December 2019 Contents
Inside Florida Trend's print and digital issue
Floridian of the Year
This year, Florida Trend recognizes the state's public school teachers, collectively, as Floridian of the Year. Profiles of nine educators.
'Everybody can do math,' says Samantha Neff, who shares her methods with teachers.
Unhappy practicing law, Kritin Murphy heard about a teaching job. 'It was a very scary but exciting time.'
Three years into teaching, Jeff Becker is already 'feeling the weight of the job.'
Lisa Fabulich was set to go to med school until she took a career-altering course her senior year.
Shannon Kraeling helps other teachers incorporate art into their lesson plans.
Test scores are one thing, says Nikki Mosblech, but her goal is to create good citizens.
Jade Osceola is fighting to keep her tribe's native language from becoming obsolete.
Joy Prescott uses her expertise in social and emotional learning to teach kids how to interact kindly with one another.
Teacher/nurse Hollie Cunningham caters her teaching style to what works best for each student based on personality assessments.
A Show of Appreciation
This year's Floridian of the Year selection — Florida's teachers — could not be more appropriate.
"Paul McCartney admits that he doesn't really read or write music, so I guess I can admit it, too."
A Better Way
Two notable efforts at treating mentally ill people more humanely.
Economic Backbone - Health Care
Hospitals around the state are building high-tech nerve centers to maximize bed capacity, predict staff shortages, catch deadly conditions such as sepsis and tackle other problems.
From diabetes care to psychiatry, new medical developments across Florida.
Ranked by number of beds.
Golden Spoon Awards
Florida's Best Restaurants
Nine restaurants are elevated to the Hall of Fame, and 22 new restaurants make the Golden Spoon Cut. Plus: 20 of the state's best newcomers.
Ocala's horse business has grown in both size and political clout, even as thoroughbred horse racing draw fewer people to tracks.
Florida Sports Blockbusters in 2020
Around the State
Sholom and Esti Chazanow founded LIV Swiss Watches in 2012.
Economics of Solar
John Gurski developed Energy Toolbase to analyze the economics of solar projects.
Nipped in the Bud
Selby will have to scrap its $92-million expansion plan.
Eustis city officials have proposed a $16.4-million sailing and conference center.
Cleared for Takeoff
Cecil Spaceport is getting its second launch tenant.
Digital Teacher Evaluations
UWF's Haas Center has developed a software system for electronic evaluation.
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