DVIA Teacher of the Year

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2020-2021 Leslie Jones

 

Leslie Jones has been teaching for 19 years. The last 9 of those years have been spent at Duval Virtual Instruction Academy. 

Ms. Jones received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Fine Arts and Humanities from the University of California, Irvine. She received her teacher’s credentials from California State University at Sacramento and her Master’s Degree in Special Education at the University of South Florida.  She is certified in English 6-12, Elementary Education, ESOL, Gifted Endorsement, and Reading Endorsement. 

Ms. Jones attempts to find creative ways to engage students by using their personal interests as steppingstones in their next steps toward personal and academic achievement.   She takes a holistic approach to teaching because she believes that learning isn’t simply an activity that engages only the mind but a process that needs to engage the whole person.  

Ms. Jones has four children and two grandchildren.  She loves to travel, read great books, spend time with loved ones and go on long walks – preferably in the mountains.  

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2019-2020 Katie Maranto

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2018-2019 Staci Bogan

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2017-2018 Alpha McDowell

 

Alpha McDowell is an Exceptional Education Lead Teacher at Duval County Public Schools. She has 17 years of teaching experience with 13 of those years at Duval Virtual Instruction Academy.

Mrs. McDowell received a Bachelor of Science degree in Social Work from Delta State University and a Master of Arts in Education: Administration and Supervision from the University of Phoenix. She is professionally certified in Elementary Education K-6, Exceptional Education K-12, and English for Speakers of Other Languages.

Mrs. McDowell ignites her students' interest in learning by creating opportunities that are meaningful, and relevant. She believes that teachers must embrace change, encourage innovation, and foster creativity; not just in their students, but in themselves.

Mrs. McDowell is married with four children and one grandson. She enjoys traveling and spending time with her family & friends.