Filipino educator Charles Darwin Magdaluyo has been named the VyStar Duval County Teacher of the Year in this year’s annual EDDY Awards in the United States.
The Human Anatomy and Physiology teacher at Jean Ribault High School was announced the 2022 winner of the county-wide honor in Florida.
The Filipino teacher was chosen by a committee of volunteers from among 180 educators in the school district.
Magdaluyo has been teaching for seven years and is also a training facilitator for human anatomy teachers in the district, as well as a mentor to other science teachers in the area.
Magdaluyo also initiated professional learning communities for other international teachers to familiarize them with teaching in Duval County in Florida.
The graduate of Philippine Normal University shared that the success stories of his students have inspired him to become a better teacher.
“What inspires me as an educator is my students’ success stories. Every ‘ah ha!’ moment, every smiling face whenever they understand something they thought was difficult, every time they take a risk to do something in front of the class to show they can also do what other students can do- these are things that don’t just inspire me but DRIVE me to do better day by day,” Charles Darwin Magdaluyo said in the winner’s announcement on January 22.
“I want to be a part of every child’s success story where I was with them in their challenging times. These great moments don’t just inspire me – they DRIVE me to be a better version of myself, to be of greater service to these young minds. I know how it feels to be someone who struggles a lot and almost gives up. I want to be felt as an educator who focuses more on students’ hard work to succeed even when difficulties arise. I want to be a teacher I wish I could have.”
A current student of Magdaluyo described him as one of the best and most understanding teachers in Duval County if not all of Florida.
“In this class, we are never afraid to ask questions and make mistakes in concepts he teaches. We feel valued. We belong…I truly believe that he’s the best teacher in Duval County, and I wouldn’t believe you if you said he was anything less than the best in all of Florida,” Magdaluyo’s student said.
As the 2022 VyStar Duval County Teacher of the Year, Magdaluyo will go on to compete for the statewide title in Florida.
In addition to a cash prize and a classroom grant, Magdaluyo will also join the Jacksonville Public Education Fund Board of Directors as an ex-officio member for the next year.
The 31st edition of the EDDY awards gala was hosted by the Jacksonville Public Education Fund (JPEF) on January 22, 2022, to celebrate and elevate Duval County’s best public school educators.
Filipino-American educator Ethelyn Tumalad was earlier named Oregon’s 2022 Teacher of the Year by the Oregon Department of Education (ODE) in the United States.
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