2021 Excellence in Education Awards

It was a memorable evening honoring Hillsborough County’s top educators and support staff at Hillsborough Education Foundation’s 2021 Excellence in Education Awards in partnership with Hillsborough County Public Schools!

This year, our Mask-a-rade themed event was held virtually on January 21, 2021. We celebrated 678 nominees from schools across Hillsborough County—including twelve finalists—with a winner named live from Blake High School as the Ida S. Baker Diversity Educator of the Year, Instructional Support Employee of the Year and Teacher of the Year.

“This past year has been unlike any other, and our teachers and school staff have triumphantly risen to the many challenges they have faced navigating the pandemic and eLearning. As we reflect on the impact so many have made during this crisis, it makes the 2021 awards ceremony extra special,” said HEF CEO Kim Jowell.

Congratulations to all the nominees, finalists and our 2021 winners!

As one of the largest and most respected school districts in the nation, it is an honor to be selected from more than 24,000 phenomenal teachers and staff. We applaud each of you who work to strengthen public education, create equity and empower our students to achieve academic and personal success, and we thank our Excellence in Education Awards sponsors who make this celebration possible.

For more information about our annual Excellence in Education Awards and photos of our 2021 finalists and winners, click here.


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