The winning teacher is Michelle Bily, a fourth-grade teacher at Lakeside Elementary School. Bily was selected from nominees at each of the 41 schools in the district and a pool of five finalists for the award. This is her third year teaching at Lakeside Elementary School. During her time at Lakeside Elementary she has proven to be a passionate educator who works to build relationships with students, parents, colleagues, and the community as a way to ensure student success.
"I am honored to be a part of the teaching profession and humbled that I have been selected from a pool of incredibly talented educators. I look forward to continuing to advocate for students and the profession while using this opportunity to learn all I can from the amazingly dedicated educators across our district and state," Bily said.
The winning school-related employee, Robert Garcia, is a custodian at Orange Park High School. He has served in a number of roles in his time at the school, including athletic coach and ESE assistant, before taking on his current role on the custodial staff. He has worked at Orange Park High since August 2002.
“I am very honored to be chosen by Orange Park High School to be school-related employee of the year, but it was a great surprise to be selected and also very humbling to be selected school-related employee of the year for Clay County,” said Garcia.
“I am proud that we are represented by such talented, qualified individuals as Mrs. Bily and Mr. Garcia. As a district, we look forward to cheering on both representatives in state competition. They have touched the lives of so many people who are grateful for their extraordinary service to Clay County Public Schools,” said Superintendent Addison Davis.
Learn more about the Florida Teacher of the Year Program.
Learn more about the Florida School-Related Employee of the Year Program.