Click the link to see the picture of one of the finalists sandwiched between the super, Csar and somebody in a dog costume.
None of them, (Csar, Vitti and the dog) ever taught in a Duval county school and their entire teaching careers can be summed up cumulatively as a little more than a cup of coffee. The super frequently denigrates our teachers, I have documented at least a half dozen occasions but what gets me most is Csar and the organization he represents.
JPEF was founded by Gary Chartrand who is delighted that teachers no longer have job protections, thinks anybody can be a teacher and has advocated for using temps instead of professionals. Furthermore he has pushed charter schools and the drill and kill teaching culture that has had Florida in a death grip for over the past decade and no he never taught (he was Betsy DeVos before she was) and he sent his kids to expensive and exclusive private schools, yet for some reason, oh he is super rich, he feels like he knows what is best.
It's his organization, that also pushes a privatization agenda that is in charge of our teacher of the year awards and I find the entire thing unseemly.
We should have somebody who understands the sacrifice that educators make and how hard they work, not hobbyists who just as often bash educators be in charge of the awards.