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Four Finalists Vie for Miami-Dade Schools’ Teacher of the Year Award

Miami-Dade County Public Schools will honor the finalists for the 2022 Francisco R. Walker Teacher of the Year and 2021 Rookie Teacher of the Year during a virtual awards ceremony at 7 p.m. on Thursday, February 4, 2021. The virtual live stream will be available by visiting the homepage that evening and clicking on the Teacher of the Year image.

The four finalists for 2022 Teacher of the Year, the regions they represent, and their schools are as follows:

  • North – Teresa Ellen Murphy, Spanish Lake Elementary School
  • Central – Yolette Mezadieu, Miami Edison Senior High School
  • South – Candice A. Morris, Goulds Elementary School
  • Adult/Technical Colleges and Educational Opportunity & Access – Denise M. White, Juvenile Justice Center School

The signature sponsors include South Florida Educational Federal Credit Union, United Way of Miami-Dade, Office Depot, Univision 23 and Kendall Toyota, which will present the winner with the keys to a new car. The event is made possible through partnerships with United Teachers of Dade (UTD), the Miami-Dade County Council of PTAs/PTSAs, and the Dade Association of School Administrators.

The District and UTD will also recognize the 2021 Rookie Teacher of the Year finalists and announce the winner at the event. The finalists are as follows:

  • North – Jessica E. Trujillo, Norland Middle School and
  • Central – Nerissa Manela, Morningside K-8 Academy
  • South – Erica Echeverri, Terra Environmental Research Institute
  • Adult/Technical Colleges and Educational Opportunity and Access – Amado F. Portuondo, Robert Morgan Educational Center and Technical College

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