public Schools. "The role teachers play in the education and lives of our students is tremendous. Our district has seen and continues to see historical success through record achievement by students. These achievements can undoubtedly be credited to the diligent, consistent and hard work of our educators."

The Finalist for the the 23rd Annual EDDY Awards:

-Iris B. Caro, lead teacher for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Department at Central Riverside Elementary

-Amanda Dyal, intensive math teacher at Southside Middle School

-Jessica von Eiff, Participatory Learning Academics teacher for students with disabilities at Westview K-8

-Carol L. Wright, teacher for students with severe disabilities and autism at Mt. Herman Exceptional Center

"The community is inspired by the exceptional educators honored tonight at the EDDY Awards," said Trey Csar, President of the Jacksonville Public Education Fund. "We look forward to all of the great things that teacher leaders throughout Duval County will do in the coming year."

Frencl will go on to compete for the state-wide title.

Learn more about Frencl and all 161 school-level teachers of the year at www.eddyawardsjax.org.

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