JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A teacher at Darnell-Cookman Middle/High School is being recognized as one of the best teachers in the state of Florida and she is our Teacher of the Week.
Her students already know she's a great teacher, and now the rest of the state will know it too. Karen Gaylor teaches 6th grade English Language Arts at Darnell-Cookman Middle/High School.
The Foundation for Excellence in Education is recognizing her as an Excel Award Winner. She's one of just 81 honorees in Florida. "It's thrilling. It's like your hard work pays off and you're very proud and honored," said Gaylor.
She was picked because her students have shown gains of at least one-and-a-half times the average Florida student in their grades and achievement level on the F-CAT.
Principal Mark Ertel says what this award means is the students have one of the best teachers in the state. "The year's growth those children had under her teaching are higher at a better percentage than most teachers."
Mrs. Gaylor is very modest and humble and credits her colleagues and dedicated team at the school for her students' success. "All of us working together attributes to the success. I don't take it for myself and that has a lot to do with it."
She's been a teacher for 25 years -- 14 at Darnell-Cookman -- and has this advice for new teachers: "The amount you put into it, the students know. They can tell and if you encourage them and let them know you care, they will come through for you."
Saturday, Gaylor will be honored in Orlando along with the 80 other award winners across the state for Excellence in Teaching.
First Coast News