Excellence in Education

We believe effective teachers are foundational to student success. Empowering teachers and school personnel with the support they need to be effective is crucial.

 Our annual Excellence in Education (EIE) Awards is a premier event that celebrates more than 700 outstanding educators and school personnel who consistently bring forth their best efforts and utilize their talents to ensure all students benefit from a high-quality education.

Every day, more than 24,000 teachers and staff in our district make a difference in students’ lives. They play a critical role in providing a welcoming academic environment where every student can thrive and reach their fullest potential in school and in life—and deserve this recognition.

Nominees from each school are selected across three categories:

Ida S. Baker Diversity Educator of the Year
Ida S. Baker was the first African-American to serve as Deputy Superintendent in the Florida Department of Education. She was known for her efforts to support diverse students and encourage academic success. In her honor, each school site may nominate an individual who embodies the pioneering spirit of Ida S. Baker by going above and beyond to meet the needs of our diverse student population.

Instructional Support Employee of the Year
Instructional support personnel are recognized for ensuring students and schools have the proper care and services available to promote an enriched and safe environment. Each school may nominate a person who supports the district through administration, transportation or health services. The winner of the award will go on to compete for the title at the state, and potentially, national levels.

Teacher of the Year
The Teacher of the Year award recognizes outstanding teachers who have been nominated by their school site for their dedication to the academic achievement of their students. The winner goes on to compete for Florida State Teacher of the Year honors, and potentially the national Teacher of the Year.

2021 Excellence in Education Award Winners 

2021 Hillsborough Education Foundation Teacher of the Year

Laura Meehan
2021 Teacher of the Year

2021 Hillsborough Education Foundation Ida S. Baker Diversity Educator of the Year

Chardae Duffy
2021 Ida S. Baker Diversity Educator of the Year

2021 Hillsborough Education Foundation Instructional Support Employee of the Year

Michael K. Helton
2021 Instructional Support Employee of the Year

2021 Teacher of the Year Finalists 

2021 Hillsborough Education Foundation Teacher of the Year Finalist Nicolette Dewsberry


Nicolette Dewsberry

2021 Hillsborough Education Foundation Teacher of the Year Finalist Audra Kondash


Audra Kondash

2021 Hillsborough Education Foundation Teacher of the Year Finalist Adetola Shokunbi


Adetola Shokunbi

2021 Hillsborough Education Foundation Teacher of the Year Finalist Katie Stallings


Katie Stallings

2021 Ida S. Baker Diversity Educator of the Year Finalists 

2021 Hillsborough Education Foundation Ida S. Baker Diversity Educator of the Year Finalist Anglin Brown-Mosley


Anglin Brown-Mosley

2021 Hillsborough Education Foundation Ida S. Baker Diversity Educator of the Year Finalist Amanda Palmer


Amanda Palmer

2021 Hillsborough Education Foundation Diversity Educator of the Year Finalist Selina Perez


Selina Perez

2021 Instructional Support Employee of the Year Finalists 

2021 Hillsborough Education Foundation Instructional Support Employee of the Year Finalist Meredith Bippen


Meredith H. Bippen

2021 Hillsborough Education Foundation Instructional Support Employee of the Year Finalist Lynn Jones


Lynn Jones

In case you missed it or would like to see our virtual Mask-a-rade event again, you can watch our 2021 Excellence in Education Awards here.