Stephanie Durham

Position: Reading Coach School: John E. Ford Pre K-8 Montessori School School District: Duval County Public Schools City, State: Jacksonville, Florida About the Nominee: Stephanie Durham has been instrumental in the transformation of her school. Her work to ensure a quality education for all students does not end with her full-time position at Ford, as […]


Vivian Gonzalez

Position: Music Teacher School: South Miami K-8 Center School District: Miami-Dade County Public Schools City, State: Miami, Florida About the Nominee: Vivian Gonzalez was nominated by her spouse, Alfred Figueroa, as well as a colleague, Melissa Lesniak. The following profile contains text from both nominations. Ms. Gonzalez, has been a Life Changer since she became […]

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Tammy Ditmars

Position: AfterCare Director School: Meadow Park Elementary School School District: Palm Beach Schools City, State: West Palm Beach, Florida About the Nominee: Tammy Ditmars was nominated by Marjie Rowe. Mrs. Ditmars is simply an amazing person. One could say she is a life saver. In fact, she was responsible for administering first aid that saved […]


Richard Brown

Position: Assistant Principal, Eighth Grade School: Howell L. Watkins Middle School School District: Palm Beach Schools City, State: Palm Beach Gardens , Florida About the Nominee: Richard Brown has been changing lives for years. He shares his story with his students about how he grew up without his father in the house. This reaches many […]

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Angela Distasio

Position: Third Grade Teacher School: Nob Hill Elementary School District: Broward County Public Schools City, State: Sunrise, Florida About the Nominee: There is always that teacher who your child connects with. There is always that student who a teacher connects with. This connection make it possible for the student to achieve and exceed all expectations. […]