Your Legacy Starts Here

In some professions, you can build a career. In teaching, you build a legacy. Duval County is looking for Black and Latino men to build a legacy, to have a lasting impact on all students but particularly students of color. Research shows the benefit to students of color who have a teacher who looks like them; undoubtedly, there are too few of those teachers. They need you. They need you to make that connection with them, to support them, advocate for them and be the teacher they remember for the rest of their lives as the one who made the difference.

Duval County has the unique opportunity to model for the nation the positive impact diverse male teachers have on all students, but particularly on male students of color who often don’t see themselves represented by their teachers.

This is a rare opportunity for you to truly make a difference - in the lives of Black and Latino students and their families and play an important role in establishing a precedent that will guide generations to come.

They need you now.

We know there are many paths to the classroom. Perhaps you’ve always wanted to be a teacher and are ready to move into a classroom or are thinking about a future career in teaching. Or maybe you want to transfer the skills and experience you gained in another profession to make a difference in the lives of students and the community. Whatever your path to the classroom, we’re here to help.

Because of our commitment to the students of Duval County and thanks to our generous funders and community partners, we offer incentives such as:

  • Scholarships
  • Stipends for new teachers
  • Coaches for first-year teachers
  • Inclusion in affinity groups
  • Assistance for home buyers
  • Grants for programs and organizations that support recruiting or retaining diverse male teachers
  • Assistance in obtaining certifications
  • Professional learning opportunities

In Duval County, you’ll find not just a great place to teach and have an impact on students, but a great place to live and have an influence on the community.

We welcome you to follow your path and be the “why” to student success.

When you think about the movie Black Panther and Chadwick Boseman, the leading actor, the reason that was such a huge moment is because little black boys were able to look at him and say, ‘I can be a superhero, too.’ I get the same thing from my students. A lot of my male students say, ‘I want to be a teacher just like you.’ And that’s because they see themselves in me.
Kenneth Ford
Math and Science Teacher, Duval County