May 20, 2024

Press Release

Marion County Educator Named a 2025 Teacher of the Year Finalist

| 5/8/2024

Tallahassee, Fla., May 8, 2024 – Yesterday, the Florida Department of Education announced Jennifer Brown, a teacher at Forest High School in Marion County, as one of the five 2025 Teacher of the Year state finalists. The five state finalists were chosen from 74 district teachers of the year. The 2025 Florida Department of Education Teacher of the Year winner will be announced at a gala in Orlando on July 25, 2024.

“Congratulations to Jennifer Brown on her selection as one of the five finalists for the 2025 Florida Teacher of the Year award,” said Commissioner of Education Manny Diaz, Jr. “She has truly immersed herself in her subject area to ensure every student has a great foundation in mathematics.”

In photo (l-r): Marion County Schools Superintendent Diane Gullet; Jennifer Brown; FDOE Public Schools Chancellor Dr. Paul Burns; Forest High School Principal Lamar Rembert

Jennifer Brown, Marion County

Jennifer Brown teaches geometry and trigonometry to students in grades 9-12 at Forest High School in Marion County. She earned Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary/Middle School Education and Mathematics from the University of Northern Iowa. Ms. Brown is also a LEGO Education Academy Certified Teacher Trainer and an Advancement via Individual Determination (AVID) Program site team member.

The 2025 Teacher of the Year state finalists were chosen from more than 185,000 public school teachers. After each school district selects its teacher of the year, a committee representing teachers, principals, parents and the business community reviews each district application on the basis of outstanding ability to teach and communicate knowledge of the subject taught, professional development, philosophy of teaching, and outstanding school and community service. The winner will serve for one year as the Christa McAuliffe Ambassador for Education.

In partnership with the Florida Education Foundation, the Florida Teacher of the Year program is made possible by these generous sponsorsFlorida Prepaid College Savings Plans, Florida State University College of Education, Helios Education Foundation, HCA Healthcare, The Florida Lottery, Florida Power & Light Company, Herff Jones, Publix Super Markets Charities and PNC Bank.

For more information about the Florida Teacher of the Year program, please visit Florida Teachers Lead.

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