Gina Riley: Teacher of the Week

JACKSONVILLE, FL -- Parents want their children in the Lego League club teacher Gina Riley created.

Her own, young students say she has just the right balance for keeping them in line while encouraging them to express themselves.

Though the principal of Loretto Elementary School nominated her for Teacher of the Week, third grade teacher Gina Riley's students couldn't wait to tell us all about her.

Hear how one former student (now in fourth grade) eloquently describes a teacher who inspired him "to get a better job as an engineer" when he grows up.

You can see Gina Riley's story here on this webpage.

Vote No on House Bill 4057 to Save PE in Our Middle Schools!

Vote No on House Bill 4057 to Save PE in Our Middle Schools!

The American Heart Association strongly opposes House Bill 4057, by State Representative Larry Metz, removing the requirement for Middle School Physical Education. 

Florida Gets Flexibility Waiver from US Department of Education


The U.S. Department of Education today approved Florida’s request for a flexibility waiver from the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). Florida was one of 11 states asking for flexibility with regard to accountability standards mandated by the No Child Left Behind legislation implemented in 2001. The state requested the waiver to be able to move to a single statewide accountability system that would eliminate duplicative regulation and make Florida’s system easier to understand.

Planation Oaks Students Learn 2-Steps to Save a Life

Planation Oaks Students Learn 2-Steps to Save a Life

CPR Hands-Only training is  “Staying Alive” for 5th Graders at Clay County Elementary School 

Who: St. Vincent’s HealthCare, Plantation Oaks Elementary School and the American Heart Association-First Coast Market
What: Mass Hands-Only CPR instruction of more than 100 5th grade students attending Plantation Oaks Elementary School
When: Thursday, February 9, 2012 beginning at 9 a.m.

Students Build Toward the Future at Engineering Fair

Students Build Toward the Future at Engineering Fair

To spark interest in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields, Jacksonville Country Day School (JCDS) held its annual Engineering Fair on Friday, January 20, 2012. Vincent Barre, manager of plastic engineering at Vistakon, talked to students about their work and gave a presentation at the event.

Mandarin Teacher Strives to Make Math Simple

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Corey Waxman teaches geometry at Mandarin High School.

"Why make something complicated when you can just make it simple?" Waxman asked.

He's been for teaching nine years and his goal is to make things simple. 

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"I can really understand what he means in a subject," said Vitaly Astakhov, one of Waxman's students.

Students like Astakhov and Kayla Clement appreciate Waxman's down-to-earth teaching style.

"He helps you a lot with the work you don't understand and he makes it easier for you to learn," said Clement.

After a full day of teaching, Waxman sacrifices time with his family to stay after school for free tutoring.

"It gives them an opportunity, another opportunity, in smaller groups to be able to learn," Waxman explained.

Student of the Week: Alexis Keith

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A writer and illustrator? 

Alexis Keith, a second grader at Windy Hill Elementary School, is well on her way to becoming both. You only have to see her original works as proof, works which are well known among her classmates.

The Student of the Week's secret to writing: adding humor and telling real-life stories.