District 1 - The Honorable Cheryl Grymes
The Honorable Cheryl Grymes is a Jacksonville native who is passionate about our community and public education. For more than 25 years, she has been involved in public schools from many perspectives and believes significant change and reform are needed to assure a quality education for all students. Ms. Grymes is a graduate of Wolfson High School and received a bachelor’s degree in communications from the University of North Florida and an executive nonprofit management certificate from Georgetown University. She became involved in the public school system as the mother of four daughters who graduated from public schools. She served as the district’s PTA president and was elected to the School Board in 1992 for two terms, where she served as chairman and vice-chairman. As the executive director of the Alliance for World Class Education, she worked with top-level business executives to assist with developing leaders and improving efficiency within the business operations of the district. Ms. Grymes also helped transition the Alliance into the Jacksonville Public Education Fund. She recently retired as the Vice President of Development for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeast Florida, an organization that places caring adult mentors in the lives of children facing adversity. Over the past years, Ms. Grymes has served on numerous boards and commissions. She serves as a community coach through the Nonprofit Center and provides mentoring and resources to nonprofits within the community. Her favorite volunteer activity is being with her little sister through Big Brothers Big Sisters. She enjoys spending time with her four daughters, two sons and two grandsons.District 2 - The Honorable Elizabeth Andersen - Vice-ChairmanElizabeth Andersen is a former Duval County Public Schools educator, current small business owner, mental health counselor, wife and mother. Raised in Arlington, she attended Arlington Heights Elementary School, Arlington Middle School and Terry Parker High School. Andersen obtained her bachelor of arts degree in English with a concentration in Psychology from the University of Florida. After graduation, in search of a meaningful and fulfilling career path, she decided to become an educator. Andersen taught in Alachua County for one year, but ultimately found her future at home in Jacksonville. She continued her teaching career in Duval County - teaching English at both Terry Parker High School and Edward H. White High School. There, she served as a lead teacher and had the opportunity to participate in curriculum writing and development. As a result, she has a clear understanding of the rigorous academic demands on both teachers and students.E-Mail Elizabeth AndersenRequest Elizabeth Andersen Speakers Bureau
District 3 - The Honorable Ashley Smith Juarez
The Honorable Ashley Smith Juarez is an educator, a champion for students and a Jacksonville nativedevoted to her city. She knows that quality public education is essential to individuals and communities reaching their potential. Ms. Smith Juarez graduated with honors from Vanderbilt University. In addition to her duties on the School Board, she serves as National Director at the Clinton Health Matters Initiative (CHMI), promoting cross-sector collaborations for healthier communities. Prior to CHMI she served as the Executive Director of the Chartrand Foundation a family foundation committed to excellence in Early Childhood through grade 12 public education. She has served as a teacher and coach in public and independent schools and has worked in dropout prevention. Throughout her career, Ms. Smith Juarez has partnered with parents, school counselors, teachers, principals, mentors and students to bring about long-term success. She is a three-time recipient of the duPont Excellence in Teaching Award. Ms. Smith Juarez was named the Children's Home Society Buckner Division Public Official of the year in 2014 and was named the Elected Official of the year in 2015 for The Ripple Effect: Northeast Florida Mental Health Awards. In addition, Ms. Smith Juarez is a past Chairman of the Family Support Services Board of Directors. Currently she serves a trustee at The Emily Balz Smith Foundation, and as a member of the Florida Philanthropic Network Board. She lives in the San Marco area with her husband Alex, a local business owner, and her dog Sam.
District 4 - The Honorable Darryl Willie
Darryl Willie is a proud military child that has attended both low and high performing public schools. He has used the education he was afforded to work passionately for students for the past 15 years. He comes from a family of educators and deeply understands the value and potential of high quality public education. As a former teacher, he has taught in both K-12 and university settings. He knows what it takes to prepare students to be successful on various levels. In his current role he recruits, selects and trains new teachers and education leaders for Title I schools in Duval County. His “on the ground” experience has allowed him to partner with Duval County Public Schools Human Resources and certification staff, Principals, Duval Teachers United, parents, veteran teachers and other invaluable community and school-based partners.District 5 - The Honorable Warren A. Jones - ChairmanThe Honorable Warren A. Jones represents District 5 and believes that having a well-educated and qualified workforce is a critical consideration for businesses that are looking to locate or expand in Jacksonville. He graduated from the University of Florida with a Bachelors of Arts degree in Political Science. During his 28 years as a Jacksonville City Council Member, he served as a member or Chairman of various standing committees and special committees and was also elected as City Council President in 1991 and 1992. As a City Council Member, he supported education through partnering with community associations and the Duval County Public Schools to provide funding for swimming pools, walking trails, and playground equipment for various schools. He currently serves as a board member for Visit Jacksonville and Gateway Community Services. He has also coached the Redcaps youth baseball team for the Paxon Improvement Association and previously served as a board member for Jacksonville Electric Authority, the Museum of Science and History, Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens, Northeast Florida Community Action Agency, Jacksonville Area Legal Aid, Lackawanna Community Association, and Paxon Improvement Association. He resides on the Westside with his wife Vanessa, who has retired from Duval County Public Schools.
District 6 - The Honorable Charlotte JoyceCharlotte was born and raised on Jacksonville’s westside and is deeply invested in her community, particularly in our children’s education. She attended Joseph Stilwell Jr. High (now the Joseph Stilwell Military Academy of Leadership) and graduated from Ed White High School (now known as the Edward H. White Military Academy of Leadership).
After graduating from the University of North Florida, magna cum laude, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science, Charlotte began her teaching career at Stilwell. Before that, she was a homeschool mom, and also spent many years as a substitute teacher. She has had the privilege of instructing students all of the district in many of the classrooms around our city.
As an educator, Charlotte has a first-hand appreciation for the joys and challenges that are common to all students and teachers. As a Magnet Coordinator, Charlotte developed an in-depth understanding of academic and discipline data, the budget process, market development, ESE training, and student incentive promotions, and the need for parental involvement.
In 2014, Joseph Stilwell became a dedicated magnet school. Because of Charlotte’s experience as a “magnet school mom” – her own children attended Duval County Magnet Schools – she knew that successful schools require invested parents. She founded the Leadership Booster Club at Stilwell to develop community support and raise money for the magnet program. The Booster Club has played a vital role in funding the school’s leadership program. As the former parent liaison, she also oversaw parent groups such as SAC and PTSA. One of Charlotte’s children is a proud Stilwell cadet.
Charlotte has five children of her own and understands a parent’s desire to have his/her children delivered a world-class education. Experience has taught her that each child is unique and, as a result, may need a specialized program to maximize the likelihood of success. For this reason, Charlotte is a champion for school choice. She has witnessed, in the transformation of Joseph Stilwell, how Duval County’s magnet school program has transformed communities and lives.
Charlotte also enjoys advocating for agricultural education in our community. She works with Duval County Farm Bureau’s women’s leadership program in furtherance of that commitment.E-Mail Charlotte JoyceRequest Charlotte Joyce Speakers' BureauDistrict 7 - The Honorable Lori Hershey - Chairman
The Honorable Lori Hershey is a champion for students and public education. Leading for over two decades, on School Advisory Councils, Booster Boards, PTSA Boards, Strings on the River and DCPS School Safety and Security Advisory Committee. Making a difference for children has been central to her multi-faceted career as she has worked with non- profit organizations like Communities in Schools and The Jacksonville Children’s Commission. Ms. Hershey is an educator at heart and a former middle school teacher who is certified in Critical Thinking Strategies and Instructional Design by the National Institute for Teaching Thinking. Ms. Hershey values opportunities for students to participate in fitness. She has written grants to support run/walk programs for students in Duval and Clay Counties which impacts 18,000 students annually. Ms. Hershey received the Judges Choice Award in 2014 for grant writing. A licensed real estate agent with my license currently placed with Watson Referral Realty. She is a member of the Northeast Florida Association of Realtors, the National Association of Realtors and the Multiple Listing Service. During her first year on the board Ms. Hershey earned over 50 of the 96 hours of professional development required to become a certified board member. She has been recognized as an Emerging Leader by the Florida School Board Association and currently serves on the Federal Relations Network Subcommittee, Finance Committee, and is the board alternate on the Legislative Committee. A graduate of Stetson University Ms. Hershey is a true lifelong learner. She holds a Master’s degree in Public Administration and is currently working on her Doctoral degree through Grand Canyon University. Ms. Hershey lives in Mandarin with her husband Scott. All four of their children are graduates of Duval County Public Schools.